Going island hopping the subsequent day meant that we needed to stand up sooner than I’d maybe have favored on holidays however the thought of crusing by way of a number of the most lovely elements of Croatia was greater than sufficient motivation to excitedly leap away from bed and hurry downstairs for breakfast.
The solar was already out in full pressure (even that early within the morning) although with no breeze within the air, the ocean was virtually glass-like.
We excited piled onto our boat and earlier than lengthy headed off in quest of Croatia’s beauties.
Our first cease was a quick go to to a cave which was once for the navy however is now house to fisherman (who you’ll be able to nonetheless see through the day simply going about their enterprise)…
Our subsequent cease was Hvar, a fast whistlestop however not so fast that we didn’t get an opportunity to fall for the charms of this beautiful metropolis.
In it’s time, Hvar has been Greek, Slavic, Turkish, Roman, Venetian, Hungarian, Bosnian, Austrian, French, British and Italian! Speak about a various historical past!
After a fast cease for an ice-cold drink to chill off in that early morning warmth, we proceed to discover Hvar’s many fairly little nooks and crannies.
By the best way, while you’re right here, you’ll want to pop spherical to the theatre right here. It’s one of many oldest surviving theatres in Europe (dates again to 1612).
Quickly sufficient, we needed to hop again onto our boat and make our approach over to the subsequent cease – the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is the right spot to chill off with a refreshing dip into Croatia’s lovely clear blue waters.
Hvar was completely superb however given how scorching it was (it was round 35C / 95F) I feel this was one I used to be trying ahead one the solar actually started to do its factor. 😆 😆 😆
And so backwards and forwards we went, from boat to chill waters, over and over, solely stopping sometimes to chill off with an ice chilly beer earlier than diving proper again in!
Subsequent off, we went off in quest of the Blue Cave or the Blue Grotto, stopping briefly to take a look at the Inexperienced Cave (which you’ll truly go swimming in) earlier than carrying on.
The Blue Grotto is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site now so entry to it’s restricted and you’ll’t simply go swimming in there like individuals used to have the ability to years in the past.
As a substitute, you arrive on the island after which change boats to go on a smaller boat with a information – which you undoubtedly want as the doorway to the cave could be very tight!
Inside it although, it’s completely superb and the rationale why it has the identify that it does turns into fairly apparent! 😄
The cave is lit however an underwater tunnel and it’s simply such a lovely place. Let me present you precisely what I imply…
Leaving the Blue Grotto, we made our approach over to close by Komiža, one other fairly little city the place we determined to stay round to have lunch in.
It’s such a cute place however alas, the rumbling of starvation in our tummies imply that we needed to discover some meals earlier than testing the city absolutely.
Lunch began with aperol spritz (a welcome respite from the warmth)…
…earlier than diving into an area meats platter, focaccia, steaks and salads!
Accomplished with meals (which took ceaselessly to reach 😄), we headed off to take advantage of the city.
It’s a cute little place undoubtedly price spending extra time in however we had yet one more place we needed to squeeze in earlier than heading again to Brac.
With that, we hopped onto our boat and made our approach over to Stiniva Bay – a spot not too long ago featured as top-of-the-line seashores in Europe.
The boats can solely go thus far right here so you must swim 80 – 100m to get to the bay but it surely’s so price it!
After chilling round right here for a bit, we lastly hopped again onto our boat and made our approach again to Brac island in time for sundown drinks by the rooftop pool.
Dinner that even had us in Taverna Riva, simply one among my locations in Bol (on Brac island).
We began off with lobster gnocchi for myself and the truffle gnocchi for Lloyd.
The lobster gnocchi was nice however the truffle gnocchi was IT!!! Soooo soooo good and undoubtedly the rationale why if it was on the menu for dinner (each different night time after this in Croatia), we needed to have it.
For mains, we went for the calamari – grilled and fried (separated – not multi functional dish 😄 😄) and a grilled fish. All completely scrumptious!
For drinks, we skipped cocktails and went with an area glowing wine that noticed us by way of the subsequent few hours of dinner until it was time to go again to our lodge, completely exhausted however completely loving the gorgeous elements of Croatia that we had gotten to discover immediately!