As part of the TCN hiring process, we always ask applicants to write an article about their topic. With the launch of Total Croatia Sailing in a few weeks, we are busy getting the team together, and Tara Miranda will be joining the TCN team to sail the Adriatic for us this summer. Here are her five things that many sailors miss.
I mean, I can’t blame you. With 1,777km of coastline and 1,246 islands, it is more than easy to miss something magnificent while sailing the turquoise waters of the Croatian Adriatic. Of course, there are the renowned and ever-popular attractions; the breathtaking city of Dubrovnik with it’s 16th century stone walls, the ever-changing white pebble-beach Zlatni-Rat on the island Brač and the enchanting Plitvice National Park with it’s maze of lakes and waterfalls. Nevertheless, here are a few suggestions to add to the itinerary.
1. Saltwater Mir lake above Telašćica bay. This lush spot is a stark contrast to its neighbouring Kornati National Park, where the white, barren, rugged cliffs against the deep-blue Adriatic are an eerie and wonderful sight. Mir lake is fed by underground channels that run through limestone to the sea, it’s water is much warmer than the sea. Not only a stunning sight, the lake’s muddy bottom is believed to do wonders for your skin. The surrounding area is thick with pine, olive and fig trees and officially uninhabited; a popular yacht spot for those seeking an escape from civilisation.
2. Further North is the island of Cres; home to Beli, a quaint, 2000 year old village in the middle of the Tramuntana forest. Below the village is a small fishing port with a beautiful pebble beach and small stone houses. To reach Beli, you need to follow a narrow 8km road that leads off the main island road. The beautiful, unadulterated surroundings are dominated by mysterious labyrinths, Celtic tombs and Roman ruins. You may even meet an endangered Griffon vulture in their natural habitat.
3. The competitive sailing scene. Croatia has been host to several world-class sailing regattas such as the M32 catamarans, RC44’s and selection events for Olympic sailors. The buzz surrounding these events is electric. To be able to witness these regattas on the water (from a safe distance of course) is an immense experience. In fact, this year, Poreč is hosting a World Match Race Tour event for the M32’s on May 26-28. So, be sure to keep an eye on the race circuits and be willing to make a small detour for some rare action!
4. The amazing Brijuni islands, just off of the city of Pula have been referred to as “Heaven on Earth”. Mother Nature’s finest work can be witnessed here and some of the smaller island in this National Park are completely off the beaten track. A perfectly peaceful spot for dropping anchor, taking an afternoon swim and a sunset picnic.
5. It would be unfair to not mention Paski Sir produced on the island Pag. A distinct and delicious, sheep-milk cheese that has been described as one of the 10 best cheeses in the world. Hard in texture, this Dalmatian-born treat pairs exceptionally well with wine; a great souvenir for those you left at home!
As a food footnote; wherever possible, always stock your boat with fruit and vegetables from the local fresh market. As they say, “When in Rome…” Perhaps this phrase needs a revamp…
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