Lost with Louie: A week sailing in Croatia

As I sit here on this windy, overcast Sunday afternoon my mind wanders back to warmer days filled with sunshine. The last time I was in Europe, my wife and I booked ourselves on a week-long Croatian sailing adventure. While we were on a budget backpacking holiday, the decision to splash out a few extra dollars for a week of sailing the Adriatic was well worth it!

The ever popular sailing route from Dubrovnik in the south to Split winds for some 250km through some of the most idyllic islands you will ever lay your eyes on. For seven days we meandered from island to island, pulling into a new port each afternoon to spend the night exploring the town before returning to our boat to sleep.

Some of the larger islands such as Korčula are the playground for the rich and famous. A place to tie up their million dollar yachts and party with other beautiful people. For me, it was nice to catch a glimpse into a world that I will never be able to call my own, but I felt more at home exploring the uninhabited islands of the national parks that are dotted along the coastline.

With the winter months closing in, I find my mind wandering back to that week sailing in Croatia. As I sit here listening to the wintry wind howl outside, memories of the warm breeze, the smell of salt in the air and the crystal clear water of the Adriatic are a distant memory. If you are heading to Europe then Croatia truly is a must. From the food and the parties to the serenity of the national parks, it has something for every traveller. Be ready to part with your hard-earned cash if you plan on partying the nights away with Europe’s elite but find comfort in the fact that like most other destinations in Europe, there are cheap alternatives for the frugal backpacker.

Looking down on the old town of Dubrovnik.
Looking down on the old town of Dubrovnik.
The terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik.
The terracotta rooftops of Dubrovnik.
Scenes like this filled our week.
Scenes like this filled our week.
Diving off the boat. It's all in the technique!
Diving off the boat. It’s all in the technique!
Looking out the door of your room to an ever-changing landscape is a treat.
Looking out the door of your room to an ever-changing landscape is a treat.
This dolphin swam with us for half an hour.
This dolphin swam with us for half an hour.
Swimming off the rocks in Dubrovnik.
Swimming off the rocks in Dubrovnik.
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10 thoughts on “Lost with Louie: A week sailing in Croatia

  1. I never get tired of seeing the beautiful red rooftops of Dubrovnik. What a beautiful city. I can imagine sailing along the coast of Croatia must have been a great experience! What type of sailing did you book, was is a smaller boat where you had to do some of the sailing yourself or one that came with a crew?

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    1. I think people of any age would love Croatia!! We spent a week sailing up the coast and doing nothing but stopping in at little villages, swimming and eating great food. Unfortunately we didn’t make it up north but I hear the national parks are beautiful and offer a lot of outdoor activities.

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