Mara enjoys exploring the Adriatic coast as much as its culture, old customs and discovering new hidden beaches. She loves sailing through southern and middle Dalmatia and exploring the Istrian peninsula since it was an inspiration for her Carrick bend tattoo. She’s also an art history student and loves finding old ruins and churches of the past.
To really get to know the vessel you will spend your holidays on, you should learn a little something about the parts. Here is an alphabetical ”everything you have to know about ships” guide.
In the words of a famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw, 'those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik'. Dubrovnik is one of the most visited destinations in Croatia during the summer. With its majestic ancient walls and Old Town, baroque architecture and mesmerising clear sea, Dubrovnik is known as 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. If you're travelling to Croatia, Dubrovnik is a destination you shouldn't miss!
Zadar is the oldest continuously-inhabited Croatian city. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea, in the northwestern part of the Ravni Kotari region. Because of its rich heritage, Zadar is one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations. It was crowned "the entertainment center of the Adriatic" by The Times and "Croatia's new capital of cool" by The Guardian. Zadar is easily reached by land, sea and air and it has a good infrastructure connecting it directly to major cities in Croatia and Europe. Whichever way you decide to travel to Zadar, the natural beauty of the landscape will not disappoint.
In order to become a true sailor, you’ll first need to learn some essential sailing terms. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! In this A-Z of yachting terms, we’ll briefly explain yacht terms, parts, equipment, sailing commands, and even some pirate jargon.
Hvar is a Croatian island that has a reputation for being the sunniest place in Europe. Hvar is also the name of one of the towns on the island of Hvar. It is the perfect destination for those seeking an escape from their daily lives. The beautiful island is truly unforgettable. You can find small fishing villages, vineyards and the smell of lavender flowing above the crystal clear blue water. Some call it the Croatian St Tropez as it has been attracting celebrities and socialites since the 19th century. Beyonce and Jay Z even conceived their first born son sailing around Hvar. They named him after the Blue Ivy, a plant that grows on the island.
The Istrian Peninsula has become one of the most luxurious travel destinations on the Adriatic coast in the past couple of years. Holidays to Pula and Istria are becoming increasingly popular. Pula has a lot to offer those who want to get a feel for what Istria is like historically, culturally and culinary. The best way to explore Pula’s history is through the city’s old quarter of narrow streets, lined with Medieval and Renaissance buildings. The walkways are still paved with ancient Roman paving stones and lead to one Roman ruin after another including the Colosseum, the Temple of Augustus, the Triumphal Arch of Sergius and The Old Roman Forum.
Split is the largest city on the Adriatic Coast, and the second largest in all of Croatia. It has been under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav control at one point or another. Split has been “alive” for 17 centuries now, dating back to the time of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He built a palace right next to the great Roman city of Salona where he planned to live out his final years. The palace slowly grew into a city, which is now famous for its tradition, history and beauty. There are 4 things in Split that its residents are most proud of: Diocletian's UNESCO-protected Palace, Marjan Park Forest, Hajduk and picigin. If you ask any of the proud Split locals, without hesitation they’ll name Split the most beautiful city in the World.