If you lack excercise while you are visiting Dubrovnik, you should try the stairs in the Old City. One lane you go up the stairs and down on the other..... then the next one.....
You'll get to see how the people live within the walls! Climb & enjoy the views!
Equipment: Comfortable shoes and lots of water!
I tried windsurfing for the first time (lucky not to be 100yo yet) and except backpains especially in the first day it was WONDERFUL!
First day I spent most of the time in... water :-( trying to put a sail out of the water again and again. But on 4th and last :-( day I could really windsurf - FANTASTIC!!!
Better later then never :-)
There are a great number of such breathtaking beaches all along the Adriatic cosat. This one is in the vicinity of Brela, a popular tourist resort in the Middle Dalmatia, approx. 50 km south of the town of Split.
Equipment: Swiming costume during the day, no costume for a night bathing.
If you've never heard of Coccoball, that's because this is a recent Croatian invention, becoming more and more popular especially along the coast during the summer.
Coccoball has been invented three years ago in south-Croatian town of Ploce, although its author says that the idea can be traced in the jungle forest of West Africa. This sport combines basketball, rugby, football, handball, wrestling and other sports. Motto of Coccoball is: "Phonies play volley-ball in sand and the real man play Coccoball".
Coccoball is the only sport where man are judged by women referees, and vice versa. An important rule also says that each important game or tournament has to be accompanied by some humanitarian activity.
Equipment: Coccoball is played during the summer in sand or in shallow water, on the playfield size 16×8 m. Each team has three players, but also there is a play version with five players in each team. They play barefoot and wear shirts with one girder.
Game lasts 3×10 minutes of active playing. The aim is to hit with hairy ball, two kilos of weight, to the small or to the big basket located on the palm trees within the play field. Hitting the small basket wins one cocco (point) and the bigger basket hit wins two.
All lines are forming the out line, meaning: there are no mine / your side. Out is played in a way that the player turns his back towards the playfield. Pushing a player is allowed, trimming, carrying the opponent around, grabbing by his clothes and all bodily parts except genital parts, face, hair and neck. Open kicks, pinching, strangling, hair-pulling are prohibited.
Croatia has a national team, which played the first match against USA in October, 1990. In just eight years, Croatia grew up into one of the world's football forces. National team's reputation was built in EURO '96 qualifying group with beating Italy, then by good presentation in England '96, but most of all, by amazing success on the World championship in France '98 where they've won third place, being just a step from the finals. The names of Croatian players are known to all football fans in the world: The best scorer of the WC, Davor Suker. Robert Jarni, Zvonimir Boban, Alen Boksic, Drazen Ladic, while Robert Prosinecki, Igor Tudor, Dario Simic, Aljosa Asanovic, Stipe Pletikosa, Ivica Olic, Bosko Balaban, Silvio Maric........
There are lots of dive operators in Croatia which seems to be the main area of diving in Europe. There are lots of wrecks and plenty of sea life to see. The water visibilty varies with the region of the coast - generally getting clearer the further south you wander. I did my open water certification dive with the good people at Bougainville Diving Center in Biograd na Maru. Our diving was from the shore off the island of Murter just to the south. My instructors, Danijel and Petra were very competent and knowledgable, making my time very well spent. The dive center owner, Ger - a displaced Dutchman, takes certified guests out to many sites in the area on his diveboat daily during the season. And with the Kornati Islands just offshore, there are plenty of sites to dive.
Equipment: You can bring your own equipment or rent what you need from Bougainville.
Goran Ivanisevic - Wimbledon Champion
2001. Ivanisevic and those fans, plus scores of thousands more besides, were dancing again when another title came home to Split. The whole country, it seemed, came to a standstill and 150,000 were on the streets to greet him and to party with him. Goran Ivanisevic, Wimbledon champion, was home. 'Thank you for believing in me,' Goran told the multitude. 'I will remember these two days for the rest of my life. We are only 300,000 in Split but we are the biggest in the world. Brazil? Not even Brazil can make something like this.'
Janica Kostelic Wins Four Medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. 20-year-old 2001 overall World Cup champion Janica Kostelic won her first Olympic gold in women’s combined run in Snowbasin. The next three medals – two gold and one silver – followed in a row: gold medal for slalom, silver for super-g, gold for giant slalom. TV Channel CNN proclaimed Croatian alpine skier Janica Kostelic queen and Norwegian biathlon athlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen king of the 2002 Winter Olympics in their commentary during the final ceremony of closing the Games.
The 2001 World Champion Janica won three gold and one silver Olympic medal and became the best alpine skier in the history of the Games, said CNN. The commentary was accompanied by a three-minute interview with the world’s best alpine skier.
Equipment: “It was my gift to Croatia for Valentine’s,” said
Janica Kostelic after she had won the her first gold at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics
Zagreb, February 25, 2002 - Approximately 200.000 people gathered at the Zagreb’s main square on Monday, February 25, the day of the Croatian national team’s arrival from Salt Lake City.
Janica came at 1 pm local time to Zagreb’s main square in a carriage and found a magnificent atmosphere at the Croatia’s capital main square in her honor. By throwing Janica a grandiose welcome, Zagreb and Croatia demonstrated their appreciation for the quadruple Olympic winner 2001 and World Ski Champion.
Janica became Croatia’s hero, conquering the hearts of her fellow compatriots with her warm story of hard work and family dedication leading to the success of winning four medals and breaking the Olympic records.
CROATIAN NATIONAL TEAM!
FRANCE 98, THIRD PLACE!!!
Croatia's Davor Suker wins the arguably most prestigious of the FIFA awards, the Golden Shoe. He scored a goal in six of Croatia's seven matches, thus beating Gabriel Batistuta (ARG) and Christian Vieri (ITA) who scored five goals each. Only against Argentina, Šuker who is on the books Real Madrid failed to get his customary goal.
- you are 3-100 years old :-),
- you are not afraid of water and speed,
- you can swim,
- you don't have backpains hehe,
- your accompying wife/husband/parents accept it
TRY WINDSURFING in the Adriatic Sea.
Equipment: You can rent everything: board, uniform and life-jacket (it's always orange or red - your body to be better seen hehe).
Surfing was first mentioned by captain James Cook who described Hawaians (is it correct in English? he?) surfing in the ocean in 1778.
Who added a sail and started windsurf? Hmm... it's not sure.
The patent for a windsurf board was given to the two Americans in 1968:
- Jim Drake sailer and... airplane constructor,
- Houle Schweizer surfer, skiier and... mathematician
Cool men hehe!
My conclusion is: TRY WINDSURFING it's a big fun!
It's even twice cheaper to take windsurfing lessons out of the season although water in May was cold but I didn't felt it busy trying to put my sail again and again from water and to stand on the board longer and longer hehe.
Croatia is ideal place (high wind area and silent sea :-) for windsurfing. It offers numerous (and relatively cheap) schools of windsurfing with instructors speaking usually English and/or German.
Equipment: You can rent everything: board, uniform and life-jacket hehe.
I was in Croatia when their national team was in the World Cup, and boy, they really love that sport. Crowds of people were allowed to loiter in department and electronic stores to watch the games on the big screen TVs. People stopping you on the street to yell at you because you didn't have the colors of Hvarstka (Croatia) on you.
Equipment: Bring some beer and you'll be able to watch the game with just about anyone you meet on the street. Just watch out for the crazies flying around the road, honking, hanging out of the windows, and screaming after a win.
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