Adriatic has some truly great spots for Windsurfing, Kitesurfing and what's the newest water gliding invention? Those people are very creative!
Famous location is Bol - island Brac. Well ... if you love crowds, loud music, steep prices, you sure will love this place.
And in case the wind is not right for windsurfing some day (notice the word Wind in the name Windsurfing), you can climb the church tower using your fingers and feet. I saw this on TV so it must be true. TV knows everything. I’m just not sure is this like open for general public sort of activity, or you need to pay something to the vicar, do they make you sign "on my own responsibility" peace of paper and pay in advance for the cleanup - I'm sure local pubs are the best place to find out.
The "true" watersports freaks will rather choose Viganj on Peljesac peninsula. It's like a community there, the camp is almost entirely populated by young people with admirable postures and interesting hairdos.
The winds there in the channel between Peljesac and island Korcula are excellent for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing. We were passing through that channel slowly (speed limit) but there was so many colorful fast moving people zooming around us, it was almost scary! Yep, one guy almost crashed into our boat! He probably thought that just because he's a cool dude we're going to change the course of our boat!
Next place where I saw many impressive athletic postures trapped in sexy wetsuits carrying things for windsurfing is Punat on the island Krk.
Excellent for beginners -the bay is almost like a lake, you can't get blown away, good winds, and if there’s no wind you can keep your muscles toned and adrenaline level appropriately high on the Ski-lift.Related to:
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Rafting on Cetina river
Cetina river is running through beautiful landscape, guarded by rocky mountains but softly nested in luscious green foliage.
The lower part of the stream, below Electric Plant Kraljevac Zadvarje is just perfect for rafting - the flow is almost completely controlled by plant's turbines, there's just enough speed, turns and small waterfalls to make your heart beat faster, plenty of wonderful sights to take your breath away during 3 hours of your great adventure
The rafting tours are guided by experienced local skippers, and are safe enough even for children, I'd say from the age 5 up.
In some areas, your skipper will tell you where you can swim in that crystal clear water, or he will stage a "fight" or race with another raft.
But when he tells you to sit, hold, bend down or pedal - you better obey! It’s not a water-park ride operated and pulled by invisible motors, no breaks and emergency exits. It's a real thing - you will enjoy getting just a little bit tired, feeling your muscles and heartbeat.
The price evolves around 25 Euros per person, our agency Slap had great discounts for families and the price included transfer from anywhere between Split and Makarska to the starting point under Slime and back “home” from Radmanove Mlinice.
Also - this agency obviously had the longest route, the service was incredibly friendly and they give you neoprene trousers to save your delicate arrears.
We had the most wonderful time, and we shall certainly do this again, maybe even one more demanding "canyoning" adventure which takes place on the upper Cetina stream, above the electric plant. Simply because it was great and we want more!Related to:
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If you get the chance you should go and see the croatian national football team play.
They have a pretty strong side and the followers are an interesting bunch.
Especially the female fans.
Most national games are played in Zagreb, but sometimes they are in Split aswell.
Like most of the world, Croatians are football crazy. They also follow basketball pretty fervently (ever since the late, great Drazen Petrovic made a big splash in the NBA) and, believe it or not, they like kickboxing too, since they have one of the world's best in Mirko Filipovic. But soccer is still the king.
Split's team, Hajduk, has been around since 1911 and is one of the country's most successful clubs. They won Yugoslav championships many times over the years and became Croatian champions in '92, '94 and '95 and '01
Zagreb's soccer team is called Dinamo and their supporters are known as the Bad Blue Boys. They play at Maksimir Stadium, just outside the main city center.
The stadium in Split.
The football stadium in Split is a very impressive one.
It has a fantastic mountain backdrop aswell.
If you go there and speak to the guys at the stadium it is usually no problem to be let in for a look around.
Diving in Croatia - Biograd na Maru
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.Related to:
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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.
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.'
Swiming in the Adriatic, the most beautiful Europe
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.Related to:
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You'll find beautiful deserted beaches with the clearest of clear water along the Adriatic coast
(photos 1) and others that are just concrete shelving like this one (photo 2) by the old harbour in Dubrovnik. With over 1700 kilometres of coastline stretching out around the mainland's deep bays and inlets and over 1000 islands of all shapes and sizes with a further 4000+ kilometres, there really is room for everyone, and some like it more crowded than others!
Most natural beaches are stony - hard on the feet but it's one of the reasons the water is so clear. Some are absolutely spectacular - Bol, on the island of Brac, having the most famously beautiful of all, Zlatni Rat, a huge draw for tourists that sees thousands of people come there each year, though we've stayed in Bol in June and had the beach virtually to ourselves for our morning swims (photo 3). Others are naturally rocky shelves. (photo 4). Some are right on your doorstep - others are incredibly tucked away with no obvious access to them all - though if it's beautiful enough, you can bet someone will have found a way to get to it! (photo 5)
If you see a beach marked FKK - be prepared for naked bodies - naturism's a big part of the Croatian beach scene and there are beaches up and down the country designated for nude swimming.
Here's a great website that will tell you all you need to know, and then some, about this beachlover's paradise.Related to:
For me, the first thought about Croatia always been the basketball, even when I was younger and it was Yugoslavia we always knew that the legendary teams from Zagreb, Split & Zadar are Croatian teams.
Croatia water pool team GOLD MEDAL 2007
Croatia wins water polo gold medal in world championship MELBOURNE 2007., with a perfect score of six consecutive wins.
The world’s best Water Polo Players are: Josip PAVIC , Damir BURIC , Andro BUSLJE , Zdeslav VRDOLJAK, Aljosa KUNAC, Pavo MARKOVIC , Mile SMODLAKA, Teo DOGAS , Maro JOKOVIC, Samir BARAC , Igor HINIC, Miho BOSKOVIC and Frano VICAN. Their leader is Ratko Rudic - the waterpolo legend.Related to:
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DAVIS CUP 2005 Winner!
Croatian team won the 2005 Davis Cup in the final match with Slovakia in Bratislava. This is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sport. Members of the team were
Ivan Ljubicic, Mario Ancic, Ivan Karlovic, and Goran Ivanisevic.
Nikola Pilic, leader of the team, thus became the first captain in the history of Davis cup to win the trophy for different nations (he led Germany to Davis Cup titles in 1988, 1989 and 1993).
BLANKA VLASIC high-jumper
Blanka Vlasic, high-jumper, with her record jump of 2.07 (the second best in history, 2007), was Junior World Champion twice (Santiago, Chile, in 2000; Kingston, Jamaica, in 2002), and champion of XIVth Mediterranean Games in Tunisia, 2001. In 2007 she won the gold medal in Japan at the World Championship in Athletics, Osaka 2007. This is the first gold medal for Croatia in World Championships in Athletics, and one of the greatest successes in the history of Croatian sport.
First lessons of windsurfing
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 :-)Related to:
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