The end of our charter had arrived – what a splendid week of fun, sun, sea, sailing, snorkelling all accompanied by great food and enhanced by the excellent company of Toni and Una. Would highly recommend them as a Skipper and Hostess team. Toni was laid back and extremely capable as proven when he negotiated some pretty nifty skills when mooring up in a particularly tight spot in between other yachts. Una was absolutely lovely and an excellent chef – delicious variety and brilliant deserts – the only downside is that we all gained weight! We surprised ourselves as we even had a healthy credit left over from our deposit for food shopping which went towards a well deserved tip for the crew.
We had arranged to be collected by Mate Perajica who offered an exceptional service. We had booked a day tour to cover Split and surrounding areas which included wine tasting and Krk Waterfalls and transport back to our hotel in the evening. He was excellent company and very knowledgeable. As an ex professional basketball player he was also HUGE! A comfortable van and water supplied.
First stops were for some scenic photographs and views of Primošten which is famous for its vineyards. We then headed up the hill to Our Lady of Loretto statue which is a symbol of fertility of the land. Wonderful views of the ocean and islands and there is a snack bar.
Next we headed to Grad Šibenik which is a city known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. The 15th-century stone Cathedral of St. James is decorated with 71 sculpted faces. An interesting stop.
We were excited for the wine tasting and food pairing which we had booked at the family run Ante Sladic Vino. We were welcomed by Marina Sladić who provided a thoroughly enjoyable account of all the family made wines and olive oil and home made food. Just brilliant. When we came to leave we could only buy one bottle of wine due to luggage limitations and she insisted on giving us a complimentary magnum of our favourite wine. What a pleasure. Please support this winery if you are ever in the region.
By now we were thoroughly relaxed and had a snooze in the car on the 45min drive to Krka National Park. An absolute MUST visit while in Split. It is difficult to put the beauty and tranquility into words. The wine must have taken effect as we were all a bit giddy on the boat trip out to the Park!
Mate mentioned that swimming in the Falls would be banned going forward due to fatalities occurring. We are so pleased that we had the opportunity bathing in these waters. Truly a spectacular location.
Mate drove us to our Hotel Adriana which was in a stunning location on the Promenade. We freshened up and enjoyed a couple of sundowners. Mate said that he was really good friends with the Owners and regularly had drinks there. He agreed to collect us the next day for our transport to the airport.
We decided to walk to the Michelin Star Dvor that we had booked for dinner. It was a pleasant 20min stroll down the promenade and we arrived to splendid views and a spectacular sunset. We opted for the tasting menu which was superb! We did laugh at our black teeth from the cuttlefish ink! We opted to include crayfish – Elliott’s first time! Caitlyn was so taken by the Chocolate Lava cake that our waiter offered her another one – boy, did she regret that!! She thought she was going to explode! We really needed the walk back to the hotel! What a fantastic final evening in this wonderful country!