Following Celtic Ways

Ramblings and reviews by John Willmott as he travels the Celtic Ways and Waterways visiting hidden ancient Celtic temples, sacred wells, and provoking legends .... plus music and theatre along the way

Monday, July 04, 2005

Croatia: Day 8 - Cavtat & Supreban Island

by John Willmott of Celtic Ways

Most people can experience all they want from Dubrovnik in a day. Dubrovnik is not as crowded as Venice and is more compact. Beyond Dubrovnik there are many more places to explore.

Cavtat is a lovely choice because, historically, it is older than Dubrovnik and very quaint. The waterside bathing areas are beautiful but we found them a little crowded as the bathing areas are quite small.

While wandering through Cavtat, for the first time, we did experience Croatian folk music and dancing, which was a delight. There was also a poster, in Croatian, announcing a gig by Irish band, "The Skelligs".

Like all Croatian coast side villages the economy is tourism so there are many delightful inexpensive outdoor cafes and restaurants along with services like internet, downloading digital cameras onto disc etc.

Desperate to find our own paradise of peace and seclusion for bathing, sunning and relaxing we rented a small boat, inexpensively, and headed a few miles offshore to a seemingly remote island, Supreban. Out in the sea this natural secluded isolated wilderness island had a tikki bar and it was open! Along with hockey pitch and volleyball court, we could not figure out how the owner made a living. Apparently there are large boat parties that appear from time to time, yet its jetty was very small.

We did have a wonderful day, though, almost to ourselves in the peace, sun and clear blue waters. Surprisingly, though we were much further south the sea was not as warm as we had enjoyed off of the beautiful Brijuni island towards North Croatia, but it was still and incredible treat and paradise ..... and very hard to leave.

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