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Morning Boat Ride Around the Croatian Islands

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A Visit to Croatia: Going from Dubrovnik to the Croatian Islands

view Dubrovnik houses

Photo Credit: fjaka

It was a brilliantly sunny morning in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as my brother, friends and I wandered the streets of the old city, delighting in the near emptiness of the place in the moments just after sunrise.

We stopped in a warm bakery to pick up croissants, pastries and hot coffee, bid farewell to those dying to do a bit of shopping, then made our way to the harbor to see if we could track down an obliging captain to take us for a boat ride around Otok Lokrum, one of the 1246 Croatian Islands.

We found a portly elderly couple, the man strong and silent, his wild-haired wife bossing him around and ordering him to take us to the island. We probably paid too much – about $25 for a one hour ride – but they were so cute and hilarious we couldn’t say no.

lake Plitvice Croatia

Photo Credit: naadjuuuh

The old man fired up his craft as we clambered aboard and his wife stood on the pier waving to us, her white hair stark against the stone walls of the city. It was a glorious boat ride. The sun hot on our faces, brisk breezes off the Adriatic whipping our hair and cooling sunburned shoulders.

Otok Lukrum is a rugged place, the beaches rocky and jagged rather than sandy. Also known as the Island of Kings, Otok Lukrum is first mentioned in the history books in 1023 with the building of a Benedictine monastery and abbey. Legend has it that Richard the Lion Heart shipwrecked on the island in 1192 on his return from the Crusades. Overjoyed at being alive and safe, he pledged to build a church there. His plans were thwarted when the citizens of Dubrovnik begged that the church is built in the city instead.

blue sea island

Photo Credit: Pok Rie

An island is a place of great beauty and history. The name Lokrum comes from the Latin, ‘acrumen‘, meaning sour fruit. This derives from the tradition of cultivating exotic plants on the island from places as far away as Australia and South America. The Austrian archduke Maximilian once had a holiday home here.

Otok Lukrum is now a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve. It boasts a lush Botanical Garden, hidden lake, and Fort Royal Castle that provides commanding views of the Adriatic and Dubrovnik. White ladders can be seen ascending from the sea up onto the rocks, providing perfect places for sunbathing and swimming.

During a visit to Croatia, switching from the hustle and bustle of beautiful Dubrovnik to the Croatian Islands, one finds the perfect place to rest, snooze in the sun, or explore an island that may once have given safety to a king of England.

Cruise in Croatian Island

Header Photo by Palo Cech

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I am a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle. Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband, where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving. For more visit: Rambling Tart

This article has 12 comments

  1. Zablon Mukuba

    this is a great place to go swimming or a boat ride

  2. Nicole

    I can totally picture that couple, Krista. Great description! 🙂 And the light and brilliant blues in your photos makes me long for sunshine!

  3. Andi

    Your pics are divine!!! I’m dying to visit Croatia. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about it.

  4. Anna Johnston

    Oh I’ve certainly heard so much about the wondrous beauty of Croatia & its absolutely on my bucket list…, so envious you’ve travelled there too. Lovely pics – I can just imagine the old couple, hillarious 🙂

  5. Krista

    It sure is, Zablon! I didn’t get a chance to go swimming on this trip, but I’d love to next time. 🙂

  6. Krista

    I’m so glad, Nicole! I’m aching for a lovely escape too. 🙂

  7. Krista

    Thank you, Andi! 🙂 I hope you get to go very soon. It’s such a wonderfully gorgeous place. 🙂

  8. Krista

    I hope you get to go soon too, Anna! That older couple was a hoot! 🙂 We loved them. 🙂

  9. Cailin

    I want to go there now! Great photos!

  10. Food Lover Kathy

    Krista – LOVE the photos. You captured the beautiful blue of the water so well. Dubrovnik was one of my favorite places in Croatia. I didn’t make it to the island, Otok Lokrum, though. We rented kayaks instead. Your island trip sounds so much more relaxing, and amusing. My next trip, I’ll be looking out for the couple with the bossy wife.

  11. Krista

    Thank you, Cailin! I’m so glad you like them. 🙂

  12. Krista

    Thank you, Kathy! Ohhh, kayaking sounds SO fun! 🙂 I’d love to do that.

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