The Adriatic Sea

The first time I encountered the Croatian coastline, and therefore the Adriatic Sea, was on a bus ride from Dubrovnik to Split. I was mesmerized. I could not believe the sheer beauty. The magnetism. And, this coming from a man who has witnessed and experienced the majesty of the Garden Route (South Africa) many, many times. Sorry South Africa, the Garden Route is great, but the Croatian coastline has one up on you guys! It was during this 4-hour or so bus ride that I KNEW I was going to come back. I did. The summer of 2010. And I realized I had to come back again. And again. And again. And again.

TremityAdriaticMakarskaThe Adriatic Sea separates Italy from Croatia (or if you wish to be more precise, the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula – where the latter includes the countries of Slovenia (47 km), Croatia (5,835 km), Bosnia and Herzegovina (26 km, the Neum corridor), Montenegro and Albania (the figures reflect the length of the coast line for those countries). Thus, the western coast of the Adriatic would be Italy, while the eastern coast includes the countries referred to above. Along with many other major rivers, the beautiful Neretva that flows through Mostar, says her “goodbyes” when she joins the Adriatic.

The Adriatic is about 480 miles long with an average width of 100 miles (maximum 140 miles). The average depth is about 800 feet (which makes it one of the shallowest parts of the Med) and the deepest italian adiraticmasseria-san-domenicoCroatia.the-adriatic-seaspot (4,034 feet) is midway between Bari (Italy) and the coast of Montenegro. The area is approximately 51,000 square miles; slightly less than the area of Lakes Superior and Michigan combined.

Notable cities on the Italian coast include: Trieste, Ravenna, Rimini, Ancona, Pescara, Bari and Brindisi. Major cities on the eastern coast, are: Koper, Izola and Piran for Slovenia; Umag, Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Rijeka, Seni, Zadar, Biograd, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Makarska, Ploce and Dubrovnik for Croatia; Neum for Bosnia & Herzegovina; Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Bar, Budva and Ulcini for Montenegro and Lezhe Durres and Vlore for Albania.

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The boat of Miodrag Kostic Cole, nearly 160 ft long, cost nearly $38 MILLION!

Apparently there is a vast difference between the Italian and Croatian coasts with the Croatian coast and beaches many times clearer, cleaner and bluer than the Italian coast. Something I intend to find out. With water, come yachts of all shapes and sizes. Something that I can attest to after my last trip. The most expensive LUXURIOUS yachts on the Adriatic belong to the people listed below:

  1. Miodrag Kostic Cole (48m/28 m euros)
  2. Dubravko Grgic  (44m/20m euros)
  3. Sinisa Mihaljovic (41m/20 m euros)
  4. Pavo Zubak (37m/15 m euros)
  5. Luka Rajic (34m/10m euros)

I was pondering where to go next year, and of course, the Adriatic came up. Which means going back to Croatia! I also know myself. Once in Croatia, I won’t leave (look what happened this past summer!) And then the light bulb went off: go to both sides of the Adriatic! Thus the plan, at this stage (y’all know how easily my travel plans change) is: Fly into Munich, train to Salzburg (has been too long since I have been there), train to Ljubljana, Trieste, Ravenna, Rimini, Ancona, Pescara, Brindisi and Bari from where I will take the ferry to Dubrovnik. At this stage I do not know whether the ferry will run when I need to get to Dubrovnik, so I may have to find my way to Rome (before I get to Bari) and fly from there (EasyJet) to Dubrovnik where I will meet South African friends. The plan is to spend a week with them (Dubrovnik/Mostar/Hvar) and then I will return via Makarska (have to go there) to Dubrovnik from where I will wait until I can get onto a ferry to Bari.

From Bari (after 2 days, or so) I will move onto Sorrento where I will stay for up to 10 days and do day trips to those wonderful villages on the Amalfi Coast, Capri and the name of another place of which the name escapes me (my Italian friends will kill me if I don’t go, so I will find out from them) and then finally Rome. The eternal city where I will spend a minimum of 4 days before I fly back to Pittsburgh.

But hey, that is the plan today, towards the end of September. Lets see what they are when I hit the plane on May 10 2011 (DV)!


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