|Boating in Croatia|
If there was just one thing in Croatia you could say was uniquely Croatian, you would say it was its boats. Every port has, lined up along its quays, wooden boats which have such beautiful line and elegance, youd think theyd all been built over a hundred years ago. Although some are very old, most were actually built relatively recently. If you visit Omis, in Central Dalmatia, there is a boat yard by the road where boats like these are still being built in the old fashioned way.
The quay side at Makarska, Central Dalmatia
A quiet bay in South Dalmatia
All of these boats are, of course, designated for tourism. Boat trips are offered everywhere, and with the number of islands and coastal attractions to see it is hardly surprising. These trips are very pleasant and can be from a few hours to a whole day. If you go for a day the trip usually includes a fish picnic, which is locally caught fish prepared à la Croatian. Delicious!
If you want to hire a boat, whether it be a little rowing boat or big motor boat for big game fishing, or whatever, youll be able to hire one in almost any town along the coast. Everywhere placards on quay sides advertise boats which can be hired by the hour, by the day, with a driver or without a driver.
Old boats grouped together at Split
A tourist boat passes the cliffs outside the Bay of Makarska
Left is just one of the many boat trips from Makarska which go to the islands of Hvar and Brac, where you can stop off for a few hours to see the famous beach at Bol.
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