Journal


 

Northern Italy and the Alps

During the last two years i wrote a lot about our adventure, the sailing, the good food and the fabulous Mediterranean Sea, but some of you might wonder:

Where are they from?

Well actually we are mountain people, yes i know this sounds difficult to believe but exactly that might also be the reason for loving the sea so much. My hometown is called Meran and is located in the far north of Italy, a beautiful little corner with lots of agriculture, mainly apple orchards and wine production.

With it's mild mediterranean climate and surrounded by the mitical Alps this town with a population of about 37000 ppl certainly offers a lot of beauty, palm threes and mountains as high as 3000m but no sea, unfortunately...

This little comune in South Tirol is a famous tourist place since the time of the Austrian empire and still today offers an interesting mixture of italian and german cultures, food and languages.

Here you can see our way south, this is the direction we take down to the Med and the boat.

So if you ever travel thru this area take some days and explore Meran, it is certainly worth it and if you love mountains, walking, climbing, biking, skiing and some amazing meals in a town with an interesting history you will go crazy for this place.

 

My home

is my castle.

 

No, unfortunately not, this is Castle Tirol.

 

Finding anchorages along the Croatian Coast (2nd part)

 
 

The island of Ist is the next stop, let's have a look. It is a wonderful island with a big bay equipped with lots of mooring bouys a very nice fish restaurant run by an Italian Lady and a couple of bars. Visiting this place is definitely worth it and take your time and walk up to the on the hill. The view is spectacular.

 
 

Sailing along on the eastern side of Dugi Otok another little village with a small harbor and a couple of nice bars and coffeshops for a day of relax is Sali. We really enjoyed this village  stayed for a couple of days, as we had to wait for a supply ship to bring fresh water to the island. During the hot and long summers water is rare on some islands so please try to save water if you can.

 
 

Passing the southern part of the island thru a small gap you enter the national park of Telascica. during the trip this one was one of my favorite anchor spots for a couple of nights. This bay looks like a mountain lake, completely silent, just birds and the sound of the wind in the threes. You can take a walk to the lake Mir, we haven't been but it is supposed to be really nice. At the northern end of the bay you can find the famous Taverna Goro. Don't miss out on buying fresh fruit and vegetables in Toni's supermarket. (Check the first photos)

Next up the National Park Kornati...

Finding anchorages along the Croatian Coast

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During our sailing adventure in the last two years we have seen lots of islands, wonderful villages and countless bays. If you have been on a sailboat you know the best that can happen is a nice wind during the day and a save anchorage for the night. Nothing is more valuable than a well protected bay to drop your anchor after a day of sun, sea and wind.

Here are some places we have visited and where we had exciting evenings and a good sleep, well protected from the strong northerly wind called Bora and most of the times close to a village to get supply and groceries. I will also add some more infos to the maps if necessary.

I am happy to help if you have some more questions, just comment.

 

Beautiful bay, south of Rovinj, you can anchor or use the paid mooring buoys. We found this wonderful restaurant in Rovinj.

 

Here you can find two marinas and also great and well protected anchorages in this bay, which is almost like a long fjord. During the summer the place is pretty crowded.

 

The bay of Maracol offers lots of mooring buoys and wonderful blue water. The bay is narrow with not a lot of room to escape if necessary. A 10 minutes walk takes you to the village on the other side of the island. This place gave us a "carribean" feeling. A perfect place to rest after crossing the Kvarner gulf.

 

Lots of buoys between the two islands, a great spot to sit and watch the boats passing by, before a sundowner and a nice meal at one of the restaurants nearby. Here you can have a eye on your boat while visiting the village.

 

On the southern end of Silba you can find a beautiful small quiet bay, very well sheltered from the northern winds but the walk to the village of Silba is a bit long, especially if you have to carry something heavy like water or lots of groceries.

 

To be continued...