Posted by: viewfromtheriva | July 30, 2010

Sightseeing Croatia August 2010 Newsletter

The spectacular beginning of the Krka River!

Welcome to summer in Croatia!

Most of July it’s been +30 (90F) or so every day. Gorgeous, yes, but hot!  Here in Split of course, by the sea, there’s always a breeze and the evening, with the 56th Split Summer Festival in full swing, is always glorious

It’s been a busy summer so far, Natasha and I have met people from all over the world–from Hong Kong (Me:  “Hi, why did you choose Croatia? They:  “Because it is so beautiful and so safe!”), Norway (six fab ladies who we sent to Filomena, the great day day spa here and boy did they love it!), Spain, the US, Finland, Russia, Australia, Portugal, Canada and many others!

The lovely harbor at Hvar Town, on Hvar Island--a great day trip to explore the island's wineries, history and culture!

Split has two new hotels this summer–the Radisson Blu Resort and the Hotel Luxe, both 4 stars.

The Radisson Blu is the only oceanfront hotel in the city proper and being high up on a bluff, the views to the Adriatic and Brac island are fabulous.  95% of the 250 rooms have a sea view; most with patios and many have beds actually facing the window wall to the ocean! And with a 1600 sq. meter outdoor dining deck and three beaches, The Radisson Blu sure looks like a winner to us!

The Hotel Luxe is steps away from the Green Market smack in the center of town and has only 30 rooms, but terrific views of the Split harbor and the  ancient nearby red tile rooftops.  With a hip interior and a very welcoming staff, the Luxe fills a real niche in the downtown core.  And they also have  nifty spa in the basement. 

Discover Split!, our new tourist newspaper, came out in June and was an instant success with locals and visitors alike.  With 250,000 copies,  it is the largest circulation tourist newspaper in Croatia! Be sure to pick up a copy when you are here

Our program to Solta, the island of olives, honey and wine, has really taken off this year with more than 90 people enjoying this fabulous day in nature. Here’s a photo of a group enjoying home-cooked lunch made with love by Frane’s mom, and local Dobricic wine at the Olynthia Natura olive oil mill:

Mmmmm...brushcetta followed by shrimp risotto with lots of Dobricic wine!

We’ve also taken some time to do some traveling in Croatia to personally experience some of the terrific sightseeing this country has to offer.  One of the highlights was a day trip we took with Alan Mandic, who runs Secret Dalmatia, the ne plus ultra of Croatian boutique travel agencies ( to the interior of Croatia.  The impressive Fortress of Knin was just one of the treats we experienced with Alan and his family.

High on a hill in the ancient town of Knin is the town's fabled Fortress

We’ve decided to start taking more pictures of sightseeing Croatia’s friends when they come here, so let’s begin with a recent day trip to Trogir, another UNESCO site, less than an hour from Split.  Illyrian, Greek, Medieval and Renaissance all rolled into one gorgeous walled walking town, Trogir is a perfect bookend to Roman Split.  Local historians believe that if Trogir was anywhere in Italy, for example, it would be visited by millions because of its astonishing architectural ensemble.

One of the wonderful narrow alleyways that await you in Trogir!

Inside a Trogir courtyard, Renassance remains!

Almost everywhere you look in Croatia there’s something that stops you, whether it’s the stunning, amazingly clear Adriatic or a sleepy village street in Krilo Jesenice built entirely by hand of local stone.  Here they are:

Even my $50 camera can capture the beauty of the Adriatic!

And just down the coast, up in the hills overlooking the sea is the tiny hamlet of Krilo Jesenice and this fabulous village lane

This photo I took of an ancient village street in sleepy Krilo Jesenice is what I see everyday when I open my computer

When we are not welcoming tourists or taking trips ourselves, we’re busy welcoming family.  My sister and her husband from Florida visited us in July for the second time and are now in Italy.  Later this summer Natasha’s daughter Anastasia will come after spending her summer as a French translator on a river cruise ship that does the Moscow-St.Petersburg route.

Other highlights this summer include being asked to join the editorial board of Visit Split, Welcome, the official magazine of the Tourist Board of Split, where I serve as the English language editor and a writer of feature stories.

OK, that’s the short and sweet of it from Split!  We’ll write again at year end–there are now over 1000 people a month taking a look at http://www.sightseeingcroatia. com and more than 100 of you are receiving this newsletter!

If you have friends who you’d like to share it with, just forward the email you received from us.

We look forward to hearing from you–new ideas, comments, suggestions!

Best regards,

Robert and Natasha



  1. WOw, Congratulations on your new position. Summer is a busy time for traveling and family.

  2. This is the first of your newsletters that i have received. I love it. The information you have given me about Croatia has been SO useful. Hope to meet you next time I visit.

  3. Excellent piece of writing, l quite agree with your submission. I will subscribe to your rss to keep up.

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