Croatia’s Adriatic coast, from the westernmost point of the Istrian peninsula to the southernmost reaches of Dalmatia, is one of
the most evocative natural destinations for those who love the sea and who wish to experience the primeval touch of a natural
environment with a thousand faces.
This craggy coastline is redolent with the intoxicating fragrances of wild Mediterranean herbs, trees and shrubs, such as rosemary,
laurel, immortelle, Spanish broom and the strawberry tree that blend with the scents of garden sage, mint, wild thyme and other
aromatic herbs on the nearby slopes. The olive, that eternal symbol of time and space, can be found almost everywhere.
Even where nature is markedly lacking in soil man has found a way to protect it by building kilometres of long drystone walls that
meander through the secluded glades of islands girdled by the azure sea. That sea, transparently blue, with its atavistic aromas of
salt and algae, with rippling wavelets caressing a shore lined with pristine beaches and precipitous cliffs, reflects the sunlight like a
dazzling diamond. A thousand islands, islets and reefs, secluded coves and bays, and green pine forests seem as if they are moving
down to greet that miraculous marine world - down to the sea, an immutable secret waiting to be discovered, all the while keeping
a weather eye out for its sometimes unpredictable whims.
The winds on the Adriatic should never be treated lightly, particularly the bora in the Kvarner Bay and the Velebit Channel. Other
winds can be somewhat less awesome, although their strength varies along the northern and southern coast. For example, the
landward-blowing maestral, which makes for pleasant sailing along the Istrian coast, especially in the Summer, becomes stronger
as it moves south towards Dalmatia. The sirocco, a southerly wind, is more predictable.
It is always possible for sailors to find