Early in May in 2004, my son Anton and I traveled to Split, Croatia. I had booked a 7 day cruise on the Katarina Lines' M/V Lopar which would depart from there for a week of visiting island and mainland ports as far south as Dubrovnik. When we weren't on the water, we spent 6 days in Split and a day on the island of Brac, my father's birthplace.
There are over a thousand islands along the Adriatic coast of Croatia, the largest of which are Krk and Cres at about 150 square miles each. The region known as Dalmatia begins near Zadar in the north and extends south beyond Dubrovnik. Split is the largest city on the coast and the second largest in the country. The city's site was first occupied by the palace built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in 305 AD. It is now a major tourist destination and the region's major sea transportation hub. Split was to be our base for travel on the crystal blue waters of Southern Dalmatia.
We boarded the Lopar at the Split ferry docks on Saturday, May 8 and headed east through the Bracki Kanal bound for the resort town of Makarska where we would spend the first night. On Sunday we sailed further east along the mainlannd and around the eastern end of Hvar and then around the western tip of the Peljesac Peninsula into the Peljeski Kanal. We had a brief stop at the tiny island of Vrnik and then headed for Pomena in a national park on the island of Mljet. Monday took us through the Mljetski Kanal and to Sipan, one of the Elaphite Islands, where we docked in the harbor at Suderad. Tuesday, we sailed further east along the mainland to the harbor at Gruz, which is the deep harbor and ferry terminus for Dubrovnik. Wednesday we headed west along the mainland to the town of Trstenik on the Peljesac Peninsula where we spent the night. Thursday took us to Lumbarda near the southern tip of the island of Korcula. After a brief stop, we then headed for the walled city of Korcula Grad where we would overnight. Friday took us westward to the neighboring island of Hvar and the fashionable resort of Hvar Grad. On Saturday we sailed to Brac, the next island to the west, my father's birthplace. Here we visited the port of Milna and swam in the bay at Bobvisca before heading back to Split.
Dalmatian Place NamesDue to potential and existing character
coding problems, I have not used the
Croatian alphabet on this site with the
following exception. On this table, the
actual Croatian spelling is on the left and
the approximate pronunciation is on
the right. The names listed are all places
that we visited on this trip.