Ambleside & District

2014 Croatia

A most enjoyable week was spent by the holiday group at the Hotel President, Solin, near Split in Croatia. The holiday was arranged through Saga. We were well looked after at the hotel and had excellent guides on the organised outings.

When flying in we had wonderful views of the hundreds of small islands along the Dalmatian coast; so it was fitting that most of us chose to visit Brac, the closest island to Split, on our first day.

The weather was glorious, the sea calm, and the walk we enjoyed with the guide was most interesting. We even found ourselves in some lovely back gardens in the old part of the town, where restoration of medieval buildings was taking place. The church by the port is built on a Roman site and the paths outside are mosaics of the period.

Roman occupation is evident all over Croatia, the most spectacular example being Diocletian’s Palace in Split, which is a town within the palace, the centrepiece of which is a mausoleum. The buildings within represent all subsequent periods of history and people still live there, as they do also in Trogir, an island walled city further north, with a more Venetian influence.

Apart from the organised tours, we took local buses to see Trogir and the smugglers’ port of Omis where the mountains meet the sea and mask a fast flowing river, on which several of our party took a boat trip up the gorge.

The hill fort of Klis commanded the only pass along the mountain range. Apart from splendid views, the surrounding mountain faces reminded me of Pavey Ark in the Langdales. We went on many other walks and excursions, all of which were enhanced by mountains, waterfalls and, above all, by lovely flowers.

Our thanks to Dorothy Marsh and Joan and Reg Curphey for arranging such an enjoyable holiday.

Charmaine Brown