Saturday, April 23, 2016

flashback 2015: braç island - croatia

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VACATION WITH ADOLESCENTS - a challenge
Scrolling through my old blogposts I realized I forgot to mention our gorgeous vacation in Dalmatia (Croatia) on the island of Braç last summer!
It was an absolute challenge to combine all the wishes in our family...
1. Peter and I with a pile of books in our suitcases, in search for beautiful nature, peace, silence, culture and nice authentic fresh food.
2. And our boys, 16 and 17 at that time, accompagnied by their friend Sam (17): looking for nightlife, international friends, girls on the beach, cheap (and legit!) tequila and beer and great greasy fast food. ;-)

I knew this was going to be our last summer vacation as a family so I tried my utmost to find the ideal location to suit everyones expectations. Next to that I didn't want to spend too much money on vacations this year.

BRAÇ
We chose for Braç, a large Dalmatian island. We stayed in Supetar which is the port of Braç and it has a rather lively historic town. We rented a simple apartment (AirBnB) just a few minutes on foot from the center and far enough from the 'strip' with a few nightclubs and bars. We didn't hear any noise.

I apparently did exactly the right thing: the boys had the best vacation ever and so had the parents. The gentlemen went out until late, woke up late in the afternoon, got to know tons of new friends (Swiss, Austrian, Croatian, Polish, Swedish, Australian), and celebrated their vacations completely their style. In the meantime there was mommy, taking care of salads, lots of fruits, warm bread from the bakery and fresh meals every night.

Peter and I had a completely different kind of holiday. We explored the island together with good friends that came over, swam at small bays with lagoon-blue water, walked through sleepy mountain villages and yes, we read our books on the terrace, while the three men were vast a asleep.

RECOMMENDATIONS
For people without adolescents I would recommend to stay in Sutivan or  Postira. Less crowded, more authentic! Just lovely little places, with a few restaurants and bars and nice - not too crowded - beaches in the village. Also I wouldn't recommend July or August, oh my, it was soooo hot (above 40 C)! If possible go there in June or September.
Oh, and all of the beaches are rocky (pebbles) so don't forget to bring your water shoes!

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