Croatia: Swimming in the Adriatic Sea
The instant my toes touch the water they are numb. Ah so this is why no one swims here during the off-season, I say to sisters in between shivers ‘Here’ being the Adriatic Sea, the body of water which separates Italy and Croatia. During the summer thousands of tourists flock to Croatia and its hundreds of islands to swim or sail in it’s deep and mysterious, blue waters. The water is crystal clear, the clearest I have ever seen, and so calm. Tiny waves lap onto the pebbly shore creating the relaxing background music of the beach. In the background I can see hundreds of orange roofed houses resting peacefully on rolling green hills. Far as the eye can see are more blue-green islands, small compared to the vast sea and sky. It’s cloudy, but the clouds are finally starting to break letting warm rays of sun peek out warming the air a bit.
Despite the cold, the off-season has its perks. The beach is ours, no one around for miles. Only sail boats and the occasional ferry disturb the serenity of the sea. The weather is still nice, it’s sunny and in the sixties. My sisters and I swim and splash in the cold waters. We leap around rocks and shells until we can no longer stand the cold and then go to dry on the rocky shore. Soaking in the last rays of sunlight, we say goodbye to a wonderful day at the Adriatic Sea.