Croatia was the 'undiscovered Mediterranean' a few years ago, but particularly in the northern part it has sprouted a new dominant species - Germanicus Cockjockus. Yes, the obese, middle aged, speedo wearing German has invaded all but the most out of the way places, and brought with them monster campervans - sometimes hard to know whether you were in Rab or the Rhine. Still, we got away from them for a couple of days on the beach and a wander around the villages on the island.
How to describe the water - it is absolutely the bluest water you'll ever see in your life - like someone's actually dyed the whole sea, and so incredibly clear - you can easily see 30 metres down. Oh, and so amazingly calm - makes the Swan River look like waves out of The Perfect Storm. All this with islands just offshore - perfect for sailing, sunning and island hopping. Who are we to ignore the call. We put the van on the ferry across to Rab Island, one of the most northern islands, with one of the very few sandy beaches in Croatia. No kidding - there's hundreds of kms of coastline, and only 8 km of sand in the whole of Croatia - but we'll find 'em! (See photos below). We couldn't believe what some people would lie just to be by the water - concrete slabs, large pebbles (that's builder's materials to us!) that gave people red marks when they got up like they'd had that Chinese Suction Cup therapy stuff .