I remember thinking, ‘It’s these kind of family adventure holidays I could get used to!’ Written by David, a family man who shares his family adventure holiday in Croatia.
“David, we need to do something different next summer with the kids!” ‘Different’ – I look up from the Sunday papers casually, trying my best not to show my wife ‘Wendy,’ that the alarm bells were already ringing. She continued – “I’ve read about these family activity holidays, and they look fun to try. Why don’t we find one to join?” I gave the imaginary salute, ‘Yes sir!’ agreeing it sounded fun (I was lying), and asked the internet for help.
Eight months on, our family passports stamped with Croatia; this is my report from the frontline:
I’m immersed to the waist in a warm water pool, watching a magnificent waterfall crash into the Cetina Canyon. The water is falling at roughly one full bathtub per second from a height of 150 meters, and the naked sounds of nature’s power are filling my ears.
Five meters behind me, my two teenage daughters swim and splash into the rock pools. I can hear them laughing and screaming as they repeatedly plunge from an advantageous jump spot. Wendy ‘surprisingly’ was lost for words. The Gubavica waterfall had her in its intended trance. I never thought at age 51 that I’d be venturing through such an elaborate and miraculous natural landscape. I was sorrowful that this was our last day in Croatia.
A week earlier, the family had arrived in Split in high spirits. Even my daughters, having been denied their trip to Ibiza, were excited about the prospect of a dedicated teenage adventure holiday. As we stepped out of the terminal with our guide ‘Nina,’ we were greeted under the canopy of a blue sky and warm sunshine. Welcome to Croatia.
The transfer was uneventful for my daughters Louise (age 15) and Izzy (age 17), preferring to study their Tweets. But Wendy and I enjoyed listening to Nina and watching the Dalmatian countryside reveal itself as we drove to the Green World Holidays adventure base.
The hotel, in fact, boasted an impressive surrounding, family-owned, rich in history, and offered a blue coastline. Positioned next to the Adriatic Sea, we soon found ourselves relaxing under the rhythmical beat of the waves. Our rooms combined a modern and fresh design, with satellite TV and air conditioning, and we both had a private balcony – which was a beautiful surprise. I remember thinking, ‘it’s these kinds of family adventure holidays I could get used to!’
The outside terrace was another highlight, an excellent space for breakfasts and dinners. It also turned out to be the perfect position to meet & greet the other newly arriving families. To the surprise of Izzy & Louise, who apparently hadn’t been fully listening to myself or mum – that we were going to be joined by three other families, all with similarly aged teenagers. Funnily, by the end of the week, it was the parents that were more grateful to the age matching than the kids.
Every evening, we were briefed for the following day’s adventure. What to wear, what to bring, what to expect! The majority of the time involved a wetsuit or swimwear. Our guides and instructors were ‘amazing.’ Super patient, super fun, and constantly engaging the kids.
Every day the newly formed tribe of families would be in another pristine location, laughing, joking, and taking action selfies. This family adventure holiday of many personalities is challenging but with the right balance of relaxation. It can go from seaside bliss to free-flowing rapids.
There was certainly no fear of starvation during our frontline adventures. Active holidays in Croatia require great food, and luckily for us, the Green World Holidays hosts served delicious local foods at breakfast and evening dinners. Alongside the other parents, I soon realized that every sip of local wine we consumed was saving us money and sustaining that idyllic sense of holiday well-being.
During our stay, we discovered two UNESCO old towns – Trogir & Split, took on grade 3 river rapids, swam in the sea, cycled the countryside, relaxed on a beach, and met some wonderful families of very similar backgrounds.
Did I find one of the best family activity holidays in Croatia? Undoubtedly, we did! This multisport week is perfect for families looking for fun with the right balance of personal time to chill out. When their guards were down, my daughters avowed that – teenage activity holidays are positively ‘epic.’
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