My wife’s brief was simple. ‘David’ research & book the best family activity holiday in Croatia! So, no pressure there! Anyway, fast forwarding 5 months later – these are my field reports…
I’m standing in the Cetina canyon with my two teenagers, just below a magnificent waterfall. The water is powering down at crudely one full bath per second and for once my two teens are lost for words. Perched open mouthed on the slippery rock face, they have been hypnotised by the spells of Croatia.
Rewind seven days earlier, we arrived in Split in great anticipation for our teenager activity holiday in Croatia. We were greeted by a blue sky and a friendly smile by the Green World Holidays rep ‘Nina’, who guided us from the airport terminal too adventure base. The transfer is less than 30 minutes and whilst my two girls preferred to study their Facebook feed, I very much enjoyed seeing the Dalmatia countryside unfold in front of me.
My daughters Louise (15) and Izzy (17), shared the week with three other families and I was grateful for the age matching of the other teenagers. My two girls can often be shy but with the relaxing atmosphere of the adventure base, new friends were made quickly.
Each day we were briefed and equipped for the active fun ahead! More often than not this involved a wetsuit, life vest and red helmet. Our instructors were simply amazing, measuring our capacity for thrills and inevitably spills. Every day we would find ourselves congregated as a team in another pristine location. From rural bliss to flowing rapid falls. This is a family adventure of many sides and personalities.
Active holidays in Croatia demand great catering, and our gala meals were superb! Alongside the other Dads I soon realised that every gulp of Ožujsko beer we drank was actually saving us money, compared with UK prices. Mums agreed that the local red’s and white’s definitely sustained their sense of well-being.
During my stay I chose to find out more of the town’s local history. Trilj actually has many archaeological findings dating way back to Mesolithic. The first ethnic group that inhabited this area are the Illyrian tribe Delmati. After 150 years of intense wars against the Romans (165 BC.- 9. AD), the Delmati people were eventually defeated. The remains of the Roman legionary fortress of Tilurium can still be found on the hill which watches over the hotel.
Is this the best family activity holiday in Croatia ? Undoubtedly, yes! This multi sport week in Trilj is perfect for families seeking fun within the gift of nature! My daughters affirmed that -Teenager activity holidays are positively ‘cool’ – sorry – i meant to write #epic.