The Forgotten Fishing Village of Mandre

08 May 2014 - 10:57:05 am

For several years now, Iíve been spending my summers sailing on a rented out boat around Croatian islands (the Adriatic Sea) and last year, Iíve come across a lovely little spot called Mandre, a tourist resort located in the southern part of the island of†Pag. This charming former fisherman village stretches alongside a beautiful crystalline sea and offers a perfect vacation spot for anyone who wishes to spend a few days away from the city life. The place emits hospitality and the locals are always more than happy to make sure that your stay is enjoyable. I might add that fishing right out of your own boat is possible and Iíve caught my own lunch on more than one occasion.

But for those who wish to dine in a bit more ďcivilizedĒ manner, there are several local restaurants with a large variety of dishes to offer, ranging from delicious sea food courses, all the way to good old fashioned pizza.

While exploring Mandre, I came across several small shops, a genuine art gallery, a few street vendors, selling handmade jewellery and, to my surprise, an actual childrenís playground.

Iíve visited Mandre a few times now, and it constantly surprises me how fast the village is growing. New apartments for rent are popping out like daisies in spring and even though the place seems rather filled out with people, they are so strategically placed that you really canít say itís crowded.

But what I love the most about this place are the small streets and the fact that people donít use cars much. Everything can be reached by foot, be it the beach, the grocery store (there are several, including a newly build supermarket), or you simply wish to enjoy a quiet evening walk by the sea. The sunset over the two islands (Silba and Olib) are truly a sight to behold and I can already hear my family groaning as they browse my vacation pictures, just to come across two dozen sunset photos.

Mandre are relatively close to one of the famous Adriatic hotspots for nightlife entertainment; the beach/disco club Zrce/Aquarius, so if you are willing to part 20 minutes of your time to hitch a ride to Novalja, you can party the night away.

One more thing Iíd like to mention; the canal between Mandre, Silba and Olib are wild dolphin hunting grounds and they can be seen on a regular basis. Let me just tell you, the first time I noticed something in the water following my boat, I was not amused... until this gorgeous animal swam up to get some air and the next moment, I found myself surrounded by at least ten to fifteen dolphins at once. However, these are still wild dolphins and they tend not to get too close. But still, itís most definitely one of the best reasons to visit this lovely place.

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