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Water Sports on the Adriatic Coast

Water sports lovers will never want to come home from a trip to the shores of the Adriatic, where Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro offer a variety thrills and chills on fresh and salt water. Glide under sail amidst myriad islands or brave the white water of the mountains in a kayak, and try some traditional canoeing while you’re at it.


Italy offers endless and amazing opportunities for water lovers. Surrounded by the saltwater playgrounds of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean and graced with the Alps and the Apennines for elevated water works, you have loads of recreational choices. Enjoy the sea for windsurfing, kite-surfing, swimming, sailing, and waterskiing at Italy's countless marinas and ports, or head to the summer mountains for white water rafting and kayaking, fishing in the pristine waters of rivers and lakes, paragliding and hang gliding over spectacular landscapes. Italy’s famous lakes number over a thousand, and at larger lakes the adventurous can have fun testing their skills water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, and evWater sports lovers will never want to come home from a trip to the shores of the Adriatic, where Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro offer a variety thrills and chills on fresh and salt water. Glide under sail amidst myriad islands or brave the white water of the mountains in a kayak, and try some traditional canoeing while you’re at it. en fishing in a national level competition.

Looking for exciting river adventures, or a more peaceful sea kayak voyage? Either way, Croatia’s waters offer great potential for water sports. Did you know that canoeing is a tradition that has been going on for centuries here? Traditional Croatian canoes are called “trupice” are used for fishing and transportation on the river Neretva delta even today, but are great fun for family and group excursions. On a canoe trip with a guide you’ll paddle past castles and fortresses. For unforgettable rafting, remember the names of these rivers: Kupa, Dobra, Mrežnica, Korana, Una, Zrmanja and Cetina. Islands, islets, rocks and reefs fulfil anyone’s nautical dreams. The ideally laid out islands are separated by no more than 10 nautical miles and include about 1500 bays and ports, so the Croatian Adriatic is ideal for sailing under full sail or cruising on motor boats. Experienced divers in search of attractive endemic Adriatic flora and fauna or sunken Roman galleons and naval ships, Croatia is your scuba dream come true!

Scuba divers find that the steep limestone cliffs of Montenegro’s seacoast are full of small caverns that fish and flora love to call home. You can take amazing underwater photos of schools of dentexes, giltheads, cantors and many other kinds of fish, as well as very rare big fish like sea pigeons and lobsters. There are a few archeological finds, not completely excavated, on the coast as well. Kayaking, rafting or floating on traditional wooden rafts down the 60 kilometres river Tara is an incredible experience for adventurers and nature lovers. The Tara canyon, some 1.3km deep at some points, is the deepest and longest in Europe. UNESCO designates it as a world heritage site. There are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and more than 80 large caves along the canyon. The Tara River is the biggest European supply of drinking water. As you go rafting down its rapids you can drink it!

For the lovers of sailing Montenegro is the right destination. During the year around fifteen regattas are organised mainly for small sailboats. The most important regatta for small sailboats is the Montenegro Cup. The Montenegrin coast is as if made for windsurf, because the wind blowing offer ideal conditions for this sport and a special enjoyment.
The deep blue waters of the Adriatic that gently lap the coast of Montenegro have until now hidden the Mediterranean’s largest shoals of game fish.

So what lies below these calm tropical waters? The prized blue fin tuna, spearfish and albacore are a few of the species you can hunt. Here under a hot sun on a calm blue sea you can indulge in your dreams of emulating Ernest Hemmingway or Zane Grey by doing battle with a big, hard fighting bluefin tuna and, if you are lucky, become a member of the exclusive 1000lb club.

Adventure sports in Slovenia are simply enticing in Slovenia. If you want to go rafting or hydrospeeding, head for the River Soča; its smaller tributaries offer exciting canyoning. The Sava, Savinja and Krka rivers are also great for kayaks, while for more relaxed activities like canoeing and old-style rafting, try the Kolpa and Drava. The Slovenian coast is small but perfect for sailing, renting pedalos, or learning to water ski in Portorož. The waters between Piran and Strunjan are excellent for diving: apart from the diverse plants and animals, you can also see the remains of shipwrecks. Divers are also drawn by the mysteries of Karst springs, such as Lake Divje Jezero lake near Idrija.

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