Spring in Dalmatia

The spring is finally here!
The weather was gorgeous and with unusually high temperatures in mid 20s, it was impossible to stay at home. So, I took two friends and left for the hills.
First stop: ruins of Assseria near Benkovac.

Walls of Asseria
Walls of Asseria

I wrote about this site a while back at Asseria and I visit often to see if any serious excavations are been done. Unfortunately, the archaeologists have better things to do than to excavate one of the most important and most impressive Roman cities in Croatia…

Impressive walls still mostly underground...
Impressive walls still mostly underground...

But life is everywhere in this dead city!
We saw a beautiful rabbit running up the hill! Gorgeous to look at in the wild!

Running free...
Running free...
...up the hill!
...up the hill!

Then we saw several tortoises (kornjača in Croatian)…

Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni)
Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

These animals are protected and endangered so don’t take them away.
One last look at the walls of Asseria before heading north.

The excavated northern face of Asseria
The excavated northern face of Asseria

Our next stop was Karin Donji famous for it’s monastery but also for the wonderful short river of Karišnica!

Monastery of Karin Donji with Velebit in the backround
Monastery of Karin Donji with Velebit in the backround

The colors of spring are just amazing and it was so hot that we decided to walk in the river – shallow parts, of course!

Karišnica
Karišnica

And we also saw some unexpected sea creatures in river water!

Flounder?
Flounder?

Did I say that it was gorgeous today? More summer like than spring and we surely hope it lasts as early April is usually rainy and cool…

Karišnica river
Karišnica river

And, as the sunset was slowly creeping on us, the colors of the river went even more unusual!

Colors of early Spring
Colors of early Spring

Just had to share this wonderful day…

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3 thoughts on “Spring in Dalmatia

  • Thanks a million, Alan !
    I always enjoy your posts. You make me discover my country over and over again.
    Reading your pages, brings back my father and aunt’s voices in my head when they were always suggesting interesting trips not far from home. All the best.

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