A brand new journey information reveals a wilder option to immerse your self within the beautiful landscapes of Croatia and Slovenia.
Wild Swimming Croatia & Slovenia takes a deep dive into the nations’ untamed and secluded locations to take a dip, from dreamy coves on car-free islands to crystal-clear lakes and from secret plunge swimming pools on the backside of waterfalls to aquamarine canyons.
This aquatic voyage takes in 120 spots altogether, with GPS coordinates listed for each one. The e-book, which is illustrated with lavish pictures, goals to be the ‘excellent information’ for everybody from ‘households on holidays or explorers on the lookout for their subsequent journey’.
The writer, Hansjorg Ransmayr – a lifeguard, competitors swimmer, mountain information and white water canoeist – writes within the introduction: ‘From the idyllic to the adventurous, from contemporary water to brackish and salt water, there’s a fabulous vary of swimming prospects.
‘I like to treat my e-book primarily as a supply of inspiration to observe wild swimming with physique, thoughts and soul – as a “mild artwork of swimming” with awe and respect for nature – in addition to to actively shield the setting and every kind of our bodies of water.’
Scroll on for our choose of essentially the most spectacular swimming spots Ransmayr has discovered…
LAKE BOHINJ, MUNICIPALITY OF BOHINJ, SLOVENIA: The southern shore of this ‘enchanting alpine lake’ is populated by eating places and tour operators, explains the writer, however the north (pictured above) is ‘rather more distant and picturesque’, he says, including: ‘The crystal-clear water of the lake, which is totally renewed by confluence about 3 times a 12 months, is a paradise not only for swimming and those that like watersports but in addition the good number of fish species that thrive right here.’ Coordinates: 46.2816, 13.84745
LAKE BLED, UPPER CARNIOLA, SLOVENIA: Slovenia’s ‘best-known’ lake measures round 1.3 miles (2.1km) lengthy and just below a mile extensive (1.4km), reveals the e-book. The lake’s island of the identical identify is house to a church and ‘essential archaeological websites courting from the Center Ages’, says the writer. Pictured right here is the wild swimming spot on the southern shore, which the e-book says is ‘massively well-liked with native folks’. Ransmayr provides: ‘Aside from providing great views of the lake, island and chateau, there’s a huge sunbathing garden, cell loos, SUP board rental and close by bars and eating places.’ Coordinates: 46.35998, 14.09459
KOKRA VALLEY, MUNICIPALITY OF PREDDVOR, SLOVENIA: The Kokra Valley is a spot of ‘uncomplicated wild-swimming enjoyable’, with the realm’s Jezero Crnava (Black Lake) providing ‘simply accessible and family-friendly bathing choices’. The writer provides that the place the Kokra river valley narrows upstream of the village of Potoce, ‘giant gravel banks and swimming pools invite you to wash [pictured above]’. Ransmayr continues: ‘In Potoce itself is a picnic place the place wood tables and benches have been arrange within the quick neighborhood to the river.’ Coordinates: 46.30335, 14.47873
KORANA CITY BEACH, KARLOVAC, CROATIA: The town of Karlovac (pictured above) is traversed by 4 rivers, says the writer, however Korana – with its ‘glorious water high quality’ – is the popular possibility for bathing. Ransmayr provides: ‘In heat summers, the Korana at Karlovac can attain bathing temperatures of as much as 28C. The park-like setting alongside the river banks contains many sunbathing lawns, sports activities grounds and eating places.’ Coordinates: 45.4843, 15.55933
LJUBLJANICA, PODPEC, SLOVENIA: Referred to as ‘the river with seven names’, the river Ljubljanica carries that identify for round 25 miles (41km) of its complete 52.8-mile (85km) journey, the e-book reveals. Elsewhere on its route it goes by Strzen, Cerkniscica, Unica, Logascica, Pivka and Rak, the writer notes. Ransmayr writes: ‘Alongside the river part that features this explicit bathing spot [close to the village of Podpec, pictured above], artefacts from completely different eras of human historical past have been found. This implies that the river was as soon as thought to be sacred and that these artefacts have been choices to the river deities.’ Coordinates: 45.974730, 14.419350
OLIB, CROATIA: Olib is a ‘car-free island paradise’, says the e-book, and solely inhabited by round 150 folks. ‘Dreamy coves, a few of which may solely be reached by boat or on foot, maintain the promise of unforgettable bathing experiences,’ the writer writes. Pictured above is Slatinica on the jap coast, which Ransmayr highlights as ‘the cove with essentially the most stunning sandy seashore’. Coordinates: 44.3853, 14.79353
SAKARUN BEACH, DUGI OTOK, CROATIA (LEFT): ‘True to its identify, the “Lengthy Island” (the which means of Dugi Otok) has a substantial size of roughly 45km (28 miles),’ writes the writer. The one street on the island, which has a most width of two.4 miles (4 kilometres), passes many sandy seashores, says Ransmayr, who highlights Sakarun seashore (pictured) for its distinct ‘Caribbean really feel’. Coordinates: 44.13433, 14.87203. BLUE LAKE, IMOTSKI, CROATIA (RIGHT): ‘The sights of the village of Imotski embrace the outdated city, which was constructed on terraces, in addition to the medieval fort and the soccer stadium, constructed in a sinkhole. However the undisputed star amongst them, and really shut by, is the Blue Lake [pictured],’ writes Ransmayr. He provides that the wonder spot provides a ‘distinctive swimming expertise’ so long as the water degree is adequate: ‘At excessive water, the lake allegedly has a depth of 100m (328ft), a determine laborious to think about, whereas within the autumn it usually dries up utterly.’ Coordinates: 43.45381, 17.21545
SOURCE OF THE CETINA, CETINA, CROATIA: Pictured right here is Glavasevo Vrelo, ‘some of the fascinating springs in Europe’ and one of many fundamental sources of the Cetina river, the e-book reveals. ‘The large depth of the spring turns into obvious from the air when the water remains to be and crystal clear. Up till now, the spring has been explored to a depth of 115m (377ft), however its true depth is estimated to be between 130m (426ft) and 180m (590ft),’ writes Ransmayr. Courageous swimmers will face brisk temperatures of round 10 levels, he provides. Coordinates: 43.97687, 16.42996
ZARECKI KROV WATERFALL, RIVER PAZINCICA, ISTRIA, CROATIA: ‘It’s laborious to consider that there’s such an enormous fresh-water pool in the midst of Istria, and one which is really easy to get to,’ Ransmayr writes of this magnificence spot. He explains that the cave beneath the waterfall was shaped by the cascading water eroding a softer sort of rock on the underside of the ridge, and that the ceiling of the cave ‘provides among the most tough climbing routes in Croatia’. The writer provides: ‘From the left financial institution, a path leads right down to the cave and pool. Should you discover that this spot is overcrowded, particularly at weekends in early summer time, you may strive your luck additional upstream the place there are some stunning, albeit far much less spectacular, bathing spots.’ Coordinates: 45.24905, 13.96134
REPOV WATERFALLS, LUCE, SLOVENIA (LEFT): ‘Proper up till World Battle II, the realm of Luce had greater than 20 mills,’ says the e-book. The 250-year-old Zagerski mill (pictured) is the final working instance, says the writer, who recommends following the character path that leads from right here to Repov Waterfalls, a couple of 25-minute stroll. ‘The precise Repov falls comprise three consecutive rocky steps with a complete top of roughly 25m (82ft). The gorgeous pool of the underside fall could be accessed through a small wood ladder,’ writes Ransmayr. Coordinates: 46.30789, 14.70805. SAVICA WATERFALL, BOHINJSKO JEZERO, SLOVENIA (RIGHT): The waterfall pictured right here is without doubt one of the ‘mightiest and most spectacular in the entire of Slovenia’, says the writer, however he notes that the attraction itself is off-limits for swimming. Nevertheless, he factors out: ‘A brief distance beneath the ticket workplace, the place a small payment is charged for the pleasure of utilizing the path, you may have enjoyable at a really fairly swimming spot beneath a romantic stone bridge.’ Coordinates: 46.28981, 13.79932
LOKA BEACH ON THE RIVER KRKA AT ZUZEMBERK, LOWER CARNIOLA, SLOVENIA: Loka seashore provides a ‘nice view’ of the traditional village of Zuzemberk and its fort (pictured above, the fort on the suitable), the writer says, including: ‘In the summertime, beneficiant free parking and sunbathing lawns underneath the extensive canopies of huge historic timber, in addition to enjoyable treehouses, sports activities and taking part in areas, and the favored Loco Loka Bar, carry quite a few guests to this engaging spot.’ Coordinates: 45.82805, 14.93053
ZAVRATNICA COVE, JABLANAC, RAB, CROATIA: Pictured right here is the protected, fjord-like Zavratnica cove, which Ransmayr explains is situated a brief distance from the ferry port the place you cross to the island of Rab and reached through a mountain climbing path that crosses the centre of the Nationwide Park. Ransmayr continues: ‘In excessive summer time, it’s best to go to the central part of the cove – which is roughly 1km (0.6 miles) lengthy and between 50m (164ft) and 150m (492ft) extensive, and for which an entrance payment is charged – at the start and finish of the day. At these instances you may swim undisturbed within the clear water to the wreck of a ferry operated by the Germans throughout World Battle II and sunk by British fighter bombers. It now rests on the seafloor at a depth of just a few metres.’ Coordinates: 44.70024, 14.90337
ZRMANJA ENTRY POINT, KASTEL ZEGARSKI, CROATIA: The emotive panorama of the Zrmanja river has been used for quite a few German-produced Westerns, Ransmayr says, and there are various kayaking excursions accessible from the village of Kastel Zegarski, he provides. ‘Throughout a tour, it is possible for you to to swim, for instance, by Visoki Buk [pictured above], the best waterfall of the Zrmanja. Rafts and kayaks have to be carried across the fall anyway, so why not benefit from the water and go wild swimming!’ the writer suggests. Coordinates: 44.16043, 15.8541
GOSPA OD ZECEVA, ZECEVO, CROATIA: In line with native legend, a shepherdess had a imaginative and prescient of the Virgin Mary on the small island of Zecevo (pictured above), and was instructed by the saint to construct her a church, now often called the Gospa od Zeceva, the e-book explains. Ransmayr provides: ‘This swimming spot isn’t just fascinating due to its historical past but in addition due to the Velebit mountain vary that gives a surprising backdrop. Regardless of there being not a lot of a seashore as such, you need to use the slender pier and the jetty to place down your towels. The spectacular sunsets, for which the area round Zadar is broadly recognized, are even higher from this very particular spot. You might be just about by yourself right here and capable of totally immerse your self within the untouched, barren great thing about the place.’ Coordinates: 44.29548, 15.19349
SOCA VALLEY, SLOVENIA: The Soca Valley and its aspect valleys are ‘wild-swimming paradises’, says Ransmayr, who reveals that ‘some of the stunning and easy-to-reach spots is alongside the higher reaches of the [River] Soca by the bridge that results in the Lepena valley, after a gorge-like part the place the Emerald River narrows to some metres’ and the valley widens. Ransmayr says that right here, pictured, ‘white bizarrely carved rock formations and deep crystal-clear swimming pools invite you to sunbathe, swim, dive off the cliffs and watch the trout’. Coordinates: 46.3363, 13.64563
SOPOT WATERFALL, ISTRIA, CROATIA: This image reveals the 82ft- (25m) tall Sopot Waterfall, described by the writer as ‘Istria’s most beautiful’. Ransmayr continues: ‘Should you assume that the view from above is extraordinarily spectacular, wait till you may have crossed the centuries-old stone bridge and descended the considerably hazardous path right down to the unforgettable plunge pool, the place breathtaking surroundings awaits!’ Coordinates: 45.21888, 14.04405
KOLPA AT PODZEMELJ, WHITE CARNIOLA, SLOVENIA: The swimming spot pictured right here is the Kolpa river close to the village of Podzemelj, a stretch of water well-liked for its cleanliness and ‘nice summer time temperatures’, notes the writer, who continues: ‘Simply outdoors the village, by the river, is a well-liked campsite that’s open to day-trippers who wish to bathe right here (for a small automobile park cost). The location options bathing jetties, sunbathing lawns, boat rent and a pleasant restaurant.’ Coordinates: 45.60453, 15.27708
SUSEC WATERFALLS, ILIRSKA BISTRICA, NORTH SLOVENIA: ‘Over eons of time, the Susec [river] carved a picturesque miniature gorge into the northern slopes of the Stol mountains, together with quite a few swimming pools, waterfalls, sliding gullies and abseiling websites,’ writes Ransmayr. The plunge pool pictured right here is on the bottom waterfall and is an actual ‘comfort spot’, he notes, warning that it may possibly get ‘very crowded’ throughout peak season. Coordinates: 46.2953, 13.48922
SLUNJCICA SPRING, SLUNJCICA VILLAGE, CROATIA: After flowing underground for 12.4 miles (20km), the Slunjcica river, known as the Slusnica by locals, erupts above floor round seven kilometres (4.3 miles) south of the city of Slunj ‘disguised’ as a spring, Ransmayr reveals. Right here it joins the Korana river in fashion. Resulting from its lengthy journey underground, the writer explains, the water is chilly and enriched with calcium. This has led, over 1000’s of years, to the creation of a ginormous limestone barrier (pictured) forward of the mouth of the river measuring 1,640ft (500m) in width and 656ft (200m) in size. The Slusnica, says Ransmayr ‘cascades into the Korana over this barrier in 23 waterfalls from a top of 65ft (20m)’. Is there anyplace to swim right here? Sure, the writer says – on the supply pool of the ‘supposed’ spring and in an space beneath a derelict mill. ‘There could be no query that this pure gem is “out of this world”,’ Ransmayr concludes. Coordinates: 45.07911, 15.58835
TRZOK WEIR, KOLPA RIVER, NEAR KAMP JANKOVIC, ADLESICI, MUNICIPALITY OF CRNOMELJ, SLOVENIA: This ‘romantic idyll… provides one of many prettiest wild-bathing spots, with a summer time water temperature of as much as 28C’, reveals the writer, including that the close by Jankovic campsite supplies tenting and glamping amenities in small wood bungalows from Might to September. Coordinates: 45.52092, 15.3227
PUDARICA BEACH, BARBAT, RAB ISLAND, CROATIA: ‘This place is so stunning that one might simply spend a protracted chunk of 1’s holidays on this spot alone,’ Ransmayr writes of Pudarica seashore on the island of Rab, pictured above. He provides: ‘Because of the shallow shoreline, tremendous gravel or sand, and the absence of sea urchins, entry to the seashore is right, even for young children.’ What’s extra, Ransmayr notes, there’s a small seashore restaurant, altering rooms, a bathe and a jetty for boats. Coordinates: 44.70762, 14.83168
BERBEROV BUK WATERFALL, ZRMANJA RIVER, BILISANE, CROATIA: Berberov Buk (pictured above) has a ‘picture-book wild-swimming pool’ beneath the principle cascade, declares Ransmayr, who provides: ‘It borders on a stunning sunbathing garden. Instantly subsequent to the waterfall is a gostilna (inn) with a shady pub backyard by the waterside.’ Coordinates: 44.1979, 15.76691
SUTMHOLJSKA BEACH, MLJET ISLAND, CROATIA: ‘Like all different seashores on Mljet,’ writes Ransmayr, ‘this one [Sutmholjska) within the centre of the island additionally has crystal-clear and clear water. Within the center part of the cove, the seashore consists of tremendous gravel and sand, whereas the edges provide nice areas for sunbathing on flat slabs of rock. In the course of the day, a small pinewood supplies safety from an excessive amount of solar. You will get drinks and snacks from a small seashore restaurant.’ Ransmayr provides that ‘a well-liked option to get to the seashore is to lease one of many quite a few rent scooters which are accessible all over the place on the island’. Coordinates: 42.74184, 17.49915
DUBROVNIK’S BEACHES BY THE CITY WALLS, CROATIA: Some of the spectacular issues concerning the Outdated City of the Unesco World Heritage-listed Dubrovnik is its metropolis partitions, says the e-book, which have served as Sport of Thrones backdrops. They’re additionally the place you’ll discover among the most uncommon seashores, says Ransmayr. Buza seashore (pictured), he writes, ‘nestles on the southern metropolis wall between white limestone rocks that type degree platforms and steep steps that lead right down to the ocean’, whereas Porporela seashore provides ‘a superb view of the island of Lokrum’. Coordinates: 42.63881, 18.10871