Croatia offers a great combination of sea, mountains and nature. Based in Starigrad Paklenica we have the Paklenica National Park and its amazing gorge and rock-climbing alongside a seaside location in calm, protected waters. We hired a car from Zadar airport and have balanced our days with swims in the morning and afternoon and climbing during the day. In these October days, the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds has disappeared and we are left to swim mainly alone. But even in the Autumn Starigrad is still alive with walkers and climbers in a low-key way. The gorge is an interesting place to visit, stunning in its mountain scenery and truly set up for climbers. You can even get a coffee and sit and watch people attempting the various single pitch routes. The longer, multi-pitch limestone routes require careful route planning and are incredible, adventure climbs with plenty to do in the easier grades. Working up a sweat on these makes the swimming even more enjoyable.