The island of Murter is a beautiful part of Croatia. It’s located across a narrow inlet in the middle of the long Dalmatian coastline. And, of course, this makes it an absolutely perfect setting for an adventure tour company.
Jamming Adventures is a small local business that is run by two really friendly guys who clearly feel a great sense of pride in their country, and who aim to share this passion with their guests by offering an unforgettable experience. Having met our hosts upon arrival on the island, we were introduced to all of the other travellers on the tour, and the fun commenced.
Early on the first morning of the tour, we stepped out into yet another amazingly bright and beautiful day on the scenic island. I say early, but to be honest we’ve travelled with various companies in the past who like to get going at the first hint of sunlight. Jamming Adventures gives you plenty of time to recover from the previous evening’s activities. So if – like us – you tend to struggle after an evening of food and drink, perhaps enjoyed a bit too heartily, then you’ve come to the right place.
We checked our gear, tested the bikes, and packed our goods into the van. Bikes were strapped onto brackets behind the vehicle, and off we went. Excited voices rose above blaring reggae rhythms as we wound across Murter, heading across the bridge to the mainland, and then towards Krka National Park. After an hour or so in the van we disembarked, geared up, and took to the roads.
The starting location for our day’s cycling had been chosen according to various factors, including the selection of a range of flats, inclines and downhills for cycling, the proximity to a winery en route, and the end point at a very scenic old Croatian town. And along the way, of course, the very pleasant landscape of a spectacular national park (the aforementioned Krka). The park itself is a popular tourist attraction, so don’t expect a quiet and untouched wilderness. However, if you’re comfortable sharing space with other people, then a refreshing dip in the cool, clear waters at the base of a series of waterfalls will definitely revitalise you.
Our actual cycle time was around four hours, mostly along a series of gentle roads with not too much passing traffic. As the day wore to an end, we stopped off at the town of Skradin, where we stood our bikes against an old stone wall and tackled some steps up to the ancient fort. The views from the top were well worth the climb. Following our visit, the support van met us again. Bikes were packed away, and the journey home commenced.
Further entertaining days followed, with hiking and kayaking offering additional glimpses of the wonderful Kornati island region. The sea around Murter is brilliantly clear and warm, and generally quite calm. All kayaking routes have been tested by the team (often many times), and the pace is steady but not too fast. Stops were made on various beaches where we disembarked, pulled our kayaks up onto the sand, and enjoyed some relaxing snorkelling while the hot Croatian sun shone up above.
Jamming Adventures offers a satisfying variety of activities, including sea kayaking, hiking, and cycling. Additionally, visits to historic sites and vineyards are included, as well as the opportunity to bungee jump and scuba dive if so desired. Participation in the activities is not compulsory, and guests are free to choose their level of involvement.
What really brings the tour to life are the lunchtimes and evenings, spent relaxing as a group in some or other local venue; conversation is easy, the drinks flow, and the local cuisine is delicious. From when you first climb into the tour van and the music starts pumping, you will feel like this little part of the world is home, and your fellow adventurers quickly become friends. While the atmosphere is obviously dictated by how the guests interact with each other, Jamming Adventures will always go the extra mile to make everyone enjoys their time on the magical island of Murter.