A sea more beautiful than the Caribbean

The Adriatic coastline is famous for its clear azure waters and mysterious islands that have been inviting adventurers for decades. People visit the Adriatic with sailboats, campers and caravans to enjoy in its pristine waters and seafood delicacies. This hidden gem in the Mediterranean is linked through its waters with the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Rich with blue fish

As river inflows enter the shallow sea of the northern Adriatic and mix with the salt water, they bring along nutrients for plankton. In turn, this is the staple diet of sardines and anchovies. These tender blue fish with distinctive taste and nutritious meat are next in the food chain, that continues with larger fish, such as mackerel, chub mackerel, bonito and several types of tuna ... Unless fishermen catch them in their nets first.

Below is a map with the Fishing areas of the Mediterranean and Black Sea FAO 37, Northeast Atlantic FAO 27 and Eastern Central Atlantic FAO 34. – Click on the image to enlarge the map:

Fishing areas

FAO 37
Mediterranean and Black Sea

FAO 37.1
Western Mediterranean

FAO 37.1.1 – Balearic
FAO 37.1.2 – Gulf of Lions
FAO 37.1.3 – Sardinia

FAO 37.2
Central Mediterranean

FAO 37.2.1 – Adriatic
FAO 37.2.2 – Ionian

FAO 37.3
Eastern Mediterranean

FAO 37.3.1 – Aegean
FAO 37.3.2 – Levant

FAO 37.4 Black Sea
FAO 37.4.1 – Marmara Sea
FAO 37.4.2 – Black Sea
FAO 37.4.3 – Azov Sea

FAO 27
Northeast Atlantic

FAO 34
Eastern Central Atlantic

Mediterranean fishing tradition

Fishing for blue fish is a tradition going back a good 1,000 years. Fishing methods have not changed much since ancient times and the net is still the main fishing tool in the Adriatic. In the past, when the moon wasn’t particularly bright, the fishermen lit a bonfire, which attracted a shoal of sardines, then they surrounded them with nets and pulled them ashore. Today the fishermen on the Adriatic Sea use a more complex fishing technology, i.e. gillnets, which require vessels.

Adriatic fish on the market: fao 37.2.1

When purchasing blue fish at the local fish markets, keep in mind that the Adriatic fish is labeled with the tag FAO 37.2.1. This is the international mark of The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the Adriatic fishing zone. You can read more about fishing techniques and the Adriatic blue fish at the markets in the Blue book, pages 30–38.

paradise for camping and caravaning

People have been visiting the Adriatic to taste local seafood delicacies, enjoy the mild climate, to sunbathe and swim in secluded azure lagoons. For decades, the Dutch, Germans, Italians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Czechs and other Europeans have been dragging their caravans hundreds of miles to turn them into their summer homes with the astonishing sea views. Nowadays Americans, Canadians and adventurers from all over the world are also discovering the beautiful Adriatic coast split among Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro – to sail, windsurf, dive, bike, hike, or sip refreshing malvazija wine under the hundred year old olive tree.

Sailing to dinner

Some of the best Adriatic restaurants are sprinkled across the islands of Kvarner, Kornati and Dalmatia, typically only accessible by boat. The authentic taste of sweet marinated sardines, grilled tuna and octopus salad, seasoned with parsley, lemons, wine vinegar or rosemary is the reason that boat crews are adjusting their sailing routes, so they can enjoy the food and wine in a simple, yet wonderful fish restaurants every night. During the day, sailors are catching their own fish with fishing hooks hanging from the boats. In the afternoon their catch turns into a tasty lunch, while they’re already sailing towards the next blue lagoon, with another delicious seafood restaurant.