Houses on the beach (part 1), Lukovo Šugarje, Croatia

Visited 24.4.2013 by skkye & jonahi. We spent two days couchsurfing in a lovely tiny village by the amazing coastal road of Croatia. The village was so small that there wasn't even any kind of a grocery store. The area was very special because apart from densely populated and touristy coast, it was very quiet there. We took a walk with our host and her dog and she showed us these small stone houses at the beachside. They were in a surprisingly good shape considering their age.

I wonder how anyone can abandon a house in this kind of a place: the front door went literally straight to the deep blue and turquoise sea! On the other side they were surrounded by flower meadows and old stone walls. All stuff in these houses were really Yugoslav style - enamel dishes, mattresses filled with hay, and that weird cupboard with elf pictures on the glass doors. And of course those retro advertisements!

The village was born when people living up on the rocky and extremely windy mountain Velebit moved down closer to road. The people that had lived in these houses probably were also these mountaineers or their offspring. Our host told us that the land had looked just like moon surface (like the island on the opposite shore which you can see in the sixth photo), because Italians had cut all the trees and erosion had taken place. But the mountain people had brought some humus land and some trees had grown back.

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