Some destinations are situated in such a way that you should be both a local and have little courage to get there. Beautiful Duga, on the outside of Ciovo, is one of those places.
In recent years there has been made some improvements on the road, but most of the way the road is still only wide enough for a single car.
(Check out the map on the bottom of the article to find your way!)
You will find the small restaurant past a campsite and two right turns, tucked inside an olive grove.
When you get there, the place takes your breath away.
Konoba Duga (restaurant) is beautifully situated overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the nearest islands. In front of the restaurant, the owner has built terraces with white shingle and olive trees. The water outside is almost unnaturally clear. Diving in gives you wonderful experience. Duga is located on the outside of the island, so the water is maybe slightly colder than the Ciovo bay, but this is details.
The small restaurant was started over 15 years ago and was actually more of a coincidence. The owner had retired after having run his own restaurant in far busier Trogir for 25 years. He couldn´t take it anymore, and wanted the tranquility of Duga.
He settled down in a small cabin to enjoy the peace. This was at the same time the tourist flow in the country began to pick up again, and travellers constantly ended up there.
Primarily boaters anchored in the bay, and restaurant operation started with a small grill and two garden tables on the small pier.
Since then they have expanded a bit each year and Konoba Duga is now a restaurant with seating for around 150 guests. It sounds busy, but it doesn´t feel that way.
Summer season is busier, like everywhere else, but you´ll always be able to relax.
The restaurant itself is sheltered by large trees and maritime decorations.
My favorite table is at the far end, it has been a natural choice since the first visit 6 years ago. I have also used this table in the conclusion of my second novel, so it has a special meaning.
On my last visit, the waiter came and asked why I always chose to sit in the same place. He remembered me from the summer before, when I spent many days of the six week long stay to sit in the same place.
You can sit there alone and let your mind go, or with friends and chat while the world goes on around you.
The kitchen is good with lots of local food on the menu. Very good fish and shellfish, and if you are looking for just a small dish, I can recommend a plate of local cheese and ham, perhaps with a short Rakija, the local booze.