WHEN TO VISIT:
June - October
Pula - Zadar - Split - Dubrovnik
Croatia has over 1,200 islands scattered along the Adriatic Sea and is one of the most popular places to charter in the Mediterranean. With most of the islands uninhabited, there are plenty of stunning anchorages in secluded bays, where the only sound is that of lapping water and birds. Croatia has an impressive diversity; nightlife, sumptuous cuisine (the freshest fish that you will ever eat!), the clearest of waters and spectacular historical architecture running along its coastline. Due to its rich history, most of the towns are tucked away behind medieval fortress walls, with canons keeping watch as you approach by sea. The ancient Croatian towns are captivating – wander through the labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and your breath will be taken away at every turn.
The only way to experience Croatia is on a yacht - an explorer’s dream. With an itinerary tailor-made to your requirements, you will discover that it is a captivating destination, packed with heritage and romance.
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Northern Kornati Islands
Roman Amphitheatre, Pula
Krka Waterfalls, Sibenik
NORTHERN KORNATI ISLANDS:
With its archipelago of islands and tiny fishing villages, northern Croatia is a varied coastline with a subtle Italian influence running throughout.
PULA: The most northerly destination. A large city that feels more like a town, right on the water’s edge. Pula is dominated by the most incredible Roman amphitheatre towering over the city – it’s a site not to be missed.
ZADAR: Zadar is full of Roman ruins, but for those who love variety, there is plenty of Byzantine and Venetian architecture too. Zadar is not only known as a lively party destination, but is also famed for its lace and cheese. Take a walk through the ancient town, visit museums and boutiques, followed by a drink on the old town peninsula watching the sun go down.
SIBENIK: The Sibenik archipelago can keep you occupied for weeks; sail up the Krka estuary, see the fortress of Sibenik and the cathedral. A short hop inland takes you inside the National Park — visit the famous Krka Wateralls for a swim.
Trogir or Split are the perfect places to start or finish your charter.
TROGIR: A tiny, ancient walled town linked to the mainland and the island of Ciovo by bridges. Bars, restaurants and cafes line the marble streets and yachts are moored along the seaside promenade. It is packed with Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque buildings.
SPLIT: An absolute must to visit. Walk around the captivating maze of tiny narrow streets and you will be astounded by the architecture, history and beauty of the town. The old Roman Forum is still in use today and you will find it full of locals playing instruments whilst people sit round the edge, with a drink in hand! Amongst all these archaeological treasures are some sensational restaurants.
HVAR: The St. Tropez of Croatia. Walk the limestone cobbled streets and visit the many restaurants it has to offer. Take a walk up to the 16th century fortress sitting on top of the hill overlooking the town. Hvar sits at the entrance to the
Split Old Town
Blue Caves, Vis
Pakleni Islands and here some sensational coves and bays can be found. Drop anchor and enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the beachside restaurants. Explore inland and see the endless fields of lavender and olive trees. When the sun goes down, party into the early hours at Carpe Diem.
VIS: One of Croatia’s hidden delights, set at the back of a protected bay surrounded by steep hills. Only recently opened to the public in the last 30 years, Vis is a pleasure to visit. Moor up on the harbour’s edge and you will be delighted to see that the little restaurants and shops are just feet away. Pop into the bakers for freshly baked bread and pastries for breakfast, perhaps even having an espresso or two on the way back! Hire a bike or scooter and take a short ride through the forests to Fort George – a British fort from the 18th century. Here you can sit with a drink, enjoy the breath-taking views and watch the sun go down.
SCEDRO: On the North side of Scedro lies one of the coast’s most idyllic anchorages. It is simply an enchanting little haven where tranquillity, swimming and paddleboarding can be enjoyed. It is a perfect stop-over point when travelling between Hvar and Korcula. What could be more appealing than a night on anchor, drinks and dinner on deck, gazing up at the stars?
KORCULA: The birth place of Marco Polo. Korcula is one of the largest islands and is well-known for its vineyards and wine production. On approaching Korcula, it feels more like a ‘’mini Dubrovnik’’ with its outer walls, fortress towers and canons protruding from the city walls. Take a walk round the medieval town with its limestone streets and discover its inner beauty. It’s only accessible by boat or ferry, so it doesn’t get busy. A sunset cocktail in the outer fortress tower mustn’t be missed – however, it isn’t for the faint-hearted as entry is up some steep steps and through a trap door. The views are breath-taking, just don’t look down!
Mljet National Park
MLJET NATIONAL PARK: Mljet is an absolute paradise. One of the best anchorages is in the lagoon opposite Polace. Anchor here and listen to the never-ending chirping of animals in the pine-covered island. The crystal-clear water is a swimmer’s or paddleboarder’s delight, and there are lots of coves to explore. The tiny village has a handful of local restaurants next to the ruins of an old Roman palace. From here you can venture inland and hop on a water taxi to cross a saltwater lake to an old 12th century Benedictine monastery. Pomena on the North of Mljet is another exciting option for exploring the pine forests of the national park. Enjoy drinks on board your yacht, step 5 meters into a local restaurant and spend a leisurely evening drinking Croatian wine and feasting on freshly caught fish.
DUBROVNIK: Dubrovnik is a must see on your Croatian adventure. With its towering walls and marble lined streets, this UNESCO world heritage site is magnificent with an abundance of heritage and charm. Take a walk round the old town walls and sip a sunset drink in a hidden bar on the outer cliffs overlooking the sea. For the more adventurous, you can take the cable car up to the top of the mountain for breath-taking views of the old town and the Adriatic sea. It is not surprising that Dubrovnik has been used to film Star Wars and Game of Thrones.