With its 725 islands scattered along the Adriatic Sea, soaring mountains, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, immense fields of lavender and gently rolling hills dotted with ancient olive trees, Croatia is definitely the most beautiful and exciting area a yachtsman can dream of for his holidays and over the last few years the choice of luxury yachts for charter in the Adriatic Sea has been constantly increasing.
The almost 6000 km of shoreline offer an infinite number of pleasantly quiet nooks, small fishermen’s villages, secluded bays, enchanting and often deserted beaches, spectacularly clear waters — but also ancient towns with churches and squares which have maintained their original character. Many of the main towns on the eastern Adriatic coast actually have a Venetian origin and the old local dialect is very similar to the ones spoken in Venice and in Trieste. These two superb Italian towns, very different and often conflicting through many centuries, represent the “north-eastern doors” to the Mediterranean Sea.
Venice and Trieste both have a rich maritime tradition and are perfect places to start your charter and to spend at least one day before setting out on your cruise along the Croatian coasts. Venice, described by many as ‘undoubtedly the most beautiful city on earth’ needs no further presentation, and Trieste, having been for centuries the main port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, still preserves the original architectural and cultural shine.
Sailing down the coast of the Istria peninsula, the northern part of Croatia, the next stop of your itinerary could take you to Rovinj, one of the most picturesque towns in the Adriatic Sea. Formerly a fishing village, it is now the most important resort in Istria. Close by is the Limska Draga Fjord, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is well known for its oyster breeding.
Set sail for the Brijuni, a group of fourteen small islands, separated from the Istrian peninsula by the Fažana Straight. Enjoy the beauty of the national park of Brijuni, known for its rich harmony of flora and fauna, historical monuments and its fine hotels.
Crossing the Kvarner bay your yacht will reach the famous Dalmatian coast and the ancient town of Zadar, which dates back to the 9th century BC. Wander through the streets of this walled peninsula town and visit the carefully preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments.
Close to Zadar you will find the Kornati archipelago, declared National Park in 1980, renowned for its lunar beauty and unique landscapes, where silence is only broken by the sound of the sea and wind. The archipelago, named after its largest island Kornati, offers unspoilt caves, coves and a rich seabed, with stunning reefs and steep pinnacles.
At the mouth of the Krka River lies Šibenik, an ancient croatian city situated in the most protected natural harbor of the entire Adriatic.
You will be fascinated by the famous Cathedral of St. James, the most important Renaissance building in Croatia, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and by the luxuriant nature: a blue sea and the beautiful landscapes of the Krka National Park, including cascading waterfall and archeological remains.
Set on an islet between the mainland hills and ?iovo Island, Trogir is a historic town replete with architectural treasures, in particular its Romanesque churches and fine Venetian villas. The town of Split lies 27 kilometers to the east of Trogir, and is not to be missed! The historic centre of Split is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is one of the cultural hearts of Croatia.
The sunny island of Hvar, host to lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards, is situated in a picturesque natural setting, facing South. After centuries of unforgettable and amazing history, the eponymous town of Hvar is today the main tourist centre of the island and one of the best loved resorts on the Dalmatian Riviera.
The seven century old walls with fortifications towering above Hvar, the healthful climate, the beaches, restaurants and a lot more make this city a treasure of sights and experiences waiting to be discovered.
The town of Kor?ula is situated on the northeastern part of the eponymous island and is mainly composed by the historic district in which are kept in perfect condition the ancient city walls. Amidst the winding streets of the medieval town of Kor?ula you will find the birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo.
The island has a white pebble beach and is rich in natural resources. Near Kor?ula are scattered about twenty uninhabited islands covered with dense vegetation. Among the many attractions we recommend to visit Badìa, entirely covered by woods.
South of the Peljesac Peninsula, lies the island of Mljet. The island is of volcanic origin and has numerous chasms and gorges, the longest of which is Babino Polje, which connects the north and south of the island. About one third of the island is a national park, making this an ideal spot to swim or cycle.
Dubrovnik is the most southern city of Dalmatia, just a few 20 miles from Montenegro. This medium sized city, with a rich historical heritage and a lively cultural life, is one of the main tourists attractions in Croatia.
Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. A perfect place for a vacation, Dubrovnik is also the cradle of Croatian science and art.