Croatia puts up one of the best shows when it comes to mind-blowing scenery. The Adriatic coastline, one of its most dazzling features, attracts vacationers from all corners of the world. Its shimmering waters, sunny beaches, and picturesque towns make the coastline a dream vacation destination for groups and families.
Traveling by vehicle down the coastline is what everyone does, but you can choose to do things differently by sailing instead. A chartered boat
vacation gives you a chance to explore the more than 2000km long coastline and gives you an unconventional perspective of the Croatian coast.
Your Guide to the Best Stops
The Croatian coast offers lots of eye candy for travelers with literally thousands of islands scattered across its waters, sheltered harbors, and fishing villages and historic cities. However, when sailing, you will dock at several ports that offer a variety of attractions that you can admire from the yacht or on foot during a brief tour of the mainland.
Let’s start with the port Dubrovnik, which gives you a glimpse into Croatia’s vibrant culture. Located on the shoreline, the walled city which has existed for centuries gives you a chance to step into history and life of the people. It is also the location of several scenes of the popular movie, Game of Thrones. As you walk through the Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik, conquer Minčeta fortress, the highest point on the city wall, and explore impressive buildings you will experience why it earned the title of the “most romantic destination” in Europe.
Next stop is Split, another Game of Thrones filming location. To get to the location in the tv series, you will need to climb up to nearby Klis Fortress which is also a great viewpoint of the entire city. On your return to Split from the fortress pass by the Diocletian Palace to view ancient Roman architecture in all its glory. The palace which was home to Emperor Diocletian takes up almost half of the town.
Korcula Island is a favorite stop for many sailing the Croatian coast because of the displays of deep culture and tools used to navigate the sea in ancient times. Also, known as the birthplace of renowned world traveler Marco Polo, you get to experience some century-old traditions as part of your sailing tour, such as sword dances and klapa or acapella groups. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, make plans to visit the pristine beaches, olive groves, and beautiful vineyards on the enchanting island.
Hvar is the perfect sailing destination if you are traveling to Croatia during the summer. The island has a lot to offer with a hilltop fortress, thirteenth-century walls, and a renaissance-era cathedral in the main square as the main attractions. Hvar’s history is alive in its architectural heritage, seen in several monasteries and public theatres open to the public. When sailing, you also get to explore beaches like Dubovica and relax.
Bol, on the island of Brač, is a haven for beach lovers looking to relax on one of the most popular Croatian beaches, Zlatni Rat, the most photographed beach in Croatia. In addition to the beach, stretch your sea legs on the promenade that stretches over a mile or hike to the top of Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic. Enjoy meandering the town or visit the Dragon’s Cave, a temple used by medieval Slavid priests.
Is boating a great way to see the coastal areas?
The answer is YES. Chartering a boat isthe most flexible and versatile way to see the best of the Croatian coast. Options are numerous, with most focusing on travelers seeing as much of the coastline from their vessel of choice. Booking a yacht gives you a chance to take in the beauty of the coastal areas and at times exploring the mainland. So, are you the best fit for a sailing trip to Croatia? Here are some pointers to help you.
Chartering a boat with friends or extended family can make a custom cruise vacation more affordable than even some large ship cruises.
One boat split among travelers means affordability
When looking at the cost of a charter on a per-person basis, the cost of chartering can be less than that of cruising on large ships without the crowds. Chartering with your friends or extended family is a great way to spend time together creating memories that will last a lifetime. For those looking for a romance, what could be more memorable than an intimate sailing vacation enjoying sunsets wrapped in
each other’s arms while lying alone on the deck. Something you can’t do for any price on a cruise ship!
Perfection for those that love the outdoors
Boating vacations provide an opportunity to have a great time outdoors under clear skies. Your perfect vacation includes waking up to a beautiful sunrise, exploring islands, visiting towns, and climbing hills and fortresses. Some days you get to enjoy the solitude of quiet bays and other days the Adriatic air will be abuzz with townspeople going about their daily lives. You can expect a mix of everything as you sail around different parts of Croatia.
Enjoy the local culture
Get ready for a great cultural experience as you sail from one port to another on the Croatian shoreline. The islands showcase the history of the people through wonderful architecture influenced by different cultures. You can also visit local markets and festivals filled with activities like dancing, music performances, and showcases of traditional customs.
Different boats for different people
Although known as a superyacht destination, you can still book motor vessels and other smaller sailing vessels, including a captain and chef. If you prefer a privately chartered yacht, where the crew is attentive and caters to your every need so you can enjoy some well-deserved R &R without moving a muscle, Croatia is your best bet. No matter your choice of a sailing vessel, you are guaranteed gorgeous views and stops at marvelous harbors.
For a dream trip to Croatia, combine a week of boating with a week on land to ensure to see various inland destinations and get an up-close experience of the country. Call me today so that I can get you cruising the Croatian coast ASAP!