Yacht Charter Croatia: Wall Cities, Turquoise Waters
A quintessential yacht charter destination, Croatia boasts over 1000 miles (1,800 km) of coastline filled with ancient walled cities, idyllic bays ripe for anchorages and a plethora of islands to explore, not to mention long lazy sun-drenched days. Croatia has long been a firm favorite on the holiday scene and the superyacht contingency was never far behind. In the past five years, charter brokers have reported year-on-year popularity with this Adriatic country and neighbouring region, and now it enjoys a long healthy season.
The Ultimate Yacht Charter: From Relaxation to Party Scene
A yacht charter in Croatia offers everything from relaxation to culture, to the party scene and fine dining. Starting in the southern once-war-torn city of Dubrovnik, wander its narrow, cobble-stoned streets and soak up its intricate past via its pot-marked city walls – a reminder of darker days. Admire the beautiful aristocratic palazzo, medieval fortifications and baroque architecture in this now, Dalmatian Coast upmarket UNESCO world heritage site city. For those who relish in learning more about the rich history, a stop at Rector’s Palace is worthy of your time. Constructed in gothic style, it is also reminiscent of Renaissance and Baroque times, and is truly an architectural marvel. While in Dubrovnik, be sure to take a daytrip to Lokrum Island, where the beaches are serene, and away from the crowds of the city.
Island Hopping in Croatia
Moving north along your yacht charter in Croatia, a few islands not to be missed are Mljet, known for its natural green beauty; Vis,for its incredible gastronomy; Hvar for its glitzy celebrity spotting scene, and Korčula with its vineyards and olive groves. Mljet Island offers intriguing nature and wildlife in its national park and two saltwater lakes that are surrounded by a dense pinewood forest. The island can be explored on land, or via the sun deck of your superyacht – either way, photo-worthy views abound and await.
Vis: Delectable Food and Crystal-Clear Shores
For foodies, a yacht charter in Croatia is not complete without a stop on the island of Vis, where the lack of resorts and hotels means a quiet, unspoiled experience taking in the delicious cuisine of the region. Delectable food aside, the island also offers crystal-clear shores, and picturesque fishing villages. Once back aboard, hop over to Hvar – an island not to be missed.
Hvar: Romantic Renaissance and Baroque Palaces
Hvar is one of the most significant stops along your yacht charter in Croatia. With the largest main square in the region, Hvar is a showplace of romantic Renaissance and Baroque palaces, not to mention its encirclement of fortification walls that date back to the 7th century. Anchor off the beach of Malo Zarace and swim in its fresh waters while surrounded by cliffs and rugged rock formations. Back on land, rent a car and explore the island, making some stops along the way – bring a camera; this island is magical. Drive to the tiny village of Brusje, and take in the aroma of its lavender fields; then ride over to Stari Grad, park, and stroll the Venetian-like streets. At the end of your day, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters at Ivan Dolac. Then, it’s back to the yacht for a delectable meal created by your yacht chef.
Palenki Islands: Bright Blue Waters Surrounded by Lush Green Pine
Just off Hvar lies the archipelago of the Palenki Islands that are surrounded by bright blue clear waters. Its lagoon is pictorial, and surrounded by lush green pine – a definite site to take in from the aft deck of your superyacht.
Trogir: Superyacht Glitterati on the Dalmatian Coastline
Carry on up the coastline past Trogir – another favorite city with superyacht glitterati and up to the northern part of the Dalmatian Coastline on your yacht charter in Croatia. Accessible by bridges from the mainland, Trogir is filled with excellent restaurants and narrow, winding streets to stroll. Stop at Kamerlango Castle and climb its walls to get that perfect picture. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence is not to be missed. Constructed in gothic style, this UNESCO World Heritage Site (as is the entire town!) has a tower you can climb so you can take in the most stunning views of Trogir.
Istria: Rolling Green Hills and Stunning Craggy Coastline
There are so many islands to discover on your yacht charter in Croatia, just dotted around its azure waters. In particular, the region of Istria is known for its inland of rolling green hills and stunning craggy coastline, as well as its language of primarily Italian. The island of Rovinj, an old fishing port, has been dubbed many times over as a “photographer’s dream”. Built with pale limestone and mostly Venetian with a labyrinth of narrow, cobble-stoned streets, Rovinj is a must-see on your yacht charter in Croatia. Dominating its skyline is the St. Euphemia Cathedral, that resembles Venice’s St. Marks, and was actually built by Venetians during its 17th century occupation. As one of the first towns in Istria to fall to Venice in 1283, Rovinj was attacked numerous times, which led to the fortification of its walls.
Zadar: Historic Capital of Northern Dalmatian
Zadar, also part of the Istria region, is actually the historic capital of the northern Dalmatian region and is a marvel of roman ruins and medieval churches. The cosmopolitan and artistic city is the largest metropolis on northern Dalmatia. Pedestrian-friendly with marble-clad streets, there are two unique art installations to see – the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, which are music and light shows worthy of taking in. For a stunning sample of Byzantine architecture, the church of St. Donatus is a must-see, as it dates back to the 9th century when it was named after Bishop Donat.
Pula: Home of the Pula Film Festival and Roman Amphitheater
Pula is also worth a stop on your yacht charter in Croatia, as it is the largest city in Istria. It boasts one of most well-known sights in all of Croatia – the very well-preserved Roman amphitheater – The Arena. Home to the Pula Film Festival screenings, the three-level structure, at one point, held 23,000 people in Roman times, and was built during the 1st century AD. It’s the 6th largest amphitheater in the world, and was completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius.
Brijuni Islands: Ulysses Theater and Roman Villa Remains
Near Pula, the Brijuni Islands are a group of 14 islands and islets off the northern portion of the coast of Croatia, the largest of which is called Veliki Brijun (Large Brijun) and the smallest called Mali Brijun, or Small Brijun. The Islands offer the Ulysses Theater, which if frequented in summer, hosts a special run of productions. Visit the safari park on Veliki Brijun, and see animals that include a zebra, llamas, and an elephant, which were given as gifts to the president. Be sure to also tour the fascinating Roman villa remains from the 1st and 2nd centuries BC.
Montenegro: Only Rivaled by Cote d’Azur
While in the Adriatic on your yacht charter in Croatia, venture south to glitzy Montenegro, which, as one of the newest superyacht destinations, is only rivaled by the Cote d’Azur. With some of the best nightlife in the region of the Adriatic, Montenegro is as stunning as it is fun. The majestic coastal destination offers the Bay of Kotor, where you are surrounded by mountains in the largest fjord in southern Europe. For those who are adventurous and like to hike, you can climb the wall atop the ancient city of Kotor, and see one of its oldest settlements – Budva, that also happens to boast great nightlife.