Explore the Croatian Coastline by Superyacht
Set on the cusp of Central Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, Croatia has quickly become one of the Mediterranean’s top cruising and yachting destinations. With an abundance of idyllic beaches, ancient coastal cities and some of the clearest waters in Europe, Croatia’s recent and rapid ascent as a charter destination is really no surprise. Croatia is located in the Central Adriatic and boasts over a thousand different islands. The country is blessed with a wandering coast that stretches over 1,700km of breath-taking shoreline for you to admire.
As a country that is so rich in both culture and scenery, it can be difficult to decide which islands to visit and which route to follow when chartering a yacht. There is so much to see and experience. This Croatian superyacht itinerary will ensure you experience the best this country has to offer. As you cruise or sail from island to island, port to port, you will see that each place has something unique to offer. The most efficient way of absorbing as much as possible is by having a comprehensive Croatian superyacht itinerary to follow, researched and designed by one of our expert yacht charter brokers here at 212 Yachts.
Of course, this is just a guide. If you have a preferred itinerary in mind please do let us know. Your ideas combined with the knowledge and expertise of your highly experienced Captain will ensure that your charter is everything you could have dreamed of and more.
Day 1: Sibenik to Kornati
Kornati is one the most popular sailing and cruising destinations on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. The city has many marinas and islands to visit. To name a few, the islands of Pasman and Murter are locations that many charterers visit on their Croatian vacations, for their beautiful coasts and crystal-clear waters.
Kornati also abounds in beautiful nature, with the Kornati National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park. With white sandy beaches, historic towns and perfect wind conditions, it’s no surprise Kornati is one of the top yacht charter destinations in the Mediterranean region.
Day 2: Kornati to Split
Split is the second largest city in the country. With so much to do and see here, we suggest spending a day or two here to soak up this captivating place. The Old Town, which is over 2000 years old, features many hidden bays and a number of truly stunning islands. Some of these islands which will feature later in your Croatian superyacht itinerary, offer wonderful beaches, summer festivals and water sport activities. One should most definitely explore the old town’s many historic places. The Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian for example, is not one to be missed.
Then, once your feet have done a substantial amount of wandering and exploring, you can kick back and relax as your luxury vessel takes you to the next stop.
Day 3: Split to Brac
Brac, and neighbouring island Solta are the most uninhabited islands of Croatia. They are renowned for their glistening blue waters, fluffy beaches and authentic olive trees. This stunning haven is the ideal location for some rest and recuperation. You and your guests can spend hours swimming and snorkelling in the gentle waters. Take a romantic stroll or explore the quiet and undisturbed beauty of the island. Wine tasting is also a popular activity undertaken by those who venture to this tranquil island.
Brac, despite its proximity to the livelier Split, is actually one of the least “touristy” destinations of many islands in the Dalmatian area. Enjoy the seclusion, peace and quiet before heading to the more well-known islands.
Day 4: Brac to Hvar
Hvar is known as the party island of the Adriatic Sea, in particular Hula Hula Beach. However, there is also much more to the island than its infamous party scene.
From super-clubs to beach festivals, Hvar has become a premier destination on Europe’s party circuit. With many large events hosted here throughout the summer months. Be sure to hit up the chic bars on this leg of your trip, where a Tropezienne ambiance is embraced. Some of the most popular spots for an evening of dancing and drinks are Carpe Diem and Falko Bar. Let loose and enjoy yourself before returning to your charter yacht where recovery is made so much easier. After all, there is nothing quite like a fresh morning swim by the swimming platform or some rejuvenating Jacuzzi therapy to massage the soul.
If moonlit beach parties aren’t on your bucket list, Hvar is still an absolute must see. From mouth-watering cuisine to breath-taking beaches, Hvar has something for everyone. You will find some of the most aesthetic and picturesque beaches of Croatia (and there are many) on Hvar. Malo Zarace Beach, Dubovica Beach and Pokonji Dol epitomise this heavenly isle. One can relax on an exclusive private beach courtesy of Hotel Amfora or unwind in the high-end luxury spa at Suncani. Hvar town is also home to many rustic restaurants who endeavour to please the palette of all foodies.
Day 5: Hvar to Vis
Next stop is the wonderful Vis. Vis is the furthest island from the Croatian Coast and the most alluring and mysterious of all. The town still features much of its historic charm as many remnants of its ancient heritage still remain today. The Leveman Fortress is but one of the several fortresses you can visit on the island. The canons standing atop Cape Stupisce are hallmarks of battles once fought and endured. One can even take a full Vis Military Tour should they find themselves so inclined. Finally, a trip to Vis is never fully complete without visiting the ancient Roman baths.
After an adventurous afternoon, why not unwind with a drink in the well-known Hotel Tamaris with spectacular views as far as the eye can see. And while entering and departing the port, don’t forget to look out for dolphins who like to visit here from time to time.
Day 5: Vis to Korcula (cruising passed Scedro)
Scedro is located along the south of Hvar. Its coastline is all the more remarkable due to its untouched natural beauty. The island of Scedro has all the qualities of a natural park. The island is home to many private and secluded coves. Although many do not venture on to the island, it is still definitely worth cruising by en route to Korcula.
Korcula is the largest island in the Dubrovnik area. This stop is distinctive for a number of reasons. One being that this island is in fact the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula is built on what was once an ancient Greek colony and is full of history, culture, tradition and authenticity. Many Gothic Renaissance buildings line the narrow Mediterranean-style streets. And a sea of rustic orange rooftops is the first thing you see as you approach the island. Korcula is another enchanting island to explore, as many of the locals still to this day practice and perform traditional customs passed from generation to generation. They also enjoy the Medieval Knight game “Moreska” that is held in the main squares.
One can also spend a day or two wandering the rich forest land. With glorious vineyards and olive groves, while tasting some of the exquisite local cuisine.
Day 6: Korcula to Mljet
Mljet is known for its rich and plentiful vegetation. The city is surrounded by crystal-clear waters, which are home to a wide variety of sea life. Its coast is full of pristine white beaches. Cruising towards this island is akin to approaching an island from a storybook.
One could easily spend a day cruising around the stunning Elaphite islands Drop anchor in Luka Polace and enjoy hours in the sunshine, floating in the saltwater lakes. Mljet is famous for its delicious selection of both red and white wine and also its goat’s cheese. Following an afternoon of swimming and cruising, perhaps enjoy a scrumptious dinner on Melitta. This is a quaint yet utterly romantic island in the centre of the largest saltwater lake. Watch the sunset over the horizon whilst breathing in the purest of air.
Day 7: Mljet to Dubrovnik
The city of Dubrovnik is known as “The Pearl of the Adriatic”. Located in the south of Dalmatia, Dubrovnik offers a one-stop experience of Croatia’s finest food and culture. It also has an idyllic old marina and several national parks. The uninhabited islands of Elafiti are a popular stop as well.
The beautiful Old Town of Dubrovnik is composed of traditional white limestone streets and rustic Baroque buildings. One could spend hours, if not days exploring this charming town.
Whilst cruising towards this final stop, it is definitely worth stopping by the the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park. The city’s elegance and culture, coupled with the serenity of the national park and surrounding islands, make Dubrovnik the perfect end destination of your Croatian superyacht itinerary.
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