Croatia

A nation bequeathed by the legacies of Romans, Venetians and Hapsburgs, Croatia is as picturesque as an eastern European folk tale.

Diversity is the key to a good sailing area and Croatia has it in spades, with excellent marinas as well as secluded, deserted anchorages. Much of Croatia is a long narrow strip of coast, and with over 1,400 islands floating in the azure waters of the Adriatic, and a coastline 200 miles long. Charterers can either start or end their charters in Italy or Montenegro, and cruise across the Adriatic to explore the Dalmatian coastline, stretching from Brioni in the north to Korcula in the south.

Hundreds of islands along the Croatian Adriatic remain beautifully preserved where glorious remnants of the past still pile up one on top of the other – Illyrian, Roman, Christian, Venetian and Austrian influences ooze from the architecture and cuisine. Many of these are a near-deserted natural paradise; others are like magical island kingdoms with castles and churches soaring out of cliffs above red-roofed houses and vivid palms. The azure waters are not short of a barely-visited island or two, but it is Lopud, lying just 15 kilometres northwest of Dubrovnik, that stands out as one of the most magical with its unusually sandy beaches accessed only by foot or boat. Enigmatic charm and sparkling waters make this gateway to the East a wonderfully diverse cruising area.

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SAMPLE ITINERARIES

  • Swim and snorkel in the beautiful warm waters in the Bay of Lucice on Brac
  • Paddle, swim and snorkel around the cliffs, caves and reefs of Kolocep
  • Breathe in the heavenly scents of lavender carried on the wind from the lavender fields on Hvar
  • Absorb the classical sounds on deck coming from the concerts in the Franciscan monastery on Hvar
  • Sail along the southern coast of Vis and discover several military tunnels from WW2 dotted along the cliffs
  • Enjoy freshly caught fish on deck as the sun sets against the magnificent backdrop of Dubrovnik’s Old Town
  • Keep an eye out for Losinj colony of more than 150 dolphins as you cruise around the island
  • Discover sunken ships and sea flora in the waters surrounding Pag
  • Take the tender to the luminescent Blue Grotto at Bisevo. Enter between 11am and midday to catch the sun reflecting on the walls of the cave.

Don't Miss

  • Extend your cruise and take in the Kornati Islands. Combining 152 islands, islets and rocks, the Kornati Islands are the densest group of islands in the Mediterranean and are a protected national park.
  • The oldest cultural festival in Croatia, Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival takes place from mid-July to the end of August, presenting rich and vibrant theatre program in the fields of theatre, ballet, classic music and opera.