Croatia has been a hit destination and the biggest tourist surprise in the Mediterranean the past ten years. It was rated in the top 5 destinations to visit in the world by various international travel organizations.
Its natural and cultural heritage qualifies it undisputed as one of the world’s best cruising destinations. With rapidly improving infrastructure and a strong will to provide five-star services, Croatia may soon be unbeatable as a mega yacht destination.
Croatia has an extremely attractive and diverse coastal landscape. The country has as many as 1185 islands, islets, reefs and rocks. The Croatian coastline extends to the length of 5951 kilometres. The characteristics of the Dalmatian coast are ideal for cruising and sailing. The islands and mainland stretch from Rijeka to Dubrovnik. The Dalmatian islands and mainland are abound with bays, coves and ports – large and small – in which moorings or anchorages can be found. These are ideal places to navigate by sail, but also to cruise on a motor yacht or a sports fishing boat. No place is far away from another place, and if you want to you can spend the whole day sailing. If the weather turns bad or a strong wind picks up, there is always some place nearby to find shelter and enjoy the scenic views of the Dalmatian coast.
DUBROVNIK DAY 1-2.
Old town Dubrovnik is a short ride from Dubrovnik airport where you can meet your vessel. It is under UNESCO protection and one simply must not miss walking its walls while there. It is the best-preserved medieval city in Europe, and in the 16th century this former independent Republic had the third largest merchant fleet in the world. Simply put, it is a must see destination. In the evening, guests can relax at one of the many local terraces, which offer beautiful views of the sunset, and then enjoy a delicious meal in one of the town’s romantic restaurants
MLJET DAY 3
Visit Mljet Island and you will discover the natural beauty of Croatia. Magical Mljet would be anyone’s idea of an Adriatic island paradise. With most of the island covered by forests and the rest dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages, Mljet casts a spell that can be difficult to break. Mljet National Park was created in 1960 and occupies the western third of the island and surrounds two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero.
KORCULA DAY 4
The Island Of Korčula is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea. The island itself is rich in art and culture, as well as beautiful nature with numerous secluded beaches and bays and breathtaking views. The main town on the island is also named Korčula. Korčula Town is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian city, with its round defensive towers and cluster of red-roofed houses. It is well known for its MOREŠKA – a traditional sword dance and drama that was common throughout the Mediterranean in the 12th
HVAR & PAKLENI OTOCI DAY 5
The Pakleni island chain is approximately 10 kilometers long, formed of limestone, with a very indented coastline and a low forest of black and Aleppo pine. They provide numerous peaceful coves for diving, spear fishing, swimming, and water sports. Hvar town is often called Croatia’s St. Tropez. It’s a place to see and to be seen, with a beautiful fort on its hill top. You may choose to moor in the bay taking your tender to shore or try to find a berth on the busy “riva”.
Spend the day visiting the town, enjoying spa facilities, dine in great restaurants and an unforgettable night life.
SPLIT DAY 6
In Split you must spend a few hours visiting Diocletain’s Palace, which forms the town center. This beautiful center is a UNESCO world heritage site. Afterwards, enjoy sunset from the terrace of a coffee bar on Split’s newly remodeled “riva” (waterfront). In the evening, find a bar, a pub, a club, or simply an open air café to whittle the night away. In Split the choice is yours. Of course, it is also easy enough to enjoy the view of the old town from the deck of the yacht if you are moored in ACI Marina.
TROGIR DAY 7
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Spend time exploring the many narrow cobble streets and enjoy summer nights that are filled with street fairs, food, and song.
SKRADIN/KRKA/SIBENIK DAY 9
Skradin is a beautiful little town built along a peaceful estuary. From here you can take a trip with local boats to visit NP Krka and its beautiful, unique waterfalls. You can either choose to go with other park visitors in regular tourist boats, or charter a private tour with a smaller boat and personal tour guide.
Later in the afternoon sail to Šibenik and visit the town center. Enjoy the views and make sure to admire the town’s St. James Cathedral that is under UNESCO protection.
KORNATI DAY 10
To the south of Zadar and west of Šibenik town lies the amazing group of islands named the Kornati archipelago. The unique beauty of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a bigger part of that area a national park. Since then certain modifications of its borders have been made, so that today Kornati National Park occupies an area of about 220 km2 and encompasses 89 islands, islets, and reefs.
ZADAR DAY 11
This walled peninsula-town contains Roman ruins from its days as a Roman colony, the Byzantine-style St Donat church, and 16th-century walls built by the Venetians. With such a rich history, it is a great town for sightseeing. It also has a plethora of shops and open air markets to wander through and explore.
PULA DAY 12
While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, the Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town centre. A unique experience involves simple moments of relaxation in the main town square, which has managed to retain its role as a central meeting place since the Augustan Age.
THE DALMATION COAST