Croatia is one of the fastest growing yacht charter destinations in Europe. Often included as part of wider Mediterranean yacht charter itineraries incorporating Montenegro and occasionally Venice, it offers a beautiful and unspoiled coastline that is less crowded than the traditional cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean. Walk along white sandy beaches, explore Medieval walled cities or dive into the blue-green waters of a secluded bay in this warm and friendly part of the Adriatic.
You will find everything from a deserted island you can take for the day, to a high-octane cosmopolitan scene that runs 24 hours a day.
This narrow belt of the eastern Adriatic that stretches from Rab in the north to the isle of Kotor in Montenegro in the south, is the most popular cruising ground in Croatia, and Zadar, a hot contender for the title of Croatia’s coolest city, is its unofficial entry point. Zadar’s buzzing nightlife includes two stunning art installations along the waterfront, as well as top-notch restaurants and exclusive boutiques but it is also a living, breathing monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, archaeological treasures from ancient and medieval times. Split is the largest town in Dalmatia. The city grew up around and within the huge palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, which is still the largest and best-preserved late-antique palace in the world. The most famous of Croatia’s islands though is Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest spot and one of the most fashionable places to be.
This region of Croatia is a great place to get off the beaten track on your Croatia charter. Behind seven hills and enjoying views of the Adriatic, Pula, on the tip of Istria, is a magical place. Known for its temperate climate and beautiful sea, it has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding. The city is also home to many Roman buildings. Further north along the Istrian peninsula, in Rovinj you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve time travelled to 16th-century Venice. Indeed, the old town, on its oval-shaped peninsula stretching out into the sea, was built by the Venetians when they controlled the city. The stunning Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s finest natural attractions and not to be missed.
In the far south of Croatia, the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s ultimate ultra-fashionable destination. If you missed the golden age of the French Riviera you’ve got a second chance, because the Croatian golden age is now underway. This gorgeous medieval city has everything the discerning traveller could possibly want, including fine-dining restaurants, exclusive boutiques and beautiful surroundings. The beaches are another big draw. They range from pebbles to white sand, and the impossibly clear water can be balmy even early in the year.