Croatia has almost a thousand islands to yacht through. A typical sailing holiday in this magnificent country would include fun time in the bays and at the beaches, loads of shopping in its busy towns, and never-ending sailing in the clear blue waters.
The Croatian coast boasts of unique villages, ancient fortresses, medieval architecture and some of the most amazing coastlines with pristine seashores. You definitely need to drop anchor in one, or even twenty, of the breath-taking islands Croatia has and you are sure to discover peaceful coves, stunning beaches, and fabulous waterfalls.
Wondering which places to include in your itinerary for your upcoming Croatian yachting vacation? Here are five must-visit destinations to explore while yachting in Croatia.
In the northern part Croatian coast lies the island of Krk. It is the most populated Adriatic island with many villages and towns. There is a popular bridge at Krk that connects the mainland to the island. This 1400m bridge has one of the longest arches in the world.
Krk has a typical Mediterranean atmosphere and is rich in historical monuments. It is a rocky, hilly island, and thus there is a lot opportunity to go trekking here with Obzova being the highest point. If you ever visit Krk make sure to visit Vela Luka Bay, a perfect waterfront to sail through.
More popularly known as ‘Little Dubrovnik’, this place is a unique island on the Croatian coast without any bridge connecting it to the mainland. Korčula is situated on the southern coast of Croatia. It has a small bay called Marina Korčula on the eastern side.
Korčula is an ancient city and is well-known for its vintage architecture. The southern coast of Korčula is studded with beautiful sandy beaches and peaceful coves, a perfect getaway for yachters.
Also known for being the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korčula is home to the magnificent Cathedral of St. Marco which was built in the 15th century. Agriculturally, Korcula is rich in vineyards and also has fishing sites which serve as a source of income for the local residents.
This is another island in Croatia which has a port town named after itself. People who have visited Hvar would define it as the best combination of hills and beaches merged with medieval architecture and an enthusiastic lifestyle.
This is one of the best locations to go yachting owing to comfortable warm summers with long days and approximately 2700 sunny hours per year. Hvar has also been called the new St Tropez with many celebrities visiting the place with their luxury yachts.
With a pleasant climate, longer sunny days and so many places of natural beauty, Hvar is a must-visit for those who want to experience a little of everything during their Croatian yachting tour.
The island of Vis is uniquely characterised by its crystal-clear waters and beautiful sandy beaches. It is located further from the main Dalmatian islands. Historically known to be a military base for the Yugoslav army, this part of Croatia has undergone less development and is a perfect spot to discover ancient ruins.
The most unique part of Vis are its lovely beaches. Yachties can take a ride along the coast to discover many isolated and peaceful beaches with sparkling blue water. This quiet atmosphere of Vis makes it worth exploring – in its villages you will find plenty of places to try authentic local cuisine.
Mljet is located in Croatia’s south and is known to be a very green island with dense forests, open fields, beautiful villages and green meadows. Many visitors claim that Mljet looks like an island that is lost in the seas due to its isolated appearance and peaceful nature.
The Mljet National Park, located in the north western end, is worth a visit and is known for its salt lakes – Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. On an island in Lake Veliko lies an ancient Benedictine Monastery which now includes a well-known restaurant.
It is no doubt that Croatia’s islands are some of the best yachting destinations in Europe. Each island is unique in its own way, so choose wisely and may as well have the best yachting tour you have ever experienced.