Croatia Yacht Charter
Croatia yacht charter has become over the years one of the most sought after luxury yacht charter holiday cruising destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean. The pleasant warm weather, clear blue skies and unique vegetation, makes Croatia feel very much a part of the Mediterranean, with a large amount of beautiful superyachts spending their summers here. Croatians are warm and courteous people, and make excellent hosts in their charming country. The country has plenty of great facilities and fine produce to cater for luxury yachts.
With over a thousand unspoiled islands making up the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia is an excellent summer holiday destination for luxury charter yachts, with so many things on offer, it is quite hard to pick just a few. Northern Adriatic and the Kornati Archipelago offer tranquility, whereas the southern part of the coastline is more dynamic and vibrant. There are number of historical and beautiful UNESCO heritage sites in this region to discover on your next Croatia Superyacht Charter, including Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor (although located in Montenegro). Trogir is one of the jewels of the Dalmatian coast and is a town of extraordinary architectural beauty, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mljet, the greenest of all the islands, is a national park boasting unique forest habitat, centred on two lagoons with a spirit and charm all of its own. For an authentic dining experience try the traditional dish called 'Peka', prepared using one of the oldest cooking methods in Dalmatia. Hvar is known for its non-stop partying; and if you feel up to joining the beautiful people and celebs on their charter holiday, then this is the right place to be.
With so much choice, calm winds and turquoise waters, the Croatian coastline makes for an unparalleled crewed superyacht charter holiday. The sea here is exceptionably clean and, unlike some parts of the Mediterranean, is still alive with sea life and full of fish. The cities and villages are ancient and intriguing. With so many stunning islands, bays and beaches, the Croatian Islands can virtually guarantee you, a little bit of privacy and some truly remarkable anchorages.
Authentic Croatian Experience
Sometimes the simplest moments on your luxury yacht charter holiday can be those which are the most memorable. The lack of facilities on some islands, means there is only one restaurant to choose from - a family owned restaurant where water is drawn from a well and the generator provides unreliable, flickering light by which to dine. Most charter guests love to sample a taste of this authentic culture. You may prefer a gourmet meal, prepared by your crew and served under candlelight, on the deck of your charter yacht. You may want to charter a luxury yacht and have some fresh fish cooked for you that has been brought from the market. Whatever your preference, the Croatian experience will stay with you, for a lifetime.
Yachts available for charter in Croatia
Croatia is gaining increasing popularity as a top yacht charter destination and all the main types of luxury yacht charter are available such as motor, sailing and superyacht charters. Although by-gone wars in Croatia have in the past turned some people away, it has for some time been returning to its original hey-day as a booming charter yacht cruising area.
Some of the Croatia Hotspots:
Covered in pine forest, lovely olive groves and vineyards, Brac is another attractive island for yacht charterers to visit. Milna is the best natural harbour on the island and nice coves with sand and pebble beaches stretch in the vicinity of the harbour, including Pasika, Osibova, Lucice and Maslinova. Your yacht charter in Brac could include a day on the famous 'Golden Horn' beach in the small village called Bol.
A very popular destination for guests on a Croatian yacht charter is HVAR - a beautiful island with a charming old town, visible from afar. You will be greeted by art treasures, lovely beaches, fields of lavender and limestone hills. The old town harbour of Hvar offers spectacular panoramas of the Spanjola fortress as well as the Franciscan monastery, housing the famous Franciscan Art Collection. On a Hvar yacht charter you will have a chance to view one of the finest collections of the ancient amphorae in Croatia - the Fortica Hydroarcheological Collection. The Hanibal Lucic Benedictine Art Collection is a collection of paintings, icons and other artefacts and objects of everyday use from the convent treasury. Other interesting places to visit are the Treasury of the Hvar Cathedral, The Bishop's Museum, the Oldest Community Theatre (1612), the Renaissance Cathedral with its original tower, as well as the unfinished palace of the poet Petar Hekrorovic with its ponds and arcades and early Christian baptistery. On Hvar you can enjoy a lovely meal aboard your charter yacht or choose from a selection of pleasant restaurants and bars. The island also offers a good selection of beach bars, spas and night clubs.
Yacht charterers aboard their motor yacht or sailing yacht could choose to visit the island of Korcula, famous for its traditional Knight's dance celebrating the Turkish assaults on the island. It is covered in dense forests of Aleppo pine, cypress and oak trees. Thanks to its rich cultural heritage and legends it is without doubt one of the most interesting islands in the Adriatic Sea. The town of Korcula is situated on a peninsula surrounded by strong 13th century walls reinforced with towers and bastions by the Venetians after 1420. Enchanting narrow streets branching off the main road have been created to lessen the impact of the Bura wind.
Visiting the island of Mljet on your Croatia yacht charter holiday, you will arrive to the greenest island of the Adriatic. Anchor your charter yacht in the bay of Polace and visit the National Park and the beautiful interconnecting lakes of Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. For the majority of people, "Mljet is an island lost in the open sea.” Mljet National Park has been proclaimed as an area of special interest as the salt lakes are a unique geological and oceanographic phenomenon of worldwide importance. They originated approximately 10,000 years ago and, until the Christian era, they were freshwater lakes. Some endemic Dalmatian plants can only be found on the rocky coast of the island. There is life in the lakes, but there is very little known about it today apart from the fact that people have caught eels and marsh birds in them for centuries. Stunning, rich forests once covered large areas of the Mediterranean Coast, but they are rarely preserved today as beautifully as they are on Mljet. The woods on Mljet gently descend all the way to the surface of the lakes, thus creating an image of unspoiled nature. The 12th century Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary is on Big Lake. The small island is an exceptional example of cultural and historical heritage dating back to the eras of the Illirian tribes, the Roman Empire and the Republic of Dubrovnik.
A must visit city in Croatia is Dubrovnik. This sought-after yacht charter holiday destination is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage LIst and is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean. Its hight stone city walls and the beauty of its ancient city centre has for many years attracted the likes of artists, historians, scientists and chance travellers. Luza Square is located in the centre of the city of Dubrovnik, from where the main street Stradun leads towards west. Here you can visit the Sponza Palace and the Orlando's Column from the 15th century. On the southern side of the square there is the church of St. Blaise, patron saint of the city, the City Hall from the 19th century, the National Theatre, the Rector's Palace, Bishop's Palace and the grand facade of the Baroque Cathedral can be found on the western side of M. Drzic Square. You will have also plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to choose from while visiting Dubrovnik.
Trogir is one of the must see destinations on the short list of best places for sailors and travellers, with its stunning sights, important landmarks and an assortment of memorable yachting opportunities. This is definitely an attraction that you should include in your yacht charter holiday itinerary. Amongst the important historical landmarks that you should check out when you spend your holiday vacation in Trogir are the Saint Dominic Church, St. Lawrence Cathedral, the old Clock Tower, the Cipiko Palace, the Land Gate, St. Mark’s Tower and the castle of Kamerlengo.
Pula lies along the northern region of Croatia. It is popular with yacht charterers for its magnificent roman ruins that include remnants of an ancient roman amphitheatre, which still stands as an imposing structure on the higher point of the city port. It is located just south of the Istrian peninsula, and this means that it is an ideal starting point when accessing other important tourist destinations in the region.
Split took root from a flourishing ancient Roman town, and its rich history and culture can be gleaned from the surviving remnants and ruins that are scattered within the “old” town. One of the major reasons why many sailors and travellers love to spend their yacht charter holiday in the town of Split is the fact that it is truly Adriatic in every sense of the word.
Vinisce is tucked away from the hustle and bustle. This is an ideal destination if you want to take it slow, and if you are looking for a yacht charter holiday that is relaxing and idyllic. Indeed, Vinisce is the perfect choice if you want to discover and experience the quaint side of Croatia.
A Sibenik experience would normally begin with a meandering exploration of the Northern Dalmatia, which is renowned for its pristine natural treasures and having as the key destination the National Park at Kornati. Even the most jaded traveller will be invigorated by the prospect of having a close encounter of the natural jewel, right at the opening of the River of Krka, which is just within the periphery of Sibenik.
Sukosan is nestled between Biograd and Zadar, and is dubbed as an important maritime destination for yacht charter enthusiasts and tourists. It lies along the sea route in the Adriatic Coast considered as the touristic road of Croatia. While it may not be able to rival the size or land area of the other known holiday destinations in the region, Sukosan more than makes up for this “deficiency” by the sheer volume of treats that it offers to those visiting its shores, especially the tourists who want to experience a perfect yacht charter holiday in Croatia.
KOTOR IN MONTENEGRO
Although not situated in Croatia, Kotor in Montenegro is a fantastic place to start or end your Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Charter vacation. On the list of UNESCO World Heritages, Kotor is rich in culture and one of the best preserved natural and historical heritage sights in the Mediterranean area. The Bay of Kotor is awesome to behold, so be sure to settle in above deck as you enter or exit aboard your charter yacht - it's a magnificent spectacle.
Yacht charter season in Croatia
As with most of the Mediterranean the yacht charter season is quite long, running from about April through to about the end of October. The weather is predominantly warm and dry during these months.
Below is a selection of vessels available for yacht charter in Croatia - additional charter yachts can be found here.