The Croatia luxury yacht charter grounds are always an excellent choice for sun-seekers, party-goers, culture lovers and families with children of all ages, and travel by sailing yacht through these crystal clear seas can add novelty and charm while offering an environment tailored to your group.
Sailing yachts come in all shapes, sizes and vintages – from historic three-masted schooners to contemporary catamarans launched just this year. The latter is particularly popular with families and friends groups of up to 12 guests because the rooms tend to be of equal size, and the two hulls grant greater stability as well as a shallower draft for getting through inlets and lagoons to reach that perfect deserted beach.
On the larger side, gulets are a traditionally Turkish sailing yacht that is gaining in popularity throughout the Eastern Mediterranean due to their bigger guest capacity, great space on board and relatively modest price. They are an excellent choice for special events such as weddings, and the professional crew can cater to allergies and dietary requirements while setting out a memorable meal in the fresh air above deck.
One major advantage of a sailing yacht is that they don’t rely as heavily on fuel and generators as motor yachts, thereby reducing the price of a week-long (or longer!) charter.
As with all sailing yachts, modern builds are available on the charter market all the time, providing modern entertainment setups within the salons, a large selection of beach games and water toys, and the utmost comfort in the cabins.
The best destinations in Croatia
Croatia has always been an enticing luxury yacht charter destination because of its crystal clear waters that appeal to snorkelers, Scuba divers and families with young children who can see the wildlife in the shallows and avoid any sharp rocks.
Pula is a great city to visit for culture: Its open-air amphitheatre holds concerts for all genres of music, and there is a weekly family-friendly ‘gladiator fight’ as well as an annual film festival. The city is a labyrinth of markets and boutiques, museums and art galleries showcasing work from the neolithic era right the way through to modern times.
Once you’ve had your fill of the city, sail away to the nearby archipelago of Brijuni National Park, where your group can savour a blissful afternoon on the sandy beaches. Those who still have energy to burn can kayak or paddleboard along the coastline, or hike along the island trails to visit the island ruins.
Zadar is split between the old town and the new, and its tourist attractions are well developed in both regards: Find yourself some accessories in the modern boutiques and pick up some new artwork and sculptures for your home in the galleries, or marvel at the stately Church of St. Donatus. Kornati National Park is where you want to head for scenic villages and coasts, which conceal sea caves and some excellent Scuba diving and snorkelling spots.
Food, wine and culture at their finest are to be found on Split, home to some of the Eastern Mediterranean’s best vineyards as well as the Ultra Europe electronic music festival. Use your afternoons to savour the robust reds and crisp whites of the region and take in the grandeur at the Diocletian’s Palace, which is used today in part as a market. At night, the surrounding warren of streets conceals a fantastic collection of ambient bars for you to talk though your travels and meet new friends on your journey.
Vis is the perfect destination for sports lovers who are looking for a rush: There’s paragliding, abseiling and rock climbing up in the hills and windsurfing and kitesurfing along the coast that will keep the group entertained for hours on end, followed by a satisfying snooze on one of the beautiful beaches or the sunbeds back aboard your sailing yacht.
If you’re looking for a buzzing evening atmosphere then Hvar is the place to dance the night away at the local beach bars, then watch the sunrise before you head off to bed. More than just the party centre of Croatia, the island also has some impressive landmarks of its own, such as the Franciscan Monastery and fortress on the hill. The island excels in providing beaches and bays for you to host your own private function, close enough to civilisation for all the perks without having to listen to the party once you’ve left it behind.
Lastovo is a serene island and one that water sports lovers should include in their itineraries – the national park has excellent Scuba dive and snorkel sites that include caves and wrecks where enterprising sea creatures have made their homes. Numerous bays and coves create secluded anchorages for quiet sunbathing or a lavish meal surrounded only by nature.
Somewhere in your itinerary you should make room for the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik, made famous as a location in the Game of Thrones TV series and a paradise for art lovers, shoppers, food and wine connoisseurs and those looking to delve into the rich secrets and history of the city.
Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace are particular favourites in the city, and a stroll through the Old Town can be followed by a flavoursome lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafes to be found nearby.
Visitors can also kayak around the city walls to see the city and coast by water, then in the evening watch the sunset from the summit or one of the incredible beaches in the area.
There are endless options for how you fill your days on a Croatian luxury yacht charter. For more information on the region and luxury yachts available to suit your budget and interests, contact CharterWorld and make your dream of summer in the sunshine a reality.