With clear azure blue water, over one thousand islands, inlets and reefs, and a stunning, never ending coastline, Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular and stand out destinations in the Mediterranean. Just 66 of the 1800 islands along the coast are inhabited, offering huge variety away from the bustling and vibrant towns like Hvar and Korcula – steeped in history and tradition, to the truly remote and tranquil Cornati Islands – a vast archipelago of untouched and isolated islands. The perfect way to relax and get away from it all. Incorporating culture, food and nightlife, Croatia’s buzzing and vibrant atmosphere offers something for everyone. Whether swimming off one of its nearby islands and beaches, seeing the sun come up at its famous Carpe Diem club, visiting vineyards or sky diving, Croatia’s great getaway reputation is well deserved. Taking in the UNESCO world heritage site of Dubrovnik, travelling upstream from Sibenik to discover the spectacular waterfalls at Krka, or island hopping up the coast from Miljet as far as Italy, Croatia has much to offer.
Located on a beautiful bay on the coast of Montenegro, Kotor is a city steeped in tradition and history, with remarkable scenic views. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments. Extending over four kilometres, the city walls that have protected Kotor for centuries lead up to the fortress of Saint Ivan.
Cavtat is a pretty town on the southernmost tip of the Dubrovnik Riviera. It’s on a small peninsula with a Renaissance old town on one side, beaches on the other – and a fragrant cypress forest in between. The old town harbour has a wide tree-lined promenade where cheery bars neighbour refined restaurants. Beyond the forest, small pebbly beaches and rocky coves edge the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik has long been a celebrated seaside city, known worldwide for its beauty and charm. It is a gorgeous walled city that is entered through an ancient and impressive gateway. Through the gateway is an immaculate medieval city, with the narrow, winding alleys, terraced cafes and restaurants, flowered stairways, ancient streets and magnificent churches that are beautifully maintained.
Mljet is the greenest island with its Mediterranean vegetation, clear and clean sea, gentle sandy shoreline and a wealth of underwater sea life. The island is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Croatian islands.
Peljesac is a peninsula in southern Croatia, in the Dubrovnik -Neretva county, just about an hour and a half drive from Dubrovnik. It is around 70 km long and is connected with Croatian Mainland at Ston. The Peljesac Channel divides the peninsula from the island of Korcula.
On September 12, 2006 the Croatian Parliament adopted the declaration of the Lastovo Islands as a nature park and committed the Republic of Croatia, all Croatian citizens and all visitors, to taking special care of this region.
As a yacht charter destination, Korcula offers everything: a charming old French-Riviera-like summer resort town with lots of history, well-preserved fortress walls, marinas, bustling outdoor markets, ancient churches, quaint little hotels, flower lined streets, and stunning quiet bays.
VIS & HVAR
There’s an unwritten rule that whenever mountains meet sea, the resulting landscape is always very beautiful. Nowhere is this truer than for the small town of Port de Pollenca. At the very northern tip of Majorca, the small fishing village Port de Pollenca is known for its peaceful atmosphere and for the sandy beaches bordered by the seawalk. In the evening Yacht Charter tourists and locals can be found wondering on their paseo or stroll, a tradition kept for decades.
BRAC & TROGIR
Composed primarily of limestone and dolomite, the island of Brac has been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. The old Romans have known its quality and used this very stone to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia. Gorgeous and tiny Trogir (formerly Trau) is beautifully set within medieval walls, its streets knotted and mazelike. It’s fronted by a wide seaside promenade lined with bars and cafes, and yachts in the summer. Trogir is unique among Dalmatian towns for its profuse collection of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture (which flourished under Venetian rule); this, along with its magnificent cathedral, earned it World Heritage status in 1997.
The second-largest city in Croatia, Split (Spalato in Italian) is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been going on for thousands of years. To top it off, Split has a unique setting. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. You’ll get a chance to appreciate this gorgeous cityscape when making a ferry journey to or from the city.
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