Dolce Vita on the Adriatic Coast or the 24 best places to visit in Croatia

24 best tips for your perfect yacht charter holidays in the Adriatic Sea

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1. Be extravagant like the stars - Dubrovnik

Аренда яхты - Дубровник

For sure, Dubrovnik is the most famous town in the yachting region of the Adriatic Sea. If you visit the picturesque old town centre, surrounded by massive town walls, you understand why Croatia is so proud of Dubrovnik. Many Hollywood stars have discovered this place, too. In summer, you have a pretty good chance to see there Goldy Hawn, Curt Russell, Richard Gere or Tom Cruise, who are regular guests of Dubrovnik. If you want to feel like a star, you should visit "Ronchi Hat Factory" where Marina Grabovic offers her unique own designed hats (dubrovnik-online.com/ronchi).

If you charter a yacht for a week or just some days, you can combine it with a stay in one of the best hotels with own beach and SPA. Hotel Bellevue: double room summer rate from 200 EUR (hotel-bellevue.hr).


2. Discover secret pearls - VIS and BISEVO

Vis is one of the less visited islands of Croatia. Until 1989, this island used to be a closed military zone. Even nowadays, you would not meet many tourists in the two fisher villages on this island. If you want to anchor, the neigbouring island Bisevo is the ideal place. There you can also visit the blue cave "Morda špilja". The best time is around midday because the sunlight is fabulous. 

If you want to rest from the swinging on the boat, there are nice cottages to stay in "Robinson accomodation" (bosevo.org).


3. Feel the centuries of history - POREC

Poreč with its snowwhite stone houses has seen lots of emperors, each of them has let his architectural heritage. Therefore do not wonder when you see venetian palaces after the Byzantine Ephrasius Basilica (here pay attention to the gorgeous mosaics).   

Tired of sightseeing? Then you can stay on the terrace of the cocktail bar "Comitium" to relax and watch the evening life of the old town (Trg Marafor 15).


4. Relax - ZADAR

Аренда яхты - ЗадарVenetian architecture or the bastion from the Austrian period - there are a lot of attractive spots in Zadar. When you feel tired of all the impressions, sit to rest on the "sea organ" - the white stone stairs on the main boulevard with special intergrated tubes that sound from the tide. Afterwards to the club "Arsenal" situated in a building from the 18th century. You will like to sit on the soft divans with cocktail in your hand and watch the people (ars).  






5. Walk through alpine gardens - MAKARSKA


The little town Makarska is situated right on the Makarska Riviera and impresses with its beautiful beaches in front of wild mountains Biokovo. There is a botanic garden, which shows alpine and Mediterranean flora, some 3 km away from the town: "Kotišina".


6. Enjoy the countryside- ISTRIA

If your sailing route goes around the peninsula Istria (yacht charter there for example from Pula), you should plan some sightseeing ashore. For example, to the small village Volpia, close to the town Bije some 10 km away from the sea. We loved its cos atmosphere and great cuisine: all the ingredients are fresh from the own garden and cooked after house recepies plus best regional wines and olive oils. For lunch or dinner try the hotel Parenzana (parenzana.com.hr). The name of this house comes from the old railway line "Parenzana" that used to go through the village.

7. Feel the contrasts - CRES and LOSINJ archipelago

The 99 km long archipelago between the islands Cres and Lošinj is really full of contrasts. The rocky island of Cres has mountainous landscapes with sheep fields. On the island Lošinj you will find great Mediterranean atmosphere with many stately villas from the period of the Habsburg monarchy.    

8. Become a gourmand - RIJEKA

Аренда яхты - РиекаDuring the last years, Istria has become famous for its great olive oil and truffles. The best truffles are being gathered in the forests of Motovun and Livade. In summer, the first black truffles come to the best local restaurants. One of the best places to taste truffles is "Kukuriku" in the region of Rijeka (kukuriku.hr).



9. Celebrate summer - SPLIT

The Diocletion palace in Split is really giant. It occupies the area of 3 football fields and almost the half of the old town of Split! Here you will find many shops, markets and centuries-old churches. During the summer festival "Splitko ljeto" from July 14th till August 14th, different operas are played here by international musicians (splitsko-ljeto.hr).


10. Live the best parties - PAG

The island Pag is definitely the Croatian equivalent to Ibiza. From the early evening hours, there is a vivid nightlife atmosphere. The best beach parties take place on the Zrce beach. After the sunset great night clubs open their doors. The best DJs of the world and cocktails by the swimming pool are waiting for you in the clubs of Pag. The most hip ones are: "Papaya" (papaya.com.hr) and "Aquarius" (auarius.hr). 


11. Sleep in a lighthouse - Northern Istria and southern Dalmatia

Аренда яхты - ИстрияBetween the towns Savudrija in the northern Istria and Sveti Andrija in the southern Dalmatia, you can rent of the 13 historical lighthouses. Some of them are situated right in a village, others apart of all civilaziation, but all have a fabulous view to the open sea! The best combination to see as much as you can in this gorgeous region is a week of yacht charter, for example from Pula, and a week of relax in a lighthouse (from 299 EUR per week, lighthouses-croatia.com)!



12. Sail like Michael Douglas - Adriatic coast of Slovenia and Croatia

The coasts of Slovenia and Croatia have the tipical Mediterranean ambience, but they are not so crowded in summer like Italy or Spain. We are not surprised that celebrities like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have sailed along the whole fantastic coast and stayed in Izola, Pula, Punat on the island Krk, Biograd, Split and Dubrovnik. Yacht charter is available from any of the mentioned ports, so that you can follow the complete route of the hollywood couple or make a part of it. You can also sail the same route backwards (best marinas to stay: aci-club.hr). 


13. Relax like aristocracy - OPATIJA

Аренда яхты - ОпатияOn the streets of Opatija you still feel the old town atmosphere. Nowadays, this resort is famous for its great beauty temples and SPA. Our tip is the "Thalasso Wellness Centar Opatija" (thalassotherapia-opatija.hr). Its historical fronts, palms and agave plants create a great relaxing atmosphere already on your way to a SPA treatment.



14. Make a canoo excursion - LOPUD

In the Lopud region in the southern Dalmatia, you can take a guided canoo tour to the uninhabited small islands around Lopud. You can book a full day tour or just some hours, which can make even an absolute beginner. Lopud itself is small island with 2 beautiful beaches and only 200 inhabitants who also offer guided tours on donkeay and mules (adriaadventure.hr).

15. See the best summer movies - TROGIR

Аренда яхты - Трогир

Open air cinema: in the venetian custle Kamerlengo in Torgir you can enjoy movies under the starry sky! Trogir is also proud of its impressing town walls, its old town with rectangular street system and small yards and squares with shops and the fact that the old town is a vehicle free zone!

16. Gather mountain lavander - HVARАренда яхты - Хвар

In the early summer, the society island Hvar is covered with purple lavender fields. The gathering time is june and july. Tourists can officially gather lavender (just if you want to gather a large amount, you should inquire for permission at the ministery of tourism tzhvar.hr)! A great souvenir is a glas of the local lavender honey.


17. Dine like John Malkovic - STARI GRAD

The american actor John Malkovic is proud of his father's home country and even owns a house there. One of his favourite spots is the restaurant "Stari Mlini" in the town Stari Grad, where you should order a steak (starimlini.com).

Аренда яхты - Ровинь18. Feel the taste of the "dolce vita" - ROVINJ

Cypresses, narrow crooked streets, bell tower - the ambience of the town Rovinj is especially Italian. If you want to make it even more glamorous, have lunch or dinner at "Monte" (monte.hr), a restaurant famous for its creative cuisine from local products. Romantic atmosphere for cocktails at sunset is guaranteed at the bar "Valentino" right on the rocks (valentino-rovinj.hr).


19. Explore the caves - ZADAR

There are about 8600 caves in Croatia formed out of lime rocks. The biggest caves that can be visited by tourists are called "Cerovac" and situated in the village Gračac near Zadar. Impressing!

20. Spend an ideal day on the beach - BRAC

The "Golden Horn" on the island Brač is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Sea. It is situated near the fisher village Bol.

21. Taste wines - UMAG

Wines from the Istria region are getting more and more valued by wine connoisseurs and gourmets. One of the best wine vineyards in Istria is "Moreno Coronica" in Umag. You can pre-order your wine tasting per phone (00385/52 730196). The wines from the oak barrels "barrique" are the best, such as the white Gran Malvasier and the red Gran teran Barrique.


22. Learn about the antique Roman culture - PULA

Аренда яхты - Пула

Pula - the capital of Istria - was one of the centres of the antique world. It is impressing how many antique buildings have been saved until now over the past 2000 years! The entrance to the old part of the town is marked by a great antique arch of triumph. The walls of the antique arena have seen gladiator battles once and now they are background for modern pop and rock concerts. Gourmets shall try the restaurant "Valsabbion" with avantgarde cuisine (valsabbion.hr).

23. Visit the artist town - GROZNJAN

The medieval town Grožnjan became home for numerous artists and musicians in the 1960s. Now, there are over 30 art galleries in the town. In summer, there is also a music festival taking place here with music courses and many concerts from classic to jazz.

24. Come to the end of the world - Cape Kamenjak

In the southernmost point of Istria, the nature reserve Cape Kamenjak is sutiated. This area with wild nature is great for walking and mountain bike tours. There, in this wild area between the reeds, you will be amazed to find a hip bar "Safari".

Charter a yacht in Croatia:

Yacht charter in Pula
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Yacht charter in Zadar
Yacht charter in Split
Yacht charter in Rovinj
Yacht charter in Dubrovnik


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