Croatia has become a prime destination for both skippered yacht charter or bareboat boat rentals, and this has resulted in ample marinas to choose from during your sailing trip. With an abundance of ACI Marinas to choose from in top destinations (ACI Marina Dubrovnik and ACI Marina Split are extremely popular), and many others found throughout the coast and the Dalmatian Islands, you will have no issue finding somewhere to berth your catamaran or monohull. Several islands offer tranquil and secluded mooring spots too, where you can relax and enjoy the exquisite scenery of Croatia during the day and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep on board your boat in the comfortable cabins.
These marinas are equipped to deal with any issues you may have during your sailing holiday in the Adriatic Sea. Many marinas are primely located close to the enticing and whimsical old towns of Croatia, and not too far from the gorgeous national parks. Your skipper will know some hidden gems to show you, which may make crewed yacht charters more enticing for guests who are not as familiar with the islands of Croatia.
Croatia’s immense historical profile is perhaps most notable through the iconic architecture of its most famous cities. Fans of the hit TV series Game of Thrones will recognise the streets of Dubrovnik which stood in for King’s Landing, meaning guests who charter a yacht in this city can walk in the footsteps of their favourite characters. In fact, the old town of Dubrovnik is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre, an ideal place to rent a luxury yacht or catamaran for lovers of history.
Equally as unforgettable are the red roofs of Split, where sailing is an extremely popular pastime, as evident with the range of boats and motor yachts which line ACI Marina Split. Here, the incredible backdrop of the imposing mountains creates a landscape that is unique and dreamlike. Split is always a sought-after destination for yacht charters in Croatia thanks to the vibrant nightlight, where you can relish in a range of distinctive bars and restaurants, before returning to watch the sunset from your cabin or deck of your yacht. Skippers will always recommend some unusual things for guests to see and do in Split, and how best to spend your day exploring the city.
Sailing around the stunning and diverse islands of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast by day has never been easier, on a crewed yacht charter, a luxury motorboat, or whichever yacht you choose. Croatian skippers may show you the most tranquil and exclusive islands, visiting quaint old towns or discovering the whimsical Dalmatian Islands. Moor your boat in Rab, where you can hike and trek through some extraordinary national parks. Krka National Park is perhaps most famous, being an essential visit during your sailing holiday in Croatia and located just inland from Sibenik. Or maybe you want to delve into some island history and head to the mysterious island of Vis. There are endless opportunities with a yacht charter in Croatia, and you can tailor your navigation route to suit your guests.
Choosing when to charter a yacht in Croatia is often one of the first questions on guests’ minds, as the sailing experience can differ. Thankfully, as skippers will attest to, you have a large window from April to October to enjoy the islands, old towns and cities, and busting nightlife of Croatia. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, you can discover the national parks and the beautiful cities of Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik and more in the sweltering sun by day. At night, you may wish to avail of boats whose cabins have fans if the temperature is too hot, although the sea breeze helps too!
There is a small possibility that you and your guests may come across the Bura Wind from the north, which is a cold wind, or the Jugo Wind from the south which occasionally signals an impending storm. But do not worry, if you have a crewed yacht charter, your skipper will be more than experienced to ensure your Croatian sailing experience will be amazing.
Whether you rent a catamaran, luxury yacht, motorboat, or monohull, one thing remains the same: the signature island cuisine of Croatia. Here are some of the specialties that you and your guests (and maybe even the skipper!) need to try as you sail through the Adriatic Sea: Paški sir: a popular appetizer consisting of Pag cheese: a locally produced cheese which has a rich, salty flavour due to the sheep’s diet - made up exclusively of wild herbs.
Pašticada: a dish made up of slow cooked beef in a marinade of spices and white wine, served with Gnocchi.
Gregada: a fish stew comprising of locally caught lobster, amberjack, and sea snails.
Maneštra: a minestrone-like thick bean and vegetable soup.
If you have a crewed yacht charter, they may be able to recommend food establishments in cities such as Split and Dubrovnik, or even throughout the Dalmatian Islands. Alternatively, the hostess/cook can prepare meals for you on your boat rental, so you won’t have far to travel back to your cabin in the evening! Many of the ACI Marinas also have food establishments close by, making Croatia a stellar yacht charter destination.
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