Croatia is renowned for having some of the most beautiful, untouched coastline in Europe. Form a group with your friends (or meet new ones aboard) and relax as you meander the gorgeous waters of this striking country. Prepare to find secluded bays, tiny islands and coves hidden in the sparkling blue of the Adriatic. A sailing adventure in Croatia is the perfect opportunity to sample the individual culture of each island and its people. During the day, you’ll stop off at bays for a swim, while in the evening,
you’ll visit historic ports to dine on fresh seafood.Make sure you visit these islands:
Tucked under the huge peaks of the Biokovo mountain range, Makarska has one of the most attractive coastlines on the Dalmatian coast. Mt Jure is the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean. Stroll along the quaint ancient streets, explore historical churches and other exquisite architectural and cultural sights.
This is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia – its old town could have been lifted straight out of a medieval storybook. A leisurely walk around Dubrovnik’s famous walls offers amazing views from all angles: from the vistas over the red-bricked roofs and church spires to the panorama of the shimmering Adriatic and the mountains above the town.
Hvar encapsulates all that’s great about the Mediterranean: pretty marble and lush vineyards, palm trees lining the shore and the fortress overlooking it all. The view from Hvar Town, the harbour and the Pakleni Islands is sublime, particularly at sunset – and, if you came to party, you won’t leave disappointed.
There’s no public transport on this beautiful island, but its quaint old town, boasting superb Renaissance and Gothic buildings, is small enough to stroll around. The pick of the attractions is Bar Massimo, which has al fresco seating atop an old tower. It’s accessible by a steep ladder, and the cocktails (40 kuna/ £5) are hauled up from the bar below on a pulley system. Get there before sunset to get a seat and soak up the million-dollar view.
It’s easy to get lost in Split, such is its tangled web of streets, but it’s also a place where relaxation comes easily. Head along the refurbished harbourside promenade and take your pick of cafes to sit and watch the world go by. If you’d prefer a coffee or beer among locals rather than tourists, head to Teak Café in the north-east corner of the palace. Or for serious boozing and partying, there are numerous heaving bars in the south-east corner.
Explore the natural salt lakes in the national park and unwind with the sun and sea on this peaceful island, of which some 72 per cent is forest. You can visit the little isle of St Mary, in the middle of the large lake. It has an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and church dating from the 12th century. Alternatively, hire a small boat, kayak, bicycle, scooter or cabriolet to explore the park independently.
You can fly from London to Split (with easyJet from £32.99 one way) or Dubrovnik (with BA from £125 one way). Once there, an organised tour is easiest, see tntmagazine.com
When to go: The sailing season is from April to September. Public transport, including ferries, is good, so it’s feasible to see the coast and islands independently although an organised tour will eliminate all the hassle for you.
Currency: Croatian Kuna.
1 GBP = 8.7 kuna
Accomodation: A hotel double in Dubrovnik starts at 100HRK (£11) but you’ll want to see the country via sailing boat.