Known for its many nature reserves, national parks and UNESCO protected sites, Croatia, once the quiet alternative to Italy, is now amongst the most popular summer destinations for the yachting fraternity. Influenced by the Romans and Byzantines, Croatia is seen as the crossroads of converging eastern and western culture. Connecting the Balkans with Central Europe in the east of the Adriatic Sea, it has a thousand beautiful islands and a long, jagged coastline, ideal for exploring by yacht. There are countless tiny coastal towns, characterized by Roman-orientated architecture, with chic Dubrovnik being Croatia’s most prized Adriatic city.
Walking the manicured streets, it’s hard to believe that only a decade ago this UNESCO listed walled-city was under siege. Today, beautiful women in wedged espadrilles sip espressos with men in starched linen shorts in the shade of bougainvillaea, orange and fig trees. Take the cable car from the city walls up 405m to Mt Srd and enjoy the stunning panoramic views which extend from the old town rooftops to the distant Elafiti Islands.
Escape Dubrovnik to your own island paradise at Lopud. Close enough to the city for daytrips, this tiny island is less than 5km in diameter with only two hundred residents and no cars. From the pretty harbour, walk along the palm and cypress-lined track to Sunj, a pine-ringed cove with a horseshoe of sand on the other side of the island.
Hvar is arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the world and an attractive yacht charter destination, but don’t forgo the smaller islands - Rab, with its secluded beaches, Vis with its party vibe, or the gentle belle époque Optaija Riviera: once poised as the Croat Côte d'Azur before the First World War took its toll on the Italian aristocracy. By chartering a yacht in Croatia you will be able to access the most exotic elements of this fascinating country, from the remote archipelagos to the beautiful coastal islands.