A Yacht Charter in the Adriatic

There are some places in the world that simply must be explored by private yacht. 

By Jo Morgan • 21 March 2022
© Porto Montenegro

The Adriatic is one of those places

With its thousands of pine-forested islands, walled Venetian cities, and Montenegro’s spectacular Kotor Bay. To cruise the Adriatic on a megayacht is to both travel back in time and revel in the luxuries of the present. Begin your Croatian yacht charter in Dubrovnik, walking the high ramparts and exploring narrow streets before dining at RESTAURANT 360 DUBROVNIK, a Michelin-starred restaurant atop a 17th century palace. Then cast off into the Dalmatian islands, a quiet archipelago of crystal coves and vineyards, glamorous beach clubs, and ancient villages. On the sleepy island of Mljet, you’ll swim the twin lakes surrounded by national parks, while Korcula amazes with its ‘mini-Dubrovnik’ city and terraced vineyards rolling down to pretty coves. On Brac you’ll anchor off Bol, one of the world’s most famous beaches, and on Vis, kayak through a vast submarine pen carved into the rocky cliffs. No Dalmatian charter would be complete without a visit to lavender-scented Hvar, where you can walk streets paved in marble and shop luxury boutiques, or party with the jetset until dawn at Carpe Diem, Croatia’s most famous beach club. 

 

"When we introduce yacht clients to the Adriatic, they are  captivated by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them on their journey through the crystal clear waters that possess them by almost complete calm, unforgettable islands, excellent cuisine and ancient architecture" Kseniia Gribanova- Yacht Charter Specialist

Finish your charter at the UNESCO-listed city of Split

Wander Diocletian’s Palace or adjourn to the bustling Riva, Split’s seafront boulevard lined with busy cafes and waving palms. The southern Dalmatian islands are the most popular Adriatic charter destination, but Croatia offers many other cruising grounds. A northern Croatia yacht charter might include the arid, exquisite beauty of the Kornati archipelago, the moonscape landscapes of party island Pag, and finally, up to Pula, with the Arena, a Roman Colosseum looming high above the port. Every day on a Croatia yacht charter is like time travel, flitting between centuries and empires and back to the modern day. You might eat lunch in a family-run taverna, its rustic tables groaning with fresh-grilled lobster and lamb cooked under the bell, and follow it with a fine-dining dinner in a palace by the sea. The next day could begin by a hike into the quiet hills, and finish with dancing to celebrity DJs at a summer festival. You might just throw a line off the back of the yacht and spend the day fishing and swimming in a perfect cove. of course, there is much more to the Adriatic than Croatia, and Montenegro is a superb example of just how the old and new combine on an Adriatic yacht charter. As you enter the mighty Bay of Kotor, a deep fjord-like inlet between the mountains, you pass a spot where the inhabitants once stretched a chain across the bay to keep out Barbary pirates. You’ll pass baroque palaces in Perast and a 12th century monastery on the tiny island of Sveti Dorde,and at the end of the fjord is Kotor, a stunning walled city often called a ‘mini-Dubrovnik’. Yet for all this rich history, you’ll dock your yacht in Porto Montenegro, a glamorous superyacht marina complex complete with haute couture boutiques, fine dining restaurants and a famously photogenic infinity pool. Once a backwater, the recent transformation of Montenegro into a yachting playground is the perfect analogy for this ever-changing, ever fascinating part of the world. 

The Adriatic is this place of these extraordinary contrasts

Magic of Croatia

It is also a place steeped in lore and myth, a rich and tumultuous history where pirates loom large, vampire tales hide in the shadows, and conquering empires have left their mark on the architecture and food at every turn. Where vineyards grow grapes introduced by the Ancient Greeks, Benedictine monasteries dot the coastline, and every island seems to have a glimmering blue grotto or Odysseus’ Cave. It is a place of many wonders. The Adriatic Sea is one of the world’s great cruising grounds, a place where the old world and the new world come together in dazzling ways. And there is no other way to do it justice than with an Adriatic superyacht charter.