In Croatia, dark green mountains plunge into emerald waters, pine forests edge pretty pebbled beaches and ancient monasteries sit in the middle of saltwater lakes.
Anchor your yacht in a quiet cove and take a tender to a glamorous beach club, or jump from the high walls of a fortress city into the deep blue sea. Eat in elegant restaurants or buy direct from the local fishermen, who shuck large creamy oysters straight from the ocean.
Shop in luxury boutiques in gorgeous piazzas or visit market stalls for rosemary flavoured honey and fresh local peaches. Have a cocktail in a sophisticated rooftop bar overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea, or pull up at a laid back bar on a remote island to try a local liqueur or honeyed dessert wine.
Explore baroque palaces and wander through lush gardens, the smell of ripe figs, jasmine and orange groves rich in the air. Enjoy one of the summertime music festivals or dance until dawn in an exclusive nightclub.
The choice is yours, for Croatia is your yachting playground.
It is hard to imagine that in the 1990s, this UNESCO-listed city was under siege as 2000 mortars fell on it, damaging nearly 70% of its buildings. Today, this lovingly restored city can truly again be called the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’. Most famous for her imposing ramparts, Dubrovnik is a city of orange groves and medieval palaces - no wonder Game of Thrones was filmed here. Take a walk around the high city walls, making sure to leave time for one of the city’s iconic experiences - a drink at one of the ‘hole in the wall’ bars and a swim (or adrenaline-filled jump) from the rocks. There is also some great dining to be had here; book a table on a rooftop to best take in the extraordinary view of the ramparts and sea.
The diametric opposite of Dubrovnik in character, this wild, almost deserted island is a natural paradise. Anchor in Polace in the north and explore the two famous inland saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. Kayak or swim in the perfect blue waters, or walk or bike along the forest paths. In the middle of Veliko Jezero is a tiny island where a Benedictine monastery has sat since the 12th century.
Lastovo is a gloriously pretty island in the Lastovo island chain in southern Croatia. A protected park area, this stunning island chain is wonderfully untouched, and is known for its many secluded anchorages, its well-preserved 15th century architecture and its summer music festivals.
This westernmost island is another unspoilt gem, so beautiful that it is often compared to Capri. It even has its own Blue Grotto, where the waters of the sea cave glow iridescent blue. Olive groves and vineyards cover the interior of this quiet island, where you can walk along deserted beaches and drink good local wine. It’s rich in history too - Joseph Tito commanded from a cave here during World War II, while the British defeated Napoleon off these coasts, leaving only their graves and a cricket club behind on the island to remember them by.
This is another stunning island known for glorious beaches, multicoloured lakes and mountain views all the way to Italy. Windsurf at Bol, Croatia’s most famous beach, visit the Plitvic National Park with its 16 colourful lakes and hike up into the dramatic mountains to see gorgeous views along the Dalmation Coast. There is also some very special diving off the coast of Brač.
The superyacht set loves Hvar, and no wonder - it combines gorgeous beaches, lavender fields and tremendous architecture with glamorous nightlife. Laze away the morning on the yacht, anchored in a quiet cove surrounded by rich-smelling pine forest. Take your tender to a sophisticated beach club for a late lunch, and spend the afternoon in the glorious lavender fields outside town. When the sun sets, it’s time to drink and dance under the stars at some very exclusive venues - at a rooftop bar with a view of the medieval castle and the beautiful piazza, or at a club looking over a pool by the marina. For history lovers, there is an active Benedictine convent, where nuns make lace from Agave, and Europe’s oldest town theatre.
This ancient Roman town is famous for being the home of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who chose to build his grand palace in the Split archipelago because it is protected from enemies by the sea on one side and towering mountains on the other. Taverns line the port, and this is a perfect place to finish your yacht charter looking out over the yachts and pretty fishing boats, the smell of jasmine rich in the summer air.
There is much more of gorgeous Croatia to explore - each island a little piece of Adriatic paradise.