Here, amid the vivid blue waters of the Adriatic, you can explore over 3,600 miles of coastline, where the rocky shoreline is dense with olive groves and lavender fields, punctuated every now and then with pretty terracotta-topped stone villages and the occasional World Heritage Site, or hop between its more than 1100 islands.
Once a sleepy backwater of Europe, over the past decade Croatia has become a popular tourist destination with more and more visitors adding a Croatia yacht charter to their itinerary, and with excellent marinas and plenty of cruising ground, it’s little wonder.
With a Mediterranean climate, European summer (July-August) is the warmest time of the year here but book a yacht charter in Croatia at either end of the season (May-June or September-October) and it will still be warm enough to swim in the Adriatic’s famously clear waters, yet you’ll be able to avoid the main tourist throng.
The late chef Anthony Bourdain was a big proponent of Croatian food and predicted it would be the next big thing. Though Croatian food is yet to have travelled on such an international scale as Bourdain felt it deserved, it does mean that the simple delights of dishes such as pasta drizzled in olive oil, and tossed with butter, ham and white truffles feel like a secret only you are privy to.
There are lots of good places to try Croatian cooking. Restaurant 360 in Dubrovnik, the aged city’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, is an obvious starting point, while at the other end of the scale, cooking doesn’t come much more rustic than at Konoba Humac on Hvar.
When it comes to partying, the town of Split, where there are often festivals and lots of trendy pop-ups in summer, rarely disappoints,.
In a country that has switched hands between different empires and kingdoms several times, there is no shortage of historic sites to visit, from the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace in Split to Dubrovnik’s magnificent 13th-century city walls and Pula’s huge Roman Amphitheatre.
Croatia’s clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and few places are quite as lovely as Mljet, the most forested island in the Adriatic, which has two quiet saltwater lakes for underwater exploration.
Sail to the isle of Dugi Otok, home to beaches of fine white pebbles and intense turquoise waters to try out your yacht’s water toys, or really splash out and hire your own island in the shape of Obonjan.
This narrow belt of the eastern Adriatic that stretches from Rab in the north to the isle of Kotor in Montenegro in the south, is the most popular cruising ground in Croatia, and Zadar, a hot contender for the title of Croatia’s coolest city, is its unofficial entry point.
Zadar’s buzzing nightlife includes two stunning art installations along the waterfront, as well as top-notch restaurants and exclusive boutiques but it is also a living, breathing monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, archaeological treasures from ancient and medieval times.
Split is the largest town in Dalmatia. The city grew up around and within the huge palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, which is still the largest and best-preserved late-antique palace in the world. The most famous of Croatia’s islands though is Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest spot and one of the most fashionable places to be.
In the far south of Croatia, the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s ultimate ultra-fashionable destination. If you missed the golden age of the French Riviera you’ve got a second chance, because the Croatian golden age is now underway. This gorgeous medieval city has everything the discerning traveller could possibly want, including fine-dining restaurants, exclusive boutiques and beautiful surroundings. The beaches are another big draw. They range from pebbles to white sand, and the impossibly clear water can be balmy even early in the year.
This region of Croatia is a great place to get off the beaten track on your Croatia charter. Behind seven hills and enjoying views of the Adriatic, Pula, on the tip of Istria, is a magical place. Known for its temperate climate and beautiful sea, it has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding. The city is also home to many Roman buildings.
Further north along the Istrian peninsula, in Rovinj you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve time travelled to 16th-century Venice. Indeed, the old town, on its oval-shaped peninsula stretching out into the sea, was built by the Venetians when they controlled the city.
The stunning Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s finest natural attractions and not to be missed.
What is the currency in Croatia?
Though it is in the European Union, the currency of Croatia is the Kuna, which is divided into 100 lipas. Restaurants and taxis will often take Euros and ATMs will obviously take cards, but it’s a good idea to have some local currency on you.
Language spoken in Croatia
The local language in Croatia is Standard Croatian so if you’d like to ingratiate yourselves with locals, it’s useful to know a few Croatian works, though you’ll normally get by with English.
Time zone in Croatia
Croatia adheres to Central European Time (CET) and it also observes Daylight Saving Time like the UK and most of Europe. Therefore, in spring and summer it is GMT+2, while from October to March it is GMT+1.
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