If hopping between some of the Mediterranean’s best diving spots, stunning Mediaeval Churches, fluorescent blue grottos, nature reserves, and party hotspots sound like your ideal yacht charter, there is not better location for a luxury superyacht charter than Croatia. Interspersed between beautiful islands and historical towns, Croatia is fast becoming a superyacht hotspot thanks to its plethora of private anchorage spots and mesmerising scenery. With such flexibility, both for anchorages and on or offshore activities, below are our suggestions to make the most of this intricate and fascinating part of the Mediterranean. As a regular host of East Mediterranean waters with a particular attract for the Croatian coastlines, ASTRA remains the superyacht charter of choice for an escape in the multi secular islands of the region. Her Captain says: “Croatia has a well-kept coastline full of islands and mostly flat, swell-free cruising. The maze of islands offer countless bays and stops to soak up the Mediterranean sun, or to wander ashore and sample the local rustic cuisine." With such a choice of stunning anchorages, and with the sea as your playground, take full advantage of Croatia and her coastlines: follow the guide and indulge yourself!
For her Captain: “M/Y Astra is perfect for Croatia as we can gain access to most of the best spots. We highly recommend moorings on the coasts of any of the old-towns and islands – which we can do due to our ideal size – to fully enjoy the fantastic rustic atmosphere.” Croatia is no doubt one of the most trendy destination to visit by yacht, but certainly one of those which is the most underestimated as far from the glitz of French Riviera. Should you trust our Charter department for your next superyacht charter journey in the area, find here everything that should not be missed!
The world’s largest white truffle, all 1.3kg of it, was discovered in the forests of Istria in the North West of Croatia, just south of the Italian town of Trieste. This heart-shaped peninsula is where the Adriatic meets Continental Croatia, whose the verdant hills and quaint, historic towns, make the area highly popular for visitors all year round.
Take a day to explore the town of Buzet, at the very heart of the truffle region, and spend an afternoon truffle hunting three different types of black truffle in the Motovun Forests with specially trained truffle dogs. Learn how to pair cheese, wine, and truffles with locals all too willing to open their historic farmhouses up to visitors, before heading back down the Istrian Coast. Don’t leave without trying the local specialty, fûzi, hand-rolled pasta and truffle.
A kaleidoscope of blues await those who venture into the many grottos that line the coastline of Biŝevo Island, the most spectacular being Modra Ŝpilja – the world famous Blue Grotto – once home to the Benedictine Monks in the C11th. A phenomenon in the trust sense, the Blue Grotto is a sight not to miss out on. At around midday, when the sun is in just the right position, the cave becomes alive with sparkling reflections and magical hues, the illuminations creating and mystical and romantic atmosphere.
The history of Croatia dates back to the ancient Greek and Roman settlers who found it an ideal trade location, leading to many archaeological remains that can be discovered all over the mainland, and for keen divers, underwater. One of the most celebrated dive sites in the Mediterranean are the underwater ruins of Epidaurum. Close to the popular city of Dubrovnik and the beach town of Cavtat, the ancient shipwreck of Epidaurum was discovered in the late 1970s, by the owners of the dive shop that now run the underwater excursions to the site. With priceless amphorae lining the seabed, the whole site is surrounded by a cage to regulate the numbers of visitors to assist with the preservation of the site.
The Elaphite Islands, so-named by Roman Geographer Pliny the Elder due to the ancient population of deer, offer a tranquil escape from the bustling mainland and nearby city of Dubrovnik. With only three of the islands inhabited, and cars strictly regulated, these islands are perfect for a luxury yacht charter. The best islands for onshore excursions are Lopud, Sipan, and Kolocep.
ASTRA’s Captain Recommendations:
“By far, among my favourite anchorages is Mljet National Park, with its ultra-tranquil anchorages and fascinating shore visits. The monastery on an island within a lake (itself on another island!) is a must-see. Alternatively, a trip up the Krka River from Sibenik to Skradin is another absolute must. From here, the world-famous Krka National Park can be visited which will take your breath away.”
Ready to cruise? Information and ideal itineraries in Croatia and breathtaking surrounding landscapes, only available with our Charter experts:
Imperial Charter Department
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