CROATIA YACHT CHARTER GUIDE
Croatia has become a top destination for many French people and tourists from all over the world thanks to its beautiful landscapes, its islands surrounded by turquoise water and also its rich cultural heritage.
Would you like to spend your holidays in an ideal location? You've come to the right place !!
DAY 1 : SPLIT - BRAC ( 23 Nautical Miles)
What makes Split special: The richness and preservation of its architecture has led to its historic heart being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Of course, you can also enjoy its beautiful and dynamic seaside.
- Walk around the historic old town: explore the 1700 year old Dicletian Palace and enter the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world ( St. Domnius Cathedral)
- Observe the sparkling shades of the blue cave: get your cameras ready! The beautiful, obviously blue cave awaits you with its sparkling colours. It is the most popular cave in the region.
- Snorkel in the blue lagoon: situated between three small islands, the blue lagoon is a marine haven considered the ultimate swimming and diving spot in Split.
- Rafting on the Cetina River: Combine scenic landscapes, thrills and non-stop action as you float down the river's white waters.
- Hike in the beautiful Krka National Park: Home to some of Europe's most breathtaking waterfalls and forests, Krka National Park is one of Croatia's best kept secrets.
DAY 2 : BRAC - ILE DE VIS (25 Nautical Miles)
The island of Brac is known for its beautiful and quiet beaches, among which the curious Zlatni Rat stands out, also known as the Golden Horn because of its strange shape that changes with the tides. The island is also famous for its open-air quarries, the stone from which was used to build Diocletian's Palace in Split or the White House in Washington.
Places to visit:
- Zlatni rat beach: located on the Bol side, you can reach it on foot from the city centre or by car.
- The city centre of Bol: on the Marina side, there are a lot of restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours. There are really nice things to try in front of the sea. In the evening the atmosphere is nice, the marina is lit, for a romantic dinner it is ideal.
- Vidova Gora: This is the highest peak on the island of Brac. It is accessible via a short hike of about 1.5 hours from Bol. If you like hiking, this is the hike for you! If not, you can reach it by car.
At the top, you have a splendid view of Bol, Hvar and the beach of Zlatni Rat. It is breathtaking!
- The ruins of the Blaca monastery: The ruins of this ancient monastery in the town of Blaca can be reached on foot in about 45 minutes one way.
- A trip to Hvar and Palmizana: In Hvar, you have to climb to the top of the old prison to get a great view of the town centre and the marina. In the distance we can see the small islands surrounding Hvar.
DAY 3 : ILE DE VIS - HVAR (13.50 Nautical Miles)
The Isle of Vis is a place of fishermen and people who love the sea. There are no big crowds or big resorts on it yet.
This island is a real paradise with absolute peace and quiet, with natural gravel beaches, clean waters and spectacular underwater caves, but to see the most famous one, the Blue Cave (Modra špilja), you have to go to the nearby island of Bisevo.
Places to visit:
- Komiza: It is a very charming and lively port, one of the most beautiful places on the island of Vis.
There is also a hike to the top of Mount Hum (587 m), located south-east of Komiza, where you have a splendid view of the island of Vis. For the hike to the top, start on foot from St. Nicholas Monastery. It takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a path up from Podspilje (10 km from Komiza).
- Titova Spilja Cave: This cave is located near Podspilje. Tito established his headquarters here during the Second World War.
- Blue Cave on the island of Bisevo: Off the coast of Komiza is the island of Bisevo, a small island of 6 km2, where you can visit the Blue Cave.
Little extra -> Every day, between 11 am and noon, through an underwater opening, the cave is illuminated by the sun's rays, tinting the walls an incredible blue.
- Beaches on the island of Vis: On this island you have many pebble beaches and bays to take a dip in the sea. Some of them are difficult to access. Go to the bay Uvala Srebrena from the village of Rokavac, which is beautiful.
- Wine tasting: The island of Vis produces plavac (red) and a more famous dry white wine called vugava, as well as the island of Hvar and the Peljesac peninsula. You can visit the Lipanovic winery, which makes good vugava, as well as plavac, prosek (cooked dessert wine) and rogacusa (carob liquor). Its cellar is housed in a former military tunnel. You can also find wines in the Luka market.
- Diving in Vis: You can go diving on the island of Vis, and discover underwater caves, wrecks and archaeological sites.
DAY 4 : HVAR - KORCULA (34 Nautical Miles)
Being on the way to the island of Hvar, you can enjoy your breakfast in the quiet with the sound of the waves hitting your boat.
To work up an appetite, at lunchtime you can go swimming, diving or do water sports such as jet skiing, or Crystal Kayaking...
In the evening, the crew on board your boat will take you on a tour of Hvar, a beautiful town known for its elite tourism and great nightlife.
One of the most popular nightlife spots on the coast is the Carpe Diem club, where you can settle down for a drink.
Do you like to party? You've come to the right place! Hvar is a bit like the Croatian Saint Tropez. But the island has much more to offer.
What to do in Hvar?
It's not just the partying that's famous here, there's a lot more to do in Hvar than you might think!
Must-see things to do:
- walk around the port
- get lost in the small streets of the town: Hvar has a special charm with its small harbour, main square, narrow streets, white stone houses ....
- Admire the view from the fortress of Hvar: The fortress is located on top of the hill overlooking the town!
- Swimming in crystal clear waters: the water is fabulous, there are beautiful pebbled beaches but also fine sand.
- Hire a scooter and ride around the island: this is one of the most pleasant things to do to tour the island!
- Walk through the lavender fields: in the heart of the island, there are lavender fields as far as the eye can see!
- Stari Grad: the second largest town on Hvar. The atmosphere here is much quieter and more authentic.
- Party in Hvar at Carpe Diem: parties here are high level, take some time to have fun with friends or family in this well known bar "Carpe Diem".
DAY 5 : KORCULA - STON (36 Nautical Miles)
Korcula is the most populated island in Croatia and is also a major tourist spot in the region as tourists love to come here to enjoy the picture postcard setting and swim in the Adriatic, which is reputed to be mild and clear.
In addition, Korcula is considered an open-air museum so don't hesitate to go in search of art in between beach sessions.
- The old town of Korcula, which is located on the east side of the island, to discover a charming medieval walled city.
There is the St. Mark's Cathedral and the Aneri Palace to visit.
And if you are a gourmet, we invite you to sit down in front of a beautiful sunset with some specialties.
- Beaches: Two beaches are not to be missed, 'Pupnatska Luca', a haven of peace, it offers a breathtaking view of the canal with its turquoise blue water, an unforgettable moment guaranteed. You also have the beach 'Vela Przina', which is a beach filled with fine sand, also with turquoise water.
- Vela Luka: if you are a nature lover, you are in the right place! The landscape of Vela Luka is all relief with hills and other cliffs. It is also known for its vineyards and especially its olives which are exported all over the world.
- Proizd Island: Small island where you can only visit by boat.
DAY 6 : STON - DUBROVNIK (23 Nautical Miles)
Ston is a small town located on the Peljesac peninsula. Also known as the "salt city", its stone walls are the longest in Europe.
In addition, wine production is the main activity of this town.
Ston is considered to be the place where you can eat the best fish and oysters in Croatia.
- Ston City Walls: A breathtaking walk to admire the wall of Ston, a beautiful view from the top of the ramparts. The walk only lasts 20-30 minutes, but is not to be missed!
- Marlais Winery
- Ston Old Town: a haven of peace to discover, it is a charming little village.
- Excursion - Deep, dark red wine from Peljesac: Dingac is one of the most famous Croatian wines, with its deep ruby red colour reflecting the identity of the environment and the character of the Peljesac people. Love is in the air and ..... in the glass!
DAY 7 : DUBROVNIK - END OF THE JOURNEY
When sailing on a boat, we lose track of time. Here you are at the end of this journey. And here you are in Dubrovnik, one of the most attractive and reputable cities in the Mediterranean.
It is widely known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, the city is surrounded by white stone ramparts which run into the sea and on which you can walk and walk through the whole old town from the heights, with stunning views.
- Visit the city walls: Dubrovnik is a very old city and we can now walk on these walls and have a view of the Dubrovnik sky
- Go for a drink at the secret bar: It is a hidden place somewhere in the dark walls of the old city, this bar is called Buza Bar with a sumptuous view.
- Visit the Game of Thrones filming locations: Dubrovnik is becoming increasingly known and visited by fans of the series.
- Sea Kayaking
- Cross to Lokrum Island: it is only 10 minutes away from Dubrovnik. It is a very small island, only 2km long and 500m wide. You can swim and try cliff diving.
The Istrian peninsula, located in the northwest of the country, is known for its majestic black truffles. As a result, you can find them in Croatian culinary specialities, especially Fuži. Fuži is a traditional Istrian homemade fresh pasta dish.
Often seasoned with a truffle sauce, it can also be accompanied by a red wine sauce, game, asparagus or raw ham. A delicacy worthy of rivaling anything served on the other side of the Adriatic!
Le Crni rižot
Crni Rižoto literally translates as "black risotto". This intense colour comes from the recipe's main ingredient: squid ink. Thus, the dish consists of rice rizotto cooked with squid and white wine. Finally, the squid ink is added at the very end of the cooking process, which gives it its subtle taste.
This Croatian speciality is particularly popular in the Dalmatian region, where its popularity in farming communities is said to date back to the Middle Ages.
Peka is an emblematic dish of Croatian cuisine, consisting of fish or meat (usually chicken, veal, lamb or octopus), accompanied by vegetables and herbs, all stewed in a cast-iron bell jar.
This Croatian speciality is a real tradition, so much so that most houses have a special fireplace, in the living rooms or in the basement, in order to cook it.
Salata od hobotnice
For those who love seafood! Salata od hobotnice will delight your taste buds. Often served with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and capers, with olive oil as the finishing touch, it is also found in the Venetian region. To taste it, go to the seaside restaurants, where you will find it on every menu!
Brudet is one of the Croatian specialities not to be missed! This soup is prepared with small fish from the fishery simmering in a pot with peppers, tomatoes and white wine.
To enjoy Brudet in all its authenticity, go to the big folk festival in Sali on the island of Dugi Otok!
Lignje na žaru
It is impossible to visit Croatia without tasting its famous grilled squid! Simply and deliciously grilled over a wood fire, they can be found on the menu of many restaurants. No wonder, fishing for squid and other seafood is a real institution among Croatians, most of whom live on the coast and have their own small boat.
Čevapi are grilled beef or lamb rolls served with onions and aivar. This dish can be eaten on a plate or with bread: it is THE sandwich to try at least once when you are in Croatia!
Štrukli sa sirom
Štrukli sa sirom is a typical Croatian delicacy made with cheese. Baked in a pastry, the dish resembles large stuffed ravioli. A Croatian speciality that will delight the taste buds of gourmet travellers!
Pljeskavica is a delicacy made from grilled minced meat, usually served with chips, ajvar and onions. Although it originated in Serbia, it is widely found in Croatian cuisine, but also in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo.
These little bundles of joy consist of cabbage leaves, stuffed with minced meat and rice and cooked in a broth with smoked meat. Definitely one of the best Croatian specialities, not to be missed!
UPDATE OF SANITARY REGULATIONS
A negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours prior to accessing the point of entry into the territory from the time of testing
A negative Rapid Antigen Test on the common list established by the European Commission and whose results are mutually recognised by the Member States, carried out less than 48 hours before entering the territory
Vaccination certificate issued less than 270 days prior to entry into Croatia attesting to the receipt of two doses of vaccines
Medical certificate confirming recovery from covid-19 and a single injection within 6 months of infection, if this vaccine was given within 270 days prior to entry into Croatia;