Croatia Yacht Charter Planning Guide
Croatia Yacht Charter Guide - Discover the Finest Charter Yachts and Highlights of the Dalmatian Islands
With dazzling waters, ancient towns and 1,400 islands to explore, Croatia continues to charm visitors year after year along its 350km coastline. Within each white-washed town lies a vibrant history, often dating back to Medieval times, contrasting against the wide expanse of Adriatic full of undiscovered coves and bountiful islands. To charter a yacht in Croatia is to experience the Mediterranean as it once was.
For centuries, Croatia was passed between the Illyrian, Roman, Christian, Venetian and Austrian empires, each leaving behind their own cultural impression. While Croatia is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, it still remains as one of Europe's best preserved destinations, especially when chartering a yacht.
A yacht charter Croatia can range from a 38 foot bareboat Sailboat or Catamaran, to a stunning 50 foot plus crewed catamaran and 100 foot plus Crewed Motor Yachts, as well as many luxury Superyachts and Megayachts, which are normally based out of neighbouring Porto Montenegro. They all have the attributes to successfully deliver the perfect family boating holiday. Here are some of the key Croatia yacht charter types.
Some of the world's greatest Luxury Motor Yachts are cruising the Adriatic Sea of Croatia on itineraries that offer fascinating historical tours, natural beauty, cuisine and sightseeing. Providing luxury, speed and excellent service, chartering a luxury yacht is the ultimate way to explore the scenic Croatian islands. Embark in Split, Dubrovnik or in neighbouring Tivat, Montenegro to make the most of the best yachts in the area and discover the highlights of the Dalmatian Islands.
Crewed Catamarans are perfect for navigating the Dalmatian islands, providing great comfort for families and groups of friends looking to truly relax and soak up the stunning vistas and island atmosphere. The extra space provided by the wide beam, impressive stability, privacy, pampered crewed sailing and easy access to the water makes for a fantastic catamaran sailing holiday. Catamarans also allow you to get extremely close to shore, making them the ideal choice for exploring the islands of Hvar, Korcula and Mljet on your week charter.
Croatia is fast becoming Europe's Bareboat Sailing Charter capital offering everything bareboat charters are looking for - hundreds of islands to explore, sailing at every level from beginner to advanced, excellent anchorages, timeless towns, excellent cuisine and everything from seclusion to superb nightlife. There are hundreds of new monohull and catamaran bareboats for charter all along the coast, with new marinas springing up yearly. Fleets generally incorporate 3-5 cabin monohulls ranging from 30 to 50 feet, and a good selection of catamarans. While Split is the major bareboat center you have an excellent selection all the way from Dubrovnik to Pula.
Gulets are large wooden sailing yachts. They typically have 4 - 6 cabins, complete with en suite bathrooms, large dining rooms, socialising areas, huge decks for sunbathing and a large crew complete with captain, chef, hostesses and deckhands. Gulets are a glorious sight with all their sails up under a full wind, and a fantastic way to experience the wonders of crewed sailing charter. If you have several couples or families who would like to charter on the same boat, gulets are an excellent option both for their value and their classic and timeless style.
Croatia is renowned for its natural beauty which mixes perfectly with the towns to provide you with a relaxing cruise with alternating the peace and beauty of nature with the medieval towns along the way. There are numerous picturesque coves, bays, and sandy beaches to visit during your cruise along the coastline.
Dubrovnik, also known as the "pearl of the Adriatic" has long been a celebrated seaside city, known worldwide for its beauty and fascinating history. Inside the ancient walls, behind an impressive gateway lies winding alleys, terraced restaurants, flowered stairways and magnificent churches that are beautifully maintained.
Korcula - Located between Mljet and Hvar, Korcula is a unique island with narrow streets leading to ancient churches and squares. Expect to find hidden paths and small coves as you cruise around its shores. Aside from its stunning natural beauty, the island of Korcula is also famous for being where Marco Polo was born!
Kornati National Park - The Kornati National Park, also known as a "nautical paradise" is a popular destination offering more than 100 islands in the Dalmatian Sea. Sheltered beneath a canopy of pine forests and covered with fields and olive groves, Kornati National Park is a rich cluster of islands that are bound to offer something for everyone. The largest island is Kornat from which the archipelago takes its name. Other larger islands are, Piskara, Kurba, Vela, Zut, Sit and Levrnaka.
Trogir - Trogir is another walled fortress city, and a must-visit after the delights of Dubrovnik and Split. Get lost in the maze of alleys opening onto quaint and timeless courtyard restaurants and take a stroll along the lit-up waterfront with market-stalls, street performers and live music.
Hvar - In spite of witnessing countless invasions from century to century, Hvar is thought to be one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. Step back in time in the oldest town in Croatia, Stari Grad, on the north side of the island and relish in the ornate Gothic design in the lively party capital, Hvar Town. With crystal clear waters and luscious pine forests to explore, Hvar makes for a delightful stop-off during your charter.
Split - Split is not only an excellent port to begin a charter, but is also an excellent destination to visit. As the main city in Dalmatia, Split is a beautifully preserved Roman city, rich in history and culture.
We have several ideal itineraries available to sample many of the best charter areas of Croatia:
Croatia has a superb Mediterranean Climate ensuring that it's generally warm and dry throughout the yachting season. The warmest months are July and August when the air temperature is 25-35°C (77-95°F). Summer sea temperature reaches up into the high 20's °C (low 80's °F).
The "shoulder" seasons of June and September are delightful, with fewer crowds but still excellent weather and warm waters. Average temperatures in the mid 20's °C (70's °F).
Boatbookings can help you set an itinerary that will give you a bit of everything: serenity, night life, excellent local cuisine, architectural marvels and historical sites.
Charterers have to be aware that you can only charter a Croatian Flag yacht if you are to start your holiday from a Croatian port. For this reason, because the majority of luxury yachts are not under the Croatian Flag, many charters begin in Montenegro and go north. We can consult with you as to the best itinerary and starting port.
There is a Tourist Tax Law in Croatia where each passenger is obliged to pay a tourist tax in the amount of 7kn (circa 1 EUR) per person per day at the base marina before setting sail. The tax is supposed to be paid in cash, in advance, on one-time basis covering the whole charter period.
Boatbookings will work with you to understand your needs and match them to the perfect yacht, creating the most successful boating holiday possible.