The winds of Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast whisper a siren’s call to yachters across the world. As the continent’s sunniest coastline, Croatia is a bright and vibrant escape for boaters and inland adventurers alike. U.S. travelers fly across the North Atlantic to Europe for the region’s incredible historic architecture, scenic shores and warm, blue expanses across the Adriatic Sea.
With multiple sample itineraries around Agana, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Trogir and beyond, you can choose a Mediterranean cruising route that most appeals to you. Experienced bareboaters enjoy this area’s more challenging, windy conditions while crewed yachters love both the action-packed and serene villages. Explore some of the area’s thrilling events and activities by viewing our recommended routes— and get ready to leave a piece of your heart in Croatia.
Croatia yacht charters are graced with a vast coastline of lively cities and historic villages to experience Mediterranean culture like a true local. Cruising across the Adriatic Sea, you’ll discover a unique mix of quiet anchorages, luxurious ports and secluded castaways. From shopping and ethnic dining or hiking to beach lounging or invigorating kayaking, there’s something in Europe for both adventure and lifestyle connoisseurs. With so many exciting annual events to complement the region’s everyday activities, you’re sure to enjoy a week of wanderlust.
Hvar. The island of Hvar is a curious mix of lively beach bars and relaxing coastal towns and scenery. Anchor at its main port, Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia. This stylish village was founded by the ancient Greeks and is made of orange-roofed, stone structures. Its Dubovica Beach is a pebble stretch with radiant waters and delicious eateries nearby. Visit the St. Stephen’s bell tower, or bike to the Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Closer to Hvar Town, you’ll find the famous Fortica fort, where you can climb to the top of the walls to look out at the surrounding Pakleni Islands. This town is a popular stop for party-goers who are looking for upbeat nightlife. The island is a must-stop during its June Lavender Festival, where the locally-grown herb is made into creative, handmade souvenirs. Don’t miss the iconic Blue Cave, illuminated by a small hole in the ceiling, and a legendary natural wonder.
Dubrovnik. Visit one of the most well known stops on your Mediterranean yacht charter: Dubrovnik. This historic old town features stunning architecture like Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces and churches, all of which have made it a popular filming location for the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. Take a cable car ride up Mount Srd and overlook it all; then, stop at Azur for your pick of delicious Croatian and Asian dishes. Many travelers enjoy sea kayaking around the ancient city walls— fortified in the 13th century— and passing by Dubrovnik’s historic forts, towers and surrounding greenery. Some kayak tours end at Lokrum, a neighboring island that’s home to a protected natural reserve and a scenic pebble beach: a must-stop for charters.
Trogir. This popular destination on the Dalmatian Coast is famous for its pebble beaches, iconic landmarks and high-end dining. Swim at Okrug Gornji beach and dry off for some walking amongst the Croatian sun. Snap a picture of the city’s blue-faced Clock Tower on John Paul II Square. Then, put on your best dress for romantic dining at Fontana, a restaurant off the waterfront, with swaying palms. Trogir is a popular place to restock provisions, where bareboaters enjoy the selection at the open market, acquiring bright fruit and veggies or local brandy: rakija grappas. Not far, on the nearby island of Šolta, many vacationers love diving amongst eels and octopuses, or heading to Krka National Park to marvel at the breathtaking Skradinski Buk waterfall.
Croatia is alive all year long with parades, concerts and thrilling competitions. A number of these events celebrate their European heritage with music, regional food and art. Attend a film festival, dance at a candlelit moon party or sample local wine. Whether you’re listening to klapa (a type of multipart singing) at the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa or sampling locally-sourced chestnut delicacies at Marunada, there’s exciting gatherings happening every month in this lovely part of the Mediterranean.
New Year’s Day celebrations
Split Half Marathon
Festival of St Blaise
Tuna, Sushi and Wine Festival
100 Miles of Istria
Zadar County Flower Festival
Zagreb Design Week
Festival of Flowers
Open Wine Cellars Day
INmusic Festival Zagreb
Festival of Dalmatian Klapa
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Pula Film Festival
Split Summer Festival
Full Moon Festival
Day of Truffles
Split Film Festival
The Good Food Festival
New Year’s Eve celebrations
Two things that draw travelers to the blue Adriatic Sea are the region’s 315 days of cloudless delight as well as its great winds. Although prevailing winds are a thrill seeker’s dream, unlike waters in the Caribbean, dominant Mediterranean winds— Bora, Sirocco and Maestral— can be strong and change frequently. Because of this, Croatia yacht charters must have previous sailing experience, a license and at least one certified skipper aboard.
The most popular time for our vacationers is July and August, when temperatures are warmest in the 80’s, but the overall sailing season lasts from May through October. Because Croatia is such a coveted charter grounds, boats are typically booked up to 6-9 months in advance, so be sure to contact us early!
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Because we offer a variety of itineraries for Croatia yacht charters, your port will vary based on your adventure. Some of these ports include Sibenik, Agana, Trogir, Dubrovnik and Pula— all influencing your airline, point of arrival and time to the marina. However, most of our travelers fly into Split Airport (SPU) and depart near the center of Croatia. Others sail up from the southern edge, from Dubrovnik to Split.
A trip all the way across the North Atlantic Ocean can seem like unfamiliar territory for many U.S. travelers. The journey requires a passport and special sailing licensing, unlike other tropical charters around the Caribbean. Luckily, our team at VI Sailing is no stranger to the Mediterranean— and knows all the requirements and best place to go. We’re ready to help you to find lodging, should you need to book a hotel prior to or after your charter, as well as to provide options for trip insurance. Let us help you plan your international getaway!