Dubrovnik is a large medieval walled city once described by the famous author, George Bernard Shaw as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. It is impossible to tire of the City, no matter how many times you have visited. The marble streets, baroque buildings and the beauty of the Adriatic combine to make Dubrovnik a stunning location. It has a glorious history which you will feel as you walk around.
Just 17 kilometres north west of Dubrovnik, the island of Sipan offers an unspoilt environment, beautiful and tranquil. Known as the ‘’Golden Island’’, visitors can expect to find a lovely coastal setting of beaches and warm seas. Some of Dubrovnik’s wealthy built palaces on the island in the 15th Century as a result. Its appeal has endured to this day with overseas tourists finding Sipan a great place for a quiet break.
A green island covered in Mediterranean forest, Mljet possesses warm, clear waters teeming with marine life surroundings its sandy shoreline. Largely unspoilt despite the growth of tourists, Mljet is known for its wines, red and white, olives and goat cheese. It is a tranquil place with a National Park covering the whole of the North West of the Island.
Korčula gets a place in history as the birthplace of the legendary explorer, Marco Polo. It is known for its architecture and the layout of streets in the shape of fishbones. The style is a mixture of Renaissance and Gothic with arguably the most impressive landmark the Cathedral of St. Mark whose interior is home to the work of several famous Italian artists. In the modern day, Korčula is famous for its cuisine which uses the best of local fresh produce and seafood to produce some lovely dishes. The local wine such as Rukatac or Plavac compliments these dishes perfectly. Just a short distance away, visitors are certain to enjoy the small islet of Badija with Its stony shoreline and Franciscan Abbey. Similarly, there are other small islets, most covered in dense greenery.
Croatia has a large number of offshore islands, the largest of which in the Central Dalmatian Archipelago is Hvar. It totals almost 300 square kilometres and as a place that receives many hours of sunshine during the year, it is extremely popular with the well-heeled. Its main town is also Hvar, known as a lively place with great nightlife, attracting youngsters from all over the world. With attractive beaches, lovely bays and a nearby chain of small islands, Hvar has great appeal.
The unspoilt island of Vis is another gem in the Adriatic Sea off the Croatian Coast. It is the furthest away from the Coast and thus largely natural though tourist numbers have started to increase. Few beaches in the whole of Croatia can compete with its beaches while in the south visitors will find lovely bays and plenty of coves. The main town, also Vis, is one of the oldest in Dalmatia. It is located on the northern coast in a sheltered bay.
Brac is the third largest of the Adriatic Islands. It has so much to offer; a rich history, lovely local cuisine, top quality accommodation as well as its natural highlights which include the clear blue sea, and lovely bays and beaches.
Split is the biggest city on the Adriatic. Over the years it has been home to many; the Romans, Venetians, Austrians, French, Italians and finally the Yugoslavs before ultimate independence for Croatia. There is much to see and do ranging from the Palace and the Old Town as a whole where many locals still live. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for tourists and locals alike.
At the end of a charter holiday, and following a hearty breakfast, guests leave their charter yacht with wonderful memories of their time at sea. If you sailed out of Split without getting a chance to explore it, you must surely make time to do so after the end of your yacht charter.