PHOTOS: courtesy Fraser Yachts
Over the past decade, Croatia has established itself as one of the premier yachting destinations in the Mediterranean. Part of this is due to improvements in the country’s yachting infrastructure. An increasing number of luxury vessels are heading to Croatia’s islands, transporting seafarers intent on exploring the hidden and varied coastlines. The islands’ endless selection of alluring attractions makes it a must-visit for any yacht-charter itinerary in the Eastern Med. Here, Tove Johnson, a charter broker from Fraser Yachts, explains the four most enticing reasons that Croatia is a must in 2017.
1. Medieval cities. Croatia is a hotpot of cultural marvels and historic settlements. Each demands exploration. Take Zadar, Pula (above), Hvar, Rovinj, Split, and Dubrovnik, for example. They are just some of the stunning cities in which ancient architecture, cobblestone streets, and winding passageways converge to bewilder the senses and beguile your sense of adventure. In addition, of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia, seven are man-made. This pays testament to the country’s rich anthropological heritage.
2. Crystal-clear waters. With approximately 1,250 islands in Croatia and water as clear as the weather, conditions are perfect for a varied seafaring adventure. Explore idyllic anchorages, such as Krknjaši (Blue Lagoon), and question why you ever sailed another region. Diving and snorkeling is among the best in the continent. Furthermore, the Blue Grotto in Vis and the multicolored algae reefs in Hvar are particular highlights of the underwater realm.
3. Excellent nightlife. It’s no secret that Croatia offers some of the best partying experiences in Europe. From chic day parties in Hvar (above) to vast music festivals in Split, the opportunities are multiple and diverse. Hvar is dubbed the St. Tropez of Croatia, as fleets of luxury yachts flock to the scenic coasts to enjoy the ambiance.
4. Varied and stunning terrain. With eight national parks, Croatia reels yachting visitors onto land with a variety of breathtaking natural wonders. From cascading waterfalls to towering peaks, no two inches of this country are the same. In addition, five of the eight national parks are accessible directly from the coast. This means you waste no time in immersing yourself into the wilderness from your yacht.
An ideal yacht to charter in the region is the sailing yacht Prana. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Alloy Yachts, Prana (above) merges speed, comfort, and style for quite the sailing experience. At 170 feet (51.7 meters) in length, she accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms. She also offers a gym, a hot tub, and an array of the latest watertoys, including diving gear, to make the most of Croatia’s crystalline waters. She’s available through Fraser from €175,000 (about $195,400) per week.