Croatia: the Ideal Luxury Charter Destination
Croatia has an enviable coastline with attractive islands, charming seaside villages and magnificent medieval towns. Known as the country of a thousand islands, it is the ideal luxury yacht charter destination with so much to explore at convenient intervals. There is no better way to see and experience this area.
The Luxury Charter Group team have been fortunate to explore much of it; here are some of the stand-out places we have enjoyed and the private crewed yachts that charter there.
An obvious place to start, Dubrovnik is magnificent. It is is one of the most important historical and tourist centres of Croatia. This magnificent walled city is justifiably known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic", having succeeded in preserving its stunning Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.
With the sparkling Adriatic Sea on the doorstep it is easy to understand why Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And despite being badly damaged in the 1990s by the armed conflict that caused the break-up of Yugoslavia the city has benefited from a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO and is once again one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea.
While the prosperity of the city was originally based on maritime trade dating back to the 13th Century, today's visitors are charmed with its divine beauty and cultural monuments including the striking town walls and fortresses, churches and monastaries, palaces, and Stradun Dubrovnik's main street. The delightful pedestrian-only old town is home to a myriad of twisting marbled lanes, quirky cafes and top-notch restaurants. To circumnavigate the city wall is a ‘must do’.
Korcula’s abundant culture and history helped define its popular name ‘Little Dubrovnik’. A wonderfully romantic promenade runs through the town by the city walls and is alive with cafes. You can spend the evening exploring this beautiful Dalmatian town and enjoying the gastronomic delights in one of the numerous restaurants.
It is most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo who was probably born here in 1254, and reminders of him can be seen all around the town, including the extremely interesting Marco Polo Museum. Today Korcula is a town where you can vividly feel the Mediterranean spirit of people who live and work in this mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Since its time as a Roman outpost, Vis was one of the most historically significant islands in the Adriatic. Home to some of the best restaurants in the region, dozens of beautiful bays, a top diving spot and some of the best beaches in the country this island has something for everyone. In addition to a still thriving fishing industry the island of Vis is also known for it's wine-making and you should definitely try their Vugava, a local white wine.
The Island was also one of the best kept secrets of the former Yugoslavian government being off-limits to foreign citizens as a significant Army base. It has emerged from a long period of isolation with untouched natural beauty. From here you can do a tour of the island including visiting a cave where former leader Tito hid out during WWII and enjoy a peka (a traditional Croatian meal of meat or octopus and vegetables slow baked in the embers of a fire) for lunch in a countryside restaurant.
Hvar Old Town
The Old Town of Hvar, was once a wealthy Venetian trading port, and today one of the most fashionable places to be seen on the Adriatic. Island Hvar, once alluded to as the "Santorini" of Croatia due to its much photographed Venetian architecture, offers a mix of culture and a vibrant restaurant and café life. It is worldly known for its wild night life and numerous elite bars, restaurants and hotels where many celebrities have enjoyed themselves. Despite its commercial popularity, Hvar has nevertheless maintained its authenticity. It is equally well known for its rich cultural and historical heritage and it will be a real treat for guests of all ages.
The Pakleni Islands
Opposite Hvar Town are a gorgeous cluster of offshore islets that are among the best the Adriatic has to offer. The Pakleni Islands offer crystal-clear waters, hidden beaches and deserted lagoons. The largest of the Pakleni Islands by far is Sveti Klement, which supports three villages in its 5 sq km. Palmižana village has a marina, accommodation, restaurants and a pebbly beach. One renown restaurant is Laganini which has a really cool scene and brilliant cuisine cooked by one of Croatia's top chefs and winner of numerous culinary awards.
Vrboska is a real gem and one of our favourite little towns. Located at the head of a deep bay this lovely little village, nicknamed "Little Venice", has a canal running through it. With charming stone bridges, gorgeous canal-side stone houses and traditional lantinas moored in the harbour this place is a photographer's dream. You can also visit the small family winery Vina Caric which has a tasting room in the village.
Split is the cultural and economic centre of Central Dalmatia with a warm Mediterranean temper. The city faces the seafront, the 'Riva' boulevard that comes alive every evening. You can’t help but feel the sense of family as young and old, well-dressed, stroll, interact and play together.It is a regular ‘catwalk’, where one goes to see … and be seen!
Split is steeped in history. It's fortress-like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, was erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century together with the Cathedral of St. Domnius which is today the heart and soul of the city. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses. And there is a wonderful choice of very good restaurants.
This is a UNESCO's Historic city; a pearl of the Adriatic. Trogir is a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. It is a charming Mediterranean seaside town attracting visitors from all over and inviting them to explore its historic walkways. Despite the modern rhythm of life, it has conserved its unique historical core, the attractiveness of its boutiques, old-fashioned galleries and garden restaurants thrive whilst the daily life of locals living inside these historic walls carries on regardless.
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Here’s a glimpse at just some of the stunning luxury yachts available for charter in Croatia this summer. There is limited availability but it's still not too late to book for 2019.
The sensational 144.9ft (44.17m) Heeson motor yacht AGRAM (formerly PROJECT KLOBUK II) is a semi-custom semi-displacement modern yacht equipped with impressive entertainment and leisure facilities. Her interior offers a timeless style with beautiful furnishings and an attention to detail that ensures both elegance and comfort. AGRAM has spacious accommodation and socialising areas for up to 12 guests; and with 9 crew onboard you will enjoy a relaxed and pampered luxury yacht experience.
SAN LIMI is an impeccable 114ft (34m) motor-sailer that combines the advantages and comforts of a luxurious motor yacht with the allure and romance of sail. She boasts massive outdoor spaces and equally spacious interiors. With a huge undercover aft deck for meals alfresco, a brilliant flybridge for socialising and sunbathing, and sunpads on her foredeck. Below decks, SAN LIMI offers 5-star luxury with accommodation for up to eight guests in four large staterooms.
As warm and wonderful as its name suggests, TUSCAN SUN is a brilliant example of an Italian designed and built superyacht, ideally configured for a family or group charter. On deck, guests can enjoy the space and serenity of several leisure areas with plenty of room for both undercover and alfresco entertaining. Inside, TUSCAN SUN features a serene palette of white and beige, with effective bursts of colour, and can accommodate 10 guests in 5 staterooms.
A classic motor yacht 31m KOBRUK offers the ideal combination of luxury and timeless design. Her classic wooden interior is perfectly complemented by her sumptuous cream soft furnishings. She is a beautiful boat, stylish and comfortable with spaces that are warm and welcoming. She can accommodate up to ten guests in five spacious cabins.
Built by Ferretti the 96ft ALEKSANDRA offers both luxury and performance, cruising at 24 knots and capable of 30 knots at maximum revs. She is a sophisticated and modern yacht with a spacious and refined interior, accommodating 10 guests in 4 spacious cabins and one magnificent master cabin. With a state-of-the-art entertainment system, a large swim platform and ample sunbathing areas she is a luxury charter yacht that is sure to impress.
Designed over three levels, with a superb 300-square-metres of living space, MAYRILOU is a superb example of a large volume multihull, with plenty of deck space, huge windows and massive entertaining areas for enjoying balmy days and nights during your charter. MAYRILOU has elegant accommodation for up to 10 guests in five cabins with a décor is a combination of cutting-edge and cosy, with all the comforts of home.
These are only a small selection of the range of yachts available for charter in Croatia so just tell the team at Luxury Charter Group what you are looking for and they will be happy to find the yacht that is just right for you in this sensational destination.
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