Are you planning a cruising vacation in Croatia? Well, this is indeed the best way to enjoy and experience the spectacular scenery and unspoiled bays of those hundreds and thousands of islands that are surrounded by clear, blue waters. It is no wonder that the Adriatic cruise holiday is considered the finest sailing playground in the whole of Europe.
Here is a comprehensive guide on cruising Croatia and how to make the most of your sailing trip.
- Best time for Croatian cruises
The months of May and June or between April and October are considered the best time as the weather and water conditions are perfect for sailing, swimming, paddle-boarding, and sunbathing. This is also the time when most of those beautiful Croatian islands are open for business and tourists.
- The cost of sailing Croatia
You will be glad to know that Croatian cruises are very affordable, and a small group can charter a small boat for as low as for €2,500 per day. Look for the starting point with a yacht of around 80 feet and €30k per week. Well, the costs are very reasonable when you compare to other cruises in other parts of the world. One can book a skippered yacht and even learn a few sailing tricks. However, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the views.
- What to expect on board
Make sure to book your cruising vacation with the best tour operators s not all the yachts, or the experiences are made the same. You can look for a cozy set-up to unbridled luxury and higher levels of comfort. Browse for the different boats available with your chosen operator and learn about the space, facilities, and services offered. You can even book a host who will look after your cooking and cleaning.
- The most popular sailing routes
Croatian cruises will keep you spoiled for choices when it comes to sailing. However, some of the most popular is from Split to Split, from Split to Dubrovnik, from Dubrovnik to Split and some more. The best part about these sailing routes is that you get to visit the most popular islands and ports on the way such as Elaphite, Mljet, Hvar, Korčula, Pučišća, Omiš and many more. Split and Dubrovnik are considered the best place to start a charter as these two locations are surrounding by the most famous islands of Croatia.
- Fun and adventure
As a piece of general advice for the first-time visitors to Croatia, or novice cruisers, plan a great itinerary and make sure to enjoy the turquoise waters and sail in an affordable but luxurious vessel. You can look forward to a vacation filled with beaches, food and drink and plenty of adventurous activities like swimming, snorkeling along with hiking and sightseeing. And of course, it is essential to mention Croatian food and drink. Enjoy everything from pizza to lobster and an amazing variety of seafood. Admire the fine architecture in cobbled old-town lanes and shop at those intriguing stops. There are hidden coves and secluded beaches to discover on the dramatic coastline. Explore the open countryside with splendid sea views and smell the Mediterranean scents in the air. Visit National Parks, Roman ruins, and admire the brilliant architecture.
Book early and avoid the July and August months that fall in the peak season. Check the small print for extras and make sure to book a boat with the cockpit to get protection against the sun. Spare some budget for fuel, eating out, transfers, and other onboard provisions. Pick a cabin according to your preferences and learn about the sailing route beforehand.