Sailing Holidays in Croatia

romeocroatiaStarred Page By romeocroatia, 26th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Last summer I decided to surprise my spouse and make reservations for a trip to Croatia, specifically Dalmatia. We would travel by plane to Dubrovnik and once we got there rent a boat and explore southern Croatia by ourselves.

Intro

Our journey began at the „Pearl of the Adriatic“– the city of Dubrovnik. Our plane arrived early in the morning so we took the time to have a cup of coffee at one of the many cafés located in the famous Stradun street. Sitting on the corso, drinking coffee and just listening to the buzz of people was great. The many historical attractions in Dubrovnik old town were a fine introduction to Croatia and a taste of things to come.

Getting on board

We took the yacht charter to Mljet, also known as „Croatia's greenest island“, because of the national park located on the west of the island. Our time on Mljet can only be described as harmony. The lush forests, coastline, small towns and even the surrounding little islands were enchanting. Sailing in Croatia was breath-taking.
Our next destination was another nearby island – Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We decided to spend the night in the biggest town on the island, which is also called Korčula. The sunset was beautiful and we had a lovely traditional Dalmatian dinner over some wine.

After breakfast we went along our journey and arrived at the town of Hvar on Hvar island. After doing a lot of exploring in Dubrovnik, Mljet and Korčula we decided to take it slow so we spent the day talking to the friendly locals and relaxing over coffee. Eventually we couldn’t resist and took a 20 minute walk to visit the Španjola fortress which lies above the town.

Exploring the Islands and Cities

Next stop – Brač. As soon as we got there we headed to the famous „Golden Horn“beach. The crystal clear water and warm golden sand were picturesque. We took our time swimming, sunbathing, taking pictures and overall enjoying ourselves before heading out to Split.

Split, the largest Croatian coastal city, is centered around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The palace is really well preserved and one of the highlights of the trip for me. This 1700 year old city truly is a sight to behold. We spent the night there listening to the relaxing hiss of the sea waves.
In the morning we continued our trip and arrived at another UNESCO protected site – the town of Trogir. Also known as „the Museum City“, Trogir is like a smaller version of Split or Dubrovnik, yet still equally as charming and historically enriched. The old town is simply stunning, with a plethora of churches, walls, towers and ancient frescoes.
Our next stop was a town called Šibenik, the oldest town founded by Croats. The main sight of the city is the Cathedral of St. James, which is located on the UNESCO world heritage list. I'll just say that it's on that list for a reason. A Renaissance masterpiece.
Anyone who visits Dalmatia should visit the Krka national park, period. We took a guided tour of the national park and it was simply incredible. The whole place looks like a divine garden, with 17 waterfalls sending the Krka river almost 50 meters down. And to top it all off you're allowed to swim in the water. Amazing!

I don't even know where to begin with the Kornati Islands Archipelago. Just as you think you've seen it all Croatia finds another way to surprise you. This paradise on earth composed of 89 islands and islets is definitely the most beautiful part of our adventure in Croatia.

Last stop - Zadar

Our final destination was Zadar, another one of Croatia's beautiful old coastline cities. The pre-Romanesque Church of St Donatus’ was an impressive sight with its massive dome and stone walls, but the part of Zadar that I liked the most were the unique Sea Organs. Zadar's Sea Organs are one of those things you just have to experience in person. The sounds are created by nothing but the waves of the sea. We took a moment and just sat there and listened to the music of the waves.

While listening to the organs I reflected on our trip. This has been a wonderful experience and we will surely come back again to further explore Croatia.

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Croatia, Europe, Sailing, Travel

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author avatar WOGIAM
26th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing lovely memories of your trip with us, i would never have thought of travelling to Croatia until now, i would add it to my bucket list, one can never tell if an opportunity to travel there may arise.

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author avatar WOGIAM
26th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing lovely memories of your trip with us, i would never have thought of travelling to Croatia until now, i would add it to my bucket list, one can never tell if an opportunity to travel there may arise.

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author avatar WOGIAM
26th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing lovely memories of your trip with us, i would never have thought of travelling to Croatia until now, i would add it to my bucket list, one can never tell if an opportunity to travel there may arise.

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