The brilliant blue Adriatic Sea and the enthralling coastal cities and islands of Croatia beckon multitudes of travelers to unfurl their sails on these sparkling waters. The Croatian coast is a stretch of golden sand that is decorated with the finest creations of nature and mankind. Each coastal town holds rare and enchanting natural wonders, and every island is a unique kingdom. The resplendent architecture, surreal landscapes, and expansive forests create a picture of unparalleled beauty against the backdrop of the gentle waves that adorn the shores. With the warm sunshine on your cheeks and the cool sea breeze in your hair, sailing along the coast of Croatia is an exhilarating experience. Following are some destinations that you must sail to on this nautical adventure.
City Of Dubrovnik
The city of Dubrovnik is an enchanting amalgamation of history and natural splendor. Remnants of the fortified town of the medieval era are still some of the most striking features of this city. Be it the Lovrijenac Fort that guards the coast or the mighty stone walls that protect the interiors, the impressive structures of Dubrovnik are awe-inspiring. However, equally magnificent are the beaches of this region that are surrounded by clear waters which are perfect for scuba diving. The Banje Beach and the Copacabana Beach are some of the popular attractions. Dubrovnik also holds some majestic historical buildings, such as the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace.
Korcula Island is the ideal location for treating the eyes to pristine greenery. The dense and dark pine forests of this island were the reason that the Greeks called it the Black Island. Korcula still boasts of thick vegetation and also has many olive plantations and vineyards that dot the rustic scenery. The villages of this island have retained the old world charm. Characterized by quaint houses and churches that will transport you back in time. Famous spots of the island include Vela Przina, a crescent-shaped sandy beach, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Korcula Town. The Town Museum is also worth a visit, to explore the local history of this region
City of Makarska
The most iconic symbols of the city of Makarska is the horseshoe shaped bay. Accompanied by the long promenade lined with vivid shops and cafes. Nestled between the azure sea on one side and the Biokovo Mountain on the other, this city resembles a vividly colored painting. The serene environment and intriguing architecture of the Franciscan Monastery make it one of the most famous tourist spots of this region. The compound also holds a Shell Museum that is worth a visit. There are several beautiful churches and interesting museums in Makarska, but St. Mark’s Cathedral in the main square steals the show with its treasury of religious artworks.
Mljet National Park
There is no better way to rejuvenate your tired body than a dip in the saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park. Two massive lakes of this national park are surrounded by unspoiled forests. And as such are more than perfect for swimming and kayaking. The larger lake is marked by the tiny islet of Sveta Marija at its center, where stands a Benedictine Monastery that dates back to the 12th century. One can hike up to the summits of the lush green hills. Or just explore the ruins of the Roman palace on Mljet Island. This spectacular national park will mesmerize you with its tranquil atmosphere and picturesque landscapes.
While cruise along with the Adriatic currents, it is hard to miss the horn-shaped beach of Zlatni Rat on the island of Brac. This white pebbled beach is an excellent spot for windsurfing and offers a stupendous view of the extensive sea. However, you can also head northwards to indulge in the local culture of this island. For example, the oldest settlement of the island is Skrip town. A visit to the Museum of Olive Oil will introduce you to the long history of olive oil production on Brac. Other treasures of this fascinating island include the marvelous stone sculptures at the Supetar Mausoleum and the ancient carvings of Dragon’s Cave.
Sailing and yachtcharter have become quite a popular activity in Croatia in the past few years. That’s not surprising considering the plethora of islands and other attractive destinations along the Croatian coast. All these cities and islands have safe harbors where you can drop your anchors to have a closer look at what the towns have to offer. The stunning natural and cultural diversity of these spectacular sailing spots will definitely steal your heart.