Croatia - one of the most attractive sailing destinations in the world
July 03, 2012 - Croatia
Croatia, with its stunning beauty and natural resources has quickly become one of the hottest vacation destinations in the World. The unbeatable Mediterranean climate, four thousand kilometres of unspoiled coastline and over one thousand islands surrounded with a rich cultural history, make it the perfect destination for any sailor, family or group of friends seeking an unforgettable adventure. This sailing retreat offers an incredible variety of choices to sailors - from relaxing in remote island villages to experiencing the bustle of modern seaports.
The Croatian coastline is perfect for sailing holidays. With so many islands and ports, you can stop as many times as you like or sail for as long as you wish. With over 1,000 islands, sailing holidays can provide an excellent way of seeing some of the smaller (perhaps even uninhabited!) islands that would otherwise be difficult to visit with scheduled ferry lines. These can be considered to be more "hands-on" than your usual holiday, although everyone from beginners to more experienced sailors can find something suitable for them.
Croatia has a long tradition of welcoming sailors. There are 50 or so marinas in Croatia scattered on the coast; 21 of them are managed by ACI (Adriatic Club International) and the rest are privately owned. You don't have to head for a marina - you can safely moor in countless secluded natural bays or islets but there are advantages to marinas. Many Croatian marinas are close to historical towns replete with museums, galleries, palaces and monasteries plus excellent restaurants. Self-catering is easy as most marinas are close to supermarkets.
Here you'll find the list of the best destinations for sailing on the Croatian coast.
Dubrovnik is a city, port and tourist centre of the Southern Dalmatia. The intended coast offers tourists secluded bays with exotic pebbled beaches as well as steep cliffs exposed to the open sea.
The city is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage register, and with its preserved stone city walls and rich heritage is one of the most attractive and famous Mediterranean cities.
The ACI-Marina Dubrovnik is situated only 6 kilometres away from the old city nucleus and is open throughout the whole year.
The National park of Mljet is one of the oldest national parks in Croatia and is famous for its world-unique salt lakes. On one of them the islet of Saint Mary is situated with its ancient Benedictine monastery.
3. Island of Hvar
Take a walk in the town of Hvar in the morning, have your morning coffee on the main city square or stroll the Hvar Fort, which was built in the 16th century, during the Venetian rule. Then sail towards the most another UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Stari grad Plain. This mystical site which dates from the 4th century, the largest and best preserved plain on the Adriatic islands, is the best preserved cadastral system not only in the Mediterranean but in the whole of Europe.
4. Island of Vis
This island is one of the most popular sailing destinations on the Adriatic. In the ancient times the island was famous for its wines and today they are filled with small fish restaurants. When sailing around the island of Vis do not miss Bisevo, a small island west of Komiza with its famous Blue cave.
1700 years old city of Split grew both within and outside the walls of the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The interwoven historical monuments of Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era where reason why Split was listed as a UNESCO heritage site.
Protected and secluded from the continental hinterland by mountains Split is a safe harbour, and its mild Mediterranean climate with 2700 hours of sunshine per year makes it a pleasant oasis even in the winter.
6. Kornati Archipelago
This archipelago is truly a sailing paradise - 152 islands, isles and reefs are the he most densely grouped cluster of islands in the Mediterranean. According to a legend, Kornati, a maze of sea passages and islets, were created from a number of rocks God had left over after creating the world. He tossed them into the sea, looked at them, and decided nothing else needed to be corrected.
The islands are uninhabited, and when sailing there make sure you fill your water tanks. But, during the sailing season (April-October) there are restaurants open in secluded bays on larger islands like Kornat, Vela Smokvica and Katina
For centuries, Zadar was the capital of Dalmatia, ruled by the Romans, French, Byzantium, Venice as well as Croatian rulers. Nowadays, it is a city with rich cultural heritage, well-known worldwide, that can be seen at every step: the Roman Forum from the 1 century, St. Donatus' Church from the 9 century - the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city, St. Mary's bell tower from the year 1105 and many more. Marina Zadar is situated close to the city centre, it is open all year round and is well protected from the predominant winds.
Orvas Yachting - one of the Premier Yacht Charter suppliers in Croatia
Orvas Yachting is proud to be one of the Premier Yacht Charter suppliers in Croatia. It was founded in 1999 as part of its parent company Orvas d.o.o. and over the past decade has grown from a small segment of the company into one of its core businesses.
The Orvas Team is a group of experienced sea enthusiasts ready to help with any and all arrangements pertaining to Mediterranean holiday. Whether its booking, welcoming guests at the Marina in Split, provisioning, giving tips and advice on routes, providing weather forecasts or technical support 24/7 - from check-in to check-out, the whole Orvas Team is at clients disposal.
There are many services you can ask for to make your holiday as carefree and pleasant as possible:
- Organization of team building
- Flotilla sailing
- reservations in apartments, hotels and villas
- skipper Service
- hostess Service
- chef Service
- grocery shopping
- renting extra vessel equipment: spinnaker, gennaker, protective netting for children, fishing gear...
- ... and more.
With a carefully selected fleet of 24 yachts (Sailing: Bavaria, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Elan, Salona and Hunter; Power: Sealine and Rinker; and racing IMX-45), Orvas Yachting has the perfect yacht to suit client needs. Fully equipped 8 to 16 metre long yachts clearly are the best choice for Mediterranean and Adriatic sailing. Each yacht is outfitted with the latest in equipment including: a GPS Plotter, Auto Pilot, Bimini, Sprayhood, VHF radio and Anchor Windlass, to make navigation as safe and as comfortable as possible.
Yacht rentals are usually for a seven-day period from Saturday to Saturday, but exceptions can be made. You can also enjoy one way excursions and short term rentals.
If you want an active vacation and already know how to sail a yacht, than bareboat charter is for you. To make your choice easier, they have various sailboats in our range, according to type and length.
To enjoy more of the attractive nautical destinations in less time the best choice are power yachts. They offer the possibility to put out to sea in any weather conditions with powerful engines and extraordinary comfort to quickly reach destination or safe harbour.
Crewed Charter is the right choice, if you wish to be completely relaxed and free of worries and responsibilities, whilst letting the crew do all the work. Regardless of whether you have chosen a sailing boat or a motorboat, the crewed charter is a simpler rental option, considering that a professional crew is in charge of navigation during the charter period. Therefore you can enjoy the sea and the sun as well as make arrangements with the skipper on what route to take. Besides the skipper, for all of those who want a relaxed vacation, free of worries with regard to cooking and tidying up the boat, Orvas Yachting offers the possibility of crew enlargement to include a hostess and a cook/chef.
For those who prefer a larger luxury charter, they can choose one of the luxury crewed motor yachts or Gulets. These exclusive cruisers are the perfect way to experience Mediterranean and Adriatic sailing in a completely relaxed and catered way. Considering their size, they are chartered only with a crew consisting of a captain, sailors and cooks.
Gulets are magnificent sailing vessels which will take you a step back in history to a time when they were the main trade and transportation vessel in the Adriatic waters. Today's modern replicas are new or fully renovated to pamper you with their comfort, service, appearance and fascinating history.
If someone wishes to stay longer or to learn more about Croatia and the Adriatic islands, Orvas Yachting also offers a rich choice of interesting half-day and whole-day excursions like rafting, canoeing, trekking... as well as visits to historical monuments, pretty towns in Dalmatia, or venues for just enjoying the natural beauty of Croatia.
To extend fantastic Croatian adventure before or after your sailing with land based accommodation you can choose from a whole spectrum of different property types in Orvas Hotels range, from luxury villas with pools, to holiday vacation villas, small hotels and apartments, in carefully selected locations on the Hvar Island, Brac Island, Korcula Island and Peninsula Peljesac, on Split Riviera, Makarska Riviera and Dubrovnik Riviera, and in Istria.
Orvas principle is to nurture the personal approach towards guests and respect their individuality, while providing quality and safety. With their expertise, meticulous attention to details and superior customer service each client has a possibility to experience the vacation of a lifetime.
If any information needed, just contact Orvas Hotels.
21232 DICMO, Croatia
Mirela Martinovic ; Danijela Puljic
Tel. +385 (0) 21 73 53 93
Fax. +385 (0) 21 73 50 90
Mob.+385 (0) 95 3444 116
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