The French Riviera has long been the darling of the yachting fraternity, with superyachts heading to spots such as St Tropez and Monaco every summer to enjoy the glitzy ambience of the Cote d’Azur. But now there’s another destination on the map which is charming visitors, with superyacht charters in Croatia giving West Mediterranean itineraries a real run for their money.
In recent years, a steady number of yacht charter clients have chosen boat rentals in Croatia over more traditional summer haunts such as the French and Italian Riviera. The destinations cannot be compared as they are so different, with superyacht charters in Croatia tending to offer more opportunity to take in medieval cities and dramatic scenery as opposed to the Mediterranean’s sophisticated and luxury lifestyle.
So, for your next holiday, will you be checking out Croatia’s eclectic culture or sipping rosé in the South of France?
Below are five reasons to choose a superyacht charter in Croatia:
1. An abundance of choice
There is so much choice when you book a boat rental in Croatia. With more than 1,000 islands and countless stunning anchorages to discover on your superyacht charter, you are spoilt for choice, with destinations for every taste and budget. Head to the island of Hvar for glittering nightlife or to Lavosto for authentic music festivals which light up the island. The possibilities are endless.
2. Stunning scenery
With mile upon mile of white sandy beaches, thick pine forests, towering mountains and UNESCO protected ruins, Croatia has it all when it comes to breathtaking scenery. Whether you want to lay on the beach with your toes being lapped by the crystal-clear water or hike through lush forests, there is no shortage of natural beauty to enjoy on a superyacht charter in Croatia.
3. Party scene
Croatia is not all about beautiful vistas. It also has an incredible party and nightlife scene which will delight fans of Saint Tropez and Ibiza. The island of Pag is known as the “Croatian Ibiza.” Tisno on the island of Zadar has the reputation of being a particular party-powerhouse, with concerts and festivals taking place almost every day of the week.
4. Delicious food and wine
Incredibly, Croatia boasts more than 800 wineries, with almost every island producing a unique wine. Even more incredible is that there are more than 20,000 registered winemakers who use more than 64 distinct grape types across Croatia. The law of average says that amongst so much wine, there must be one that you like! Accompanying the wine is a rich and varied cuisine, much of which is based around seafood. Try the exquisite black risotto made with cuttlefish or squid, followed by Croatia’s renowned Ston oysters. Another must is fritule, Croatia’s take on a fruit doughnut laced with rum!
5. Diving Paradise
With more than 5000 km of coastline, Croatia offers some of the best diving opportunities in Europe. Officially there are 115 dive sites, from Kvarner in the north to Dubrovnik in the south. Discover a vibrant and varied marine life from species such as tuna, marlin and to nudibranch, octopus and seahorses while snorkelling from your superyacht charter in Croatia. Meanwhile, scuba divers will love cave diving and wrecks such as the cargo ship SS Tomislav, which lies off the island of Lokrum.
Which of the above Croatia superyacht charter experiences whets your appetite for travel the most?