TOP ONSHORE EXPERIENCES
If Croatia is still not on your travel bucket list, then you should think of including this small Balkan country in the top places to visit as soon as possible. We could just add here photos of Croatian towns, nature, and food, and those visuals would be enough to inspire you. This country is truly gorgeous. But words are also important. So we decided - let’s do both, so you decide for yourself whether you like Croatia or no.
In the past five years, Croatia became one of the most visited places in Europe. Travellers from the whole world come here for both, onshore experiences and of course to charter a motor yacht in Dubrovnik or rent a gulet in Split to discover one thousand of beautiful islands during Adriatic sailing holidays.
As a yacht charter company, we both sell yacht charters in Croatia and assist our clients with organizing onshore experiences. To be honest with you, there are so many exciting things to do in Croatia, starting from visiting small and cosy Cavtat and traveling up until the end of Croatian coastline in the north. We would need to write a book to mention everything you can do here. But we decided - first let’s talk about top things to do in Croatia, because in one visit no one can experience all things at once.
So here’s a list of the most popular yacht charter onshore experiences when it comes to travelling to Croatia. With a wide network of local partners, our gulet specialists can help you organizing any of them. Just send us an email, and we’ll provide all the information.
GAME OF THRONES AND CROATIA
This section will be particularly interesting to those who watched and like the epic HBO TV Series, Game of Thrones. Several seasons of the show were filmed in Croatia. And Croatian places that appeared on the screen became like a magnet for travellers. They come to see those spots in real as it’s an enjoyable and fun activity to do. More than that, each town, garden, a fortress that was shown in Game of Thrones is stunning in real life and famous on its own of course.
It is quite popular to create a tailor-made gulet itinerary that will follow the steps of the filming crew. Both, you will enjoy gulet holidays in Croatia and see some of the most popular and iconic places in this country with a flavour of Game of Thrones.
These are the places to include in the gulet route in Croatia: Dubrovnik, Lokrum island, the Trsteno Arboretum, Ston town, Split, Klis Fortress, Sibenik, Krka National Park. They all appeared in the TV series.
RETREAT WITH NATURE: LAVENDER FIELDS IN CROATIA
Souvenir shops in Croatia are well stocked with lavender products: oil, creams, soap, fragrance, honey, jam and much more. Most probably you’ll buy some of them once you reach a store like this. You can also taste delicious lavender ice-cream in Croatia.
However, one of the most rejuvenating experiences you can have in Croatia is actually visiting a lavender field and feel yourself as if you’re in French Grasse - famous lavender town at Cote d'Azur.
Why rejuvenating? You’ll be surrounded by nature and calming aroma of lavender, local friendly people, peace and silence away from the city life noise. This is a similar feeling you have when you charter a yacht in Croatia and sail away from the coast to a beautiful secluded bay.
It is possible to visit lavender fields on Hvar island. But please remember, that lavender isn’t blooming all summer long. Usually, it’s the last weeks of June and the first weeks of July.
If you don’t mind the crowds, but love lavender aroma, you may stop by Hvar Lavender Festival at Velo Grablje village and fully enjoy the harvest process, the products, stunning views of the island and feeling the celebration of life with locals and other travellers.
You can include Hvar to your yacht charter itinerary when sailing from Dubrovnik to Split or vice versa, for example.
WINE TASTING TOUR IN KORCULA DURING CROATIA GULET CRUISE
If you’re travelling to Croatia from some big and busy city or a cold hometown, you’ll probably be starving for some green nature experience. Your hunger can be fulfilled easily when you visit Croatia’s picturesque vineyards. The countryside, silence and unhurried rhythm of life together with a glass of wine will keep you happier than ever, and more importantly - relaxed.
Such experience can be organized on the island of Korcula.
If you feel sceptical about wine production in Croatia, as it’s not Italy, Chile, Australia, France, we suggest you don’t. Greeks who are famous for wine production did it here more than 2000 years ago when they settled in the area. And since then the wine has played an important role in the local culture. There are over 300 wine regions in Croatia, where dry white wine with fruity notes is being produced. Red wine can also be found commonly.
So let’s organize a shore excursion to some of the private vineyards to have some good wine time with delicious local food in some of the most beautiful countries of the Mediterranean.
THE ULTIMATE FOOD EXPERIENCE WHEN ON A GULET CHARTER IN CROATIA
When you hire a gulet with a crew in Croatia, most probably the chef on board will be local. He or she will cook for you the best of the Dalmatian cuisine. And if you like some meals too much, you can always ask your yacht chef for a recipe. This will all be a part of onboard food experience.
In addition to that, we suggest not to ignore the onshore opportunities to taste Dalmatian cuisine influenced by Italians and Greeks. Visit local fruits and vegetable markets, as well as fish restaurants with fresh seafood on the display. Among must-tries, you’ll find risotto with cuttlefish, marinated sardines, fish soup, squid, lobsters, oysters, mussels.
Your gulet crew will recommend you some nice local konobas (restaurants) to visit. If you wish to differentiate your onboard dining experience - book a table in one of the restaurants located in the old walled Korcula town or in some rural authentic village away from the crowds.
NATIONAL PARKS OF CROATIA
We think that if we call Croatia itself one big national park, no one would argue with that, as there are too many wilderness areas here. But too many is just an advantage to this country, not the opposite.
The nature of this country is jaw-dropping and beautiful. There’s everything here to be impressed and happy if you’re a nature lover: lush greenery, mountains, rivers, fountains, islands, coastal towns, and remote villages, lakes, waterfalls, bays, fresh air.
We recommend that you visit at least these nationals parks, as they are the most renowned ones and not less gorgeous:
Kornati National Park
Mljet National Park
Krka National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Whatever you choose to experience when sailing in Croatia, you’ll enjoy it much. This magic little country has something special to offer to each traveller with the most different taste and preferences.
Here is our preferred selection of gulets for rent in Croatia with amazing local crew and comfortable accommodation. These crewed gulets will become an excellent base for you whether you travel with family and kids or a group of friends.
To book a gulet tour in Croatia please send us an email, and we’ll confirm the availability of a preferred gulet. If she is booked already, we’ll do our best to send a choice.
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