If you want your getaways to be as refined and luxurious as possible, going on a sailing holiday around Croatia will tick all of the boxes. Not only does the country have an amazing culture and first-class restaurants, but its yachting conditions are ideal.
There are also several places you can select when deciding which sailing base to set off from. Dubrovnik, which is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is one option, as is the ancient city of Pula. However, for the ultimate variety of isles to dock at, Kremik should be your port of choice. This corner of Croatia is fantastic for a number of reasons. For a start, the sailing conditions are brilliant for people of all skill levels. The tidal range is small, the average water temperature stands at 22 degrees C and there is easy line of sight navigation. This means you will also have plenty of time to talk to your friends and family as you navigate them from isle to isle.
Should you have decided that Kremik is the starting destination for you, you now need to choose whether you head north or south. Our below guide should help you make an informed choice.
North of Kremik
Steer your yacht north and you will come across the Kornati archipelago. This stunning group of islands boasts outstanding natural beauty, making it the perfect backdrop for a chic sailing break. There are plenty of highlights of choosing to go north, with Piskera Kornati one of them. The landmass used to be an important fishing centre and you can still see the salting storehouse when you step on to dry land and explore the island. The landscape is mainly bare and rugged, and you and your loved ones might feel as though you are the only people on Piskera Kornati, such is its tranquillity. Due to the fact that the Kornati Islands are a national park, you will be limited as to where you can walk, although there are lots of marked paths to follow.
Another island in the group you should definitely moor up at for a few hours is Zirje. With no accommodation and just one restaurant, it is also the perfect destination to get away from it all. The main village is a fishing hub and feels as though it is trapped in time, which really makes it a charming place to visit. After tucking in to some tasty cuisine at the eatery, relax at the scenic and sheltered anchorage of Uval Stupica Vela, before making your way to the next isle. Zut and Prvic Luka Prvic are other Kornati islands that should be on your agenda.
South of Kremik
Should you want to explore locations that are a little bit livelier than the north, head south. Here, you will find the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula. This part of Croatia will be more suited to you if you want to enjoy a lively nightlife, a wider choice of restaurants and different types of cultural attractions.
You might smell Hvar before you even reach its shores, as its main crop is lavender. It is certainly a lovely introduction to the island, which is where you will find the popular resort of Hvar Town. There are plenty of things you can see and do here, including visiting a Franciscan monastery, climbing the citadel and taking in the architecture of the cathedral. However, due to its bustling nature, one of the best things you can actually do is sit outside one of the waterfront cafes, watching the world go by.
Brac is famous for its sunny weather, not that your trip will likely be rained on anyway. Citrus trees, olive groves and vineyards are dotted around the island, so make sure you sample a glass of some of the local produce during your time here. If you want to get a little bit active during your sailing holiday, Brac is the perfect place to do so. Snorkelling, scuba diving and hiking are just some of the activities on offer. You might decide to tackle the 2,552 ft Vidova Gora mountain, which lies on the southern coast of the island. If you do so, you will be greeted with stunning views all of the way to Italy.