4 of the best superyacht anchorages in Croatia

Lovisce Inlet, Scedro Island

Recommended by Nick Line, former captain of _Sequel P_

With its stunning coastline and crystal clear azure waters, Croatia is one of the most popular destinations on the superyacht circuit. Here some seasoned yachting professionals share their favourite places to drop anchor.

1. Lovisce Inlet, Scedro Island

Lovisce Inlet on the north side of Scedro Island is one of Croatia’'s most delightful anchorages: totally safe, and set among delightful maquis-covered hills, it lies on the direct route between the ‘must-see’ cities of Hvar and Korcula.

Apart from a swim, exploring the lagoon with a dinghy or kayak, or a walk amid the lavender and thyme that clad the low hills, there isn'’t much to do —– but that is the whole joy of Scedro.

Hvar and Korcula, 12 and 20 nautical miles distant, provide the architecture, historic interest and marginally more refined dining that may be part of your ideal holiday. You might consider a stop at the little lighthouse-dominated islet of Plocica, especially if you have children aboard, as they will delight in exploring the rock pools at low tide.

Mjlet

Recommended by Colin Richardson, captain on _Passion_

It is too easy for yachts heading towards Dubrovnik, just 23 nautical miles to the southeast, to bypass the long and narrow island of Mjlet as its rock-fringed, wooded coastline appears quite unremarkable from the sea. But ignoring Mjlet is a real mistake as it is one of Croatia's hidden gems. Local inhabitants successfully resisted any commercial development and the resulting absence of large hotels, together with access to the island being restricted to yachts and small commercial passenger boats, means that its small farms and vineyards are intact, and its many tourist sites uncrowded.

If time is short, the northwestern end of the island, designated a National Park, is the place to go, and the best anchorage here is in the very sheltered Polače inlet, entered through a choice of deep water channels between the outlying islands that lead into a spectacular sheltered lagoon with the village of Polace at its western end.

The water is calm and crystal clear, while the village offers a tender dock outside a couple of sleepy restaurants and the ruins of a Roman palace from the fifth century. Further south are the beautiful tidal lakes of Mali Most and Malo Jezero, the latter with a former Benedictine monastery on a little islet. Mjlet also offers some unusual scuba diving in a third century Roman wreck and a Second World War German torpedo boat, which can be arranged through a diving centre.

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Hvar

Recommended by owner Brian Benjamin

Hvar is known as the queen of the Dalmatian islands. It has a long history due to its important strategic location; nowadays it is regularly invaded by legions of tourists but is still certainly worth a visit with spectacular views from the water. Hvar is the gateway to an archipelago of gorgeous little islands with incredibly indented bays –- each one ringed with sand. On shore, the land is smothered in vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards.

The port of Hvar itself has been likened to a pre-Bardot Saint-Tropez; it boasts upmarket shopping, exclusive hotels, fabulous nightlife and restaurants that are to be found as soon as one steps on to the dock. It'’s busy between May and September when the Venetian piazza comes to life; while, in the famous Carpe Diem club, young backpackers, an elegant ‘must-be-seen-with crowd’ and yachties rub shoulders with each other.

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Korcula, Dalmatian Islands

Recommended by Frans Heesen, owner of _Lady Petra_

Korcula is one of the largest Dalmatian islands and its long, indented coastline provides some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and inlets to explore. Despite its size and popularity, it has retained its natural charm. Frans Heesen uses words such as ‘pure, nature, quiet and crystal-clear water’ to sum up its attractions.

Korcula has been occupied by a veritable ‘who’'s who’ of the great civilisations of the past few thousand years — – the Greeks called it Black Corfu due to its dense forests, and the Venetians happily plundered its timber. It’'s even said that Marco Polo was born here in 1254. You can immerse yourself in all this history ashore, but the attractions from a yachting point of view are the numerous secluded coves with largely empty beaches. And whether the strand is sandy or rocky, the views will always be great, with the transparent turquoise sea set against green peaks.

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