Superyacht hotspot: Croatia
A superyacht charter in Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular places to head to for the rich and famous. With its craggy coastline peppered with pretty islands, ancient towns and azure waters, it is little wonder so many yachts pass through it during the busy Mediterranean yacht charter season.
With this in mind, here is a definitive guide to a luxury yacht charter in Croatia.
Pula Arena was constructed somewhere between 27BC and 68 AD and it is the only remaining Roman Amphitheatre to have all four side towers completely preserved. It was built when the city of Pula became a part of the Roman Empire. Originally built in timber during the Augustus reign, it was replaced and rebuilt in stone when the emperor Cladius came into power. In 79 AD it was enlarged further to accommodate gladiator fights. The Amphitheatre remained in service until the 5th century when emperor Honorios banned Gladiator fights. It remained dormant until the Middle Ages when it was used for grazing, occasional tournaments and medieval fairs.
It wasn’t until 1932 that the ampitheatre was adapted for theatre performances and concerts – this is how it remains today.
Visitors are invited to wander the ruins and admire the stunning architecture.
The island of Korcula is by far one of the most stunning for those who love to take a trip back in time. Steeped in historic traditions, wander its narrow streets to discover old cathedrals such as St Marks, head to the Marko Polo Tower or take in one of its age-old festivals. In the height of summer, (July 29th) the males of the island take to the streets to perform the city’s sword dance – Moreška. The dance has been performed since the 17th century.
There are also a wide variety of beaches to take in too, the sandy beach Vela Pržina in Lumbarda and pebble beach Pupnatska Luka come highly recommended.
Rated and recommended restaurants
Antonio’s, Marinkovac Island
Antonio’s restaurant and bar, on the picturesque, lavender-scented island of Marinkovac near Hvar, is a welcome haven of good food on the coast. From deckchairs scattered on terraces in front of the restaurant guests gaze out across the beautiful waters of Zdrilca Bay, enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine, while meals are served on the large terrace, surrounded by pine trees and fragrant rosemary bushes.
Restaurant Nautika, Dubrovnik
Patronised by celebrities, royals, the international political élite and even a Pope, Restaurant Nautika is recognised as the place to be seen – and eat – in the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Located on the seafront next to the Pile gate, the restaurant has stunning views of the Adriatic and the old fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar.
Best Place to drop anchor
Uvala Lovišce, Šcedro, Croatia: This popular lagoon is a lovely anchorage, busy in high season, with several restaurants onshore.
Top secret spots
Mljet Island, Croatia: The North end has a great big boat anchorage, you can explore further afield by tender.
Šcedro, Croatia: An amazingly indented island south of more famous Hvar, perfect to explore by yacht and tender.