Croatia is a nation of over 1000 islands, some are inhabited, most have no human settlements, some 140 or so islands form part of the Kornati National Park.
What better way to visit Croatia than from the sea, sailing into picturesque ports to visit beautiful villages and explore medieval towns still surrounded by the original protective walls, or how about jumping from the boat into the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic when your boat stops in a different location along the coast every day, and snorkel in secluded bays?
Come and visit “The Mediterranean as it Once Was“
Even if you don’t own your own yacht, you can still explore the coastline by joining a Gulet Cruise, or how about combining a 7-day gulet cruise with a few days stay on land, in a hotel or rented self-catering accommodation, we can certainly recommend our very own Villa BellaVista in Trogir.
As we are also planning to take a gulet cruise soon, I have been researching this type of holiday, so here are some suggestions.
A gulet is a wooden sailing boat whose origins are in Bodrum and Marmaris in Turkey, although nowadays similar vessels are found all around the Eastern Mediterranean. Today these vessels are very popular in Croatia for tourist charter, typically doing 7-days round trip cruises along different stretches of the Dalmatian coastline, and you can book a cabin on one of the many vessels available, from the economy range where you share toilets and showers, to more upmarket boats with better interiors and air-conditioned en-suite cabins.
Forget about the mega cruise liners with thousands of people on board, glitzy interiors, noisy entertainment, and formal dining arrangements. Leave at home your tuxedo, white tie, silk evening gowns and rolex watches. Gulet cruises are pretty casual and laid back, a gulet typically accommodates only 12-24 passengers, your meals are provided on-board by the crew and the atmosphere is generally very relaxed and informal. Prices vary from around Euro 350 to Euro 1000 per person per week depending on type of vessel, type of cabin and period of travel.
Every morning you will wake up in a different place, maybe a small secluded bay? maybe one of the UNESCO world heritage sites like Trogir, Split or Dubrovnik? The Croatian coast is stunning, top that with blue seas, clear skies and warm (or hot) weather from April to October (some people still swim in November) and you have the perfect holiday.
And if you want more of an adventure, you can go “Island hopping by bike”, where as part of your cruise, you’ll also be provided a trekking bike by the cruise company, so at each stop you can disembark, to discover each location on 2-wheels… how about exploring Croatia that way!
Below are some examples of routes which are offered starting from Trogir in middle Dalmatia, which is an ideal location as you can discover the northern part of Dalmatia, Central Dalmatia, or go south to Dubrovnik.
With such a array of places to visit during a holiday, what are you waiting for? book your next holiday to Croatia!
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What to do in Croatia – Some things in life are free
What to do in Croatia – a relaxing holiday
-What to do in Croatia – a bit of culture
-What to do in Croatia – Take a boat trip to Trogir
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