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June 2022 / Travel / by Sophie Hampton

An Adriatic Yacht Charter Offers Charm and Elegance in Abundance

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A yacht charter cruising the Adriatic coastline enables you to explore lesser-known ports of call away from traditional blue water havens, including the stunning destinations of Croatia and Montenegro.

Croatia’s famed Dalmatian Coast is dotted with exquisite un-inhabited islands and exclusive towns, such as Hvar and Dubrovnik. Along Montenegro’s coast, known as the ‘Pearl of the Balkans,’ explore majestic mountains, Medieval villages, and stunning beaches while revelling in a more relaxed place of life. Here are some of the best things to explore on an Adriatic yacht charter in Croatia and Montenegro.

Adriatic Yacht Charter: Montenegro

Budva

The ancient coastal town of Budva in Montenegro is a must-visit during an Adriatic yacht charter. It’s a popular seaside destination with Montenegrins, thanks to its wealth of attractions, local boutiques, delicious restaurants, and nearby beaches. Make sure you leave time to visit Budva’s Citadel, an ancient fortress that was built to protect the town from attacks from the sea.

Dumitor

For those wishing to reconnect with nature during an Adriatic yacht charter, head to Durmitor, a UNESCO awarded national park set in a stunning mountainous region in north-western Montenegro, known for its rugged beauty and thick pine forests. A scenic 4-km track loops around Durmitor’s Black Lake, which sits at the heart of the park, offering the perfect hiking terrain and an opportunity to explore local flora and fauna. The surrounding region is ideal for cycling, horse riding, and a wide range of outdoor pursuits, including rafting, kayaking, wild swimming, and in winter, cross-country skiing. Make sure you visit the Tara River Canyon, the deepest in Europe.

Kotor

The fortified seaside town of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add this stunning stop-off to your Adriatic yacht charter itinerary, and you’ll be rewarded with cobbled streets brimming with cultural charm. Kotor’s Old Town dates to Roman Times. A must-visit is the Medieval San Giovanni Fortress, which is perched high above the city walls. Don’t be put off by the climb, as the views are well worth the effort!

Adriatic Yacht Charter: Croatia

Hvar

Hvar has been dubbed Croatia’s St Tropez thanks to its refined offerings, rich history and culture, and exclusive destinations. For those seeking a dose of history and culture, explore Hvar town, boasting gourmet restaurants and local boutiques. Must visits include St Stephen’s Cathedral & Square, considered one of the most important historical buildings in Hvar. Inside you’ll find an exquisite collection of  Renaissance art by famed artists, including Palma Junior and Stefano Celesti. Another must-see is the Spanjola Fortress, a Venetian fort built at the beginning of the 16th century.

Beyond Hvar Town, cruise around the Pakleni Islands, which lie just south of Hvar. The islands boast beautiful, wooded interiors and white sandy beaches. The exquisite blue waters are ideal for making the most of your charter yacht’s tenders and toys. Finally, make sure you leave time to visit Brac Island, the third-largest island in the Adriatic Sea. Highlights include the local wineries and olive groves, the picturesque town of Supetar, and Zlatni Rat beach, which boasts a stunning 1-km spit of sand that stretches into the sea.

Dubrovnik

No Adriatic yacht charter would be complete without adding a stop-off at Dubrovnik to your yacht charter itinerary. This UNESCO world-famous city’s stunning architecture lures visitors each year, with the walled city brimming with ancient churches, monasteries, and fortresses. Head to the Old Town, which is lined with elegant boutiques and eateries. From here, little alleyways lead you through Dubrovnik’s cobble-stoned streets. For breath-taking views, take the cable car to the crest of Mount Srd, some 412-metres above sea level. It’s also one of the top spots to watch the sunset, casting an ethereal glow across the Adriatic Sea.

If you are interested in an Adriatic yacht charter, then contact a charter yacht broker who will be able to arrange your ideal yacht and itinerary. Which of the above ports of call will you be chartering a path to first?