Coastal Escapes: Croatia’s Best-Kept Secrets in Stunning Bays

Croatia has long been a popular holiday destination for those seeking a trip with an element of luxury. Visitor numbers to Croatia reached a pre-pandemic high of almost 20 million annually and have steadily recovered since international travel opened back up.

If you want to visit this amazing country, an unforgettable way to do it is by taking to the crystal-clear waters that shimmer along its coastline. Whether you own a vessel, or you will be chartering a yacht, here are some of the best spots to moor up and see the very best that Croatia has to offer. 

Brač Island

Coastal Escapes: Croatia's Best-Kept Secrets in Stunning Bays

Located south of Split, Brač is an island famed for its beaches, olive oil, and natural limestone.

The highlight of any voyage here is a visit to the Zlatni Rat, or Holden Horn, beach. This sand spit reaches a mile into the Hvar Channel, extending out from a clutch of pine trees to offer near 360-degree views of the water.

It is regularly listed among the best beaches in Europe.

Island Šolta

Šolta is a haven for those seeking tranquillity.

Olive groves are again a star attraction, while Šešura Bay is a snorkeler’s paradise, teeming with colourful fish. Oysters plucked straight from the sea are a delicacy that you can find at a waterfront konoba, a king of traditional taverns.

Vis Island

Coastal Escapes: Croatia's Best-Kept Secrets in Stunning Bays

Once a Yugoslav military base, Vis is now a treasure trove of hidden coves and ancient Roman ruins.

Rent a scooter and zoom through vineyards, stopping for a wine tasting amidst rolling hills. For a touch of luxury, book a treatment at the Thalasso SPA Millennium, where seawater therapies soothe mind and body.

Banje Beach

Coastal Escapes: Croatia's Best-Kept Secrets in Stunning Bays

No Croatian yachting trip is complete without a stop at Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” And what better way to approach than gliding into Banje Beach, a sheltered cove fringed by lush greenery.

The city’s ancient walls are a favourite of many. Fans of Game of Thrones may recognise their mighty majesty as the backdrop for King’s Landing. We just hope there is no need for a walk of ‘shame’ for you!

Fresh seafood is on offer at a host of beachside restaurants, with grilled octopus a delicacy that you should try before you embark on the next leg of your journey.

Sveti Ivan Beach

For adventurous souls, Sveti Ivan beckons on the Hvar Island.

This secluded beach, accessible only from the water, is a playground for nature lovers. Kayak through hidden coves and discover your private paradise.

Pine forests provide shelter from the sun and a sweet scent to accompany any hike while refuelling once again takes the form of treasures from the sea as a host of rustic beach bars offer simple but sensational seafood.

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