Island hopping in Croatia on your own yacht
Now that you are planning your yacht charter in Croatia, it only makes sense to add a little bit of island hopping to your itinerary!
The islands of Vis and Brac, off the Dalmatian coast, are among the most beautiful islands of Croatia and well worth your visit. Each one of them is unique and has spectacular places and beaches to offer. Your captain and the experienced crew know exactly which beach to visit, whether you are looking for that remote island feeling or for a great spot to spend time in the sun with your entire family.
The island of Vis
Let’s start with the island of Vis, the furthest island in the Adriatic from the Croatian coast, hidden behind the islands of Hvar, Brac and Solta. For many years it was the military and naval headquarters of Tito’s partisan army and therefore it was closed to the public until 1989. This means that the island escaped large commercial development and was able to retain its natural beauty. The architecture on the island dates back to the early days of Venetian rule. Beautiful old buildings, made from stone from the nearby island of Brac, line narrow streets and alleyways in the cities of Vis and Komiza. The island of Vis has a more exclusive feel to it than other Croatian islands. It’s slower, more intentional.
The Blue Cave
This cave, illuminated in shades of bright blue, is the most famous attraction in all of Vis. The cave is located on Biševo Island, a tiny islet off the coast of Vis. Your crew will take the kayaks out, so you can visit the cave and marvel at the intense colors. The endless azure illumination is a trick of the light. A hypnotizing silver-blue light brightens the space inside the cave when the sunlight hits the surface of the ocean through a natural opening on its arched roof and reflects off the seabed. Your chief stewardess will take plenty of pictures of you and your loved ones while you are exploring the cave to show to your friends back home!
While you are spending some time at the Blue Cave, it’s worth checking out more of Biševo Island. Talk to your captain about sailing the yacht to the other side of the island, where you will find Porat Beach, a perfect stop for a swim. Porat Beach is partially sandy and partially pebbly, with calm, shallow water. Have fun with the family, try the local fish and chips at one of the restaurants at the beach and admire the sailboats passing by on their way to their next destination. When you are ready for yours, have the tender pick you up and make your way over by yacht to the next island!
Lots of different places around the world claim ownership of the term “Blue Lagoon”, from Tahiti to Malta, and the island of Budikovac is home to the Blue Lagoon of Croatia. The endless blue waters here make for a wonderful spot to drop the anchor, and it is one of the best spots for drone shots! Have fun with your loved ones in the turquoise water. This is a great place to use the snorkeling gear and explore the marine life of the lagoon. Besides fish you can find different animals on the sea bottom like the occasional sea urchin, which provides ultimate proof that the water inside the lagoon is extremely clean and healthy. Your chef will have all your favorites ready for you when you are ready to get back onboard and while you enjoy a relaxed lunch on deck, the captain will bring you to the final stop of the Vis area.
While approaching Stiniva Beach, it will become clear to you why this beach has been named one of the best in all of Europe. This is the sort of beach you dream about, located in a cove where the cliffsides nearly shut off the surrounding sea but leave just enough of an opening for boats and yachts to go in and out of. The sand and water are both pristine and the beach is truly a sight to behold. If you are feeling adventurous, the beach is a great spot to go cliff jumping as well!
Another fabulous beach lies on the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat Beach, also known as the Golden Horn. If you want crystal blue and clear waters at a wonderful temperature, with silver fish and beautiful views, then Zlatni Rat, the poster boy of beaches, is the ideal spot to have the captain drop the anchor. Thanks to its particular shape, resembling a small peninsula, it is also one of the most exceptional beaches in the world. But it is not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. It is surrounded by the crystal clear sea that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just ten to twenty meters, and it is bordered by decades-old pine trees planted by the locals to create some natural shade. The curiosity about this beach is that it changes its shape and position depending on the wind, tide, and the current, and sometimes, the tip of the beach rotates so significantly that it forms a small pool. Usually, at least one side of the beach has calm water and offers perfect conditions for families with small children.
This island is a great place to unwind, discover quiet beaches and coves and enjoy amazing food and local wine. There is no shortage of places to try wine on Brac Island, but Stina Winery´s location along the harbor is unbeatable. A selection of cheese served alongside breads and olives are offered with their own variety of wines for you to enjoy, while you learn a thing or two about Croatian wine.
If you are up to it, you can hike to the highest point on the island to get a view from the beach from above and to see its quirky shape and to check if any of the nearby islands should be next on your island hopping itinerary!
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