Charter a luxury yacht in Croatia and visit these summer events on the Dalmatian coast
Are you wondering where to charter a yacht this summer? How about Croatia! Thanks to its blue waters, scenic coastline and unbeatable weather, Croatia hosts some of Europe’s biggest summer festivals.
While crowds flock to the beats of the multiple music festivals, there is a variety of other historic and cultural events going on worth your visit. When you are planning your next luxury yacht charter, put these unique summer events on the Dalmatian coast on your bucket list!
Hvar Summer Festival
Set sail to Hvar, an ancient town with a rich history, located on the island in the Croatian Adriatic Sea with the same name. Hvar is proud that it has the most sun hours of all the islands in the Adriatic Sea and making your way over there will explain why it is called the queen of the Dalmatian islands!
The Hvar Summer Festival is an annual event which is held in some of the town’s most prominent historical locations since 1961, when it was first organized. You will be able to visit beautiful venues while enjoying outstanding shows. Apart from the Franciscan monastery, Hanibal Lucić’s summer residence, Veneranda summer stage, Hvar fortress, the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and St. Stephen’s Square, there are also performances in the nearby villages of Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje. Organized by the Town of Hvar, this festival has a long tradition of offering exceptional cultural events, particularly music performances, for which it has been recognized both locally and internationally. With performances beginning soon after Easter and ending in mid-October, this festival has been the longest-lasting festival on the Adriatic coast. During the period of almost six months, the festival features renowned Croatian and international artists, offering musical and theatre performances to their visitors. As such, it is an oasis of carefully selected, premium-quality music and plays, which make an integral part of the overall cultural repertoire in the summer months in Hvar. Your chief stewardess will assist you in picking the artist and venue that is the perfect fit for you. Enjoy an unforgettable evening in town and afterwards, your favorite cocktail will be waiting for you when you get back onboard!
Korkyra Baroque Festival
As you make your way from Hvar to the next island, the island of Korčula, the crowded little houses on the coast seem to be pushing each other out of the way to welcome you. Holding them in, stern medieval walls centrepieced by the slim belltower of St. Mark’s Cathedral stand guard over the narrow Pelješac Channel. Lush with dark pine forests, vineyards and olive groves, the ancient Greek settlers called the island Korkyra Melaina, or Black Corfu. No longer fought over by Turk or Venetian, by French or Austrian, by Partisan or German, Korčula is a beautiful and quiet island to visit. Head over to the main town to see one of the best-preserved medieval centers in the Adriatic while enjoying a local glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafes.
The Baroque festival on the island of Korčula is a highly profiled cultural event founded in 2012, with the purpose of promoting local and international musical and cultural heritage. It is organized in the first half of September and lasts about ten days. The opening ceremony usually starts with Moreška, a battle dance with swords characterized by a short dramatic action that recreates a story of the battle between the Red King and the Black King. During the festival, the streets of Korcula evoke the past times and become the host for the most prestigious domestic and world-famous ensembles and soloists, specialists in baroque music. The magical concerts are held in the fascinating churches and cultural monuments of the island. If you are planning a charter in the month of September, you and your loved ones will make memories that last a lifetime visiting this festival.
Isle of MARS, Mljet Adventure Robinson Society
The island of Mljet is one of the most seductive of all the Adriatic islands. Your captain will know just where to drop the anchor at this unspoiled island for that ultimate feeling of tranquility. Did you know that, according to legend, Odysseus was held captive here for seven years?
During the Isle of MARS festival, Mljet island is presented as a Robinson oasis, accompanied by a rich program with different workshop, diverse tournaments and art shows. The idea was driven by a desire to create an oasis of creative people that complement the pristine natural resources of the island with the fragrant Mediterranean forest of Babino Polje. The festival is worth a visit if you enjoy the scent of the sea and pine trees, the view of the horizon, and the warm sun rays with a pinch of culture and active life. Take a yoga class or walk the beautiful trails on the island with your friends and family to experience an ultimate relaxed day on the Dalmatian coast. Your chef will take the opportunity to stock up on locally sourced ingredients and fresh fish to create another delicious dinner for you to enjoy when you get back onboard!
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Time to say goodbye to the islands and ask your captain to bring you and your loved ones to the main land to attend the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. This festival is held annually during the months of July and August and includes daily performances of theatre plays, classical and folk music and dance. All the shows are held in magnificent open air stages within the Old Town created exclusively for that purpose around Dubrovnik’s magical squares and towers. Dubrovnik’s beautiful architecture and the Adriatic coastline provide a stunning backdrop for this event. Maybe you will be able to spot your own yacht while walking to the next performance!
Full Moon Festival, Zadar
Celebrated in July, on the night of the full moon, the Full Moon festival in Zadar is a must-visit. This event begins at dusk and sees public lighting on the town’s waterfront shut down and the locals turn off their lights. Everyone then gathers on the candlelit Riva, or promenade, for a night of food, music and folklore. Local boats are transformed into floating markets, selling fresh produce from all corners of the Dalmatian region, including fish, cheese and fruit. Stalls line the promenade and, down on the beach, the dancing and singing continues until dawn. Which events have you put on your bucket list to attend while on charter on the Dalmatian coast? Let your captain know and set sail to these beautiful performances at breathtaking locations!
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