Croatia sailing: superyachts arrive, marinas open and the season begins
While the country's famous music festivals may be on hold, sailing in Croatia looks to be one of the most viable options in 2020. The marinas are open, the superyachts are arriving and so are the holidaymakers. For Croatia sailing, the season has already begun. With Croatia's borders now open, the country's Jutarnj List yesterday reported the arrival of the first sailing enthusiasts, stating that these were largely Slovenian, Austrian and German boat owners who have vessels moored on Croatia's Adriatic coast. They came to inspect their boats at the start of the season, some to begin their holidays. Croatian marinas are open to receive guests, and boat owners and their families can visit their boats without restriction. Rogoznica, Sibenik county @ Croatian Tourist board There are no restrictions for the entry and departure of ships within Croatia's waters and many larger yachts (24 metres and above) currently moored in Italy, France, Spain and the Caribbean are expected to soon make the journey to Croatia to begin the season. While a downturn is expected this year within the industry, Croatia is expected to suffer less than other Mediterranean countries due to its successes in containing Coronavirus and the relative swiftness with which travel and other restrictions have been lifted.Some restrictions still apply in Croatia – the dining, cafe and bar experience will this year not feel exactly the same as normal. However, the supreme standard of the food, wines and beers o
Croatia's first boat cinema sets sail from Vukovar
While residents of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, are being courted by the return of drive-in cinemas, film fans in the east of Croatia have an altogether different offer enticing them back to the flicks. This weekend will see the first boat cinema set out on the Danube river in Vukovar. Johann Strauss II's 'The Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau)', as famously used in Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' More of a sail-in than a drive-in, the Magenta 1, run by Danubiumtours, will set off from the shores of the town at 9pm every Friday and Saturday to offer the unique cinema-going experience. Their boat is powered by solar panels and so its quiet, electric motor will not disturb the wild surroundings while en route nor the film during screening. Every Friday is so far reserved for documentary films, with the opening edition set to show a film about The Beatles. Saturdays will be for feature films, with the Oscar-winning Korean film 'Parasite' lined up for this first week. The town is well known for attracting film fans to the Danube as it already hosts the well-attended Vukovar Film Festival.
Sail Croatia, the best way to see the country in summer
From Michelin-recommended restaurants and internationally famous music festivals to some of the world's best-preserved Roman architecture, secret coves and idyllic beaches, Croatia has endless options for a summer holiday. But, with so much to choose from, how can you make sure you catch the very best of what Croatia has to offer? Croatia sailing holidays are one of the very best ways to take it all in. Sailing in Croatia allows you to tailor your holiday to be the once-in-a-lifetime experience you always wanted, allowing you to take in everything and for each day to hold a different, unforgettable experience. As Croatia's largest charter yacht company, Gulet Expert is one of the Mediterranean's best experts in this type of holiday. Here are just some of the reasons why a sailing holiday is the best option for experiencing Croatia.
Croatia sailing etiquette
If you’ve been sailing before, you’re probably already aware of the rules of the sea, but if you’re a first-timer, there are some important things you need to know before embarking on your trip. A sailing holiday is very different from a holiday on land and a large part of that is the etiquette you're expected to observe when on board. Don't worry! It's not a daunting list or difficult to remember, and once you're aware of the rules and have a bit of experience under your belt, most of it you'll see as common sense. But, until you've been introduced to the codes of sailing, there are some rules you won't be able to guess on your own. So, here are the five most important rules for you to learn. RECOMMENDED: Time Out's guide to sailing in Croatia.
Sail Croatia: Nine reasons the eastern Adriatic is the best choice
For sailing holidays Croatia is the best choice in Europe. Its crystal clear waters, pristine nature, countless options and islands and brilliant offers of hospitality and gastronomy are simply not matched elsewhere. As the leading yacht charter company in Croatia, Goolets have just celebrated attaining a huge 32% of all charter capacity in the county and, as such, their catalogue of luxury yachts is unparalleled. Whether you choose to come in spring, summer or autumn or with family, friends or colleagues, here are nine reasons why Croatia is the best choice for a once in a lifetime luxury yacht vacation.
Sailing in Croatia: a beginner's guide
To explore Croatia by sea is to reveal its true secrets. Croatia has it all - the range of sailing options, the spectacular scenery, the unspoiled bays, the myriad islands and, most importantly, clear, calm and clean waters around them. Europe's finest sailing playground is a little over two hours from London. It's affordable, relatively safe (at sea and on shore) and contains a diversity of destinations for sailing routes that are amenable to all. Novice sailors can charter a boat with a qualified skipper, potter around the islands, and find out as much, or as little, about sailing as they'd like. Those who are serious about learning to sail, or improving their skills, can take a course at one of the sailing schools. Sailors of varying abilities, wanting the security and bonhomie of a group, can join a flotilla holiday. If your party includes someone with a skipper's ticket there's a multitude of charter options, with yachts and motorboats, while high rollers can take a fully crewed luxury yacht, classic or contemporary, and cruise the party hotspots.
Sailing in Croatia: what to pack
You're about to embark upon your first tour of the Croatian coast and its islands. But if it's your first time on a sailing holiday, just what should you expect? And what should you bring with you? Well, truth be told, a sailing holiday is a lot like a beach holiday and your bags will look remarkably similar once packed, although there are a few differences that it's worth bearing in mind.Perhaps the first thing to remember is it's likely you're going to be exposed to the sun perhaps even more than on the standard beach holiday. The best place to enjoy a sailing holiday is not below deck but on it. That means you're going to have to be careful of the sun; there's nothing worse than being forced to hide from the sun when you don't want to, but must, because your pink skin needs a break. Therefore, think about high factor sunscreen, even if your usual strength is significantly lower. Also, think about bringing a hat that will shelter your face from the sun, but pack the right kind of hat; a fast moving boat heading into a breeze can create enough wind to remove a loose fitting hat and many a poor choice has been lost overboard. If you are unfortunate enough to get sunburned, you'll be needing some high aloe vera-based after-sun lotion for a speedy recovery of your skin. Although our top tip for sunburn is to first coat yourself in high-fat natural yoghurt, until it dries completely, then rinse it off with a cold shower, before then applying the aloe-vera and letting it sit on t
I’ve never been sailing before. How do I get started in Croatia and how much will it cost for a family of four? Croatia is one of the best places for beginners of all ages to sail. The climate is good, the waters are clear, you’re never very far from land and shelter, and there’s a huge variety of coastline and islands to visit. Central Dalmatia – arguably the best of a great choice of Croatian cruising grounds – has around 30 reputable charter companies to choose from, including some with international offices. The price varies substantially, depending on when you go, what kind of yacht you choose, where you start from and what kind of discount you can negotiate. Some charter companies will also do a deal that includes flights and transfers. A Bavaria 37 yacht provides ideal comfort for a family of four – two cabins for the family and one for the skipper – and you should budget for a weekly basic charter cost of between €1,300 and €2,500 depending on the season. You’ll also need to allow €120 per day (plus food) for your skipper, €100 for a one-off compulsory boat clean, and the cost of diesel and marina/mooring fees. One of the more centrally based luxury marinas will cost you between €30 and €72 per day for this size of yacht, depending on the season; a town harbour perhaps fifty percent less and an anchorage considerably less still. You will receive discounts on the charter for the second week and may be able to negotiate additional discounts in a competitive market, p
The best places for swimming, diving and sailing in Croatia
Croatia’s greatest asset is its thousands of kilometres of coastline. The water is among the clearest and cleanest in Europe, making watersports of every type possible and popular. Whether you want to float atop the Adriatic or explore beneath it, read our guide to the best places to dive, sail and swim in Croatia. RECOMMENDED: more great things to do in Croatia.
Sailing in Šibenik
Something of a late-bloomer, Šibenik is growing out of the shadow of its more popular Dalmatian siblings. The restoration of its four fortresses and the construction of a shiny new marina and hotel complex are deftly transforming the fortunes of this small city: Šibenik has rocketed from a quietly industrial port town to the region's most promising destination. Šibenik offers everything you could want from an Adriatic holiday: unhurried streets, ancient city walls and pellucid waters. Compared with neighbouring Zadar, its marina is blissfully uncramped, and the city is far better connected to the myriad of islands and islets that define this landscape. The surreal Kornati archipelago, a scattering of bone-dry islands surrounded by translucent waters is a short sail away. Šibenik is establishing itself as an increasingly competent destination for gourmands, with a small but high-yielding crop of fantastic restaurants. Recent Michelin Star winner Pelegrini has pushed Šibenik's food scene onto the international stage. For something more casual, the family-run Barun has long been a favourite with locals out to impress their new date/in-laws/business associates. The interior is as classy as the view – antique chairs, smart tablecloths and plenty of greenery. It's tempting to paint Šibenik as a sort of Cinderella figure when it comes to tourism in Dalmatia. Some of its most attractive monuments took a battering during the war, and its romantic city centre is locked in by an indu
Find epic things to do in Split and the islands with UberBOAT
Each summer, swarms of tourists descend upon Split, the main departure point to the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis. No longer just a gateway to the illustrious islands, Split’s popularity has mushroomed into a tourist industry entirely of its own being. And it’s not hard to see why. Split’s dazzling array of antiquities set a wonderful contrast to its vibrant street-life and contemporary restaurant and bar scene. The beating heart of the city, Diocletian’s Palace, is a maze of ancient cobbled streets lined with thoroughly modern restaurants, bars and businesses. It's what makes Split so seductive: you’d be hard-pressed to find a more handsome example of urban living in Dalmatia. With the arrival of UberBOAT – an on-demand speedboat service that’s just as easy as hailing a cab home after a night out, you can take in all the city has to offer at your own pace – before jaunting off to the sparkling pearl necklace of Adriatic islands Šolta, Brač, Vis and Hvar. Once you request a boat for between eight and 12 passengers, the app guides you to a nearby pick-up point where your captain will be waiting. There are two services to choose from: you can glide off to the nearby islands, or book your boat for a half or full day's worth of adventuring. The fare for the transfer from Split to Hvar on an 8-passenger speedboat is HRK 2,600, while a larger speedboat that fits up to 12 passengers is priced at HRK 3,300. With the half-day or a full-day option, you can design your own it