THINGS TO DO IN CROATIA – Croatia from the Sea
Things To Do in Croatia For Sea, Beach & Sun Lovers
You can plan many things to do in Croatia, but be sure to leave some time for adventure as well. Even if you’re not really into activities and prefer a relaxing vacation on the beach, I assure you that you will not regret adding a bit of thrill to your journey. Here are some options for lovers of the sea — you’ll get the chance for some pure excitement while enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
When you travel to Croatia, you will find that the geography and layout of the land boasts scattered islands, pristine beaches and picture-perfect landscapes. In fact, one of the best ways to explore this country is from the sea. Whether by kayak, sailboat or motorboat, the images you will get from the water are going to be memorable and absolutely worth the trip!
Sailing Croatia’s crystal waters
With its 1,246 islands, Croatia has the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. The crystal-clear water and mixed geography makes it one of the best countries to discover by sea. The slogan used by the Croatian tourist board says it all — “Croatia: The Mediterranean as it once was” — and truly describes the experience one is going to have by choosing to sail the Croatian coast.
The many safe coves, pebble beaches and family-run traditional restaurants that are scattered throughout the islands make Croatia a sailor’s heaven. With its popularity on the rise, the nautical community has updated and added the necessary amenities to make sailing easier and more accessible. And if you choose to plan your trip with us, you will have the certainty of being in the hands of expert skippers and charter companies: we wouldn’t want anything less for you!
Kornati and the “Crowns” of the Adriatic
Kornati National Park has become extremely popular in nautical circles, since it is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean. As George Bernard Shaw put it: “On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath” — trust me, it is as amazing as it sounds!
We strongly recommend the Kornati Islands and Telašćica Nature Park Sailing Adventure as one of the most unforgettable things to do in Croatia. You will admire the impressive cliffs called ‘crowns’ that rise straight from the sea at a 90-degree angle, and are home to many indigenous species of birds and plants. You will also have time to anchor in a protected bay and enjoy the clear blue sea or walk over to a salt lake on one of the islands: the beauty of Kornati is truly unique.
A luxury taxi boat ride from Hvar to Korcula
Our appropriately called 50 Shades of the Adriatic Sea experience incorporates the most fabulous stops along the stretch that goes from the island Hvar to the island Korcula. The best part of this itinerary is the fact that it is completely customizable, depending on how many swim stops you would like to make. This option is also the best way to see the celebrated vineyards on the hilly south side of the island of Hvar.
You can then stop at Scedro Island, where you can visit the ruins of a 13th-century Dominican monastery and have a refreshing drink or lunch at a nearby restaurant. Another option is to make a stop on the Peljesac peninsula, famous for its quaint villages, beautiful beaches and amazing wine. There will be plenty of time to explore historic Korcula town, often called “little Dubrovnik” since it is a walled town, too. Just consult with your experienced, English-speaking skipper who will suggest the best beaches and tell you all about the history of these islands.
Vis Island and a dip in the Green Cave
Another option when you are in Hvar is a full day of sailing around Vis island. There is no set itinerary; your skipper lets the weather and winds guide the boat. Weather-permitting, the highlight of this sailing adventure is a swim in the Green Cave, a magical place where the play of light and shadows will take your breath away. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea and a once in a lifetime experience!
Snorkeling gear will be provided so you can explore the secret underwater world of the Adriatic. If you are lucky, you may even encounter dolphins who love to play “catch me if you can” with sailboats. Vis is an unique island and it is no coincidence that, in the fourth century BC, the ancient Greeks chose it as their first colony. The locals still honor century-old traditions, and the spirit of the little fishing villages on Vis is especially charming.
Paddle the Adriatic Sea
If you still feel like something is missing from your program of things to do in Croatia and we just didn’t hit the right note, we might have one more trick up our sleeves. For those who wish to combine a spark of adventure, a little exercise, amazing scenery and tons of fun, paddling in the Adriatic is the way to go.
If you are planning a visit to the island of Hvar, a very popular destination, then you should consider booking our half-day tour: Hvar and the Paklinski Islands by Kayak. This paddling experience begins in Hvar town, where you will begin your exploration of the archipelago of islands known as the Pakleni islands. The name literally means “Hell islands,” but don’t be fooled by it — of the 21 islands, some attract quite a large crowd (including celebrities) with a blend of hip cocktail bars and fancy restaurants, while others preserve their quiet, natural beauty and you can even find isolated beaches to make your own. It’s up to you to decide what kind of setting you wish to enjoy.
Dubrovnik by kayak
When putting together a list of things to do in Croatia, Dubrovnik is usually number one on that list. Since having been declared one of the most romantic cities in the world, Dubrovnik has become Croatia’s most popular destination. History comes alive inside its immense walls and one can almost hear all the stories the cobblestones have to whisper.
Walking atop the protective walls of Dubrovnik is an amazing and an overwhelming experience in itself. However, our Dubrovnik’s city walls by kayak private tour provides another view. On this half-day tour, you will paddle around the cliffs of Dubrovnik, admiring the walls from a different and unique perspective. Your route will then take you to Lokrum island, where you will have free time to enjoy the beautiful, sandy beach and visit the Lokrum Botanical Garden. Afterwards, you will paddle your way back to Banje beach, happy and ready for an evening walk through a city of history and romance.
You can rest assured that Croatia will not disappoint you because there are activities and itineraries for every type of traveller. Whether you want to relax and soak up the sun or plunge into new adventures, there are countless things to do in Croatia
written by Isabella Ott
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