Charming Croatia still seems like a little-known secret, despite its popularity in recent years. Its East Mediterranean location means it’s slightly off the beaten track, whilst its fascinating history, secluded, unspoilt beaches and relaxed pace of life make it the ideal escape for those looking for something different to the typical French Riviera yachting holiday. What’s more, Croatia’s small size conceals a plethora of breathtaking beauty, so you’ll never have long to cruise before your next stop.
If this vacation sounds good to you, you only need one more thing; your yacht of choice. You may well already own a fractional yacht through SmartYacht’s shared yacht ownership scheme, but if not no sweat; our SmartYacht club membership means that for just €490 you can get short term access to luxury crewed yachts in the Med for an unbeatable price. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on the BAVARIA 420 VIRTESS. Currently auctioning from just €4,990 for a week on the Dalmation coast this summer, this is one bid not to be missed. Here’s just a taste of what you could get up to in Croatia in that time…
Known a the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Croatia’s sunny capital sparkles with the promise of adventure. It’s exciting range of cultural attractions and impressive medieval architecture in the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – make Dubrovnik something of an urban paradise. Dock your yacht at the city port and take a stroll along the old city walls, feeling in awe of the history that surrounds you. Tour the 15th century Rector’s Palace and admire the incredible gothic architecture. Climb or get a cable car up the 412m-high hill of Srđ and drink in the incredible views at the top, with the whole of Dubrovnik and Lokrum below you and further islands peeping out in the distance. Worked up an appetite? The hilltop’s own Panorama Restaurant and Bar offers unique views of the Adriatic combined with fresh seafood dishes and international wines, making for one unforgettable experience. It’s the perfect place to plan where you will sail to next…
The Elaphite Islands are the next logical step on your journey. Only a short sail from Dubrovnik, these 14 tiny isles are filled with cultural significance and incredible culinary delights. People tend to only visit the largest three: Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, the only ones which are permanently inhabited and the only ones with tourist attractions. Check out St Mary-of-the-Cave Church on Lopud and marvel at the 16th-century altar-piece and intricately carved choir chairs, then head to St Nicholas’ church, dedicated to the patron saint of sailors and harking back to Lopud’s heritage as an important seafaring centre. Take a picnic and sail the BAVARIA 420 VIRTESS to Koločep or Šipan for a tranquil lunch, feeling like you have the entire island to yourself. Cruising on your very own skippered yacht, be it procured through shared boat ownership or our club membership, gives you the freedom to step off the beaten track as you wish.
The luscious island of Mljet is the perfect vacation spot for nature lovers, but even those without green fingers will appreciate the beauty here. Its two salt lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero – make incredible swimming spots. The Mljet National Park has been drawing in visitors since its establishment in 1960, but the area has kept its unspoilt air of calm. And when it’s time for a spot of lunch or a glass of wine, head over to the tourist enclave around Pomena village, where a few quaint restaurants serve up fantastic local cuisine. Don’t miss Odysseus’ cave, where legend has it Odysseus was shipwrecked and trapped under the rule of the nymph Calypso . Relax on the beautiful sandy beach of Saplunara until it’s time to set off for your next Dalmation adventure
The BAVARIA 420: The perfect way to explore Croatia
Join our SmartYacht club and experience the best of the yachting lifestyle in southern Croatia. The BAVARIA 420 VIRTESS could be yours from just €4,990 from the 20th to the 26th August 2018 – nearly half its usual weekly charter price of €9,500. And with room for 4 guests onboard plus one skipper, she is perfect for a fun family getaway, helping create memories that will last a lifetime.
To find out more about the BAVARIA auction, the SmartYacht club membership or our shared boat ownership scheme, get in contact today.