Yacht Charter Dubrovnik
Yacht Cruise Guides to Destinations around the Dubrovnik
The Dalmatian Coast has become increasingly popular in recent years. The geography of the region has changed markedly with new independent states still in their infancy. In the case of Dubrovnik, a major city in the South of Croatia, it offers not only its history, but it is also a launching point for a luxury yacht charter into the Adriatic which is a wonderful setting for the many weeks of summer; warm seas and blue skies.
UNESCO recognised the quality of Dubrovnik by awarding it World Heritage status back in 1979 and that remains an excellent reason to select it as the departure port for a yacht charter. The walled city is stunning and worth some of your time, either before you head off to sea, or when you return.
The winds are usually light, the prevailing being North West. It is only later in the year when the stronger Bora comes more directly from the north. The Elaphiti Islands are a group of thirteen, the majority being uninhabited. There are lovely beaches to enjoy and with the freedom of your own yacht, you can anchor anywhere, avoiding any crowds for example. The beauty of a yacht vacation like this is the independence and the flexibility that it permits you.
The Elaphites (Deer Islands) are west of Dubrovnik and are still as naturally beautiful as they have always been. Life is slow and relaxing, just as yours will be on your charter. The island of Lopud has neither cars nor roads. If you want to get around, take a golf cart or walk. It is one of just three of the Elaphites that are inhabited, the other two being Sipan and Kolocep. The former’s defensive walls date back to the Illyrians while Roman ruins include a villa and the area around the harbour. While on the island of Sipan you will see the olive groves and vineyards so you should sample its wine as well. Olive oil will be central to the cuisine that the crew will prepare for you on board.
There are medieval basilicas and churches on the Islands and it is clear from some of the exotic plants now on them that sailors brought back species from different parts of the world in days gone by. Kolocep is known for its red coral as well as the huge variety of marine life in the clear waters.
Korcula is regularly included in sailing itineraries. It has historical defences that are no longer required; walls and towers. The town of the same name was the home of a real traveller and adventurer, Marco Polo. Its wine is famous and it may be a place to stock up for the rest of the holiday.
Another alternative for wine is perhaps Croatia’s most famous, produced on the peninsula of Peljesac. You may like a wine tasting session while you are there but there is more. You may want to sample the oysters for which Ston is famous and the whole peninsula is worth exploring if you have time.
Lokrum Island is just a short step from Dubrovnik so there are day trippers there each day. Once they return, you will have the island to yourself. There are botanical gardens to enjoy with the forested island including pine, cypress and of course olive trees. The Gardens were put together in the 19th Century and the peacocks have been there for most of the time. History tells us that Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked here in the 12th Century.
Skrivena luka (Hidden Bay) is on the southern coast of Lastovo is very secluded and a lovely place to anchor. Once again, any daytime visitors do not have your advantage of being able to anchor and stay overnight.
At Ariva Yachting, we are happy to discuss a yacht charter with you. If you have never booked a similar holiday before, you are bound to have plenty of questions that we are more than happy to answer. If you are thinking about travelling as a group and therefore are able to book a complete yacht, you will be able to talk to us about a specific itinerary devised especially for you. The limitation will be the distance you can cover balanced with the time available. The existing itineraries have been put together based on our experience and if you are merely looking to take a berth, you will be joining like-minded holidaymakers on one of them.
Feel free to ask as many questions as you like as you consider a charter holiday and ensure you are satisfied with all the answers. Once you are, all you have to do is enjoy your holiday experience.
The Maritime Museum is in St. John’s Fortress at the entrance to the Harbour. It chronicles the naval history of the region and the reason for the city’s wealth in the 16th Century, its 180 ships and 4,000 sailors. On the ground floor there is an aquarium feature all the Adriatic’s sea life including loggerhead turtle, octopus and conger eel; it has a separate entrance incidentally from a different street than the Museum itself. https://www.tripadvisor.com/...
Lokrum Islet is a 10-minute boat ride from the Old Harbour. The vegetation is impressive; pine, cypress, cactus and eucalyptus coming down to the welcoming blue sea. There is an abandoned 11th Century monastery built by the Benedictines and a nearby villa which belonged to Archduke Maximilian von Hapsburg. If you climb to the highest point, there are great views over the immediate area and the Adriatic.
Mount Srd provides even better views. There is a modern cable car that holds 30 passengers, starting just outside the Old Town up to a summit from which the views are down over the Old Town as well as the Adriatic and the Dalmatian Islands. It is the lazy way for reaching a high point rather than climbing numerous steps or trekking up the steep hill. If you want the perfect sunset photograph, this summit is the place to be. http://www.dubrovnikcablecar.com
REASONS TO VISIT DUBROVNIK
- The Walled City itself
- A Beautiful Coastline
- Guaranteed Good Weather
- The Cuisine with Great Fresh Fish
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Once winter recedes spring is pleasant as the temperatures on this coastline start to rise. Summers are warm, sometimes hot and dry and even after the sun sets, temperatures still mean that little more than T Shirt and shorts are required.
Croatian is the language but the volume of overseas visitors has ensued that English is widely understood and spoken
The Kuna at around 8.5 to the £ Sterling is the currency
Dubrovnik is one hour behind UK time.
Fly to: Dubrovnik has it own airport with charter flights from all parts of Europe as soon as the holiday season opens. Flight Time is 3 hours from the UK.
ACI Marina is 6 kilometres from the Old Town in a sheltered bay. It has excellent facilities, everything a yachtsman might need or want. It can take yachts requiring up to 5 metres draft.
Port Dubrovnik where berths are available near the customs quay away from the Ferry Terminal.
Marina Gruz can take yachts up to 55 metres in length with a draft of between 3 and 5 metres.
Lucka Upbrava is within the Dubrovnik Port Authority.