Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea, opposite Italy, in the Northern Mediterranean. With a history going back over a thousand years, it first appeared on the political map of Europe in 1992, following the separate of Yugoslavia after a bloody civil war.
Weather – The climate is normal of the Mediterranean and attends to pleasant holidays throughout the year. The very best season for sailing in Croatia is early summertime with excellent winds in May and June generally from the S/SE. Mornings tend to be calm with the wind increasing later in the afternoon to around 15 – 20 knots. The months of July and August see calmer conditions which is OKAY for those who don’t mind car. Summertime temperature levels average in between 26 to 30 C and the sea temperature in summer has to do with 25 C.
Sailing Area – Starting in the north
The Brioni Islands – Formally the summer home of President Tito, these islands were closed to the basic public. The group of islands consists of 2 bigger ones and 12 smaller sized ones. The biggest island is Veli Brijun, just is 2km from the coast.
Cres & Losinj islands – Covering almost 400 square km, Cres is the second largest island in the Adriatic. It is grouped with Losinj and another 28 smaller islands. The island of Susak is well worth a check out.
Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic, covering 405.78 square km, and is also among the most populous islands. It is really busy with tourists being by bridge to the mainland. It is not the most gorgeous or the greenest of the islands. The main towns are Baska, Krk town itself, Malinska, Omisalj, Punat and Vrbnik. Krk Town is popular for the Cathedral of St. Mary.
Rab island is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and probably one of the most magical. Rab Town, the main resort, is full of middle ages buildings, built under Venetian rule in the 13th century.
Pag is the second longest island in the Adriatic. It is well known for its lace making and the Pag Town is wonderfully maintained.
Primosten, on the coast, is among the most popular resorts on the Adriatic coast and boasts the very best of Croatia from yesterday, walk the narrow, patched streets of the old town centre set on a small, sloping peninsula and today, the Hacienda all night disco is simply a 10 minute taxi away.
The Kornati islands – 140 islands make up this island chain and it covers an area 300 square km. Most of the area belongs to the individuals of Murter island who come to look after the olive groves, vineyards and orchards. Hramina is a personal marina on Murter Island with great centers including an option of dining establishments.
Dugi Otok is home to the big, stunning bay at Telescica. The small fishing town of Sali here is popular for summer events celebrating local folklore with a fun donkey race and a procession of lit up boats. Brbinj higher up on Dugi Otok is a quiet, protected stop surrounded by pine woods and olive groves.
The city of Split is a UNESCO world heritage site well-known for the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.
Visit Skradin on the mainland and venture up-river to the popular waterfalls at Krka.
Brac is the largest island in Central Dalmatia and the third largest in the Adriatic. It is also one of the sunniest with 2,700 hours per year. Brac is renowned for its farming items, figs, olive oil, nectarines, wine and other fruits. The primary export is the popular Brac stone from which lots of buildings in the world have actually been constructed, including the house to the presidents of the United States of America, The White House in Washington DC Bol is said to have the most gorgeous beach in the Adriatic. Other resorts consist of the Golden Horn (Zlatni Rat), Milna, Sumartin, Supetar and Sutivan.
Hvar is the 4th largest island in the Adriatic and is even sunnier than Brac. There is however enough rain to keep the island green and to preserve the lovely fields of lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage and thyme together with the vineyards. The lavender oil is the island’s significant export.
Vis – At 24 miles from the mainland this is the most westerly of the bigger Croatian islands. Vis is the oldest established town in Dalmatia established in 397 BC. The island was major base for British soldiers during World War II. After 1945 it was closed to the public the Yugoslav military and resumed in 1990. A few of Croatia’s finest red wines are produced there, such as Plavac and Vugava. The 2 primary towns are Vis Town and Komiza. Vis is specifically serene and relaxing.
Bisevo is house to the famous Blue Caves and this is the ideal snorkelling area.
Korcula is known for its dense forest. Marco Polo, the well-known adventurer, was born on Korcula, and his home still there. Korcula known as “Little Dubrovnik”, Vela Luka and Lumbarda are the main resorts.
On the mainland, Ston, is one of the most stunning fortified towns you are ever likely to see. It is well-known for its many cultural monoliths and impressive protective walls. The local restaurants serve delicious dishes of oyster and other fresh seafood. Invest the afternoon on it’s sandy beach lined with olive trees.
Mljet is 23 miles west of Dubrovnik and is the southern the majority of the larger islands. The western half of the island is a National Park and over two-thirds of the island is forested with. According to legend, Odysseus fell for the island and stayed there for 7 years. You will discover many great anchorages and sandy beaches on the southern coast, the finest of which is Saplunara
The Elafit islands – Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan – In ancient times these islands were home to a large deer population and take their name from the Greek word elafos, meaning deer. There remain in fact six islands in the group and it is reputed the most skilful mariners came from here. When once again the islands are extremely lovely and are a must visit. Lopud is little bit more than two hills which are linked by a stunning valley. Follow the walkway through to the bay called Sunj, a round white sand beach perfect for a swim.
Dubrovnik is an immaculately maintained 13th century fortified city. Ancient walls surround the old town enclosing a fascinating mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture. Tall ramparts and towering spires increase significantly from remarkable squares loaded with vibrant bars, markets and restaurants. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Food and Wine – Croatian cooking is typically Mediterranean with fish, shellfish, fresh vegetables and olive oil taking center stage. Ranges of fish include pet’s tooth, gilthead, grouper, mackerel, sardines and sea bass. You will find cuttlefish, octopus and squid, lobsters, mussels, oysters and shrimps. These exist grilled or in stews and risottos. The regional smoked ham is really good. Lamb is likewise highly concerned, especially baked on an open fire. There are some intriguing regional meals, some discovered on specific islands, to be looked for or avoided. Take Vitalec as an example – lamb’s offal wrapped in lamb gut and spike-roasted, not everbodys idea of culinary paradise. Regions with a plentiful supply of fresh water, the Neretva valley, Trilj and the Cetina basin, are well for their frog, eel and river crab meals. Pag and Dubrovnik produce high quality sheep’s cheese. Pag’s is referred to as Paski-Sir, a hard, distinctly flavoured cheese. The unique flavour comes from the technique of rubbing the cheese with olive oil and ash before leaving it to mature; in addition, the sheep consume a diet that includes lots of wild herbs such as sage. Dalmatian desserts are good too. The most typical ingredients include almonds, eggs, honey, local fruit, dried figs and raisins. Try Orehnjaca, a sweet bread with walnuts or poppy seeds. Palacinke are pancakes generally served with jam or chocolate. Dalmatian wines have actually been related to extremely because ancient times. Famous white wines include Babic from Primosten, Dingac and Postup from the Peljesac Peninsula and Plancic from the island of Hvar. There are also excellent regional brandies and liqueurs
Cres & Losinj islands – Covering almost 400 square km, Cres is the second largest island in the Adriatic. Krk is the biggest island in the Adriatic, covering 405.78 square km, and is also one of the most populous islands. Rab island is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and most likely one of the most magical. The Kornati islands – 140 islands make up this island chain and it covers an area 300 square km. The Elafit islands – Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan – In ancient times these islands were house to a big deer population and take their name from the Greek word elafos, suggesting deer.