"On the last day of Creation, God wanted to crown His work, and it was then, with tears, stars and breaths, that He created the Kornati Archipelago."
Catamaran charter in Croatia
Hundreds of uninhabited islands, a very long fjord ending in spectacular waterfalls, caves with bright blue water, picturesque villages with Venetian architecture, unspoiled beaches reachable only by sea... During your catamaran vacation in Croatia you will discover a land that will leave you breathless with its natural environment and extraordinary culture.
Below we offer your choice of two seven-day routes, one north to the park of the Kornati Archipelago and the Kirka Falls, and one to the south, toward the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis. The two itineraries can of course be combined for those who have two weeks of vacation time available.
Embarkation on the catamaran will take place at the modern Marina Frapa in the city of Rogoznica, just a 30-minute drive from Split airport.
Having completed the formalities we will orient the bow north in the direction of Primostene, a beautiful medieval village that sits on a small rounded peninsula. A walk to the church of St. George, which dominates the village from a vantage point, is not to be missed.
The archipelago of Sebeniko
This is a group of sparsely inhabited islets that are less traveled by tourist routes and therefore offer an interesting glimpse of Croatian culture. It starts from the tiny island of Kapanj, historic home of the famous sponge fishermen.
We will then encounter the islands of Zlarin and Privic, covered with vineyards and Mediterranean pines, which will captivate you with their narrow alleys and small stone houses.
A Kaprje we will stop at Da Antonio's restaurant for the typical Croatian dish, Peka of meat or octopus with vegetables, slow-cooked over the embers of the fireplace.
Finally in the islands of Tijat and Kakan We will anchor our catamaran in hidden bays with water of a thousand shades of blue.
The path to the falls is long and fascinating: at the entrance to the St. Anthony Canal stands the imposing Fortress of St. Nicholas, with its characteristic triangular plan, built by the Venetians in the 16th century to protect the town from the Ottoman fleet.
Past The Canal we are greeted by Sebeniko, one of Croatia's largest port cities. In the old town it's worth visiting the Cathedral of St. James, Dalmatia's greatest Renaissance masterpiece.
From here begins the several-mile catamaran voyage of the Krka River, along a fjord with Norwegian semblances. At the end, the picturesque little harbor of Skradin, from which a boat takes you to the national park of the Krka Waterfalls, a true masterpiece of nature.
Continuing north we will sail to theKornati Archipelago, the most spectacular nature park on the Croatian coast, which contains about 850 species of aquatic organisms.
This maze of 150 islands, largely uninhabited and surrounded by steep cliffs, is the perfect setting for a sail you will never forget.
We will anchor the catamaran in pristine coves, and spend the night at roadstead or at the Marina Piskera, immersed in the silence and peace of nature.
If you have a few more days available, it is worth pushing on to the huge bay of Telašćica, also a nature park, which contains dozens of beautiful natural harbors.
Like the route north of Rogoznica, this route has no shortage of natural spectacles and clear waters, with the addition of marinas filled with restaurants and clubs, better suited to those looking for nightlife and entertainment.
The first stop is the island of Drvenik, with its delightful little village on the west side, and on the opposite side a bay nicknamed Blue Lagoon thanks to the countless shades of blue water.
A few miles away there is the town of Troghir, with a splendid historic center of medieval and Renaissance times, undoubtedly among the most fascinating in Croatia.
Solta and Brac
Solta is less renowned than the larger neighboring islands, and boasts remarkable views, lonely bays, and a thick pine forest covering the entire coastline.
We will spend the night on the catamaran at anchor in the bay of Sesula, with a convenient konoba to feed ourselves just steps from the shoreline. Silence reigns supreme here, interrupted only by the lapping of waves and the screeching of the occasional seagull, and will make you wish to never leave this paradise on earth.
The island of Brac is characterized by its mountainous coastline, which with its steep walls and bright green trees can remind us of the majestic Ligurian coast.
The south side hosts the iconic Bol, the most photographed beach in Croatia, thanks to the sand bank that shifts depending on the prevailing wind. On the west side we will find shelter in the small port of Milna, pretty and bustling.
After a nice sail along the channel separating it from Brac we will land at Hvar, colored by the purple of lavender and by the bright green of olive trees and vineyards. In the island's main port you will find a wide choice of nightclubs, among which we mention the famous Carpe Diem for a bustling happy-hour, or for drinks the disco Veneranda, for an end of the night with a bang.
To the southwest the islet of Palmizana offers a very convenient marina with comfortable cab boats to Hvar operating throughout the evening. On the south side are a multitude of bays with sandy bottoms, excellent for anchoring your catamaran protected from the Bura, Dalmatia's dominant wind.
Last stop on our vacation is Vis, an island of fishermen and winemakers, which was heavily militarized and inaccessible to tourism until 1989. The Port of Vis has a beautiful waterfront with boutiques and inviting little restaurants, while the village of Komiza has a spectacular location at the foot of Mount Hum overlooking the large bay below.
With our catamaran, we will stop for a swim at cala Rogacic, with a decommissioned bunker where the most daring perform dives from 15 meters high, and at Stiniva, wild and romantic beach enclosed by two rock walls.
The icing on the cake of the southern itinerary is the Blue Cave on the islet of Bisevo. Beyond the very narrow entrance, the cavern is 35 meters in length and 6 meters in height, and the major attraction is the bright blue hue that the water assumes in th morning, a truly breathtaking sight.
Catamarans for charter in Croatia
The following catamarans are available for your boating vacations in Croatia:
Charter info in Croatia
- When: May to October.
- Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
- Prices: Pricelist
- Where: Boarding at Marina Frapa, in Rogoznica, a 30-minute drive from Split airport.
- Duration: 7 days and 7 nights, embarkation on Saturday at 6 p.m., disembarkation the following Saturday at 9 a.m.
- Crew: it is possible to charter the catamaran in Croatia in bareboat or with skipper and hostess.
- Reservations: email to email@example.com or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)
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