When you travel abroad why confine yourself to just one experience or activity? Life’s short and you may as well try and squeeze in as much excitement as you possibly can. For this reason, multi-activity holidays are the way forward.
One favourite destination for such breaks is Croatia, a rousing land of contrasting environments, terrains and sights.
In the past you had to be content with cycling or rafting or sailing or trekking or rock climbing or pit-caving.
Now you can enjoy all these activities at once and often in the same location. Only the intrepid and the fearless should read on!
The Croatian coastline, dotted with over 12,000 islands and stretching for 1700 kilometers, is “where the Mediterranean is as it once was”. Consequently, it is becoming more and more popular with people seeking the perfect place for an unforgettable sailing holiday.
Croatia has 98 marinas and nautical ports with a total of 11828 berths and over 4,000 charter boats. So you will never be far from a welcome stop at the end of a days sailing. All this is easily accessible, thanks to the wealth of international airports and highways that serve the coastal areas.
From April to November the weather conditions are perfect for heading out onto the water. With winds often blowing from morning till night, you can enjoy an entire day of sailing, which is a good thing, as you’ll need all of the time you can get to make sure that you see everything Croatia has to offer.
The wettest June since records began has started the British summer off like a disappointing damp squib. Those flip-flops are still well and truly stuck at the bottom of the shoe cupboard and the smart adventure holiday ideas you had remain unexplored.
Summer is starting to feel as mythical as the Easter Bunny or Father Christmas.
But fear not. Venture just a few hours from our grey shores and summer does still exist.
Whether you’re looking to top up that tan or get the adrenaline pumping, here are some ideas that should definitely get you reaching for those holiday request forms.
With arguably the most beautiful coastline in Europe and dotted with over 1,000 islands, Croatia is truly a sailor’s paradise.
Wherever you choose to spend your sailing holiday you won’t be disappointed, but here are our top five destinations in this Adriatic oasis.
Starting in the north, you have Istria and Kvarner. Within easy reach of both Slovenia and Italy and serviced by two international airports, this region is a great starting point for a Croatian sailing holiday.
Tourism bosses in Croatia have issued their top tip for holidaymakers planning a visit to the city of Dubrovnik.
Any sailing holiday in Croatia this summer is likely to include Dubrovnik in its itinerary, and the local tourism board has highlighted East West Beach as one of the most exciting attractions in the popular coastal city.
The renowned venue has been named as a top site for a chill-out session thanks to its famous day beach soirees, which provide the perfect opportunity to lie back and relax on one of the world’s top coasts.
Those on a yacht charter in Croatia can spend a memorable day at East West Beach and enjoy its restaurant, club, lounge and pampering facilities.
The venue even provides a speedboat that can be used to explore Dubrovnik and nearby islands including Lokrum.
At night, the club becomes a fashionable and exotic party spot where revellers can boogie the night away.
Other recommendations from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board include Culture Club Revelin in the historic area of Fort Revelin.
Croatian beaches are famed for their gorgeous climates and easiness on the eye – but for one steamy website it is their inhabitants that cook up most of the heat.
Travel Channel has taken it upon itself to compile a list of Croatia’s 10 sexiest beaches, for those fancying a double dose of natural beauty.
Over 95 million users, many of whom will be plotting their next sailing holiday in Croatia, have been advised that Plat beach is the sexiest on offer.
The US-based company advises fun seekers to “leave the kids at home.. we’ll take you to the sexiest beaches”.
As well as finding a yacht charter in Croatia, beaches have long been the biggest attraction, with Zrce beach on the island of Pag and the beaches of Pakleni islands also deemed notable for their sex appeal.
Others to feature on the list include Zlatni Rat on the island of Brac, Rab Kandalora beach, Rovinj Valalta, Baska on island Krk and Girandella in Rabac.
Travel Channel also pointed out numerous islands just off the country’s coastline that are well worth a visit.
Istria in Croatia has been named as one of the top summer holiday destinations for 2011. Holidaymakers planning a yacht charter in Croatiacould be drawn to Istria for its “crystalline blue bays, tranquil coves, white pebble and sandy shores”, the National Geographic Traveller suggests.
The region was among the top 10 resorts chosen by the editors thanks to its stunning coastline and the Medulin Riviera, with its historic hilltop villages and ancient ruins. Anyone taking a sailing holiday in Croatia can head to Istria for a 333-mile stretch of coast boasting dozens of Blue Flag beaches.
Pula, where the nearest airport is located, is home to a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre dating back to the first century AD and will host the Pula Film Festival in July, offering a series of screenings and cultural events for visitors.
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