A Croatia yacht charter will see you soak up the most incredible highlights the country has to offer: cobalt blue waters, age-old cities, pine-backed beaches and freshly-caught fish. Hundreds of islands, some without so much as a single footprint, adorn the 5,835 km stretch of coast, as do oodles of off-the-radar anchorages.
Day one - Split
You'll start your Croatia yacht charter in ancient Split, the country's second-largest city. Facing the sparkling Adriatic, and with a dramatic mountainous backdrop, Split's setting is simply breathtaking. What's more, the city's perfect balance between historical sights and contemporary attractions means you can soak up one of the world's most impressive Roman monuments, Diocletian's Palace (a World Heritage Site), as well as lounge on one of the city's buzzy terraces amid the city's atmospheric old walls, all on the same day.
Day two - Trogir
Set within medieval walls on a little island, pretty Trogir (another World Heritage Site) impresses through its collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings and marbled streets, home to lovely boutiques and courtyard cafés. Further attractions are Trogir's wide promenade, lined with bars and restaurants, and its triple-naved basilica. Whether you nab a seat along the water's edge to sip on a sunset aperitivo or trudge up to the cathedral's bell tower, both scenarios guarantee stunning views.
Day Three - Primošten
Primošten, one of the prettiest towns along this stretch of coastline, was an islet before a causeway was built to connect it to the mainland. Sun worshippers can head to Dagna beach to alternate refreshing dips with visits to Bau Bar, a rustic beach bar with a chilled vibe and dreamy sunset vistas. Those keen to work a little harder for their visual rewards, on the other hand, can walk up the hill to St George's Church for a magnificent view over the Adriatic Sea.
Day Four - Skradin
It's easy to see why Bill Gates named Skradin ''his ideal place for the summer holidays''. The little riverside town is the kind of place visitors vow to return to and soak up the delights of its narrow streets and cheery coloured houses. Skradin's hilltop fortress and scenic vistas quietly impress while Krka National Park, the region's most dramatic natural sight, will give you something to shout about. In fact, the park's plunging waterfalls and lush green forest boast an almost dreamlike quality.
Day Five - Kornati islands
There is no better way to explore the Kornati National Park's jewel-toned waters and uninhabited islands, islets and reefs, than by yacht. Drop anchor in one of the island's sheltered bays to sunbathe, snooze and snorkel in a setting that is almost too blue and too unspoilt to be true. Recharge after a hard morning relaxing in paradise by gorging on net-fresh fish at one of the park's waterside restaurants.
Day Six - Telašćica Nature Park
Telašćica Bay, at the south-eastern end of Dugi Otok island, is a stunning natural harbour and only accessible by boat. The park is officially uninhabited and perfect for those looking for tranquillity and an escape from civilisation. Marvel over the area's dramatic steep cliffs and surreal colour scheme while enjoying lunch on board. Or float around Mir Lake, famed for its salt content and loved for its warm water and many shady spots.
Day Seven - Kaprije
Setting foot on roadless and carless Kaprije is like stepping into another world: a blissfully peaceful and laid-back one. Days on Kaprije are meant to be spent doing little aside from swimming, snorkelling and enjoying afternoon siestas. Just ask one of the island's chilled inhabitants: they've got the languid art of Mediterranean living down to a tee. And did we mention that the best possible chance of spotting a dolphin in Croatia is right here, in Kaprije?
Day Eight - Maslinica
Cap off your Croatia yacht charter with a visit to Maslinica, the only settlement and port on the west side of the island of Šolta. You can spend your day sunbathing on Šipova Bay's sandy beach, kayaking to one of the seven islets in front of the bay or soaking up the view over the bays of Trogir and Drvenik from St. Nicholas Church. However, nothing beats the drama of watching the sun setting behind the islets at day's end - a suitably jaw-dropping ending to an unforgettable yacht charter!