Hidden Gems

A breadth of experiences with Croatian island cruising

By Jenny Wilson
on  November 05, 2016

There is no doubt that Croatia is one of the most fascinating destinations to visit. In addition to the stunning scenery, there is a wealth of history, both ancient and more recent, that makes this such a unique location. The towns of Split and Dubrovnik both offer plenty of these, and venture further afield with Croatian island cruising and you can see a whole lot more.

Sailing trips to sunny Croatia - See what towns have to offer

Thanks to its prime location, Croatia has long been a key destination on ancient maritime trading routes; as a result, many of its islands have been inhabited by a plethora of civilisations, many of which have left a rich legacy. Korcula is reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo and this charming medieval town, packed full of Venetian influences, is the perfect place for a stroll. With pretty winding streets and plenty of tiny charming churches, there is plenty to enjoy here. The ancient town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar is also an absolute must for those with an interest in architecture.

Croatia’s mainland is famed for its stunning national parks; in addition, there are several to be found among its beautiful islands. Mljet is an entire island devoted to the preservation of nature, with beautiful sandy shores, salt lakes and lush forests to explore. Navigate the lake of Veliko’s interior with a boat trip and stop off at the tiny island to see the enchanting Benedictine monastery. The Pakleni Islands and the plains of Star Grad are equally notable.

When you visit Croatia, you will find the islands have just as much character and charm as the mainland – if not more.

Sailing trips in Croatia - Visit the best towns, cities and historical sites

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