Sparkling seas, white sands, lazy sun-soaked days, historical hotspots, Croatia is the Mediterranean jewel that has it all. And there’s no better way to experience this paradise on earth than by sailing across its glittering waters, hopping from bay to beautiful bay with like-minded young travellers.
If you’re lucky enough to be sailing Croatia with Contiki, here’s what you can expect.
The Croatian coastline has a typical Mediterranean climate of hot, dry sunny weather, with average temps in the summer lying around the high 20s (Celsius), low 30s (also Celsius). We’re talking, long, sun-soaked days, warm waters and azure blue skies…bliss.
From the gorgeous ancient hamlets of Hvar island and the Venetian architecture of Korcula to Dubrovnik’s iconic Old Town, the Adriatic has baroque beauty to burn.
Walking along the ancient city walls, cobbled streets and limestone buildings, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for these historical towns. Dubrovnik is a UNESCO listed city for a reason, and if you aren’t charmed enough by the glory of this faded republic, it even has it’s own alternative history – the history of Westeros.
Yep, Dubrovnik is the setting for King’s Landing in the fantasy world of Game of Thrones, so there are recognisable Insta’ opportunities for history and fantasy nerds alike.
Just like Croatia, your mode of transport as you glide from island to island is the perfect fusion of the old and the new. We’re talking A class traditional sailboats with a big deck on top for soaking up all those rays, social areas with seating and comfy cabins, not to mention charge points and an onboard chef. Because sometimes you need just a few home comforts when your home is on the water.
Sample a squid-ink risotto, fresh platters of ridiculously fresh seafood and summery salads as you hop between islands. Croatian cuisine infuses many different cultures but you can always rely on it being as healthy as it is delicious.
There’s no better way to cool down from all that Croatian sun that flinging yourself off a sailboat into the crystal clear waters below. The question is, are you going to be flexing your acrobatic might, or are you a bit more like me (practising your most inelegant bellyflop)?