Croatia has thrived on the Balkan Peninsula since Roman times. Its popularity is partly down to the climate, where you can expect 12 to 13 hours of sunshine daily during the summer.
There are sandy coves and bays to explore on the mainland and many more among the 130 Kornati Islands, islets, and reefs, which fleck the Adriatic Sea. Two of the best include the island of Krk, with attractive fishing villages and walled monasteries and the island of Hvr which attracts more of a lively crowd into its sheltered harbour. There ancient, cobbled lanes have cocktail bars, and superb seafood restaurants.
Further south on the Dalmatian coast the larger city of Split will have Games of Thrones fans eager to see the film location of Diocletian’s Palace. The city has an attractive historic centre, where you can find some of the most delicious dining in the country.
With rugged mountains and medieval villages where time stood still, Montenegro is a Balkan delight, ripe for discovery. On a Montenegro sailing trip, cruise to the Bay of Kotor, a fjord-like area with historic churches and waterfront restaurants. Step ashore to explore the UNESCO Old Town, with narrow lanes and red roof houses, set beneath a backdrop of emerald mountains. Close by, the Monaco of Montenegro awaits – the jet-set town of Tivat with long promenades, fine dining, and an array of superyachts moored in the marina. Stay a while and soak up the atmosphere whilst dining on fresh lobster at sunset. Continue the adventure at Herceg Novi, a delightful medieval town of 100,001 steps and narrow lanes lined with fragrant mimosa flowers. For the most incredible views of Montenegro’s coastline climb the stairs to Kanli Kula Fortress and don’t forget your camera!
Greece yacht charter can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. Cruising lazily farther south Corfu will hove into view with its green hills, delightful beaches, and plenty museums for curious minds. Greek hospitality is legendary , and this Ionian Island wont’ disapoint. Discover ancient ruins and archaeological sites of Athens, and in trendy Mykonos, browse designer shops and experience some of the best nightlife in Greece. The whitewashed, hilltop towns of Santorini attract visitors with caldera hikes, exclusive spas, and some of the best sunsets in the Aegean, while more peaceful islands of Ios and Paros guarantee lush, wild scenery, charming churches, delicious fresh seafood and a warm welcome from locals. Interested in Greek history? Sail to the uninhabited island of Delos to view well-preserved frescoes and statues in this incredible, open-air museum. Closer to the Turkish mainland, Rhodes, with its medieval architecture, has some of the best Greek vineyards, and a lively bar and club scene.
Along the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey is a mesmerising blend of east meets west, a captivating country with Persian, Lycian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman heritage. With fashionable, upscale resorts, hidden coves, and centuries-old ruins to explore, this intriguing shoreline is a pleasure to discover on a Turkey yacht charter. Cruising the Dalmatian coast of Turkey is one of the best ways to absorb the culture and personality of the country. Step ashore in lively Bodrum to sample buzzing nightlife, browse lively bazaars in bustling port town Marmaris, visit ancient rock tombs carved into the hillside of Fethiye or relax in the blue lagoon of the stunning resort of Ölüdeniz. Spend lazy days admiring rugged, scenic landscapes as you cruise, and partake in a few water sport activities before stepping ashore at sundown for delicious Turkish food at a harbour side restaurant with locals.