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In July and August, the water temperature is 77°F (25°C) and the air temperature is always above 68°F (20°C).

Over the past 25 years, Croatia has become a favored cruising and charter destination. Architectural and historical heritage, a pleasant summer climate, crystal clear waters: there is no lack of arguments for this area of the Adriatic Sea. But Croatia’s real draw lies above all in the almost infinite extent of its coastline. If you go around the Adriatic from one cape to another, you will count 695 miles on the GPS.


However, the region has 4,248 miles of coastline - 3,151 of which belong to Croatia! It is therefore a non-stop playground for your hulls... Small secret coves, a string of islands with turquoise waters and fishing ports. Here is a packed program. We were particularly interested in the islands near Split which is where the main Dalmatian coastal airport is located.


A sublime and deserted anchorage in the middle of August? It is possible at Kneza, north-east of Korčula.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS

Hvar

This 42-mile (68 km) long island (the longest of the Croatian islands) is best known for its main town of the same name. Venetian, gothic, renaissance architecture: the city has all the arguments to seduce lovers of old architecture. The entrance to the port is majestic; you can find a place on the quayside or on a buoy. It’s best to arrive early in the afternoon. Hvar is also the local Saint-Tropez: in summer, the party lasts all night long. Just opposite, the archipelago of the Infernal Islands has 21 islets and innumerable anchoring possibilities in superb waters. The north coast of the island is wilder, and there are hidden, paradisiacal creeks.

Brač
Just north of Hvar, Brač is the center of Dalmatian olive oil production. The relief here is steeper than on the other islands and the land rises to 2,550 feet (778m). The west and the northeast are the best areas to anchor, but the most famous site is the famous comma-shaped white pebble beach of Ziatni Rat. Its turquoise waters attract cruisers for stopovers as well as kitesurfers. Best to discover out of season.

Korčula


Unusual meeting on the small island of Badija.

Our favorite island! First of all because the eponymous fortified city is magnificent - a stopover ashore is a must. You can relax in one of the two ports or at anchor, within easy reach of the dinghy. Then because Korčula is the greenest island in the region; the pines, olive trees, scrubland and even vines on the southern flank contrast with the surrounding bare land and rock. Korčula also conceals wonderful anchorages such as Kneza in the north, the monastery of Badija or the island of Vrnik to the east.

Vis
Vis is one of the islands furthest away from the mainland - 30 miles. This does not prevent it from being very popular with yachtsmen: numerous creeks cut into the coastline and a few strings of islands, especially in the northeast and east, form vast anchorage areas. Vis is a ...

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