The Dalmatian coast has so many first-rate attractions that you need to return several times to sample them all.
Kornati: the densest archipelago of the Mediterranean counts 140 islands that are spread along 35 kilometres of jewel-like scintillating waters. The air here is filled with sailing spirits, and the secluded bays and hidden coves beckon explorers and offer fresh seafood in local tavernas.
Historic towns: Gleaming white houses, red roofs, stone labyrinths of steep backstreets and alleys are a joy to explore. You can dine or simply sip coffee in cobbled squares or waterfront restaurants. Zadar is alight with medieval glory, the Sibenik cathedral of St James astounds with Croatia’s rich historical heritage. The tiny town of Trogir is gorgeously set within medieval walls and its streets are knotted and mazelike. Its seafront boasts a wide promenade lined with bars and cafes, and yachts in the summer. Split’s Diocletian’s Palace is filled with dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where city life has been bustling for thousands of years.
Krka National Park: 2 hours sailing up the Krka River will transport you into an entirely different land, reminiscent of sailing in the lakes of Scandinavia. The lush green banks of the river take you to Skradin – a pretty riverside town combining brightly painted and bare stone houses on its main street overlooked by a ruined fortress. The clear waters of the Krka River have forged a 200 m deep canyon through the limestone bed. The most spectacular sight is the waterfall Skradinski Buk where 17 cascades fall down in a waterfall 100 m wide and almost 50 m high. Swimming in emerald waters is a yachtie favourite.
Dubrovnik: Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the city is bewitching and its setting sublime. The sense of awe never fails to descend upon travellers when they set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Wander through the white marble streets between baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or find inspiration in a walk along the ancient city walls that have protected a civilized, sophisticated republic for centuries.