Croatia & Montenegro
Croatia’s picturesque 200 mile-long Dalmatian coast has mountain backdrops and lush green scenery. Montenegro is growing in popularity, ironically because it has the similar dramatic beauty and appeal of Croatia, but without the crowds.
Stretching from Brioni in the north, to Korcula in the south, the crystal clear Adriatic waters are also home to over 1,400 small islands. Chartering a yacht here offers the best of both worlds – pretty towns with excellent marinas, coupled with beautifully preserved near-deserted islands. Others, such as Hvar, Vis, Brac and Pag are a little larger and offer more opportunities for sight-seeing: military tunnels from WW2 are dotted along the cliffs of Vis, classical concerts in the Franciscan monastery or the lavender fields on Hvar and sunken ships waiting to be discovered in the waters surrounding Pag. You should also take the tender to the Blue Grotto at Bisevo. On land, the pretty walled city of Dubrovnik offers opportunities for strolling the cobbled streets and dining out. Croatian food has a strong Italian influence and peasant cooking is very popular. Croatian wine is divided into two regions, coastal and continental – it has more than 130 indigenous grape varieties and a large number of wine styles. Please note: Croatian charters generally begin or end in either Italy or Montenegro.
The coast is barely 100km from top to toe, but it is imposing and extraordinary with ancient walled towns built in to the wild herb and conifer-covered rocks. Inland is still mainly undiscovered, boasting a reputation as one of the last unspoilt Mediterranean destinations – home to deep canyons, mountainous peaks and the longest fjord in Southern Europe. But don’t delve into the wilderness too deeply alone – wolves and bears still lurk in the woods. ‘Must sees’ include the beauty of the Bay of Kotor, a world heritage site, dotted with churches and fortified towns such as Kotor itself, once part of the province of Dalmatia. Also not to be missed is the private island of Sveti Stefan, which dates back to the 1400’s. Now fully restored to its former glory as a stunning luxury hotel, it is one of the most iconic symbols of Montenegro. If you fancy dining out, seafood is fresh and delicious in this area, try the black risotto made from cuttlefish ink complemented by a local wine. Ask for those from the cellars of Plantaze, or try the local tipple, Loza whilst watching the sun set over Kotor Bay.
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