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Sailing Stories

5 Captivating Lighthouses in Croatia to Visit on your Sailing Holidays

There is something captivating in the image of a lighthouse, solitary monuments raising from the sea level, giving hope to seamen and lost sailors alike with shining beams of light that cut through the darkness. It is no wonder, then, for their so prominent depiction in many paintings and other works of art. 

Luckily, there is no shortage of lighthouses on the Croatian coast, in fact, there are 56 of them, all dating back to the times of Austro-Hungarian empire when the people in charge decided to make seafaring a safer endeavor which, subsequently, was reflected in increased prosperity of coastal cities in decades to come.

Top Nudist Beaches and Regions in Croatia

If you ever visited Croatia in July, than you know it can be scorching hot here. I'm sure all of you at least once have thought about getting rid of all your clothes and jumping in the sea completely naked. I know, when you're on the boat and alone at the sea, who cares if you don't have your bathing suit? But did you know that Croatia has a large number of specially designated nudist beaches all along the coast? Moreover, Croatia was one of the first countries in the world where you could swim naked 'legally'. The first nudist beach in Croatia, named Paradise Beach, was opened in 1934 on the island of Rab. Before long it started to attract the nudists from all over the Europe and in 1936 even the Britain's King Edward VIII and his future wife Wallis Simpson swam there in their birthday suits. Today the Paradise Beach in the bay of Kandarola is still one of the most popular nudist beaches in Croatia. Tradition of nudism lives on and today Croatia is recognized as one of the friendliest and most tolerant nudism destinations.

Fall in Love with the Amazing Nature and Diversity of Dugi Otok (Long Island)

West of Zadar, you will come upon a startlingly picturesque island called Dugi Otok. Dugi Otok translates to “Long Island,” which is an accurate description of the island’s geography. Spanning around 45 kilometres, its east coast features quaint villages and beautiful beaches, while the west coast is dominated by high, rocky cliffs.

Indeed, Dugi Otok is renowned for its natural beauty and its solitude. The island’s largest settlement is known as Sali, and has fewer than 2,000 residents. So this is the perfect place to go to escape the crowds on the more popular islands.

Note that transportation on the island can be something of a challenge. There is a bus system, but it is notoriously unreliable, but thankfully it is not your only option. In Zadar, you can rent bikes or scooters. You can then with you on your Croatia charter boat and use them when you arrive on Dugi Otok, and then return them when you are done.

What can you do on Dugi Otok once you have dropped anchor? Here are some recommendations to ensure a magical trip!

Are You a True Explorer? We Bring You Croatia’s Top 10 Hidden Gems

While you are visiting Croatia, there are a few famous sites which are doubtless going to be on your itinerary, like Diocletian’s Palace or Plitvice Lakes National Park. But did you know that a lot of the most exciting destinations in Croatia are off the beaten path? Indeed, when you get away from the crowds, you can discover some amazingly unique locations and activities which are every bit as remarkable as Croatia’s more well-known destinations. Here are 10 hidden gems along the Dalmatian Coast that need to be on every traveller’s bucket list.

This is a story by one of our best skippers Davor Cubrilovic, from a week in September 2017.

This is a story by one of our best skippers Davor Cubrilovic, from a week in September 2017.

It describes a week long sailing route on catamaran Lagoon 450 'Alba Mouse' in Split area in Croatia. Guests were 3 middle aged couples from a city of Astoria, OR, USA, who wanted to visit islands of Central Dalmatia in Split area, but, with the emphasis on island Vis, because one of the couples has family roots and distant relatives on Vis.

Looking for Adventure? Visit Omiš, a Famous Pirate Town!

If you’re after outdoor adventure on your Croatia charter holiday, set your sights on Omiš, a historic pirate town wedged between the Cetina River and the sea about 25 kilometres down the coast from Split.

While the town is best known for its swashbuckling history, it also offers rafting, paragliding, horseback riding, diving, cycling, zip lines, and more.