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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.

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.

How to exercise on a sailboat - Sailing in Croatia

If you’re heading out on the water for just a short vacation, you really do not need to worry about getting your regular exercise. You will doubtless get plenty just being active on your trip. But what if you are going on an extended charter tour in Croatia or elsewhere in the Mediterranean? Sailing will certainly help keep you in shape, but you may want to incorporate regular exercises into your routine. But how do you do that when you are spending so much time on the water?

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!

While walled cities and red rooftops are big part of Croatia's allure, Croatia also has a total of 8 national parks and 11 nature parks. Check them out!

While the walled cities and red rooftops of Croatia are a large part of its allure, the natural beauty of this Adriatic nation is every bit as enchanting. In fact, Croatia has a total of eight national parks and 11 nature parks. Some of these parks are only accessible by sea, so your Croatia charter holiday provides you with a wonderful opportunity to explore secluded spots which other vacationers to this fairytale destination never get to see.

Here are Croatia’s 8 national parks:

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.