After World War II, Croatia became a member of Second Yugoslavia, a socialist state. In 1991, Croatia declared independence and the Croatian War of Independence was fought successfully for four years following the declaration. Croatia became member of NATO in 2009, and joined the European Union in July 2013. Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country’s population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism. Tourism dominates the Croatian service sector and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP.
Official language : Croatian
Capital and largest city : Zagreb
Area : 56,000 km2
Population : 4,284,000
Currency : Kuna (HRK)
Vat Laws 2017:
1. VAT will from May 1st 2017 be charged at the rate of 13% on all charters that either start in Croatia or start in a third Non- EU country and then pass through Croatia. This means that 13% VAT will be settled on the entire charter contract if the charter starts in Croatia. For all charters starting in a third Non-EU country 13% VAT will be calculated on the number of days spent in Croatia.
2. All third country flagged (Non-EU) commercial registered yachts will need to obtain a charter license, even if their charter starts abroad (either in an EU or a third Non-EU country). As of this year, length limit will be suspended. This means that even those commercial registered vessels with a registered length of less than 40m will be able to carry out charter activities in Croatia and therefore will also be required to obtain a charter license.
Croatia Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Croatia is a must-see with its unique location, deep cultural roots, and incredible history. The Croatian coast is absolutely astounding where the water is crystal clear and turquoise blue with thousands of islands. Croatian food is a delectable combination of classic Italian and Mediterranean flavours to supplement an impeccable wine selection. Sailing is one of the best ways to see Croatia and it is a favourite pastime of Croatians. Croatian has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites:
– The Historic City of Trogir;
– The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian;
– The Old City of Dubrovnik;
– Plitvice Lakes National Park (two hours by bus from Zagreb);
– The agricultural landscape of Stari Grad Plain;
– Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Porec;
– The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik.
Dubrovnik is named as the third most romantic place in the world, after Bora Bora and Buenos Aires. This city was pounded during the Balkan war of the Nineties but it was rebuilt almost to the state of its glory days. The pedestrian-only old town within is full of medieval and baroque treasures, as well as restaurants, designer shops and art galleries. When a country has over a thousand islands and one of the richest archipelagos in the world, then it is a “must” to sail along the Croatian coast on your own private Croatia yacht charter.
Croatia Tourist Information
Croatia is an EU member state. British nationals don’t need a visa for tourist and business trips of up to 90 days in any 6 month period. Citizens of European Union member states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland can enter without a Visa.
Croatia Health and Safety Advice
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Sample Croatia Yacht Charter Itineraries
Sample Southern Croatia Itinerary
Whether you are looking for a quiet charter from which to appreciate Croatia’s history and scenery, or want to be among the who’s who at the best anchorages and night spots, south Croatia is a must consider for your charter itinerary.
Day 1: Chilling out in Cavat
Join your yacht in Montenegro and explore the stunning UNESCO city of Kotor with it’s marbled streets and impressive walled walk. Take the afternoon to relax onboard whilst you sail to Cavtat, take a refreshing dip, sip cocktails and watch the sunset from the decks of your charter yacht.
Day 2: Cruise to Dubronik
After a sumptuous breakfast take a short sail towards Dubrovnik, perhaps stopping for a swim near Lokrum island. You can anchor northeast of the island for great views of Dubrovnik city by night, or moor in the busy port of Gruz, or head up the river Dubravka and moor at the pier of Dubrovnik ACI Marina to enjoy the charm of this lovely old building and gardens. Walk Dubrovnik’s city walls, take in all the stories they have to tell, and then relax with a cruise along the coast to head further north on the inside of the two big islands. Towards the NE of the Otok Jakljan around the two small islands off the east there is a small bay that you can go stern too to the pine trees where you can admire spectacular views over a sumptuous meal onboard your charter yacht.
Day 3: Mljet
Sample the local specialities for breakfast. Dried ham (prsut), maybe salted sardines, or a heartier Burek – a pastry filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, the meat version resembling a flakier Cornish pastry. Enjoy a leisurely cruise around the Elaphite islands on your way to Luka Polace on Mljet island, one of the best anchorages in the area and close to the saltwater lakes. Take an afternoon swim in the lakes and enjoy a sunset dinner in Melitta on the tiny island in the centre of the biggest lake. Enjoy your liqueur on board under the stars and in tune with nature. Perhaps you’re brave enough to try a sip of the Croatian brandies – orahovac (walnut) or maraschino (cherry)? Or, try the less potent Prosec, Croatia’s delicious dessert wine.
Day 4: Korcula
Take the short trip north-west for the delights of Korcula town. Anchor south of Badija islet or moor at the ACI marina, keeping an eye out for windsurfers and kitesurfers in the Pelesac Canal. Soak in the atmosphere of this astoundingly beautiful medieval city and explore its cobbled streets and alleyways. After a few hours in this ancient metropolis, head to the peace and tranquillity of luscious Lastovo island. Anchor in one of the two bays on either side of the bridge joining Lastovo to the island of Prezba, and take advantage of the hospitality onboard your charter yacht. Perhaps take a trip in the dinghy around the tiny islets , get adventurous with the water toys or simply lay back and soak up the rays.
Day 5: Vis
Sail to Vis town, looking out for dolphins. As you get closer you’ll see the canons on the top of the hill, a reminder of Vis’s wartime importance. Anchor in the deep, protected bay and take in the magnificent spectacle of the mountains, fortresses and the stately buildings. Perhaps take a dive and discover some of the many Greek and Roman relics that tell Croatia’s history. Or hire a car and drive around the island, exploring the wine cellars and historical monuments, or take a trip to Tito’s wartime cave headquarters. Explore the spectacular blue cave at its best just before noon when the sun is shining. Enjoy the freshest of lobsters or octopus at Konoba Bako and admire the collection of ancient relics that owner Tonko Borcic has recovered from his 30 years of diving in the area. End with a stroll around Komiza and explore this lovely fishing village and watch the world go by over a drink onboard.
Day 6: Sv Klement, Pakleni islands
Start your day in Bisevo islet to see the spectacular blue cave at its best just before noon when the sun is shining. Set sail for the Pakleni islands and Hvar. Have a crazy afternoon with the water toys-from tubing to Kayaking, snorkelling to wake boarding or just a plain ole lazy day on the sun drenched decks of your charter yacht. Tonight you’ll have your own paradise island, so drop anchor in Uvala Tarsce or Luka Soline on the south coast of Sv Klement, and take the dinghy to Pansion Meneghello for an unforgettable evening meal in the midst of an established Mediterranean Botanical Garden.
Day 7: Pakleni islands, Hvar
After a blissful night’s sleep and a glorious sunrise, today you head for Hvar town and moor in the bay amidst the bustle and charms of this historic city. Make your reservation at Carpe Diem and spend the rest of the day exploring. Perhaps enjoy the magnificent spa facilities of Suncani Hvar before you get ready for a night on the town, or call Hotel Amfora and they’ll come and pick you up so you can chill out on the private beach. Dine at Yaksa and then enjoy the best of what’s hot and happening into the small hours at Carpe Diem.
Day 8: Split
Soothe your spirits on deck as you head to Split by admiring the villages on the island of Solta. Disembark at Split and take the time to wander around Diocletian’s Palace and lunch at Restaurant Bruna before taking your plane back to reality.
Croatia follows the Mediterranean climate on the coast. May and June are great months for all outdoor activities with long sunny days and the masses of tourists have yet to arrive. September is not as hot, though the seawater remains warm, the crowds have thinned and fruit such as grapes and figs are abundant.