Croatia is a superb place for a yacht charter holiday, but to really make the most of your time abroad, you want to start and finish your holiday in the best possible way, in comfortable marinas near interesting places.
First impressions matter. While a yachting holiday is more about the beautiful places you visit during the week, the places where you spend the first and last night of your holiday set the tone and leave a lasting impression of your trip when it's time to go home.
Here are 5 of our favourite places to while away the evenings at either end of your charter.
- Marina Kremik, Primosten
- Marina Frapa, Rogoznica
- ACI Split
- Marina Mandalina, Sibenik
The Best Marinas in Croatia
Marina Kremik, Primosten
Probably our favourite Croatian marina, Kremik is blessed by superb natural shelter, which makes it a peaceful and quiet place to embark on your charter.
But Kremik isn’t just a quiet marina in a gorgeous cove - it's also home to some of the best bareboat charter yachts around, and is just a 5-minute taxi ride from the lovely town of Primosten.
Tucked away on its own little peninsula, Primosten is a pretty, unassuming place with some great restaurants, including Mediteran in the heart of town and Panorama, boasting great views - ideal for watching the sun set on your perfect week.
Marina Frapa, Rogoznica
Voted best marina in Croatia in 2018
Marina Frapa benefits from one of the prettiest seaward approaches to a marina anywhere in Europe, which makes for a joyful end to your week in Croatia.
The town of Rogoznica would not be out of place in the Riviera, with a low sea wall lined with pretty buildings.
The well-protected Marina Frapa is in a lovely setting, tucked into the corner of a natural harbour, opposite the beautiful town church. The town has several good and popular restaurants – Antonijo is famed for its fish, while Mario offers superb service.
A destination marina, and a good place to get into the swing of your charter.
Charming, picturesque and full of character, Trogir is actually home to three marinas.
Seget Donji is a busy, well-equipped marina just outside Trogir, while the ACI Trogir and SCT Trogir are conjoined on the southern side of the river, an easy 15-minute transfer from Split airport.
From here, it’s a short walk into Trogir’s beautiful UNESCO World Heritage old town, which can be a nice place to spend your first and last evenings.
Trogir features many nice restaurants with great waterfront views, and is home to several very good charter yachts.
Buzzing, cosmopolitan Split is a compelling blend of ancient and modern, and makes for a superb place to explore on your first and last nights.
The oldest marina in the city, ACI Split is a brisk walk or a quick tender dash from the centre of things and enjoys the view of the 1,700-year-old Diocletian's Palace.
Marina Mandalina, Sibenik
The only marina in Croatia to achieve 5 gold anchors from the Yacht Harbour Association,
Naturally sheltered and quieter than a town centre marina, Mandalina sits on the outskirts of the 11th century town of Sibenik, well worth exploring at the end of your charter holiday.
Perfectly placed for trips into the serenely beautiful Kornati islands and the sensational Krka waterfalls national park.
One of the nicer large marinas in all Croatia, Kastela is home to some of our favourite charter yachts.
The modern marina has recently been thoroughly refitted, and is in the immediate vicinity of the airport, making it an ideal starting point.
The on-site restaurant, right on the water, has fantastic views over the large bay and beyond.
Pick your favourite
We've told you our favourite charter start and end points, but everyone has their own preferences.
If you need a marina with certain facilities, or you're after anything in particular, let our brokers know and they'll be happy to recommend you a perfect place to start your charter.