The Adriatic Sea is a minefield of beauties and wonders that feature among the very best that this world has to offer. If you have rented a yacht in a bid to conquer the enchanting blue waters, then there are three gems that must feature in your sailing itinerary namely Hvar, Vis and Korcula. These three islands are home to beguiling treasures and we shall be looking at what each has to offer and why you simply must visit this trio of gorgeous land masses.
Herald as one of the sunniest spots that all of Europe has to offer, this island is well-known for the unrivalled beauty of its Mediterranean beaches and for the privacy that comes with it. Aside from sailing and exploring the endearing Pakleni islands just off the coast of Hvar, you can also learn more about Croatia’s civilization history at the Stari Grad. This ancient town is the island’s main port and is imbued with a rich heritage that traces its roots all the way back to 384 BC. You can learn more about the town’s stonework and ceramics at the Stari Grad Museum.
The Diving Center Viking is also an excellent destination where you can explore the remains of one historic boat known as the “Paulina”. The wreckage provides refuge to all kinds of alluring sea life which can be viewed in all its glory. Other areas to also include on your “to-visit” list are Talez and Vela Gomila. The latter offers a spectacular view of the shore while the former is 2-century-old settlement engulfed by mesmerizing nature.
If there was a list of the most beautiful islands in the world, then Vis certainly features somewhere near the top. The island is home to the stunning Stiniva beach which is a ravishing stretch of land concealed by a small bay and populated by vibrant green vegetation. Another place you simply have to visit is Komiza town which is a marvelous conglomeration of glamorous streets and stone houses set against the pleasing backdrop of the towering Mt.Hum.
Defunct military bases such as the secret Vela Glava are also available for your viewing pleasure. You can witness the intriguing Stupišće cape cannon fortresses as well as the artistic sea tunnel situated at the lovely Parja Bay.
Dubbed the “Little Dubrovnik”, the old town of Korcula serves up some more Croatian heritage in pleasing aesthetic fashion. It encompasses Venetian-style buildings the most important of which is St. Mark’s Cathedral that is forged in the theme of Gothic-Renaissance. The church sits upon the highest point of the peninsula and is certainly an architectural wonder you have to experience.
The impeccable weather and strategic location of the island make it an ideal place for windsurfing thanks to the afternoon summer winds that make sailing a breeze. Not to worry if you know nothing about surfing as you can learn a few basics quickly at nearby windsurfing schools. The home of the legendary Marco Polo is also another treasure in Korcula’s chest and you can explore the birthplace of the famous explorer and writer firsthand.
Now that you know where to go, you can put your yacht to good use and explore the divine beauty that the islands of Vis, Hvar and Korcula have to offer. All the best!