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Here's why Croatia is the new Greek Islands for sailing

Published October 11th, 2016

Are you ready to do nothing but eat, drink, sleep, sunbake, swim, sightsee on some of Croatia’s most fabulous islands by day and party all night? Stupid question we know.

The Greek Islands have long been a favourite summertime yachting destination however Croatia has steadily gained momentum on its distant neighbour and is now one of Europe’s most popular places to island hop.

Snaking along the coast of Croatia is the Adriatic Sea with the most clear blue water you’ll ever see in your life which you can cannonball straight into from your boat.

Bonus is that there are three different deals to choose from with Student Flights right now for sailing around Croatia in 2017 whether you’re looking for a Croatia Island Escape, Croatia Sailing Adventure or the Croatia Classic experience.


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Three tours = three reasons why Croatia is the new Greece…

1. Both countries share equally top notch coastlines however given that the Croatian islands have been more of a hidden gem until now, their islands are as expected less affected by tourism than Greece’s.

2. The Croatian islands are less demanding to sail having more nautical infrastructure with many more marinas and harbours to safely anchor in.

3. Croatia’s islands are also greener and its wind more tame than Greece which makes for some A-grade active adventures whether it’s cycling, hiking or kayaking.


If you’ve already cruised the Greek Islands and are looking for round two or if you like the sound of island hopping but want to take the path less travelled, well then sailing along the Croatian coastline is the way to go.


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What should you expect?

There’s so much to cover in just one week of sailing from living it up like the rich and famous in the celeb and nightlife hotspot of Hvar to discovering the Old Town and sipping cocktails at the top of a 14th century tower on Korcula.


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Then there’s fishing off the back of your boat and diving straight into the crystal clear water at each stop. You can even walk the cobblestone streets and fortified walls of Dubrovnik for some serious Game of Thrones vibes (the setting for ‘King’s Landing’ was filmed in the city’s Old Town).


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Dine with the ship’s captain to glean some of those insider tips for the most epic island adventures. If Roman Empire architecture is your thing (why wouldn’t it be honestly) then you won’t want to miss Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, created at the turn of the fourth century AD. It also happens to make up half the town of Split, so don’t worry you can’t miss it.


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But let’s be real, what you really want to know about is the nightlife. Specifically, how lit are we talking here. Well let me tell you that partying in Croatia is on a whole. other. level. where you can continue on dancing until sunrise in a Croatian cave bar (yes, I said cave bar) and then continue on the next day to discover the hidden coastal caves by kayak. This is not your average sailing experience.


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So we've sold you on how baller af Croatia sailing is, now the only thing left to do is book the trip yeah? But hold up, your bank account is saying hahaha nope. Don't worry, we got you with flights to Europe on layby....for $1. This is not a fire drill, book now, pay later is bringing the real.


Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.