Everything you ever wanted to know about Croatia sailing
Jed Buencillo from Student Flights Parramatta finally got to tick off a Croatia sailing adventure from his long (long!) list of travel must-dos. Sailing with Topdeck from Split to Dubrovnik, stopping in Korcula, Hvar, and Mljet, he did the Croatian Riviera in awesome crewed yacht style. Here he answers all our questions about what went down.
Describe the trip in 5 words:
Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring. Pristine. Stunning.
Every day of the tour was a new highlight and jumping off the boat every single day was the best. The Adriatic waters are so beautiful - this amazing rich blue colour - and because of all the islands along Croatia’s coastline, the waters are protected so they’re really calm. It even more beautiful than the pictures. The weather was perfect too.
Fave port of call?
Hvar. It had some awesome beach clubs and great restaurants. Plus it has a really cool walk you can do up to the old fortress at the top, and the views from up there when you’re standing looking back down over marina are amazing.
What made you go ‘Wow!’?
The views of the lakes in Mljet. I sent my drone up a few times and got some awesome shots so we actually got to see the lakes from an aerial view too. Incredible.
What’s the food like?
The food on the actual boat itself was amazing. Everyone was blown away by it - we were looking forward to it every day. There’s a cook on the boat cooking these amazing meals, and then at each island we stopped off we had the chance to try the local food too. So we still got to enjoy Croatian flavours like cevapi and fresh local seafood.
Any nice surprises along the way?
The crew - they were really the biggest pleasant surprise. I didn’t realise how much they got involved, it’s like they’re all family on the boats and it makes it a really nice homely vibe on board. They really take a lot of pride in the boats - constantly cleaning or doing things and always looking out for everyone. They went out with us on a couple nights as well which was awesome.
So how’s the nightlife?
Definitely go out and check out the nightlife! You don't have to, because you can always just stay on the boat at night, but the nightlife is actually pretty sick. So I totally recommend checking it out. That was one of the biggest highlights for sure.
Any insider tips for Dubrovnik?
Don’t miss Cones, a famous gelato joint in Dubrovnik in the Old Town. When you walk inside the fortress to the historic centre, it’s on the right-hand side. Amazing!
And if you have a chance - and you have time - it's definitely worth doing a day trip over to Montenegro from Dubrovnik. You can easily book a day tour that’ll take you there easy. It’s super pretty and worth it.
Top sailing tips?
Pack light or have a backpack. You have to walk through all the boats to get yours once you’re docked, and it’s a mission if you don't have a backpack or a lighter bag. That’s a huge one.
Also, make sure you have cash to pay for your bar tab on the boat at the end of the trip!
Any last words?
Croatia and the whole sailing experience definitely lives up to the hype. I can see why now it's the hottest thing in Europe to do, but I think it's definitely an essential thing to do now as well. So much fun. It’s something every traveller has to do once!
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