Can you already feel the light rocking of the yacht as you lull yourself to sleep listening to the sea breeze, with the sweet fragrance of summer in the air all around? Add to that the freedom to hop from one hidden island alcove to another and the impressive historic heritage of the entire Adriatic region, and you have an enchanting summer vacation all planned out.
Let’s also not forget about the food – the local wineries, olives, and fresh seafood will keep your taste buds happy for months on end, with plenty of eateries and restaurants to check out.
With all of that in mind, a superyacht for you and your travel companions might as well be the most luxurious way to bask in the beauty of the Adriatic coast the next time you’re eager to go sailing. Here are a few worthy destinations to add to your list. Although, to be fair, there is no such thing as a poorly chosen Adriatic spot for you to visit.
Get awe-struck in Trieste
Officially, you’re in Italy. However, Trieste is a marvelous and unique blend of cultural and historic influences from the entire region. The language, culture, architecture, and all the way to the menu are shaped by Slavic, Italian, Austro-Hungarian presence throughout history. That means that you’ll feel as if you’re strolling down a Viennese street in one moment, while you’ll recognize distinct Italian features in the next.
Make sure to visit and appreciate Trieste’s castles, including Castello di San Giusto and marble-white Castello di Miramare perched on the sea. As a yachting enthusiast, you should stop by the maritime museum in the harbor, but also take a moment to learn about the city’s harrowing Nazi occupation by visiting Museum Riseria di San Sabba. You’ll be humbled and you’ll find a new depth of respect for this unforgettable city.
Move your yacht to Slovenia’s Izola
Don’t be fooled by the size of this proud Adriatic country. Slovenia might have a small stretch of the coast within its borders, but they take such exquisite care of it that it deserves to be on your must-yacht list. Izola is the largest of Slovenia’s marinas, and the most bustling tourist location for you to visit.
To get to know the local history a little bit better, you can visit the town’s Church of St Maurus, as well as the 15th-century Manzioli palace. You’ll notice distinct Italian influences as well as authentic Slovenian elements all around. If you have the time, you can also visit the other notable marinas in Koper and Piran.
Sail back in time in Dubrovnik
Croatia is chock-full of destinations that need to be on your bucket list. With so many hidden islets, majestic and famous islands, and coastal towns brimming with historic importance as well as modern beauty, Dubrovnik lands as a worthy, albeit difficult top pick for many yacht lovers. Due to the well-developed yachting scene, you can find crewed yacht charters to completely devote your time to exploration and enjoyment.
Let the crew manage the yacht while you plan for your stroll in the Old Town and explore the Lovrijenac Fort. Of course, don’t forget the famed Franciscan Monastery with its stunning library and one of the oldest working pharmacies in the world, dating back to 1317. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you might recognize some of the architecture, as it’s featured in the series for its incomparable historic value.
Cruise with celebs near the island of Sveti Stefan
Elite tourists and celebrities love the island of Sveti Stefan (St Stephen). They also hurry to its imposing shores and to the nearby spectacular Miločer beach, so-called Queen’s beach. Perched in the central part of Montenegro’s coastline to the southeast of Budva, the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan is a living testament to the nation’s glorious history and culture.
For one, the crème de la crème of the world spends their time there – we’re talking celebrities, stars, millionaires. They can take their pick from the entire world of exotic destinations, and they choose this humble little Adriatic gem. Starting from Hollywood stars in the 70s to nowadays famous couples that book the entire island for their parties, they’ve found the perfect getaway at this lovely summer resort.
With a superyacht at your disposal, you’ll fit right in.
The Adriatic coast is vast, with dozens of harbors and islands speckled on the endless, deep blue. The more you research your options, the easier it will be to make spontaneous trips, hop over to neighboring piers, and experience the genuine spirit of the region.
Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet day at a private beach, or you’re hankering for good old crowds in narrow, cobbled streets teeming with timelessness, you’ll find it all. The Adriatic calls for weeks of dedicated exploration, but even if you only have a few days on your hands – those will definitely be the finest days of your entire summer.