WINTERING IN CROATIA: TIPS FOR YACHT CAPTAINS AND CREW

November 9, 2023

Are you considering wintering in Croatia, looking for a picturesque and well-equipped marina to berth your yacht and a unique blend of cultural and fun activities during the colder months? The Country offers a selection of exquisite marinas along its captivating coastline, each with its own unique charm and amenities, and unfolds a magical tapestry of activities and experiences.

From the breathtaking beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park to the traditional festivities of Advent in Zagreb, and from the captivating wildlife of Deer Valley Ranch to the ancient tradition of the Feast of St. Martin in Istria, Croatia promises a winter stay like no other.

 

 

 

What to see in the region

 

 

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park

 

Plitvice Lakes are the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia and one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe. Visit the extraordinary beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in all seasons. Find the best time to visit is in fall and winter, when the park acquires its magical atmosphere.

With the return of the October rains, the lakes stunning yellow and red coat covers in November Plitvice becomes a paradise. The crew will certainly enjoy the rich gastronomic offer inspired by the tradition of the Lika region.

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park as part of your Croatia yacht wintering

 

Visit to Deer Valley Ranch

 

“Deer Valley Ranch” is a unique open-air zoo located in Dreznik Grad, 12 km from Plitvice. Established in 2009, the ranch covers an area of 15 hectares and is home to more than 100 wild animals. The tour of the ranch lasts about an hour and a half and visitors can enjoy the magical beauty of nature with unusual sightseeing and feeding of wild animals. The tour follows a collection of impressions and refreshments with homemade delicacies. Natural juices and spirits produced by the owners and neighboring family farms. A visit to the ranch is particularly special in the fall and winter, when the snow cover and beautiful animals provide a spectacular and unforgettable setting.

Due to the great interest, book the visit by e-mail or phone a few days in advance. Contact Acquera to get assistance in organizing the tour.

Visit to Deer Valley Ranch as part of your Croatia yacht wintering

 

 

Best winter events

 

Advent in Zagreb

Advent in Zagreb is a traditional celebration that takes place throughout the Croatian capital. In early December and January, Zagreb transforms into a true winter wonderland. The enchanting Christmas market are the best Christmas market in Europe! Advent in Zagreb offers visitors pure holiday magic, full of its own unique charm and beauty.

 
 
Feast of St Martin (Martinje)

The Feast of St. Martin (Croatian: Martinje) is a holiday celebrated on November 11th. Thanks to its excellent wines, transformed the ancient custom of blessing grape into a series of festivals throughout the peninsula.

Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak / November 10th – November 12th

Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak Festival is a unique event that brings together many excellent jazz musicians and offers visitors an unforgettable live experience. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to various styles of jazz music, from traditional to more contemporary performances, and enjoy the ambience. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this unforgettable musical event and experience the great atmosphere of the Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak Festival.

 
 
Dubrovnik Winter Festival 

This year’s special 10th anniversary edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be held at unique World Heritage sites such as Peskaria, Pile and Lazaret, which will come to life in a new guise, decorated with holiday lights. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit various galleries and museums, enjoy fritters in front of the Cathedral or dance under the tent next to Orlando’s Pillar, and there is also a special program for children.

The Winter Festival brings a real sensation – a spectacular New Year’s Eve performance with more than 20 concerts around Dubrovnik.

 
 
Trips and excursions in Dubrovnik region

Day trip to Konavle valley, a nearby Dubrovnik countryside that can offer vast possibilities for crew activities, such as:

  • Horseback riding
  • ATV safari
  • Buggy safari
  • Wine tasting in local wineries
  • Visit to a rural household and a cooking workshop showing local cuisine and other traditions

ACI Marina Rovinj

ACI Marina Rovinj is a modern and stunning marina located on the south-eastern side of Rovinj city port, offering breathtaking views of the old city center, the Church of St. Euphemia, and the island of St. Catherine. It has recently undergone reconstruction, providing a wide range of services and amenities, and can accommodate yachts up to 100 meters in length.

D-Marin Dalmacija

D-Marin Dalmacija, near the city of Zadar, is the largest marina on the Croatian coast. It boasts top-notch facilities and luxury hospitality services, making it suitable for mega yachts. Visitors can access various services, including refueling, repairs, and technical assistance, and it serves as a great starting point for exploring nearby attractions like National Park Kornati and Nature Park Telascica.

Marina Kastela

Marina Kastela, situated in Kastela bay between Split and Trogir, is a newly built marina known for its modern amenities and a wide range of services. It is considered one of the safest berthing locations for private and charter yachts, with a 500-meter-long breakwater providing protection from all winds. The marina is conveniently located near the international airport of Split.

For your personalised experience, contact our team at croatia@acquera.com 

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