Gulet cruise Croatia where to go and what to see

Gulet cruise in Croatia

The Mediterranean as it once was

Search for gulets

Main Facts & Best Places to visit with a gulet in Croatia!

Over 1.200 islands to explore.

Lots of small fishing villages to escape the masses as well as some world famous Jet set towns.

We’ve listed 26 of the most stunning locations you can visit on your Croatian cruise – come back a year later and visit them all!

Cruising Croatia
Croatia luxury gulet cruise
Croatia gulet

Planning your Croatia gulet cruise

  1. Visit our contact page to tell us about your desires, the dates you wish to travel, your budget, and the size of your group.
  2. Get amazing gulet cruise deals to your email
  3. Pick an area you want to cruise
  4. Select your own tailored itinerary.

Zadar

The oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia.

This historical city is conquered at some point in time by almost all historical Mediterranean cultures, which is reflected in its architectural properties.

It’s not too crowded nor overrun with tourists at its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation - you need to see it to believe.

National park Kornati islands

Kornati Islands National Park

Composed of 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs covering 300 km2, this is the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic.

Due to the typically karstic terrain, the islands are riddled with cracks, caves, grottoes which are mostly barren since there are no sources of fresh water.

The Kornati Islands form four groups running northwest to southeast. The first two groups of islands lie closer to the mainland and are known locally as Gornji Kornat. The largest of these islands is Žut.

There are about 300 buildings on the Kornati Islands, mostly clustered on the southwestern coast of island Kornat.

Nature Park Telašćica

Located to the south of Sali at the very end of Dugi Otok (Long Island), is a beautiful natural harbour with islands floating invitingly.

The area is officially uninhabited and popular among those seeking an escape from civilisation.

Telascica

Šibenik

A historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea.

The city's magnificent medieval heart, gleaming white against the placid waters of the bay.

The stone labyrinth of steep backstreets and alleys are a joy to explore. Šibenik is also an important access point for Krka National Park and the Kornati Islands.

The old town of Sibenik
Sibenik Zaton Croatia
City Of Sibenik Coast View
Town of Skradin

Skradin

A pretty little riverside town with a combination of brightly painted and bare stone houses on its main street and a ruined fortress towering above.

A great place to starting your visit to the Krka National Park. The main attraction of the park, is a series of waterfalls, the biggest of which, Skradinski buk, was named after Skradin.

Primošten

Pretty little town that occupies what was once a little islet just off the coast. During the Turkish threat of the 16th century it was fortified – and when the Turks disappeared, the drawbridge connecting it to the mainland was replaced by a causeway.

Rogoznica

A well-protected harbour on a peninsula popular with yachts-people in the know and tourists looking for a quiet hideaway. With its pebbly beaches, tranquilly historic streets and some good eating options it also has one of the best climates in Croatia, with more sunny days per year than most other coastal communities.

Primosten town
Rogoznica
Drvenik

Drvenik Mali & Drvenik Veli Islands

This little pair of islands are the northernmost of an archipelago that includes Šolta and Brač, creating a barrier between Split and the open sea.

Drvenik Mali (Little Drvenik), has olive trees, a population of 56 and a sandy beach that curves around the cove of Vela Rina.

Drvenik Veli (Big Drvenik) has secluded rocky coves and olive trees plus a couple of interesting churches.

Trogir

In the 3rd century BC, Tragurion was founded by Greek colonists. The name comes from the Greek "tragos" (male goat).

It is set within medieval walls on a small island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo Island.

On summer nights everyone gravitates to the wide seaside promenade, lined with bars, cafes and yachts – leaving the knotted maze-like marble streets gleaming mysteriously under old-fashioned streetlights.

Trogir
Trogir town

Kaštela Bay

If you’re looking to hunker down in safety, you can’t do much better than having the mountains behind you and the sea in front.

Town is an agglomeration of seven small towns located northwest of the city of Split east of Trogir.

Throughout the history rich families from Split headed to the 20km stretch of coast between Trogir and Split to build their sturdy mansions, until a total of 17 castles and towers were built, some with fortified villages attached. The Turks never reached them and many of the castles remain today.

Kastela
Kastela view
Kastela town
Split Riva

Split

Croatia's second-largest city, Split is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived.

Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants, and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been humming along for thousands of years.

Šolta

This lovely, wooded island is a popular getaway for Split inhabitants escaping the sultry summer heat.

The island’s main entry point is Rogač, where ferries from Split tie up on the edge of a large bay.

A shady path leads around the bay to smaller coves with rocky beaches, and a small road leads uphill to the island's administrative centre of Grohote, with a market and shops.

Maslinica is the island's prettiest settlement, with seven islets offshore, a handful of restaurants, a luxurious heritage hotel and a good choice of private accommodation.

Another gorgeous village is Stomorska, with its pretty sheltered harbour popular with yachters.

Šolta
Solta
Brač

Brač 

Famous for two things: its radiant white stone, used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, DC (oh, yes!), and Zlatni Rat, the long pebbly beach at Bol that extends lasciviously into the Adriatic and adorns 90% of Croatia’s tourism posters.

The two main centres, Supetar and Bol, are quite different: Supetar is pleasant if unassuming, while Bol revels in its more exclusive appeal.

It’s the largest island in central Dalmatia, with several towns, sleepy villages and a dramatic Mediterranean landscape of steep cliffs, inky waters and pine forests.

The tough living conditions meant that a lot of people moved to the mainland for work, leaving the interior almost deserted. Exploring Brač’s stone villages is a lovely experience.

Hvar

The island’s hub and busiest destination, Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in the high season.

There are several good restaurants, bars and hotels here, but thanks to the island’s appeal to well-heeled guests, the prices can be seriously inflated.

Visitors wander along the main square, explore the sights on the winding stone streets, swim at the numerous beaches or pop off to the Pakleni Islands to get into their birthday suits – but most of all they come to party. Hvar's reputation as Croatia's premier party town is well deserved.

Hvar view from Castle
Hvar panoramic view
Scedro view

Šćedro

An island in the Adriatic Sea with an area of 8.36 km2, off the south coast of the island of Hvar, opposite the settlement of Zavala.

The name comes from "štedri", meaning charitable in old Slavonic, because the island offers two deep, well-protected coves.

The island is very fertile, and has a milder climate then Hvar and, thanks to night dew, was even used to grow grain.

A Dominican monastery was founded in the Bay of Mostir together with a hospice for sailors, and abandoned in the 18th century. There is an old quarry at Stare Stine, and gypsum from the island was used in the Baroque chapels of Hvar cathedral. Around 30 people live on the island in summer.

Vis

Of all the Croatian islands, Vis is the most mysterious – even to locals.

The furthest of the main Central Dalmatian islands from the coast, Vis spent much of its recent history serving as a military base for the Yugoslav army, cut off from foreign visitors from the 1950's right up until 1989. The isolation preserved the island from development and drove much of the population to move elsewhere in search of work, leaving it underpopulated for many years.

Vis has its own distinct grape, Vugava, that's been cultivated since ancient times. You can also taste some of the freshest seafood here, thanks to a still-thriving fishing tradition.

Stiniva Cove Vis
Vis, Croatia
Korčula

Korčula

Rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, the island of Korčula is the sixth-largest Adriatic island, stretching nearly 47km in length.

Oenophiles will adore sampling its wine. Arguably the best of all Croatian whites is produced from Pošip grapes, which are only grown here.

Dense woods led the original Greek settlers to call the island Korkyra Melaina (Black Korčula).

Coves and small sandy beaches dot the steep southern coast while the northern shore is flatter and more pebbly.

Pelješac, Lovište

Fingerlike peninsula of Pelješac is coastal Croatia at its most relaxed. Blessed with mountains, sweeping valleys, idyllic coves and fine wines, it’s a glorious place to visit.

Lovište is small seaside town located in a cove near the western tip of the Pelješac peninsula isolated before a road to the town was built.

 During the summer Lovište is popular with people seeking a quieter place to spend their summer vacations.

Peljašac
Loviste
Peljesac town

Ston

Ston was a major fort of the Ragusan Republic (medieval Republic of Dubrovnik) whose defensive walls were regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture.

The town's inner wall measures 890 metres in length, while the Great Wall outside the town has a circumference of 5 km. The walls extend to Mali Ston ("Little Ston"), a smaller town on the northern side of the Pelješac and the end of the Bay of Mali Ston, notable for its mariculture.

Don't forget to try fresh oysters grown in the area.

Ston town
Ston aerian view

Lastovo

One of the most remote and undeveloped of Croatia's populated islands, little green Lastovo sits in quiet isolation south of Korčula and west of Mljet.

The main attraction is Lastovo Town, a striking collection of stone houses and innumerable aged churches clinging to a hillside in the interior.

Like similarly far-flung Vis, the island was used as a military base during the Yugoslav era and was closed to foreign visitors. Now that it's open for business it has become a favourite destination for yachties, who moor in its blissful wee bays.

Mljet

One of the most seductive of all the Adriatic islands.

It’s an unspoiled oasis of tranquillity that, according to legend, captivated Odysseus for seven years. We’re sure he didn’t regret a moment.

Much of the island is covered by forests and the rest is dotted with fields, vineyards and small villages.

The western tip contains Mljet National Park, where the lush vegetation, pine forests and spectacular saltwater lakes are exceptionally scenic.

Aerial view of Mljet Lake
National park of Mljet

Elafiti islands

The Elaphiti Islands or the Elaphites is a small archipelago consisting of several islands stretching northwest of Dubrovnik, in the Adriatic sea.

The Elaphites have a total land area of around 30 square kilometres and a population of 850 inhabitants. The islands are covered with characteristic Mediterranean evergreen vegetation and attract large numbers of tourists during the summer season due to beautiful beaches and pristine scenery.

Elafiti islands
Elafiti islands Dubrovnik
National park Elafiti islands
Zaton

Zaton Veliki bay

A tourist resort on the Dubrovnik Riviera, with 12 restaurants raising the dining quality in this small area, watersport venues, and an uphill hiking path to the village of Podbrezje.

Cavtat

Cavtat

Without Cavtat, there would be no Dubrovnik, as it was refugees from the original Cavtat who established the city of Dubrovnik.

Wrapped around a very pretty harbour that’s bordered by beaches and backed by a curtain of imposing hills, the setting is lovely.

It is a lot more ‘local’ than Dubrovnik – not flooded by tourists on a daily basis and with its own charm.

Cavtat’s most famous personality is the painter Vlaho Bukovac, one of the foremost exponents of Croatian modernism. His paintings are liberally distributed around the town's main sights.

Get the perfect gulet for you

Send us your wishes and get free assistance from our cruising expert.

© 2017. Design and development: