Experience the Islands of Croatia with Star Clippers
29th September 2016
As a result of their smaller size, Star Clippers' vessels are able to dock in and access a series of hidden beaches, tucked-away coves and tiny island paradises that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels. And experiencing each of these wonderful destinations from the comfort of a traditional tall ship is a totally unparalleled experience. Feel the power of the air and the wind gently fills the sails that enable you to glide from one spectacular destination to the next.
Without question, the Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful regions in which to embark on a cruise. A cruise here will enable you to visit delights including Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Athens, and many more stunning destinations. With Star Clippers, you can also visit some of Croatia’s small islands, which are situated just off the expansive coastline. Star Clippers takes a closer look at some of these small islands which you may have never heard of but are sure to leave lasting memories.
The island of Korcula is located close to the renowned Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Red-tiled roofs and dense green forests of allepo pine and twisted cypress set the scene, while the pale-white-stone architecture tells a story of its own. The 15th-century Gothic-Renaissance style Cathedral of St. Mark is one of Dalmatia’s treasure troves. It is also worth noting that a number of sources claim the famous explorer, Marco Polo, was born on the island.
As you arrive at the island of Losinj, you will dock on the warm sands of Cikat Bay, near the town of Mali Losinj - and it is instantly easy to see why this destination is irresistible for beachgoers. This 30km stretch of beach extends as far as the eye can see and is the perfect place at which to participate in water sports. If you fancy travelling into Mali Losinj, you will be greeted by a beautiful natural harbour and a charming Mediterranean town surrounded by lush green hills. Alternatively, you can embark on an optional cycle tour around the island of Losinj, visiting the fortified town of Veli Losinj along the way.
One thing that is instantly recognisable about Hvar is the distinctive aroma of lavender which perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around this unique island. Lavender fields, fruit orchards, olive groves, and vineyards dominate this mesmerising island which has been a popular destination since the time of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Austro-Hungarian royalty. Its town square is arguably the most impressive in all of Croatia, measuring a total of 4,500 square metres. A short uphill walk will take you to the fortress and provide you with mesmerising views over the city’s architecture, artistic features, and scenery.
The islands of Croatia are truly beautiful, but the real beauty comes from being able to visit them while enjoying the comfort of a traditional Star Clippers tall ship. The three-masted Star Clipper and Star Flyer and the five-masted Royal Clipper provide the perfect setting on board which to explore the Eastern and Western Mediterranean and far-flung destinations in the Caribbean and Far East Asia.