Three hidden gems of the Adriatic

1st June 2017

Throughout the summer season of 2017, Star Clippers will operate a series of western and eastern Mediterranean sailings to some of the most beautiful destinations on earth. From the towering architectural wonders of Barcelona in Spain to the charmingly peaceful islands of Greece, you really are spoilt for choice.

Sandwiched between the eastern coast of Italy and the west coast of Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro is an area of the Mediterranean that is often overlooked. As well as being home to iconic locations such as Dubrovnik and Venice, the Adriatic is home to a multitude of mesmerising destinations that you may never have previously heard of.

The smaller size of the Royal Clipper enables her to dock in a range of ports that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels. This week, we take a look three hidden gems of the Adriatic which you can enjoy on board a Star Clippers sailing this summer.

Piran, Slovenia

Piran, Slovenia

Croatia’s vast coastline is certainly enviable among the neighbouring nations and often leads to tourists overlooking the significantly smaller coastal areas. Fortunately, Star Clippers has deemed Slovenia’s coastline worthy of visiting and a journey to the stunning town of Piran will blow you away. For more than 500 years, this town was part of the Venetian empire and was subsequently part of Italy from 1918 through to 1947. The evidence of this still shines through to this day, with many fabulous squares and architectural wonders.

Walk along the city walls and soak in the full beauty of this coastal town, or wander the network of streets and discover everything at a gentle pace. Tartinijev Trg is a glistening oval-shaped square which was once actually the marina but has since been silted up and covered in dazzling white stone. Here, you can also find a statue of the famous violinist, Giuseppe Tartini, and a fantastic example of Gothic Venetian architecture – which is open to the public.

Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj is situated towards the north-westernmost tip of Croatia and looks out towards the Italian city of Venice. This small old town is easily accessible and walkable, offering plenty of time to admire its many charms. The open-air market is often a hive of activity and provides an opportunity to purchase an array of locally sourced good such as truffles and olive oil.

The towering landmark of this town is the Cathedral of St Euphemia and a climb to the top of the tower will offer mesmerising views out to sea. Alternatively, you can head to the Rovinj Heritage Museum, which is housed within a Baroque Palace and serves as a town gallery.

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

As you sail into the Montenegrin port of Kotor, you would be forgiven for thinking you were actually sailing within the Norwegian fjords. This mesmerising bay makes for beautiful scenic cruising and, eventually, the town of Kotor will unveil itself. Having been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, the old town of Kotor is home to a range of interesting cathedrals and churches – some of which date back to the 11th century.

The Sea Gate of 1555 guards the entrance to the old town, while a network of narrow streets will guide you on a journey to the many wonders that Kotor has to offer. Alternatively, you can wander the Upper Town Walls, which extend up into the hillside. Along the way, you will discover the Church of Our Lady of Health and – at the summit of the wall – St John’s Fortress. Of course, the main draw of completing this walk is the mesmerising view over the bay, which is highly rewarding.


Throughout the summer, the Royal Clipper will be operating a series of itineraries that incorporate various sections of the Western Mediterranean including the French Riviera, highlights of the Adriatic Sea and the Amalfi Coast. Meanwhile, the Star Flyer will be operating regular itineraries to the Greek Islands, providing an opportunity to visit smaller and more inaccessible destinations. Alternatively, if you are seeking something a little different and more exotic, Star Clipper will be operating itineraries within Southeast Asia.

For more information, call our reservations team on the number above or speak to an advisor online.