The rocky island of Vis is a lost-in-time kind of place, best known on the superyacht circuit for its ethereal Blue Cave. Yet the cave is far from all there is to see on sleepy, enchanting Vis, which was cut off from the world for many years while being used as a military base, and even now retains its air of mystery.
Croatia has been the darling of the superyacht set for some time now, but its yachting fame tends to centre in the Dalmatian Islands, where Hvar, Mljet, Korcula, Vis and Brac create a little cruising paradise just off the coast of Dubrovnik and Split.
If you’ve been following along with our Croatia Yachting Series, you’ll know what’s up next: the famously decadent island of Hvar, where hazy, blissful days of swimming off your charter yacht are followed by nights of champagne-spraying abandon on moonlit terraces by the sea. Yet for all its sophistication, this is not just a party isle for the rich and famous. Hvar has many faces; ones that extend far past the romantic piazzas and glamorous rooftop bars of Hvar Town.
Carpeted with silver-green olive trees and Aleppo pines, the mountainous island of Brac rises out of the Adriatic like a rugged jewel. Colourful fishing boats tie up at pretty harbours, shaded by exotic palms and Renaissance buildings carved from the dazzling white limestone of Brac, most famously used in the construction of America’s White House.