The Adriatic is the northernmost part of the Mediterranean Sea. These azure waters separate the Italian Peninsula to the west and the Balkan Peninsula to the east. Although the Croatian and Italian coasts are well known and popular, there is a glorious variety and luxurious seclusion in some of the lesser-known destinations when exploring the Adriatic coast in detail.
Exploring the Adriatic coast of Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania by yacht
If you are looking for harmony and idyll in the Adriatic, then Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania can surprise you very much. The waters are strewn with uninhabited islands and the shores are ripe for exploration, with uncrowded beaches, charming coves, historic ruins, delightful red-tiled houses and secluded anchorages. All you need is the right company and a good yacht!
The cruise season in the Adriatic begins at Easter. This can be a particularly busy time, but things tend to be pretty calm until mid-July, when the peak season kicks in. Although Croatiais undoubtedly beautiful and is a highlight of the region, bypassing it, you can avoid the many Italian motor yachts that fill the waters off the coast Dalmatia during peak season.
The hot season ends here in the third week of August. To the north and central Adriatic influenced by northern European meteorological systems, which could mean high winds with a rare serious threat to navigation in summer. However, as a rule, Adriatic calm and offers exceptional sailing conditions, with comfortable climatic conditions, sunny days and daytime temperatures ranging from 28 ° C to 35 ° C in summer, while the sea temperature ranges from 23 to 28 ° C.
Exploring Slovenia's Adriatic Coast
With a coastline only 43 kilometers long, the Slovenian Istria practically forgotten by Adriatic travelers. But the numerous peninsulas and bays that dot the coastline are often less explored than those in Italian or Croatian territories.
Koper in Slovenia Is the ideal starting point for any Adriatic adventure. Medieval town boils with life, and Italian and Slovenian voices can be heard in the air. Here you will find many attractions, including a castle, a palace and a regional museum. And the marina is located right next to the picturesque city center.
Further south along the Slovenian coast is Piran... Built on a peninsula that overlooks Adriatic, Piran surrounded by two hills, one crowned with a castle, the other with a church. In between is the fascinating old town with its maze of flowering alleys, dizzying staircases and decadent, Venetian squares. Piran noisier than neighboring Koper, and is one of the best preserved cities in the country. Nearby is Portorozwhich literally translates to Port of Roses, a traditional seaside community with many thermal spas.
Slovenia's Adriatic Coast
Exploring the Adriatic coast of Montenegro
South of Croatia, located Montenegro, it is a relatively unopened holiday destination, slowly attracting yachting enthusiasts from all over the world. And not without reason. The Balkan State offers some of the most idyllic anchorages in the whole Adriatic.
Among the most impressive sights is the tiny town Kotorhidden in the deepest channel Bay of Kotor... The city lies 60 nautical miles south of Dubrovnik, wrapped in the southernmost fjord in Europe. Old city Is a maze of winding cobbled streets shaded by centuries-old stone buildings filled with cafes and boutiques.
Around Kotor there are mountains, forests and beaches to explore, and numerous activities including rafting, water skiing and mountain trekking. Kotor harbor located close to the city, but do not forget to also explore the nearby famous yacht marina Porto Montenegrodesigned to house the largest and most luxurious superyachts in the world. Other beautiful places in Montenegro include St. Mark's Island, Bigovo, Herceg Novi, Budva and Bar.
Exploring the Adriatic coast of Albania
Finally, in Albania, a country that emerged from decades of isolation in the 1990s. This is not the first choice for European travelers, but throw away your preconceived ideas and you will discover a fascinating world of Ottoman architecture, rugged mountains and unspoiled beaches.
Durres, the second largest city Albania, located down the coast, just 40 km from the colorful capital of Albania - Tirana... Durres is the ideal playground for history buffs. The city was founded in 627 BC and later became an ancient Greek colony Epidamnos, before the arrival of the Romans, who renamed it to Dyrrhachium.
Today you can see the medieval city walls, the Roman amphitheater and thermal baths, the Byzantine court, archaeological and ethnographic museums. Durres has a large, modern and safe commercial harbor built to serve large passenger, cargo and cruise ships.
Further south along the coast Albania located Saranda, epicenter Albanian Riviera... Perfect white sand beaches flow into azure waters along the coast. On site, there are many day tours to the surrounding hills to explore monasteries, castles and ruins that breathe ancient history.
If you have your own yacht, all that remains is to plot the route and go on a journey across the Adriatic. If you are looking for new ideas on the eve of the start of the charter season in Mediterranean, rent a yacht and visit places that have not yet been explored.
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