Describing Dalmatia as the Cote de Azur of the east and the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean, the American TV station CNN recently recommended it to sailors as an ideal destination in the autumn when there are no tourist crowds but it is still warm, in its monthly sailing program ‘Mainsail’.
‘For visitors in search of stable weather, after the summer crowds have gone and it is still warm... then the Dalmatian coast is at its best’ recommends CNN. ‘From the historically magnificent Split and glamorous Hvar to the picturesque island of Korčula and the fortified and unique Dubrovnik’, this is the route for a five day autumn cruise along the Dalmatian coast, which Mainsail recommends, including a visit to the island of Mljet.
Hollywood stars Sean Connery, Gwyneth Paltrow and Pierce Brosnan publicly express their love of the Dalmatian coast, while Clint Eastwood and Sharon Stone searched there for private islands, states CNN.
It points out that the Croatian coast is famous for its stone cities from the Middle Ages, Roman excavations, picturesque ports and the crystal clear sea, which attract numerous super-yachts during the summer months and a large number of foreign tourists.
Describing the destinations of the proposed cruise, CNN mentions among other things the richness of the Roman and Renaissance monuments in Split, the unavoidable Palace of Diocletian and a number of contemporary cultural events, recommending a visit to the film festival in the middle of September.
It mentions Hvar as a sanctuary for the jet-set, the Croatian Saint-Tropez, to whose popularity contributed stars such as Brad Pitt, Sharon Stone and Steven Spielberg. The club Carpe Diem is mentioned as a modern gathering place for celebrities that should not be missed.
Along with the beauty of Korčula it is mentioned that this is Marco Polo`s birth place, while a visit to the bishop`s treasury that holds a collection of sacral and Renaissance artwork from Croatia and Italy is highly recommended.
On the island of Mljet, docking is recommended in the Pomena bay, as is a visit to the National park, with its clear lakes, peaceful beaches and picturesque biking trails. The cruise ends under the walls of Dubrovnik, the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, which is with its baroque churches, richly decorated palaces and tiled streets under the protection of UNESCO as part of the world heritage, and it is considered to be one of the most sophisticated historical cities in Europe, states CNN.
Together with pointing out the specific charm of Dubrovnik, sailors are encouraged to walk along the city walls or to visit the music festival organised by Julian Rachlin and friends as well as a visit to the theatre festival.