Croatia or France…which would you like to visit first?
France and Croatia are among our top destinations for summer and it’s no surprise why. With a 4 (France) to 2 (Croatia) score at the final stage of the FIFA world cup tournament, making France the winner and Croatia the 1st runner-up, our interest in both countries have peaked. Naturally.
Both of these celebrated countries offer all the essential features for a perfect summer holiday – beautiful islands, sophisticated cuisines, classical landmarks and more. While we would encourage you to visit both homes of champions, here’s a brief guide to these destinations with points to consider that will definitely help you make up your mind on which to visit first.
Value for Money
Croatia is the relatively new kid on the block in terms of tourism but has been quick to develop the infrastructure required to cope with its growing popularity as a tourist destination. It boasts some magnificent Kingdoms, great marinas and food (Yes, you read right. Croatia is low-key foodie holiday destination), exquisite wine cellars, as well as festivals, all of which attract tourists year in, year out.
While summer in France is usually a time during which locals take their annual vacation, tourists in France have no problem finding a place to eat or things to do in these summer months. Since the weather is usually beautiful in the summer (albeit a little hot and muggy), park cafes and restaurants with large terraces are popular dining spots in the summer months. There are plenty of great options for summer dining in Paris, where you can sip your café or citron pressée in the sunshine and participate in the national French pastime of people watching. This is also a time when you’ll find the many great local markets bursting with fresh and colourful summer produce.
France and Croatia are steeped in history, culture and stunning architecture – from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the lofty Notre-Dame cathedral and the majestic Arc de Triomphe. No doubt this is Europe’s most enchanting capital. We recommend that you climb the dome of the Panthéon to see the whole of Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre-Dame and Montmartre. All at once.
If you’re a fan of elegant ancient, medieval and Renaissance treasures, then Croatia won’t disappoint. Many buildings, such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Cathedral in Sibenik remain intact, while other exceptionally attractive hotspots include Korcula, Trogir and Zadar.
Inner Peace and Tranquility
You will easily find both in France & Croatia. The Kornati archipelago in Croatia consists of 147 largely uninhabited islands just waiting to be explored for example, while the beautiful Lérins islands on the Côte d’Azur just 20 minutes from Cannes by boat, feel a whole world away from the buzz of the mainland are wonderfully unspoilt of tourism.
On either location, you will never feel hemmed in by other tourists as a chartered yachting holiday gives you the freedom to escape the hordes on land and drop anchor in your own secluded cove.
Sailing Made Easy
If you’re going to be at the helm and are a novice or fairly inexperienced sailor, then the Dalmatia islands in Croatia or Cote d’Azur in France could be your best option. And although longer passages are possible, much of the sailing is easy with the line of sight navigation, and fairly light conditions.
Croatia offers good mooring facilities with town quays, marinas and mooring buoys making easy parking for most.
France’s Cote d’Azur has long been known as the playground of the rich and famous but it’s not all casinos and superyachts. There are a number of pleasing holiday towns and a good supply of sandy beaches. And sailors have the best means to get to quieter spots including off-lying islands. Other popular spots for yacht charters like the Gulf of Lion, the French Riviera and around the island of Corsica could be perfect for you as well.
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