The Adriatic Sea, the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, is the body of water that separates the Italian and Balkan peninsulas. Italy, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia all have coastlines bordering the Adriatic Sea. Famed for its azure seas, balmy Mediterranean climate, fascinating history and gorgeous coastlines, the Adriatic Sea is perfect for exploring by small ship cruise. With well over 1000 picturesque islands scattered along the Adriatic and Dalmatian coastline, Wild Earth Travel’s range of small ships are able to explore areas that are inaccessible by larger vessels.
History and architecture buffs will be enthralled by the extensive history of the towns dotted along the coastline that have played an important role in history right back to 6100 BC. Roman ruins such as amphitheatres and remains lie dotted around the coastline, as well as Greek ruins and spectacular Medieval cities and towns.
With its dry, warm summers with average temperatures ranging from 26-30 degrees Celsius it is easy to see why the Adriatic is a popular destination for holidaymakers from Europe and further abroad. Travelling by small ship offers the opportunity to conveniently be able to explore must see destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage town of Split, as well as lesser known islands and towns. Avoid the crowds by travelling in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn and avoid the peak crowds of summertime while still enjoying the balmy climate.
The west coast of the Adriatic as it runs up the Italian coast provides stunning beaches and easy access to its fascinating history. There is little need to introduce the city of Venice, much famed for its canals, architecture, and art but the surrounding islands are also well worth exploring. Spend time wandering through the cobbled streets of the ancient republic of San Marino as the history of the area comes alive. Slovenia’s coastline along the Adriatic is not a long one, only approximately 20 miles or so, but it is well worth visiting the picturesque medieval town of Piran and nearby Lipica and Portoroz.
The Dalmatian coast is one of the Mediterranean’s most striking and fascinating regions, which winds its way like a long white ribbon from the north to the south of Croatia. From the sea aboard your small ship cruise, the jewels of the Adriatic such as Dubrovnik, Split and Rovinj emerge on the horizon, each ready to offer you an unforgettable stay. Pharaonic Egypt, Ancient Rome, the Renaissance and the present exist side by side in perfect harmony in Split. The walled city of Dubrovnik, known worldwide as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is considered to be a rival to Venice in its history and beauty. A harmony of greens and blues, Croatia hovers between the Mediterranean and Central Europe; a place where an azure sea bathes coastal towns in a soft golden light, as the sun disappears behind the ramparts of sleepy cities.
Immerse yourself in the captivating history, picture postcard scenery and mix of cultures of the Adriatic by exploring the region by small ship cruise today.