Like most of the countries in this part of Europe, Croatia is very religious, and especially Catholicism is strictly upheld by the locals. One of the catholic feasts that also happens to be of great interest for the yacht charter tourists is Easter.
The festivities usually last for a whole week and they start with the Sunday before Easter, known as Palm Sunday and can be witnessed in many of the coastal towns. It’s a great moment to visit yacht charter Croatia because the weather is warm, the vegetation is in bloom and there are plenty of festivities to catch your eye.
The Palm Sunday is best witnessed in Dalmatia where locals gather palm tree branches, or, where it’s not possible, olive and rosemary branches which are decorated with ribbons or flowers woven into wreaths. You’ll see these arrangements which are called “poma” being taken to church to be blessed and then hung at houses’ doors around town.
Then, throughout the Holy Week before Easter, there are a series of festivities which include townsfolk dressing up and reenacting scenes from the Bible, or singing medieval hymns. In other in yacht charter Croatia like Hvar or Brac the villagers light huge bonfires called “krijes” or make a racket from noisemakers known as “klepetaljke” which are nothing else than huge rattlers made with bits of metal and wood.
On Easter Sunday, you’ll witness lots of street vendors selling beautifully colored eggs “pisanice”, as the locals call them which can be taken home as beautiful souvenirs. There is no egg hunt in yacht charter Croatia, but there is however, an egg fight. The local tradition says that each person must choose an Easter egg and strike the eggs of other people. The winner at the end is the one whose egg is still intact.
Yacht charter fans also have a lot to see and do in Croatia during Easter. Many marinas organize regattas during this time, the most famous one being in Hvar, a multi-day event which sees yacht from all over the Mediterranean join in. Most town harbors will be full of boats and festive processions so it’s a good idea to spend Easter on the Adriatic shore.