It usually starts blowing around 10:00 in the morning and can reach a strength of 3 to 5 on the Beaufort scale (BFT) in the afternoon. At sunset it stops again. The Mistral is considered to be a fair-weather wind because it is accompanied by a cloudless, blue sky and pleasant temperatures at sea. If it does not persist the next day, this could be a sign that the weather is worsening. In recent years, the Mistral has blown somewhat less frequently than previously. But it still does occur, particularly in the area around the outer islands.
However, from October to May, this wind blows significantly more often, longer, and with greater force, up to 9 BFT. Because the Sirocco blows a long distance over the sea, it creates large waves 3–4 m high, especially in the northern Adriatic. There are dangerous places near the northern Italian coastline where waves can reach all the way down to the bottom of the sea. But the Sirocco is preceded by clear signs, so it is possible to prepare for it in time.
The finest of all specialities is the white truffle. This rare and expensive fungus grows in the very heart of Istria. It is regarded as a culinary gem and a powerful aphrodisiac. The local cuisine offers up other specialities such as fatty sea fish, sardines in a spicy sauce and scallops.
One of the symbols of Croatian cuisine is the unique and delicious Parma ham (prosciutto). Its tenderness and exquisite flavour will be loved by all true gourmets. The best time to sample it is at the end of August (the longer it is dried, the better) and is mostly served with sheep cheese and olives.
The Croatians drink wine almost as if it were water. To quench their thirst, wine is diluted: red wine with water is called “bevanda”, white wine with mineral water is called “gemišt”. But if you want to really savour the flavour of the wine, drink it undiluted.
4. You sign the contract by paying down a deposit
When you book a boat, you pay a deposit for the charter. This is usually 20, 25 or 50 % of the total price. The rest of the amount generally needs to be paid no later than 30 days prior to sailing. These conditions vary from charter to charter, but you always know them in advance as they are in the draft contract we send.
All that’s left to do is check in. This is done directly with the charter staff at the marina. Until then, you can discuss tips on itineraries, marinas, sights, local attractions and specialties.