The pirates of the Adriatic raided richly laden merchant vessels passing through the shipping routes from the Levant to Europe, particularly those headed to Venice. The narrow channels, numerous bays and safe harbors of the 1,000 islands off the Croatian coast made it simple to hide and escape pursuers. Easy ambushes and enthusiastic cooperation from the Dalmatian islanders made it an enriching business from the 1st into the 19th centuries.
Pirates marauded the Dalmatian coast from the merchant capital of Dubrovnik to the protected coves of Korcula, among the inexhaustible inlets of the Pakleni Islands, through the hidden bays of Brac & Hvar, passing Zadar, then twisting through the Kornati islands, around Istria, past Opatia, Porec, Pula, Rovinj and finally across to Venice.
Full of history, adventure and spectacular sailing, follow the routes of famous pirates across the centuries: Jack Sparrow, Eduardo Villanueva (known as the Pirate Lord of the Adriatic), the Cilician pirates (who captured Caesar in 75 BC), the popular Illyrians in the 3rd century BC, the vikings (from the 8th to the 12 century), the Omis Pirates (of the 12th & 13th centuries) the Barbary corsairs throughout the middle ages, the Buccaneers in the golden age of piracy (1620s to 1720s) and even Chinese pirates in the early 19th century.
A great family adventure or fun group holiday, we’ll develop an itinerary to match your timeframe – from a week to sail the southern pirate’s coast between Dubrovnik and Split up to 3 to 4 weeks to immerse yourself in a pirate’s life from Dubrovnik to Venice.
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