Croatia, a Mediterranean country blessed with the thousand islands, crystal clear sea and architectural heritage that spans several millennia, is one of the most attractive sailing destinations in the world. This sailing retreat offers an incredible variety of choice to sailors - from relaxing in remote island villages to experiencing the bustle of modern seaports.
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Croatia is one of the most interesting and most visited sailing destinations in the world. With the most indented coast in the Mediterranean, this beautiful country boasts with a unique coastline that hides a great number of bays, coves and beaches. What is more, the country counts more than 1240 islands and islets. It is impossible to visit them all at once, which means that you will have to come back to Croatia a few times. When you see what the warm sea of the Croatian Mediterranean has to offer, not only will you want to return, but you will never want to leave this place at all!
The Adriatic Sea is a part of the Mediterranean Sea that stretches from the north to the south and washes the shores of Croatia, Italy and other countries. The Croatian part of the Adriatic can be divided into several regions. Each region has its own history, culture and the way of life. They all, however, have one thing in common. All of them are fantastic sailing destinations!
The northernmost sailing region in Croatia comprises of the Istria peninsula and the region known as Kvarner (a general term that refers to the northern Adriatic east of Istria). Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia. On its western coast, there are two towns, characterized by their charm and romantic atmosphere – Rovinj and Poreč. The largest town in Istria is Pula. Here, you can witness the old Roman culture, thanks to one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world (Interestingly, the amphitheatre is still in use today!). Also, north of Istria is Brijuni National Park. Brijuni are a small collection of islands, where you can visit the remains of a Roman settlement, and even enjoy a safari! To discover Istria’s magic in its entirety, you will have to hop off your yacht and take trips to its interior, where you will stumble upon fairy-tale like towns of Motovun, Višnjan, Hum and others.
East of Istria is the region of Kvarner. Rijeka is the third largest town in Croatia and, because it has been an important port throughout history, it is both architecturally and culturally one of the most interesting places in Croatia. West of Rijeka is the charming town of Opatija, a favourite seaside destination for the European aristocracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. An hour’s drive to the south from Rijeka is Crikvenica, a popular weekend destination for visitors from Zagreb, the Croatian capital. In the summer, there are excellent parties every night in Crikvenica.
The sea of the Northern Adriatic is dominated by several larger islands. The largest and most populous island in Croatia is Krk. The towns of Krk, Baška and Malinska are all popular tourist destinations. West of Krk is Cres, whose hilly interior offers spectacular green sceneries. Lake Vrana is the main feature of the island. It contains the clearest fresh water in Croatia and is a perfect place to relax from your sailing trip. South of Cres is the island of Lošinj. All of these islands are surrounded by numerous smaller islands and islets, with plenty of charming villages that offer the traditional Croatian atmosphere and authentic cuisine. What is more, each of those islands has its own culture and tradition. Most importantly, the coastlines of these islands abound with beaches and bays, so you will definitely be able to find a place to moor your yacht, enjoy some privacy and spend a wonderful time at a beach.
The southernmost island in this region is the island of Pag. It is one of the most interesting Croatian islands for three reasons. The first one is its spectacular nature. Set across a narrow canal is the bare, serious and utterly beautiful Velebit mountain chain. The island itself reflects some of Velebit’s beauty, with barren and rocky sceneries. The second reason why Pag is so unique are its numerous customs. Lacemaking and Pag cheese are the island’s most popular brands. In recent years, Pag is known as the ultimate party destination in Croatia. Zrće beach is the scene of parties that last whole day and night and attract people from all over the world.
The most popular sailing region in Croatia is the central Adriatic. In Croatia, this region is known as Dalmatia. An excellent starting point is the town of Zadar. Throughout history, Zadar has been an important administrative and economic centre. It is one of the largest towns in Croatia and is a university centre, which means that it is vibrant throughout the year. The islands around Zadar comprise what is unofficially known as the Zadar archipelago. It is the area with the largest number of islands in the Adriatic. Needles to say, this region is a heaven for lovers of sailing. Visiting all these islands in one take is virtually impossible, so, instead of creating a tightly scheduled itinerary, just relax and enjoy the beauty of this area. What you should definitely see in the Zadar area, however, is the Kornati archipelago. This large collection of islands in a relatively small area is characterised by barren, desolate landscapes, whose atmosphere will take you to a completely different world. The mystic Kornati are not inhabited, but there are several taverns on the islands, which offer some of the best food you will try in the Adriatic.
The region of Dalmatia is dominated by the second largest city in Croatia, Split. Split is easily accessible with a highway and an international airport. This makes it another excellent starting point for your journey. The history of this town goes back to the Roman times, when the emperor Diocletian built his residence here. The residence is nowadays known as Diocletian’s Palace and is the most popular tourist attraction in Split. There are many things to experience in this lively town, so take a turn on your journey and visit this jewel. Other towns on the coast that will charm you with their atmosphere, architecture and people are Biograd, Trogir, Šibenik and Makarska. Dare to venture to the mainland and visit National Park Krka, north of Šibenik, an area famous for its waterfalls and forests.
Islands south of Split are numerous and among the most popular in Croatia. Šolta is a quiet but interesting island. The town of Rogač is a yacht base from which many sailing journeys into the Adriatic begin. Brač is an excellent summer destination with numerous beaches, exciting nightlife, fantastic cuisine and beautiful nature. Zlatni rat beach is the best known beach in Croatia. Worth climbing is Vidova gora, the tallest hill in the Adriatic Sea. South of Brač is Hvar, an island especially popular with yachtsmen and jet set. It offers some of the best festivals and clubs in Croatia. Its interior is definitely worth exploring, as it is characterized by endless lavender fields.
The Southern Adriatic is the third sailing region in Croatia. In the north, it is dominated by Pelješac, a long peninsula that stems into the Adriatic. It is an area of crystal clear sea and many interesting customs. Worth visiting is Trstenik, a small village also known as “the port of wine”. Its title says it all, so pay a visit and discover excellent authentic wine types. Separated by a narrow channel from Pelješac is Korčula, for many the most beautiful island in the Adriatic. You can get lost in the special atmosphere of the island by visiting the town of Korčula. Its beautiful architecture will transport you to the medieval Mediterranean, a feeling additionally accentuated by visiting the birth house of Marco Polo, a great European explorer from the Middle Ages.
If you sail to the south, you can visit the calm island of Lastovo, where you will be able to take a rest from your sailing journey. The island will seduce you with its exceptionally blue waters and quiet beaches. Further south is Palagruža, the remotest Croatian island. It is a great achievement to sail to the island, but if you do decide to do it, make sure you undergo all the necessary preparations because that journey will take some effort. If you want to continue sailing in a relaxed manner instead, visit the island of Mljet, south of Pelješac. A part of the island has been declared a national park, due to its exquisite sceneries.
Your journey across the Southern Adriatic can end in a most spectacular manner, by sailing to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful and most famous Croatian town. Situated at the southern tip of Croatia, this “jewel of the Adriatic” will make you fall in love with its ancient city walls, stone promenades and a special atmosphere, which cannot be defined by words. In recent years, this town is especially popular among the numerous fans of the Game of Thrones television series because the show is filmed in Dubrovnik, which represents King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
This guide to sailing in the Adriatic does not include even a fraction of places that you can visit on your sailing journey in Croatia. That is how diverse and numerous sailing destinations are in this unique part of the Mediterranean. The best thing to do is to just pick a starting point for your trip, plan a general itinerary, take off and let the magic of the Croatian Adriatic reveals before you!
The rich history of Dalmatia, the southern region of Croatia, has resulted in three UNESCO World Heritage cities - 3000 years old Zadar, Split with its 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace and the country's gem - the city of Dubrovnik. Three of such important historical sites cannot be found so close to each other anywhere else in the world. Therefore, sailing in Croatia provides not only ideal sailing conditions, but also the opportunity to get to know the country's millennial history in all its grace and magnitude.
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