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Sailing in Croatia – The best islands to visit

Are you ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than sailing in Croatia! With its breathtaking coastline, crystal-clear waters, and thousands of islands, Croatia is a sailor’s paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a beginner, there’s no better way to explore the beauty of the Adriatic Sea than by boat. So hoist the sails, grab a cold drink, and let’s set course for a nautical adventure you’ll never forget. From charming fishing villages to lively port towns, Croatia has it all.

 

Join us as we discover the hidden gems of the Croatian coast, one wave at a time.

What is certain is that in this way you have the opportunity to meet hidden coves and beaches. And come to new places every day if you like. With new places comes new acquaintances, delicacies, experiences, roads, and memories to share.
If you want to find out what are the best places for you, continue reading to learn more.

Sailing in Croatia

Where to sail?

Croatia is among the safest destination for sailing in the world. The climate is temperate and mild, as are almost all winds. And the sea is less undulating than the open seas in other world charter destinations.
Considering that Croatia has more than a thousand islands, it is one of the most appreciated for sailing. With the Mediterranean climate, delicious cuisine, rich history, and beautiful nature you will not regret the adventure. In fact, there is a high chance, that you will come every year.

We will present you some sailing map locations, so you can visualise a bit about what you want to experience. 

Sailing around the Croatian islands is a truly magical experience. With over a thousand islands to explore, each with its own unique charm, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your own private paradise. From the rugged and wild islands of Vis and Lastovo to the lush greenery of Mljet and Korčula, there’s a world of adventure waiting to be explored. Along the way, you’ll encounter friendly locals, indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, and soak up the sun on pristine beaches.

Sailing between the islands of the Kvarner Bay

In the northern Adriatic, life is calmer, so it offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the area’s customs. You will love it because besides the beauty and the nature you will experience delicious gastronomic adventure!
The largest island here is Krk and the most crowded one. But if you are in the mood for beautiful beaches and history you will love visiting Cres.

Cres
Cres

The most popular beach there is below Lubenice. The beach is located below Lubenice placed on a high gorge 378 meters above sea level. What is amazing is that this small place is over four thousand years old. In the past, Cres and Lošinj were unique island. Only with an artificially canal, from Roman times, the island was divided to shorten the route to the open sea. Apart from bathing and sports, the island of Lošinj is known for its nautical and health tourism.
The diversity of Rab and the rough landscape of Pag reveal the hidden soul of each island. Enrapturing and revealing the unbelievable pleasure that they graciously share with visitors.

Besides the bigger mentioned islands, there are a lot of smaller ones. One of them is the island of Silba, known as the island of “pedestrians”. Namely, the use of cars is not allowed on the island.

There are many more interesting facts about Kvarner Bay waiting for you to explore and share with us!

For the lovers of untouched nature and history – north Dalmatia

On the other hand, if you are eager to experience solitude, peace and untouched nature then visiting the Kornati and the Krka National Park are places for you.


This breathtaking Kornati archipelago is a true paradise for those sailing in Croatia. The coasts of the islands are sheer, full of sharp cliffs, and pretty unique. And 89 of the Archipelago’s islands are making a National Park.

Quoting CNN : „The remote Kornati National Park is an unspoiled oasis. So stunning, in fact, it moved author George Bernard Shaw to write that God created the islands out of tears, stars and breath.“

The Krka National Park covers a large area of majestic waterfalls and a deep canyon of running water, including beautiful flora and fauna. It is a very popular area for nature lovers. The gorgeous place you will want to visit there is at the entrance to the National Park, the city of Skradin.

Sailing in Croatia National Park Krka
National Park Krka

Zadar is a vibrant coastal city with a rich history, Zadar is home to stunning Roman ruins, medieval churches, and a charming old town. Be sure to visit the famous Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, two unique installations that harness the power of the sea to create music and light. The city of Šibenik is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a historic town known for its impressive fortress, stunning Gothic-Renaissance cathedral, and beautiful harbor. Take a stroll through the winding streets of the old town and soak up the medieval charm.

 

Two National Parks you cannot miss are Paklenica National Park and Krka National Park. For nature lovers and adventure seekers, Paklenica National Park is a must-visit. Located at the foot of the Velebit mountain range, the park is home to stunning canyons, dramatic cliffs, and a variety of hiking and rock climbing routes. Another popular destination for nature lovers, Krka National Park is known for its stunning waterfalls, emerald pools, and lush greenery. Take a dip in the refreshing waters and explore the many hiking trails that wind through the park.

We suggest to you to come and visit the places for yourself. And let us make your sailing experience safe.

Central and South Dalmatia the most popular sailing routes

The pristine beauty of the Mediterranean is the most prominent in the southern and warmer regions. The islands of Brač, the popular Paklinski islands (Hvar), the national park of the island of Mljet, and the beautiful island of Vis with the best selection of secluded beaches.

If you are going to explore the central and south coast Split is the best starting point since you’ll have a vast choice of possible sailing routes. Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest city on the coast. The city is famous for its ancient UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace from the 4th century.

Old town Split
Old town Split

For first-time sailors, and those who plan to spend up to 3 hours per day traveling the best route is to sail route Split, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Hvar, Split. In this way there are plenty of time left for swimming, sunbathing and exploring.

The ambitious route, for those who want to see as much as possible in a week is to add some more islands. But we suggest to plan your trip for at least two week long so you can add next islands to your sailing adventure. The small and unique island Lastovo, island Korčula, the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo, and national park island Mljet as well.

Beyond the forested island of Mljet lies the jewel in Croatia’s crown: Romantic Dubrovnik. A UNESCO heritage site, with its charming Old Town. It’s also a must-visit for sailing fans of “Game of Thrones,” much of which was filmed here.
There are so many places and customs that we want to mention but we can’t reveal everything to you. We have to leave something for you to find on your own on your sailing expedition.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your sailing adventure in Croatia today and set sail for a once-in-a-lifetime journey! 

Your CTC Team, K. G. 

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