Sailing in Croatia, a true nautical paradise to experience the best that Croatia and the Adriatic Sea have to offer. So, grab your sails and set sail towards an actual sailing paradise! Croatia is often regarded as one of the most spectacular places in the world to go sailing. Every year, thousands of sailors make their way to the area due to its extremely rough coastline, which features hundreds of islets, safe anchorages, and well-equipped marinas at every turn. Welcome to the land of 1000 islands.
It is commonly agreed upon that Croatia is an ideal site for sailing. During the voyage, you will be content knowing that the stops are in close proximity to one another, and you will have no trouble adapting the schedule to meet your requirements. In addition, thanks to Croatia’s extensive cultural offerings, every member of your group will be content. Therefore, it does not matter if you are a novice sailor, an experienced one, a foodie, a parent, or a diver; you will receive exactly what you are looking for. Because to its temperate climate, low tides, and generally favorable winds, Croatia is an excellent place to go sailing at any time of the year. You will be able to secure your boat to buoys in many of the bays, and at the marinas, you will find moorings, most of which come equipped with water and electricity. In addition to everything that has been mentioned, there will be the opportunity to swim in one of the warmest oceans that is also one of the cleanest.
Perfect sailing conditions & maritime infrastructure
The weather and sea conditions in Croatia are practically perfect for sailing. Time, on the other hand, may be very misleading.
During the summer months in the Adriatic, you can always count on the Maestral, a wind that provides favorable conditions for sailing. The intensity of it rises throughout the afternoon. Storms of this magnitude are common during the summer in Dalmatia, particularly in the region’s north. The storm is very severe, yet it only lasts for a short time. As was said before, the Bura is the predominant type of wind in Croatia. The Bura is a strong, unfavorable wind that often brings storms. Although it is most common in the winter, when the winds are at their highest, it is possible for it to occur locally in the summer as well. The duration of a summer gale is often a few days, although it can sometimes only be a few hours, and its wind speed can reach up to ten Beaufort. It is important to keep in mind that the Velebit canal is a hazardous area that is where the storm’s impacts are the most severe. The Jugo wind, which is responsible for bringing unfavorable weather conditions, is most prevalent throughout the winter months of October through May and generates strong waves. Recently, the southerly wind has been observed blowing during the summer as well, but its arrival may be anticipated in advance. Tidal range in the Adriatic Sea is quite low, ranging from 30 centimeters to 60 centimeters. This includes level variations caused by changes in air pressure and predominant winds.
Most sailors who venture into Croatian waters will sing the praises of the country’s short distances and diverse range of moorings. For instance, the distance between the well-known cities of Zadar in the center Adriatic and Dubrovnik in the south is 160 nautical miles, although the distance between Split and Zadar is only 70 miles. Moorings and marinas in Croatia are plentiful, and the ones that are there offer a high standard of service. ACI oversees the operations of 22 of the country’s 56 marinas (Adriatic Croatia International Club). ACI marinas are known for their high level of customer care and their friendly, knowledgeable crew. The quality of the anchorages and the gorgeous city centers that are frequently located in close proximity to Croatian ports are incontestably two of the country’s greatest assets. Included amenities include potable water and electrical power (except for marinas in national parks).
Marina Punat on the island of Krk, Marina Mandalina near Šibenik, Olive Island Marina on the island of Ugljan, ACI Marina Rovinj, Marina Frapa in Rogoznica, and Marina Vlaska-Milna on the island of Brač are among the most beautiful marinas in Croatia, in our opinion. Other noteworthy marinas include Marina Vlaska-Milna on the island of Brač.
Also, lets not forget other locations like the Bobovišče cove on the island of Brač, Saplunara cove on Mljet, coves of Komiža and Stončica on the island of Vis, Maračol cove on the island of Unije, Sakarun cove on Dugi Otok and Zaklopatica cove on the island of Lastovo are some of the most beautiful and well-protected anchorages in the area.
Top sailing destinations
When it comes to choosing a destination for sailing, Croatia’s high degree of flexibility in this regard is among the most significant advantages it offers. Within the span of a week, there are numerous tranquil bays, scenic villages, military bunkers, caverns, and national parks that can be discovered.
For easier understanding and information worth knowing, Northern, Central, and Southern Dalmatia, as well Istria and Kvarner, are the four primary sections that make up the coast of Croatia. These locations each have something special to offer their guests.
The Northern Part of Dalmatia
In spite of the fact that this region is frequented by boaters more than any other, there are a number of coves that are desolate and remote here.
The most popular places to go sailing are the arid islands of the Kornati National Park, the port of Skradin, which is located next to the Krka National Park and has waterfalls associated with it, the variety of the island of Dugi Otok, which has beautiful beaches, a lighthouse, bunkers, and the Telašćica National Park, which has magnificent cliffs, or the verdant islands of Ugljan and Pašman, which are located opposite the historic town of Zadar.
You should get used to sailing more distances between ports and bays than usual. If you choose to go on a cruise for two weeks, you will not be sorry about your decision, as middle Dalmatia is focal point of Adriatic Sea and a perfect place to explore and discover rich and immersive culture and secluded coves. The islands of Hvar, Brač, Paklenjaci, Šolta, and Vis, along with the neighboring island of Biševo, are among the most popular places to visit in the region. Do not miss the beaches in Jelsa and the bay of Dubovica, as well as the villages of Stari Grad and Vrboska, if you plan to travel to the hilly and sunny island of Hvar. On the island of Brač make a pit stop at Zlatni Rat, which is the most popular beach in Croatia, and drop anchor in the coves of Bobovišće and Lučice. Visit the well-known Blue and Green Caves, the town of Komiža, and the beautiful bay of Stiniva while you’re on the islands of Vis and Biševo. Trogir and Split are both great places to visit if you like being in the middle of historic neighborhoods.
Region of South Dalmatia
When compared to other regions, this one is more isolated, but on the other side, it is quieter and has fewer people living in it. Sailing in this area will be quite enjoyable for seasoned sailors.
You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to travel to the beautiful islands of Korčula, Mljet, and Lastovo. Many people believe that the island of Korčula is the most stunning in all of Croatia, while the genuine island of Mljet is the wildest, and the stunning island of Lastovo is the most distant inhabited island in Croatia. In addition, we strongly encourage you to go to Dubrovnik, the crown gem of the Adriatic, as well as the town of Korčula, also known as a miniature version of Dubrovnik.
Istria and the Bay of Kvarner
You should anticipate large crowds in Istria throughout the summer months, both on land and in ports; you will only have access to a few peaceful bays during this time.
Istria’s historical ports have a lot of interesting stories to tell. It is without a doubt time well spent to travel to the cities of Vrsar, Rovinj, and Pula.
One of those sites that will remain ingrained in your memory forever is Brijuni National Park with its unspoiled nature beauty.
You can also have an incredible sailing experience in the Kvarner Bay by going between the various islands.
The islands of Krk, Cres, Rab, Mali Lošinj, Silba, and Olib are home to some of the most stunning coves in all of Croatia that are suitable for anchoring.
So, when is the most favorable time of year to go sailing in Croatia? You may ask yourself!
The sailing season begins in May and continues until about the middle of October. The high season begins in June and continues until the end of September. There are many various kinds of vacations available during each season.
These months of May and June
In the days leading up to the height of the summer season, you will without a doubt have the chance to find boats for rent at costs that are more amenable to your budget, and you will also have a greater selection of boats to choose from. Sailing will also be a pleasant experience for you thanks to the light breeze coming from the west.
June, July, and August summer high season
Enjoy the warm waters of the ocean throughout the summer months by going swimming or sailing. However, you should be ready for a large number of tourists, increased prices, and everything else that the summer brings. For this reason, we strongly suggest that, when making a reservation for the summer months, you take advantage of one of the Early Booking deals that are available.
September and October respectively
The sea in Croatia is still rather warm during this time of year, the winds are during September mild and typical of this region but going through October it can make the situation challenging. Yachtsman and sailors alike must always be on the lookout for the Bura (a powerful wind from the north) and the Scirocco (a damp wind from the east-southeast with periodic showers). The winds range from 10 to 20 knots most of the time, but in October they can pick up.
As you can see for yourself, when planning your next sailing experience in Croatia, it doesn’t matter where part of the country you choose to visit. You will have the opportunity to explore breathtaking locations on a daily basis, and the ideal way to do it is from the comfort of your boat.
What else is to say than to book charter and have time of your life exploring and discovering new horizons you won’t ever forget.