Sailing in Croatia – the top places to visit on a Croatian yacht charter holiday

Take a look at why a yacht charter in Croatia makes the perfect sailing holiday with our latest guide.

2nd Apr 2019

Located in the northern Mediterranean in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a popular sailing location and for very good reason. Steeped in history, a yacht charter to Croatia combines perfect sailing conditions with renaissance architecture, beautiful beaches, shimmering azure seas and delicious cuisine.

Our four bases in Croatia act as the perfect gateways to explore some of the country’s most spectacular locations and as such are a very popular choice for our customers and us. Here, we summarise each of the base areas and the charm and allure that each one offers.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brimming with Renaissance history, Dubrovnik is the poster town for the Mediterranean and is a popular location for renting a yacht in Croatia. English writer George Bernard Shaw said, “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” and he was not wrong!

The area’s warm, dry climate is perfect for sailors of all abilities and with so many things to see and do in the area, a bareboat yacht charter in Dubrovnik is the ideal sailing holiday. From the base, head ashore to Dubrovnik Old Town where you can marvel at the postcard ready terracotta rooftops that are synonymous when thinking of Croatia and enjoy the spectacular views from the breathtaking city walls.

From our base, sail north to the island of Mijet, a national park, where there are a few pretty, sheltered anchorages to take advantage of before heading ashore to one of the islands serene restaurants. Further north, explore Korcula, an island full of labyrinthine lanes and boutique restaurants, where the atmosphere is very Mediterranean and the food to die for.

The tranquil anchorages that are dotted around the Elafiti island of Sipan, just north of the marina in Dubrovnik, are the perfect place to enjoy a spot of swimming in the shimmering azure sea before heading to the mainland coastal town of Zaton, a quiet fishing village with friendly locals and a sheltered bay for overnight anchorage.

 

Split, Croatia

Located along the middle of the western coast of Croatia, Split is home to some fantastic marinas and is the ideal starting point to rent a yacht in Croatia  and visit some of its magical islands and villages.

Embark on a yacht charter from Split and stop off at  the glorious islet of Primošten, with beautiful sandy beaches and postcard ready azure seas and plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy. Further north, pay a visit to the Fortress City of Croatia, Sibenik, the gateway to the stunning Kornati Islands, perfect for swimming and snorkelling in the calm, clear seas and where you can savour some of the freshest seafood in the world at the floating oyster and mussel markets that line the pontoons as you sail towards Skradin. Here, you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the famous Krka National Park, where a swim beneath the magnificent waterfalls are a must.

From our base, sail north to the island of Mijet, a national park, where there are a few pretty, sheltered anchorages to take advantage of before heading ashore to one of the islands serene restaurants. Further north, explore Korcula, an island full of labyrinthine lanes and boutique restaurants, where the atmosphere is very Mediterranean and the food to die for.

The tranquil anchorages that are dotted around the Elafiti island of Sipan, just north of the marina in Dubrovnik, are the perfect place to enjoy a spot of swimming in the shimmering azure sea before heading to the mainland coastal town of Zaton, a quiet fishing village with friendly locals and a sheltered bay for overnight anchorage.

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Murter Islands, Croatia

North of Split is our base in Zadar, a beautiful town on the Dalmatian coastline famous for its intriguing history, in particular, the Venetian ruins situated in the Old Town, and home to a spectacular monument of solar panels that create a breathtaking display of light as the sun sets.

The town of Zadar is over 3,000 years old and hosts the smallest cathedral in the world, The Church of the Holy Cross, and is well worth a visit.

The marina here is perfectly located to enable those embarking on a sailing holiday from Zadar to experience some of the most spectacular islands in Croatia – the Kornati Islands. A designated National Park, you’ll find over 100 islands and islets and a number of quaint coves, each offering picturesque anchorages ideal for mooring and enjoying the clear waters with a spot of swimming and snorkelling. Head to the north of the islands and anchor off the tranquil bay of Lopatica, perfect for going ashore and enjoying a meal at the local restaurant. To the west, moor off the small village of Sali on Dugi Otok island or enjoy the beautiful scenery on the island of Zut.

In addition to the Kornati Islands, our base in Zadar can also serve as a starting point to visit some of the locations you can visit when departing from Split, including Sibenik and Primosten.

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Rovinj, Croatia

The modern Marina Veruda in Pula is located towards the north of Croatia and is the perfect setting to embark on a yacht charter to discover the Istrian Peninsula. The marina itself is overlooked by a stunning piece of Roman architecture, an amphitheatre dating back to the 1st Century AD.

Take a wander inland and visit the ‘Punishment of Dirce’ floor mosaic, a well-preserved & intricately crafted piece of art situated in an isolated location not far from the marina.

The Istrian Peninsula itself is a grand location to explore on a yacht charter to Pula, with glistening azure seas, a calm summer climate, idyllic villages and plenty of historical towns and landmarks to discover.

There are an abundance of quiet bays and coves to drop anchor in and if you sail south to the tranquil fishing harbour in Losinj with its many bars and restaurants you can visit the  aromatic garden where you can enjoy picturesque flora and fauna.

Visit the historical monuments on the island of Rab and marvel at the stunningly beautiful bay of Krnica and sail to the island of Ist, home to an array of sheltered anchorages.

 

Flying to Croatia

Flights to all main Croatia airports are available from most London and regional airports with British Airways and many low cost airlines. Transfers from the airport to the marina are bookable in advance. Speak to us if you would like help arranging your transfer.

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