This incredible coastline offers clear seas, a gentle summer climate as well as lively breezes to take you from bay to bay! Croatia is now the Mediterranean's leading yacht charter holiday destination and we can see why. Having sailed here ourselves we can't speak highly enough of Croatia and it's unique culture.
Consider the contrasts... Quiet bays or exciting nightlife, traditional markets and modern supermarkets, gentle morning breezes followed by exhilerating afternoon sea breezes, modern marinas next to century old town quays, metropolitan meccas versus marine national parks. Sailing in Croatia (as the cliché goes) has something for everyone.
Croatia is one of our favourite destinations to sail and so we have put together our rough sailing guides on the best routes in both the Dalmatian and Kornati Islands. Whether you are grabbing a quick weeklong getaway, or have two weeks to take your time exploring, our rough sailing guides should help you make the most of your holiday!
The 5,835km coastline is sheltered by chains of over 1,185 islands, amongst which offer thousands of safe anchorages and harbours during your sail. Along the coast you can find isolated moorings, as well as modern and well equipped marinas.
Croatia has an abundance of hidden bays, beaches, cliffs, emerald coves and fantastic diving opportunities. You can start your Croatia sailing holiday from either Pula, which is located on the Istrian coast; from Zadar or Split, cities in the middle of the Dalmatian coast; or Dubrovnik, the historic city in Southern Croatia.
Here is an overview of all the places you can sail with us from along the Croatia Coastline. Whether you want a beautifully tranquil break cruising the Kornati Islands from Biograd, or a base that will have you within cork popping distance of the party town Hvar in mere minutes, we can help you out.
Dalmatian Island Sailing Bases
Kornati Island Sailing Bases
There are a great range of flights available to Croatia, both through our website, as well as options that you can book direct with the airline. The times below give you an idea of how long the transfers take once you land on Croatian soil.
|Split Kastela - 15 minutes||Dubrovnik Marina - 30 minutes||Biograd - 40 minutes|
|Split Town - 30 minutes||Sibenik - 1 hour|
|Trogir - 15 minutes||Sukosan - 15 minutes|
|Zadar - 20 minutes|
The Croatian climate is typically Mediterranean, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters. With 2,600 hours of sunlight yearly it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. You can expect temperatures of around 30°C during July/August with it dropping to around 23°C in May, June, September & October.
The prevailing wind in Croatia is from the north west, with an average wind speed of 7/8 knots. This grows to a comfortable Force 4-5 (10-20 knots) some afternoons making for some exhilerating sailing! Look out for the ‘Bora’ - a north easterly that can surprise you if you don’t check your forecasts regularly.
Please do be aware that unlike Greece, you will be required to pay marina and port fees. These fluctuate depending on the size of the yacht and location, but can be anywhere from £20 to £100 per night. This does of course come along with friendly port authorities more than happy to help you moor up, on shore toilets and showers, as well as quayside water and power.