The Kornati islands are the more northern archipelago on the Adriatic Coast. These islands are a real chance to eschew technology and truly get off the grid. The marine National Parks and spectacular landscapes provide more than enough to see and explore on a one week sailing holiday.
These islands have some fantastic marine life (if that’s what you’re into) and since some of the islands aren’t inhabited you may well feel like an explorer discovering a new world!
The prevailing wind in Croatia is a north westerly, with an average of a force 4 to 6 during the season. A wind to keep an eye out for is the 'Bora' which is a north easterly that can be a surprise for those who've not checked their forecasts.
Along with the perks of the National Park there is a fee to pay which you can read more about here. These are generally around £2 per person per day so won't break the bank. Please do also 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 £60 per night. The facilities in Croatia are, in general, very good with showers and shore power widely available.
Once you've arrived at the base be it Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd (or Sibenik if you're starting your sail from further south) then you'll be met by the charter company who will handle your check-in. Once all the paperwork is filled in they'll show you to your boat and give you a quick briefing and then it's over to you! Time to relax and unwind on your first night, in all of our starting bases there's plenty to see and some great restaurants for a traditional Croatian first meal.
A good first sailing destination is Zut. Although this island is uninhabited in peak season there's a marina with facilties making it a good stop and only a 10-15 mile sail from Biograd. The island is nicknamed the yellow one and is the second largest island in the Kornati's.
Murter is a great stop over as there's plenty of restaurants and shops if you want to provision - why not pick up some of their famous olive oil! There's also a few nightclubs for those wanting to put their dancing shoes on and even an outdoor cinema.
After experiencing all that Murter has to offer we recommend continuing south to Zlarin. This tiny village is full of fishermen who you might catch diving for coral (which the island is famous for). Zlarin's also known as the Golden Island because of it's beauty. This is a great stopover if you want to head inland up the channel to see the famous Krka Falls.
A good next stop is Primosten, the furthest south you'll reach in a week. Primosten is hugely popular, namely for three things, its vineyards, its beach, Mala Raduca and it's nightlife! We're not complaining!
After Primosten, its best to begin your return leg heading back north through the islands. Why not stop off in Kaprije, a small island that has a nice harbour; a perfect place to send those postcards home before the end of your holiday. If you do stop over here you'll see the bread being delivered fresh every morning onto the quay at around 9am.
Since it's the last day it's time to return back to your base, charter companies usually expect you to be back in between 4-6pm the evening before the day of departure. From Kaprije to Biograd it's around 15 miles. Or back up to Zadar it's around 25 miles so best to not leave too late that day in order to get back in time to enjoy one last night (and drink) before flying home the follwing day.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
The Iris Hotel has been a popular choice for flotilla sailors for many years. This accommodation option will fit in with any of our flotillas starting and finishing on Lefkas Island. The hotel itself is a small family run hotel located close to Nidri Town. It has a combination of studio rooms for two or three people and apartments that can sleep up to 4.
The Salvator Spa Hotel is perched in the hills above Parga town and is a slightly more luxurious offering. The rooms on offer range from the Deluxe Room for two people, up to the Superior 2 Room Villa for up to 6 people. The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant, pool and spa facilities and all villas come with their own private pool.
Our brand new villa in Sivota on Lefkas is exclusive to Sailing Holidays Ltd. Built with families and groups in mind, the 3 double bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms. Built into the hill the ground floor level comprises of the master bedroom, a large kitchen and living space. On the same level you will find a huge outdoor seating area and a private pool.