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!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri. Or, really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
We also have a brand new, exclusive villa available which is nestled in the olive groves on the hill above Sivota Bay on Lefkas Island.
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!
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The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.
A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …