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 Sukosan or 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 Vrgada. Vrgada is famous for sandy beaches popular among the naturists. Pebbly and sandy coves, pleasant pine groves and Mediterranean vegetation will delight any visitor in search of a peaceful holiday.
Another great option is to sail southward to the island of Murter. Dock in one of the Marinas in Murter or anchor off in the bay for a night under the stars. 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.
Further to the south you can reach Vodice and participate in its rich nightlife or continue through the Šibenik Canal to the Marina Skradin. The following morning you can tour the Krka Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful Croatian National Parks.
At this point on your trip we'd recommend starting to sail back to base. Head towards the Kornati archipelago and choose among the many bays and two Marinas – Piškera and Žut – your home for the night! Piškera is a particular favourite amongst boaters because it is located halfway through the Kornati National Park, and is surrounded by a mosaic of islands and islets, rocks and lighthouses. Although Zut island is uninhabited, in peak season there's a marina with facilties making it a good stop. The island is nicknamed the yellow one and is the second largest island in the Kornati's.
After Zut, its best to begin your return leg heading back north through the islands. You have one full day to examine the islands of Ugljan and Pašman. Choose your route to Sukošan northward around Ugljan, southward around Pašman or through Ždrelac pass (if your mast isn't too tall)!
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. Make sure you leave enough time to refuel and have the boat ship-shape before handover.
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.