Sailing holidays in Croatia
Croatia is now the top yacht charter destination in Europe, offering limitless sailing in astonishing surroundings.
Its total of 1,185 islands and an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine per year, makes Croatia a natural magnet for tourists, particularly sailors. The development of sea-based tourism in the last decade has been very intensive.
All along the coast there are smart marinas, picturesque harbours and little ports with long histories waiting to be discovered.
There are 41 Marinas with all the necessary facilities to be able to cater successfully for the large and still growing yachting fraternity.
It is one of the most interesting and varied places to sail in the whole of the Mediterranean. Its resurgence after the recent war has been remarkable, and charter yachts tend to get booked very early in the season. If you are thinking of going there, book early! This season and last there was almost nothing to be had after the end of February! Flights can also be a problem in high season. Access is otherwise very easy whether overland or by air, and this ease of access, allied to the stunning scenery, explains the country's success. It must surely count as one of the most beautiful areas to sail in the Med, and we are confident that it will offer you a truly memorable sailing holiday.
There are four semi-separate Croatia yacht charter zones:
Northern Croatia & neighbouring Slovenia combine to be known as Istria, and easily reached via Venice or Trieste.
Central Dalmatia based in and around Zadar, and the gateway to the Kornati Islands National Park.
Southern Dalmatia, that includes the Split area giving access either to the Kornati Islands to the north-west or to the much brighter lights of the islands of Hvar, Korçula, Braç, etc.
Dubrovnik is best as the start of a One-Way cruise to Split or vice versa.
This is a land of medieval towns like Rovinj with traces of all the various cultural influences of the Balkans, combined with an endless necklace of islands strewn along the coast making the sailing safe and picturesque. Sibenik, Primosten and Biograd are good base from which to sail around the Kornati Islands. The islands if Hvar, Brac, and Korçula - to name but three - provide beauty and the opportunity to party in style.
The food and drink is good everywhere and reasonably priced still. Marinas are numerous, but expensive. Croatians are Slavs though and lack the spontaneous sparkle of the Latins. They are however a warm and hospitable people. Avoid August if you can. It's over-crowded. Winds are generally light.