July 30, 2013

Best Places To Sail In Croatia

Best Places To Sail In Croatia

Sprinkled like pearl drops across the crystal clear blue of the sea, the 1,244 islands, isles, cliffs, reefs and rocks that comprise the Croatian Adriatic provide 1,244 unique reasons to dream of sailing adventure.

I'm assuming you fly to either Zagreb or Dubrovnik. If you want to start your trip at the south of the country, then I recommend you book your flight to Dubrovnik. Frankfurt is good for connecting flights. Road trip from N to S of the country during peak season can be ridiculously long (weekends), you get half of Europe flocking there, bumper to bumper, afaik still no motorway. Avoid ferragosto period or the italian holiday... if memory serves me right it's around 15 August and you'll get the impression that entire Italy is holidaying at the same location as you.
Eat lots of fish, cevapcici & pleskavica with ajvar ;-)

Make sure you pick a tour that goes around the islands, not just along the coast. Brac is not that interesting, but Vis, Lastovo and Mljet are top destinations if you want to experience unspoilt Mediterranean islands. September would be the best month to go – still very warm, less tourists. In May the sea will still be pretty cold, July & August is peak season.

If you want to do any diving... better get advanced training, pretty much all dives are 35-40m+ (submarines, airplanes, huge military ships, mostly 2nd world war wrecks), not for the faint of heart.

Take the sailing tour from Dubrovnik to Split, visiting outer "dalmacija" (southern) islands (lastovo, vis etc).
Take a trip to Kornati National Park. See "kvarner" islands (northern islands) e.g. Pag, Cres, Mali Losinj or Krk. Pick one or two. Maybe avoid Pag in peak season (jul, aug) as it tends to be full of kids from Zagreb, kind of like the gold coast during schoolies. If you can, go see Plitvice Lakes... it's truly stunning. If you go there during peak season you'll appreciate the refreshing climate as well. Maybe hop over to Pula on the Istra peninsula... lots of Roman architecture to see there.

Best Time to Sail in Croatia

The best months for sailing Croatia are May, June and September though you may find the sea a little fresh in May. July and August are the most popular months for obvious reasons but that comes with higher marina prices, more traffic and the need to find your overnight berth earlier in the day to be sure of a space.

Do a little homework and you will get much more out of your trip. There are a number of good websites around and plenty of guide books, though we’d recommend Time Out’s Visitors’ Guide To Croatia as being the best value for money  - it’s produced annually and focuses on features and reviews produced by contributors who live locally and are therefore “tapped into” the latest news events and trends

Conclusion & Recommendation

The best months for sailing Croatia are May, June and September.
Best Places To Go Sailing In Croatia :
1. Dubrovnik - must not miss this, historical sightseeing - a magical ancient town surrounded with stone walls, great restaurants, bars and museum
2. island of Mljet - For those who like enjoying nature  - the nature reserve with two lakes surrounded by pine forrest
3. town of Hvar - a very popular destination for charters, beautiful Renaissance square, place to see and be seen

Check some of the routes here: " sailingeurope ",
this agency has good programs and routes. And if you are into culture and heritage SailingEurope has the route that visits many UNESCO sites on the southern Adriatic

also check the official site of Croatian tourist board:

More than 7,500 boats
online to choose!


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2 Comment(s):

  1. Really Wonderful Article for Sailing Holidays Croatia. Thank you so much.

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