Unforgettable Sailing Holidays in Croatia
As one of the most beautiful and historic countries in Europe, where better place to spend your sailing holiday than in Croatia? With a coastline stretching over almost 1800 km on the Adriatic Sea and over 1200 islands and inlets to explore, sailing holidays in Croatia will always leave you wanting more. Whether planning your getaway as a solo traveller, your loved one or with family, you can be sure that your time spent both on land and sea will be unforgettable.
Sail to cities, islands, coves & caves
Due to it's location on the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia offers everything from sailing charters to flotillas. These allow you to sail as part of a larger group and is a great way to make friends and learn more nautical knowledge. Start your sailing holiday in the city of Dubrovnik, one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean. Here you can stroll through the red-roofed old town, visit the 15th Century Gornji Ugao Tower or relax on Banje Beach, right in the heart of the city. From the city, you can escape the summer crowds and sail to the beautiful Elafiti Islands. There are many companies that can be found in the city that offer a trip to see and explore the three largest islands; Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. Alternatively, you could hire your own boat and sail around the islands at your own leisure. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, sailing amongst Croatia's many wonderful islands and cities is fantastic during summer, with the clear Adriatic Sea just a jump away from cooling you down. Sailing holidays in Croatia do not necessarily however, have to take place during the warmer months and with plenty of sunshine and less tourists, are still popular in the winter season.
If you enjoy this region of the country, head slightly up the coast and rent a holiday apartment in Makarska, less than a 3 hour drive from Dubrovnik. Explore the coast by boat and stroll down the palm-fringed promenade and the characteristic old town. From Makarska, head out by charter, personal boat or ferry to the island of Hvar. With crystal blue water, small beach inlets - and even more islands – Hvar is a great spot to spend the day or even rent a Hvar holiday apartment for the night. Perhaps rent a holiday home with a pool, allowing you to relax in your own space with friends or family.
One of the most recommendable and incredible locations to spend your Croatian sailing holiday is the Kornati Islands. The islands are a National Park and is often referred to as “nautical paradise”, rich with marine life. Made up of 89 rugged islands, you can easily spend hours sailing through the islets, caves and reefs of Kornati – just be aware that you will need a valid ticket to sail through this National Park. There is no permanent accommodation on the islands, however, the city of Zadar lies just north of the islands, offering plenty of holiday rentals to choose from. The city is the oldest inhabited city in the country and therefore hosts plenty of historical sites and museums to learn more about Zadar's long history. If you want a little break from the sea, visit the Paklenica National Park, a mountain forest park with plenty of walking, hiking and bicycle trails to enjoy the wonderful nature that surrounds you.
The Dalmatian Coast: Sail from end to end
Whichever direction you decide to sail, city you decide to visit, or island you explore, Croatia's incredible coast will enchant you the whole way. Other popular coastal locations to stay in Croatia include Split and Pula. The country's rich and diverse coastline is just waiting to be explored. Book a holiday home in Croatia to begin your journey today. Enjoy!