Picture lively cosmopolitan towns interspersed with quiet harbours and isolated bays, beautiful Venetian architecture, perfectly clear water, gentle sailing winds and more islands than you could visit in a year. Could Croatia be the perfect sailing destination? Quite possibly. Yes, it's that good.
Our Croatia Sailing Areas
We have two areas; the cosmopolitan Dalmatian Islands and the 'off the beaten track' Kornati Islands:
The southerly Dalmatian Islands off a perfect cross-section of Croatia. Accessed from Split and Dubrovnik, they offer a more cosmopolitan experience, with larger islands supporting larger villages and towns. It's not all party time though, there are still many quiet bays, small villages and destinations 'off the beaten track'.
Overall, expect a heady mix of excellent balanced sailing conditions, lively cosmopolitan islands, quiet bays and old world fortress towns.
The northerly Kornati Islands, in general, are a quieter and more intrepid sailing experience, with hundreds of small uninhabited islands interspersed with single traverna bays and areas awarded national park status purely by virtue of their outstanding natural beauty.
The Kornatis are breath-taking in their natural beauty. A lovely collection of quiet islands hosting isolated single tavernas, two stunning national parks, and wonderful sailing conditions.
"Croatia was a great place for a first sailing holiday with the kids, with not too much wind and protected seas. We loved stopping for lunch in quiet bays where they could swim, snorkel and explore the shore"
A Snapshot of Sailing in Croatia
Croatia has exploded onto the European and world travel stage in recent years, with visitor numbers booming. Foremost amongst those 'discovering' Croatia is the nautical community, as word spreads about the world-class sailing experience on offer.
For ease of reference, we separate Croatia into two general sailing areas - The Dalmatian Islands and the Kornati Islands. From Split, which has the main airport on the Croatian coast, the Kornatis are north and the Dalmatians are south. Each offers a very distinct yacht charter experience, so it is important to understand the characteristics of each before booking a charter to Croatia.