Croatia is one of the best destinations for sailing with a great variety of routes. Known for its calm and clean waters, it comprises an ideal destination for beginners in sailing but also, it is undoubtedly a great alternative for experienced skippers. Its numerous islands, islets and reefs create a majestic scenery with a long coastline worthy to explore.
The treasury hunt could easily begin from the Istrian peninsula and the Kvarner Bay. There, marinas are abundant and give travelers a cosmopolitan feeling inspired by the neighbor country, Italy. The most popular near destinations are Lošinj, Rab and Brijuni – a group of islands. On Lošinj island you may have the opportunity to swim in Blue Flag awarded clean waters of Veli Zal, a properly organized beach. On the other hand, the Brijuni group of islands offers both rocky and sandy shores. The islands form a huge National Park with extraordinary biodiversity and archeological monuments.
Moving on, not far from Zadar marina, there is another National Park, the Kornati one. Kornati National Park is the densest group of islands in the Mediterranean, a real maze, known as the “nautical paradise”. A skilled skipper and a valid ticket are prerequisite if you intent on sailing through the islands of the park but, the calmness and peacefulness of the region will be a great reward. Lojena beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Croatia, is located on Levraka, one of the 150 islands of Kornati. In the meantime, you could create a one-of-a-kind opportunity to taste local gastronomy such as delicious grilled seafood served to passing sailors from restaurants.
After your visit to Kornati, a great adventure is waiting for you at Skradinís ACI marina. The Skradinís ACI marina attracts sailors who are eager to explore the waterfalls but previously, you will be able to see two of the most sophisticated marinas in Croatia, Tribunj and Frapa. These marinas will incline you towards Central Dalmatia.
Central Dalmatia’s main marina, our company’s croatian home port, is in Split. Split is gifted with great history, irresistible beaches and cosmopolitan life. The “Capital of Dalmatia” enables travellers to navigate either north (Zadar) or south (Dubrovnik) and is easily accessible by air – Split International Airport, also known as Resnik Airport, is just 19 km from the city center. The remains of Diocletian’s Palace throughout the city and the cathedral church are part of her history and acknowledged by UNESCO. In case you prefer laid back holidays, Pakleni islands are there for you as many other islets around Split city. If you are a “friskier” traveler, you can choose either Hvar with multiple summer nightclubs for partying or the well-known Pirate Party, in a natural cave in Makarska.
Dubrovnik city is another iconic destination for yachting. Bars, restaurants and cafes are hidden along the walls of the 13th century Old Town. The Old City became the filming spot of the famous “Game of Thrones” series and a special tour is dedicated to it. After a fascinating nightlife in Dubrovnik, you can sail to Elaphite islands where you can spot the majestic salt lakes and the large bays in Mljet. Later, visit Lastovo which offers berthing facilities and restaurants, ideal for a stop to enjoy the green scenery around you. Finally, do not miss out the Moreška sword dance in Korčula, the homeland of Marco Polo.
By and large, holidays in Croatia are becoming more and more famous. The emerging tourist destination with the huge coastline is perfect during the sailing season. It is a real sailing playground where many secret gems can be found. Are you ready for that treasury hunt?