With one of the most extensive coastlines in the Mediterranean and about 1000 islands lying along the shoreline, Croatia rocks when it comes to sailing or cruising! Getting to know the Dalmatian coasts on a boat will offer you unforgettable memories. You will discover hidden coves or uninhabited isles with ancient olive groves. You will taste some fabulous wine. You will enjoy fresh seafood in the local restaurants. Swimming in the purest waters of the Adriatic Sea is another unique experience you will always carry in your heart.
Because Croatia is such a favourite with fans of sailing and cruising, it is inevitable that during your trip you will meet other aficionados. Trust them to pass on tips and ideas to enrich your itinerary. Listen to them, it may help you prioritise between so many opportunities for things to do and places to see.
There are four distinct areas along the coast that you may wish to explore. If you have time, you can do more than one. Nevertheless, even if your vacation does not last as long, just experiencing one of those regions will keep you satisfied. Most of all, it will only whet your appetite for a next trip to wonderful Croatia.
Istria and Kvarner
Porec with its famous Basilica. Rovinj with its vivid life and rich cultural offer. Pula, the largest city in Istria with its rich monuments. Maybe that’s why these are some of the most favourite destinations. Additionally, a visit to Brijuni islands, a national park of 16 islands opposite to Pula is definitely worthwhile. Don’t miss Opatija, the oldest resort in Croatia and traditional destination for nobility and dignitaries in the old years. Today it is an elegant and exclusive resort. The islands of Kvarner Gulf — Krk, Cres, Losinj, Unije, Srakane, Ilovik, Rab, Pag and many other smaller ones – are paradise to sea lovers. This area attracts many tourists with its pleasant climate and beautiful nature. An abundance of safe anchorages provides extra motives for sailing boats and motor yachts to frequent these waters.
Off the coast of Zadar lies another string of islands: Dugi otok, Iz, Ugljan, Pasman, Vrgada and many others. Safe anchorage will not be a problem. Furhtermore, you can choose one of the numerous modern marinas or pick one the scenic coves with crystal blue waters. Sibenik with its cathedral, featuring in the UNESCO World Heritage list, is the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. Unlike other cities Greeks, Illyrians and Romans founded, Croats founded Sibenik. Along the coast lie many islands, many of which are connected to the shore by a bridge. The Kornati Archipelagos is a group of islands off the coast of the Sibenik area. It is often mentioned as a nautical paradise in many guides for Croatia.
The ruins of Diocletian’s palace in Split are protected by UNESCO as some of the best-preserved Roman structure in the world. The deep bays and coves offer safe anchorage and unique spots for relaxation and leisure. Every island has its own charm. Vis with its town of 2,400 years old history and the picturesque fishing town Komiza. Hvar with its ancient old town and the endless fields of lavender, olive groves and vineyards. Brac with the highest peak of the Croatian islands and the sandy beaches. For centuries, since the Roman times, the quarries of Brac have provided the materials for fine stonemasonry.
Dubrovnik, once a maritime glory rivalling Venice and other Italian maritime republics, thrived during the 15th and the 16th centuries. It became a centre for arts and sciences. Today Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Stroll around the picturesque streets to admire the baroque architecture with the shimmering sea as a backdrop. Moreover, the Elafiti archipelago is a complex of mostly uninhabited islands stretching northwest off Dubrovnik. The landscape here is quite Mediterranean with pine forests, olive groves, fragrant parks and gardens. A setting scattered with ruins from different historic eras and adorned with beautiful beaches and azure waters. Probably the greenest island of the Adriatic Sea, Mljet will mesmerise you with the pristine beauty of its scenery. Further north, the Korcula island is famous for the traditional sword dance and drama of Moreska. It was originated in Spain and became famous throughout the Mediterranean during the 12th and 13th centuries. Gradually it vanished and survived only on this Croatian island. It is regularly performed during summer season.