Croatia by sea is a refreshing adventure! Through 6278 km Croatia’s coastline offers an exciting challenge of 1244 islands, islets, rocks and reefs. The Kornati archipelago encompasses 89 of these remarkable islands. This national park is a veritable maritime labyrinth for sailing fans, and quite simply the perfect setting for you to get back in touch with unspoilt nature.
Hop from island to island in the Kornati archipelago mooring in bays or natural shelters, enjoy the underwater fishing in Pakleni Otoci, visit the famous lighthouse of Palagruza, the most remote Croatian island and moor at the amazing Elaphiti Islands.
The best sailing seasons in Croatia are late spring and early autumn, temperatures are milder, the sea is peaceful and the winds are nicer.
Explore an endless blue of possibilities from the charming town of Cavtat and the mysterious Lokrum Island in Dubrovnik, Vela Luka on Korčula, Hvar and Vis, and all the way to Lošinj and Istria. Discover hidden bays and beaches, find a berth and taste the Mediterranean lifestyle at ports and marinas or sleep peacefully under a blanket of stars.
Itinerary – NORTH ADRIATIC ROUTE
Home port Marina Kaštela – Šolta Island
On a first day, set your sails to Maslenica, a small village located on the beautiful island of Solta.The Island of Šolta is located near the City of Split. It has practically become a suburb of Split with only 9 nautical miles of distance between them. Šolta, which is 19 kilometers long and 4,5 kilometers wide, is an island of fishermen, olives and vineyards, an island where time has stopped long ago. Surrounded by an archipelago of seven islets (Polebrnjak, Saskinja, Stipanska Kamik Balkun, Sarac and Grmej), Maslenica is one of the most popular sailing ports in central Dalmatia. Along with the beautiful beaches, bays and coves, Šolta offers some interesting diving locations and lovely bike roots overlooking the sea.
Šolta Island – The Kornati
archipelagoThe Kornati archipelago of Croatia is located in the northern part of Dalmatia, south from Zadar and west from Šibenik. It is 35 kilometers long and it contains 140 islands in a sea area of about 320 square kilometers. Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The name of the archipelago is the plural form of the name of the largest island, called Kornat. Kornati are a famous Croatian national park.
The Kornati archipelago – Molat Island
Molat is an island which is very close to Dalmatian City Zadar. Having less than 25 square kilometers in size, and merely 200 residents, it is a prime spot for everybody looking for a peaceful vacation.
Molat Island – The City of Zadar
Zadar is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful Dalmatian cities. It is a city of tourism, and it is famous for its extraordinary history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts.
These ramparts are a real treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the famous Sea Organ, the first of its kind in the world.
The City of Zadar – The Town of Vodice
Vodice is a famous tourist destination at the Adriatic coast of Croatia, known for its vibrancy, diversity and a rich tourist offer. The town is located along the coast, in a wide bay area. Vodice is very proud of its historical and cultural heritage.
The Town of Vodice – The town of Skradin
Skradin is a small town near Šibenik, located near the Krka river. Its position at the doorstep of the Krka National Park makes it one of the most important Adriatic destinations in relation to nautical tourism. The main attraction of the park are the waterfalls, called Slapovi Krke. The biggest of the waterfalls, Skradinski buk, was named after the town of Skradin.
The Town of Skradin – The Town of Trogir
Trogir is a picturesque historic town and harbor on the Adriatic Coast in Croatia.Today, being situated 25 kilometers north of Split, it is part of the greater Split metropolitan area. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as it is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Trogir is surrounded by medieval walls, and has many beautiful buildings that testify to its rich history.
The Town of Trogir – Home port Marina Kaštela
Itinerary – SOUTH ADRIATIC ROUTE
Home port Marina Kaštela – Hvar Island
Hvar is the longest and the sunniest Croatian island. It is a part of the central Dalmatian archipelago with the area of 299.6 sqare kilometres. This glamorous island is one of Croatia’s top jet-set destinations. The town of Hvar is about cultural landmarks, exquisite food, partying and sport activities, particularly scuba diving, rock climbing, cycling and of course sailing. Make sure to experience some of these activities. On the island of Hvar you’ll also find great wine and interesting winemakers, as well as very good olive oil and lavender-based products. Hvar is also a place which will seduce you with its beaches, bays and the nearby island chain Pakleni islands.
Hvar Island – Mljet Island
Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island, covered by a dense Mediterranean forest. It is famous for its sandy shoreline, clear and clean sea, and a wealth of underwater sea life. This unspoilt island is well known for its white and red wine, olives and goat cheese. It is the place to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the nature. Mljet National Park covers the entire north-west part of Mljet Island.
Mljet – The City of Dubrovnik
The City of Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most stunning destinations. The city has often been referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 as a city of rich culture and history. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1,970 metres of city walls. Dubrovnik is an elite destination famous for its beautiful beaches, pristine sea, top-notch restaurants, chic five-star hotels and adventure sports facilities.
The City of Dubrovnik – Šipan Island
Šipan, also known as “the golden island”, is situated 17 kilometres north-west from Dubrovnik. It is a promised land for lovers of unspoilt nature as well as an attractive oasis of peace and serenity. It has many nice beaches where one can enjoy in the sun and swim in the clean blue sea. During the 15th century, Šipan was a chic summer getaway for the very best Dubrovnik families, many of whom built palaces on the island.
Šipan Island – The Island of Korčula
The beautiful green island of Korčula is the 6th biggest island in the Adriatic Sea. It is the second most inhabited Croatian island. Korčula is rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages. The surrounding sea is rich with fish of all types, which one may taste in restaurants and taverns all over the island.The most popular destination on the island is the glorious old town of Korčula, a beautiful medieval town built on a small peninsula. Marco Polo was amongst the first Europeans to travel the famous Silk Road trade route, stretching from the Middle East to China. Significantly, Polo is reputed to have been born in Korcula itself, although evidence to support this thesis is at best sketchy.
The Island of Korčula – The Island of Vis
Vis, famed for its crystal clear sea and protected underwater world (including underwater in situ museum) is a small Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea. It is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland but it is slowly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. This heavenly island has some of the best beaches in Croatia. The southern coast is dotted with beautiful bays and secluded coves. The town of Vis is located in a sheltered bay on the north coast of the island and is the oldest town in Dalmatia. The tiny town of Vis is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. Greeks established here their colony of Issa (ancient Vis) back in 397 BC. While on the island, make sure you visit the highest point of the island where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.
The Island of Vis – Šolta Island
The Island of Šolta is located near the City of Split. It has practically become a suburb of Split with only 9 nautical miles of distance between them. Šolta, which is 19 kilometers long and 4,5 kilometers wide, is a sailing paradise with its 24 bays. The best bays are situated on the southern side of the island and can be reached by boat only. Along with the beautiful beaches, bays and coves, Šolta offers some interesting diving locations and lovely bike roots overlooking the sea.
Šolta Island – Home port Marina Kaštela
This is an excellent route for the Luxury Yacht Charter in Croatia.