Best sailing routes in Croatia

Croatia is a relatively young country. It gained its independence in the process of disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in 1991, but the wonderful coastline that is now between its borders was already appreciated in a touristic way by the nobility of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Since then the country has been developing its tourist infrastructure. Thanks to its 5800 km of coastline, its 2700 hours of sunshine per year and its appreciated Mediterranean gastronomy, Croatia is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world to enjoy your summer holidays.

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One of the striking features of the Croatian coast is that it has a total of 1,244 islands, islets, rocks and reefs. This geographical conformation lends itself perfectly to sailing. In other words, set sail in the morning to an island, enjoy a bath and a good meal, reach a second island to spend the night, and repeat it the following days. It is therefore not surprising that the number of charter sailboats in Croatia is the highest in Europe. In the country there are 5 main ports of departure, with the consequent number of itineraries, each precious in its own way. Below you will find more information about each of these routes.

Pula

The city of Pula is an authentic pearl of the Istrian region, with remains of the ancient Roman Empire that stand out in one of the most preserved Arenas in the world. During its annexation to the Austro-Hungarian Empire it became its main military port. The heritage of this military infrastructure is visible even today. The various marinas around Pula are an excellent departure point to discover the northern Adriatic Sea.

Pulavacaciones en velero croacia

This route is the most virgin and also the cheapest of the 5. In it we will cross isolated coves and small islands with beautiful villages waiting to be discovered, besides having the possibility of visiting the Brijuni islands, former summer residence of the famous Mariscal Tito. In this route we usually visit the archipelago of Brijuni, the natural park of Premantura in Istria, the islands of Susak, Unije, Lošinj, Silba, Olib. With perfect weather, we can also reach the islands of Pag, Rab or Cres.

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Zadar

The city of Zadar has a very interesting history. Especially during the most powerful years of the Venetian empire it has played a very important role in fighting its domination on this side of the Adriatic Sea. It was conquered and reduced to ashes 7 times by the Venetian fleet, and each of those times Zadar managed to rebuild itself and continue fighting for its freedom. It was logically one of the largest pirate fortresses of this historical period, whose main objective was to intercept commercial vessels from the Venetian empire.

Both Zadar and Šibenik are ideal ports of departure for discovering what is still officially part of the northern Adriatic, but for the Croatian coast is already a central Adriatic. You can choose between two different routes: towards the north to the island of Pag, or towards south to the archipelago and nature park of Kornati, a true wonder of nature. Both routes have an intermediate price. On the southern route the islands of Ugljen, Pašman, Žut, Iž, Rivanj, Sestrun, Rava, Dugi otok and Kornati National Park are often visited. On the northern route the islands of Ugljen, Zverinac, Molat, Ist, Škarda, Premuda, Pag and Vir are often visited.

Šibenik

The city of Šibenik was heavily bombed during the Balkan War, but its successful policies for tourism development and its undisputed beauty are putting it back on the main map of places to visit in Croatia. It is situated next to the Krka National Park. With its cathedral entirely built of white marble, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its four castles that once defended the city from the advance of the Ottoman Empire, it has nothing to envy its neighbors Zadar and Split.

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As a departure port, it is perhaps the most interesting route in terms of navigation, as it has the largest concentration of islands and islets in its area. In other words, any wind will bring us closer to one of the many islands where we’ll be able to spend the night safely. Like Zadar, it is an intermediate expensive route and they also share Kornati National Park as the farthest destination. In this route we usually visit the islands of Prvić, Zlarin, Tijat, Zmarije, Kapran, Kakan, Vrgada, Žirije, Murter and the national parks of Kornati and Krka.

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Split/Trogir

The city of Split and Trogir, only 20 minutes away by car, are between the most beautiful cities to visit in Croatia. If for Trogir, called the Croatian Venice, a day of visit trough the historic center may be enough, the city of Split is today the second largest city in Croatia and would need a separate chapter to explain its rich history and everything that offers at various levels. For what concern us, it is important to say that the two cities together account for 50% of the fleet dedicated to nautical tourism in Croatia.

Yes, this is the most famous and party route, and logically the most expensive. In addition to the city of Split and Trogir that already offer a lot of diversion, the island of Hvar is entirely adapted to take advantage of the long and hot summer nights, with a good offer of exclusive discos and beach bars on private islands where you can only arrive by boat. But beware, if you do not have money to spare, do not take this route, since everything is charged more than in the rest of the country. In addition to the party, the route is also very interesting due to the nature and concentration of islands it offers. The islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Pakleni otoci, Vis, Drvenik, Šćedro and Korčula are usually visited.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Croatian coast. Many people know her for the famous series "Game of Thrones", but it was undoubtedly the most powerful city in the Eastern Adriatic since its foundation. Thanks to its diplomatic strategies and its powerful fleet, it has managed to remain independent throughout the centuries, including to the uprising Venetian and Ottoman Empire. The only time the city surrendered was to Napoleon's army, opening the doors of its imposing defensive walls.

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Today, all of its historic center is protected as a humanitarian heritage of UNESCO. This route is the most expensive, but you can enjoy a beautiful nature that sublimates on the island / national park of Mljet. In addition, on this route we will visit the beautiful Korčula, hometown of the famous traveler Marco Polo. In summary, the islands of Lopud, Šipan, Mljet, Korčula and Lastovo are usually visited from the port of departure of Dubrovnik.

Best sailing routes in Croatia

Croatia is a relatively young country. It gained its independence in the process of disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in 1991, but the wonderful coastline that is now between its borders was already appreciated in a touristic way by the nobility of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Since then the country has been developing its tourist infrastructure. Thanks to its 5800 km of coastline, its 2700 hours of sunshine per year and its appreciated Mediterranean gastronomy, Croatia is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world to enjoy your summer holidays.

vacaciones en velero croacia

One of the striking features of the Croatian coast is that it has a total of 1,244 islands, islets, rocks and reefs. This geographical conformation lends itself perfectly to sailing. In other words, set sail in the morning to an island, enjoy a bath and a good meal, reach a second island to spend the night, and repeat it the following days. It is therefore not surprising that the number of charter sailboats in Croatia is the highest in Europe. In the country there are 5 main ports of departure, with the consequent number of itineraries, each precious in its own way. Below you will find more information about each of these routes.

Pula

The city of Pula is an authentic pearl of the Istrian region, with remains of the ancient Roman Empire that stand out in one of the most preserved Arenas in the world. During its annexation to the Austro-Hungarian Empire it became its main military port. The heritage of this military infrastructure is visible even today. The various marinas around Pula are an excellent departure point to discover the northern Adriatic Sea.

Pulavacaciones en velero croacia

This route is the most virgin and also the cheapest of the 5. In it we will cross isolated coves and small islands with beautiful villages waiting to be discovered, besides having the possibility of visiting the Brijuni islands, former summer residence of the famous Mariscal Tito. In this route we usually visit the archipelago of Brijuni, the natural park of Premantura in Istria, the islands of Susak, Unije, Lošinj, Silba, Olib. With perfect weather, we can also reach the islands of Pag, Rab or Cres.

Zadar

The city of Zadar has a very interesting history. Especially during the most powerful years of the Venetian empire it has played a very important role in fighting its domination on this side of the Adriatic Sea. It was conquered and reduced to ashes 7 times by the Venetian fleet, and each of those times Zadar managed to rebuild itself and continue fighting for its freedom. It was logically one of the largest pirate fortresses of this historical period, whose main objective was to intercept commercial vessels from the Venetian empire.

Zadarvacaciones en velero croacia

Both Zadar and Šibenik are ideal ports of departure for discovering what is still officially part of the northern Adriatic, but for the Croatian coast is already a central Adriatic. You can choose between two different routes: towards the north to the island of Pag, or towards south to the archipelago and nature park of Kornati, a true wonder of nature. Both routes have an intermediate price. On the southern route the islands of Ugljen, Pašman, Žut, Iž, Rivanj, Sestrun, Rava, Dugi otok and Kornati National Park are often visited. On the northern route the islands of Ugljen, Zverinac, Molat, Ist, Škarda, Premuda, Pag and Vir are often visited.

Šibenik

The city of Šibenik was heavily bombed during the Balkan War, but its successful policies for tourism development and its undisputed beauty are putting it back on the main map of places to visit in Croatia. It is situated next to the Krka National Park. With its cathedral entirely built of white marble, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its four castles that once defended the city from the advance of the Ottoman Empire, it has nothing to envy its neighbors Zadar and Split.

vacaciones en velero croaciaSibenik

As a departure port, it is perhaps the most interesting route in terms of navigation, as it has the largest concentration of islands and islets in its area. In other words, any wind will bring us closer to one of the many islands where we’ll be able to spend the night safely. Like Zadar, it is an intermediate expensive route and they also share Kornati National Park as the farthest destination. In this route we usually visit the islands of Prvić, Zlarin, Tijat, Zmarije, Kapran, Kakan, Vrgada, Žirije, Murter and the national parks of Kornati and Krka.

Split/Trogir

The city of Split and Trogir, only 20 minutes away by car, are between the most beautiful cities to visit in Croatia. If for Trogir, called the Croatian Venice, a day of visit trough the historic center may be enough, the city of Split is today the second largest city in Croatia and would need a separate chapter to explain its rich history and everything that offers at various levels. For what concern us, it is important to say that the two cities together account for 50% of the fleet dedicated to nautical tourism in Croatia.

vacaciones en velero croaciaSplit

Yes, this is the most famous and party route, and logically the most expensive. In addition to the city of Split and Trogir that already offer a lot of diversion, the island of Hvar is entirely adapted to take advantage of the long and hot summer nights, with a good offer of exclusive discos and beach bars on private islands where you can only arrive by boat. But beware, if you do not have money to spare, do not take this route, since everything is charged more than in the rest of the country. In addition to the party, the route is also very interesting due to the nature and concentration of islands it offers. The islands of Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Pakleni otoci, Vis, Drvenik, Šćedro and Korčula are usually visited.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the pearl of the Croatian coast. Many people know her for the famous series "Game of Thrones", but it was undoubtedly the most powerful city in the Eastern Adriatic since its foundation. Thanks to its diplomatic strategies and its powerful fleet, it has managed to remain independent throughout the centuries, including to the uprising Venetian and Ottoman Empire. The only time the city surrendered was to Napoleon's army, opening the doors of its imposing defensive walls.

vacaciones en velero croaciaDubrovnik

Today, all of its historic center is protected as a humanitarian heritage of UNESCO. This route is the most expensive, but you can enjoy a beautiful nature that sublimates on the island / national park of Mljet. In addition, on this route we will visit the beautiful Korčula, hometown of the famous traveler Marco Polo. In summary, the islands of Lopud, Šipan, Mljet, Korčula and Lastovo are usually visited from the port of departure of Dubrovnik.