The Croatian island world is characterized by a fantastic scenery, Mediterranean flair, many islands, an extensive hilly landscape and the long coast. Regardless of whether you are looking for harmony and peace or a new challenge while you are sailing: Croatia offers an incredible diversity.
Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia is a state lying on the borderland of Central and Southeastern Europe. Croatia is a member of the European Union, NATO, the World Trade Organization, the OSCE and the UN.
Thanks to countless islands and bays, the Adriatic Sea offers gorgeous possibilities for sailing holidays. Yacht charter in Croatia is an unique experience, wich you should try at least once. Croats are identified with the sea and its special charm. It does not matter if someone rents a sailboat for a week or one day. Everyone will enjoy the unforgettable time aboard. The Adriatic Sea is also an excellent starting point for yachtsmen and sailing enthusiasts who want to start their sailing career. On many islands you can find innumerable marinas and bays. Marinas with numerous restaurants offer delicious dishes for everyone. Especially lovers of seafood and fish will find fantastic dishes. Thanks to the sailing areas in Dalmatia and Istria, Croatia offers not only beautiful views but also perfectly shows the culture and history of this country. Croatian hospitality is ubiquitous! It is really easy to reach Croatia travelling by car or arriving by plane, landing in Zadar, Split, Pula or Dubrovnik. We are delighted to inform you regarding any further details!
You want to discover this wonderful country apart from the Croatian mainland? Near Split you can find the beautiful island of Brac, which is very popular among tourists seeking for sun and nature. Being there it's worth hiking to the little mountain of Vidova Gora, which is the highest Croatian peak of all Croatian islands. It is 778 meters high. From there you can enjoy a wonderful view of the southern Adriatic Sea. The most spectacular beach on the island is on the so-called Golden Horn. The island of Hvar, which is close to Brac, is not only one of the most beautiful and luxurious, but also one of the sunniest islands in this country. Crystal clear water, green landscapes and wonderful beaches make it an ideal holiday destination. In addition, the island is known for the heavenly fragrant fields of lavender. Fantastic beaches, beautiful bays and great restaurants can be found almost everywhere on Hvar.
There are many coastal cities in Croatia that will enchant you. By sailing through Dalmatia, for example, you can discover the old city of Split, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dubrovnik in the southern part of Dalmatia is famous for its preserved city walls, which are significant for the panorama of the city. These walls create an unique atmosphere, which is definitely worth seeing. By mooring your boat on the Istrian peninsula, Pula offers a nice marina. The old town of Pula, which was influenced by the Venetian era as well as from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, invites you for a stop over. It is also worth visiting the amphitheater which was built in Roman times!
The diversity of the landscape of the Croatian islands enchants many sailors each year. The beautiful landscapes of the Kvarner Bay and the North Dalmatian coast around Zadar and the island of Pag are becoming increasingly popular with many sailors. When planning a vacation in Croatia, you can experience many attractions.
There are more than 45 marinas and 27 harbours along the Croatian Adriatic coast and islands. In addition, the innumerable number of bays and buoy-fields between 1185 islands provide shelter and anchorage possibilities. Sailing with a chartered yacht in between many uninhabited islands, you can enjoy an undiscovered idyll.
There are many beautiful routes, such as the route from Dubrovnik to Sipanska Luka, which shows unique natural phenomena. Starting in Split or Trogir, you definitely have to visit the island of Brac and then continue sailing to the island of Hvar. You can proceed your trip to Dalmatia and discover one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea: Vis. The neighbouring island Korcula is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea. It is also one of the most popular destinations in this part of Croatia. Like most Croatian islands, it was discovered by a Greek who named her "Black Corfu" because of the strong shading of the land and its abundant afforestation. The island itself is rich in art and culture, has a beautiful nature, numerous small and secluded beaches or bays as well as small and uninhabited islands with breathtaking views. Apparently the world-famous sailor Marco Polo was born here. Currently, in his house, there is a museum.
The climate in Croatia is "Mediterranean", so dry and hot summer and a cold and damp winter. The coast is considered as one of the sunniest areas in Europe! It often has more than 2.500 hours of sunshine per year, the seawater has a good bathing temperature from May to October. During a cruise on the Adriatic from April to October, often even at the end of October, it is very pleasant and the water is still warm. Winds vary, in summer they tend to get weaker, in spring and autumn they can be stronger. The choice of a bay, where you can anchor the boat during a night, should of course be made depending on the wind:
Maestrale (also called Maestral) - This wind should not be confused with the "Mistral" of the Rhone valley in France, which is extremely capricious! It is a normal and widespread wind that often accompanies you during a yacht charter in Croatia. It starts in the late morning and lasts until the evening with wind power up to 4 Beaufort. Deep blue sky, small clouds, steady wind, so perfect sailing conditions! What else could you desire?! Maestrale is a thermal wind that arises due to faster heating of air on land than at sea. In this way, the air flows over the land, blowing in the lower layers from the sea to land, and in the upper area, it blows back into the sea. This creates the proper wind dynamics for sailors, which lasts from 10 to 18 o'clock. The reverse effect is often observed at night: Burin, a night wind, arises due to faster cooling of the land than at the sea.
Yugo - bad weather is coming, the wind is blowing from south-east. First, there is a harsh weather, then rain and strong wind, which develops a wind force up to 7 Beaufort. It takes a day or two and then ceases. In autumn and spring, it can blow stronger and longer.
Bora - this wind (female) is dangerous, but fortunately quite rare. Bora blows from the north-east and comes from the proverbial pure sky. In gusts the wind speed rises up to 9 Beaufort on the mainland. This is due to the large difference in air pressure between water and mountains. It usually only lasts one day, then the wind is moderate again.