With 1244 islands sailing in Croatia is the ideal active holiday. The beautiful colours of the Adriatic sea are the perfect setting for a nautical escape.

If you charter a yacht in Croatia it gives you freedom to explore the Dalamatian coast at your leisure. You decide how long to stay in each beauty spot. Sailing offers more flexibility and allows you to access some of the lesser known spots and beaches of the region.

In Croatia there are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage sites, quaint towns an great local cuisine to try too.

National parks

With 8 national parks to choose from. Croatia will spoil you with its variety of seascapes and landscapes. Perhaps Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most popular, but don´t overlook others such as

  • Krka
  • Mljet
  • Paklenica
  • Risnjak
  • North Velebit

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UNESCO Sites in Croatia

So far there are ten Unesco World Heritage sites in the country. 8 are historical and 2 are natural ones.

  • Poreč Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre
  • Split Historical Complex with the Palace of Diocletian
  • Old City of Dubrovnik
  • Stari Grad Plain
  • Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards
  • Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
  • Venetian Works of Defence between 16th – 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Dubovica beach (Island of Hvar)

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Sailing in Croatia Festival

Each summer in the Adriatic the Yacht week takes place and could be the perfect excuse to meet up with fellow sailors. With special activities arranged for participants such as dinners, hiking activities or regattas.  It´s a fun event which has been going on since 2006.

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Main cities in Croatia

Zagreb is the capital, followed by Spilt which is the oldest city in Croatia. Split is the main hub for visitors to the Adriatic coast.

Rijeka, Osijek and Zadar are other main croatian cities. Dubrovnik of course has become more well known since being featured in Game of Thrones.

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The old town can get pretty busy with tourists wanting to capture this monument on camera themselves.

The Croatians speak Croat, however many speak good english (sometimes German or Italian) so communication should be easy.

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Sailing in Croatia Best Islands

With over 1200 to choose from some of the most stunning ones are St. Catherine Island and Red Island.  The island of Braç is just a short sail from Split. It has a rich history dating back to Bronze and Iron ages. Don’t miss tasting local olive oil when you visit Braç.

Dugi Otok is the biggest of the Dalmatian islands although it is only a few metres wide. The Telascica Bay is probably one of the best beaches in the area and not to be missed.

For untouched beauty sail over to Cres and enjoy the lush greenery and griffin birdlife.

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Climate

With a mediterranean climate, Croatian summers are warm but balmy. Highs in July and August are pleasant temperatures of 28-29ºC. Sea temperatures in summer months vary between 18 to 26ºC.

With the rainiest month in November and coldest month is in January, these are less recommedable times for water activities.