Explore the best of sailing in Croatia

The nation of 1,000 islands remains one of our top destinations for sailing. Wandering through the winding streets of walled cities, touring the country’s diverse landscapes and savouring the local delicacies and wines in friendly local taverns and picturesque vineyards – do all this and more when you charter a yacht in Croatia

  • Incredible beaches
  • Rich cultural heritage
  • Stunning coastal cities
Quick Info

Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, and Zadar

Boat base locations
Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Hvar

World Heritage Cities of Split and Dubrovnik, Kornati Islands National Park

Best time to sail
April – October


Language spoken

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Things to do and see when sailing in Croatia

The country boasts:

  • 1,800 km of coastline along the mainland alone
  • over 5,000 km
  • over 1,000 islands, islets, and reefs that grace the Adriatic Sea
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Rent a boat in Dalmatia to experience some of the best and most popular spots to start your sailing holiday in Croatia. Charter a yacht from Split if you are closer to the center of Dalamatia. If you are in the northern region of the Dalmatian coast, you can easily rent a boat in Zadar and are perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding islands. If you find yourself on the southern coast of Croatia, your best choice would be to rent a sailboat in Dubrovnik and start your sailing holiday from the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” 

Experience watersports in Croatia – a great place for diving enthusiasts:

  • Brac Island: located close to Split is the best place for divers
  • Podgora: you’ll find here a well-established diving center
  • Alain’s Cliff: well-known for its underwater canyon and enchanting caves
  • Korcula: the place for wreck diving, where you’ll see many interesting underwater landscapes and diverse marine life

Adding to the allure of Croatia is, of course, the party scene. Some of Europe’s most popular festivals and concerts take place on the mainland and islands where you’ll also find many celebrities who flock to Croatia’s lively bars and clubs around the marina of Hvar on their superyachts. Find a yacht charter in Hvar and join the fun!

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Boats in Croatia

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Sailing conditions

Croatia enjoys warm weather that is typical of the Mediterranean:

  • Summers: mostly dry and hot
  • Winters: generally mild and sometimes rainy

We suggest that you plan to go on your sailing holiday in Croatia in late spring (April-June) or late summer (September-October) to beat the summer crowds.

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Average temperatures in Croatia
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Average temperatures in Croatia
Sailing Conditions
  • Wind conditions for sailing are ideal, averaging at about 10-20 knots
  • Wave swell is moderate, hovering around the half-meter mark, but it occasionally does peak between 1-2 meters.
  • It is always advised to check local and up-to-date forecasts before setting out of the marina.
  • Sea temperatures are generally warm and it is not uncommon to take a dip in Adriatic even in late October.
  • You’ll also notice that the further you move offshore, the cooler the water will be.
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Suggested sailing route

One option for your sailing holiday in Croatia is a one-way route from Split to Dubrovnik.

  • Day 1: Split – best beaches and historic sites
  • Day 2: Brac – visit the stunning beach of Zlatni rat
  • Day 3: Hvar – Croatia’s party island. Here you find lovely landscapes and boutique wineries that offer some of the island’s finest wines)
  • Day 4: Vis – furthest island from the mainland
  • Day 5: Korcula – distinguished by its lovely Venetian architecture
  • Day 6: Mljet – enjoy the beaches and National Park
  • Day 7: Check out in Dubrovnik

One option for your sailing holiday in Croatia is a one-way route from Split to Dubrovnik.

Renting a boat in Zadar gives you a great starting point to charter a yacht for island hopping and discovering the coastal cities and beaches of Croatia. Other options we recommend are chartering a yacht in Pula or renting a boat in Sibenik as perfect starting points for a sailing holiday. With Zizoo, you can charter over 3,000 yachts in Croatia. 

Island hopping in Croatia can be made all the more enjoyable by having someone else do the hard work so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. So if you don’t wish or are unable to sail yourself, hiring a skipper is an excellent option when you charter a yacht with Zizoo.

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