Pirovac sits on the northern coast of the Bay of Pirovac, a beautiful, naturally protected bay in northern Dalmatia. Sitting just 24km north of Sibenik, Pirovac is a vibrant and friendly classic Croatian town that is popular with visitors during the summer months. The water in Pirovac Bay is sheltered from the ocean and is, on average, about 3-4 Celsius warmer than the Adriatic Sea, making Pirovac the perfect destination to stop in on your sailing holiday in Croatia.
Scattered along the Bay of Pirovac are many coves and inlets with gorgeous sandy beaches. Most notable is the islet of Sveti Stjepan (St. Stephen), which is situated on the bay’s western side. Lolic beach is Pirovac’s central and most popular beach, and has been awarded a Blue Flag, an international award for purity of the sea.
Pirovac is surrounded by cultural and historical monuments that all reveal secrets about its past. Ancient Roman artefacts have been discovered on the islet of Sveti Stjepan, and the protected remnants of a Roman villa on the Ivinj archaeological site date back to the 1st AD. An impressive defence wall was also built around the town in 1505, creating the town’s classic Croatian atmosphere in amongst its narrow winding streets and stone houses.
Located just to the north of Pirovac is Lake Vrana, the largest natural lake in Croatia, which sits inside its own beautiful, protected nature park. Lake Vrana has an untouched natural habitat, perfect for bird watching, fishing and escaping the crowds of tourists who hug the coast.
Our top tip for the Pirovac coastal area is a short sail down to Krka National Park, located just past Sibenik along the Krka River. Krka is bursting with breathtaking scenery, waterfalls, flora, fauna and historical and archaeological remains, and acts as the perfect place for you to drop anchor for a picnic lunch. Another must-do in the area – and something perfect for those who charter a boat – is to cruise around the Kornati National Park, an incredible culmination of islands, islets and reefs just off the coast. Its underwater environment attracts divers from all over the world and it’s said to be one of the most magical collections of islands to sail through along the Croatian coast.
During the summer, the popular Garden and Soundwave festivals at nearby Tisno attract thousands of partygoers from all over the world, so, if you’re sailing the coast of Pirovac during July and August, expect to see fleets of party boats passing you by!
The easiest airports to fly into are nearby Zadar or Split. Both the Split and Zadar bus terminals provide transfers to Sibenik, where you can then connect to Pirovac. If driving, you can take the A1 highway, following it from Split to Sibenik and then on to Pirovac, or alternatively, from Zadar.
Pirovac is a lively and friendly town with all the beauty of Croatia’s coastal regions: a mild climate, a well-indented coast, numerous coves and sandy beaches, dense vegetation, pine forests, olive groves and magnificent sunsets over the sea. Pirovac is a fantastic destination to visit as you sail Croatia, so stop dreaming about your ideal sailing holiday and start browsing now!