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    Sailing holidays in Croatia

    A guide to setting sail in Croatia: the Nation of 1,000 Islands

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    Zizoo's Guide to 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
    • Best time to sail
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Hvar
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb
    • Tips
      World Heritage Cities of Split and Dubrovnik, Kornati Islands National Park, party islands of Pag and Hvar
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    Sailing in Croatia

    The sailing season in Croatia lasts from April through the middle of October, but the best time for a yacht charter in Croatia is early or late summer. Croatia can be easily reached from major cities in Europe and abroad. The principal airports are Dubrovnik, SplitZagreb, and Zadar, which are served by several international and budget airlines. The country is home to 56 well-equipped marinas along the coast and islands. To get to your Croatia sailing holiday adventure, you can use public transportation (normally bus), taxi or rental car from one of the major or smaller airports. 

    Croatia is an EU member state, meaning all European citizens can visit visa-free. For citizens outside of the EU, it is worth checking before you travel. The local currency is the kuna, yet you may also find that some establishments accept euros. However, the euro is an unofficial currency so it is best to get some kunas for your trip. 

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    Sailing in Croatia

    Options for sailing in Croatia are endless, given that the country boasts 1,800 km of coastline along the mainland alone and over 5,000 km when combined with the over 1,000 islands, islets, and reefs that grace the Adriatic Sea. 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." 

    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!

    In addition to exploring breathtaking landscapes and cities, sailors visiting Croatia will also find many opportunities to take part in watersports. The crystal clear waters of Adriatic Sea make for an ideal place for diving enthusiasts. Brac Island, located within close proximity to Split, is often cited as the best spot for divers, but other notable locations for diving include Podgora where you will find a well established diving center and Alain's Cliff, which is famous for its underwater canyon and enchanting caves. You may also be interested in wreck diving around Korcula where you’ll have a chance to see many interesting underwater landscapes and diverse marine life.

    Split and Dubrovnik are great spots to charter a yacht being so close to Dalmatia's diverse islands.

    Franciscan Monastery

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    Marina in Croatia

    Croatia's long coastline, excellent winds and large number of islands make it a paradise for sailors. Choosing where to set sail in Croatia may be the hardest part of planning your sailing holiday. One of the most popular regions to explore by boat is Dalmatia with Split and Dubrovnik being the major marinas and nautical hubs.

    One option for your sailing holiday in Croatia is a one-way route from Split to Dubrovnik. You'll visit some of the country's best beaches and historic sites when you hop around the Dalmatian islands between Split and Dubrovnik. From Split, make your way to the nearby island of Brac to visit the stunning beach of Zlatni rat. Continue on to spend some time in Hvar, Croatia's most loved party island, where you'll also find lovely landscapes and boutique wineries that offer some of the island's finest wines.

    From Hvar, sail out to Vis. The position of Vis, as the furthest island from the mainland, makes it an excellent place to discover while sailing in Croatia as many other travelers are limited by its accessibility. After a night or two in Vis, make your way down the coast. Stop to visit the charming old town of Korcula, which is distinguished by its lovely Venetian architecture. Then enjoy the beaches and National Park on the island of Mljet. The amazing natural beauty and peacefulness of Mljet may just make you want to linger there longer before you make your way to your final destination in 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

    Dalmatian islands

    When you plan your sailing holiday in Croatia, it’s good to understand the weather and sailing conditions to ensure a fantastic and memorable trip. Croatia enjoys warm weather that is typical of the Mediterranean. Summers are mostly dry and hot, whereas winters are generally mild and sometimes rainy. Although the country is a wonderful destination to visit any time of the year, 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. While summer generally brings stable sailing conditions, thunderstorms and heavy precipitation are not unheard of between the months of May and October.

    Wind conditions for sailing are ideal, averaging at about 10-20 knots, however rare, but strong gusts from nevera can bring occasional storms in the summer. 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.

    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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    If you are interested in reading more about sailing in Croatia check out Zizoo's Guide. You can download it so you can access it anytime. Click here to see our guide. Happy sailing!