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    Sailing holidays in Dubrovnik

    A Guide to setting sail in Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best destinations for sailing. Famously referred to as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, you’ll find that in Dubrovnik, the weather is superb, the views outstanding and the water delightful. When you charter a yacht in Dubrovnik, you can experience the very best of Croatia's beautiful coast and islands while enjoying pleasant sailing conditions and long sunny days. 


    • The walled city of Dubrovnik
    • Island hopping in Dalmatia 
    • Pleasant sailing conditions
    • Best time to sail
      Late April through early October
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Dubrovnik marina
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
    • Tips
      Amazing Old City of Dubrovnik, Elafiti Islands, hiking on Mljet Island, snorkeling in pristine waters
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    Dubrovnik: "The Pearl of the Adriatic"

    Dubrovnik is located in the region of Dalmatia in the southern part of Croatia. The city and surrounding area enjoys long warm summers which provide perfect conditions for sailing holidays throughout mid-October. Though you can also enjoy ideal sailing from late April onwards. You can reach the city from many destinations throughout Europe that fly to Dubrovnik airport, which is about 20km from the city centre.

    Many charter yachts are located in Dubrovnik's ACI Marina, located just a few minutes from the Old Town. It is easily via public bus or taxi. When you go on a sailing holiday in Dubrovnik, it is good to take out some kunas (the local currency), though many places have started accepting credit cards and euros.

    Sailboats in Dubrovnik

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    Island near Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik's nearby islands

    Dubrovnik is an excellent base for your next sailing holiday. The city's remarkable architecture, brilliantly preserved medieval walls and lively culture are alone reasons to visit Dubrovnik, but it's the many beaches and islands that surround the coast that make Dubrovnik a top destination for hiring yachts. 

    When you're not strolling the ancient streets or taking in the scenic views from Dubrovnik’s ancient walls, you can easily reach some of Dalmatia’s most enchanting islands during your next sailing holiday. The city is surrounded by many natural wonders and gorgeous beaches such as Lapad, Copacabana and Sveti Jakov.  

    Visit the nearby beaches of Lapad, Copacabana and Sveti Jakov.

    When you go on a sailing holiday in Dubrovnik, you’ll have the freedom to explore more by having easy access to some of Dalmatia’s most enchanting and secluded spots that non-boaters have difficulty travelling to. Another great destination for day trips from Dubrovnik are the Elafiti Islands, a small archipelago made up of several islands, only three of which are inhabited. Known for their peace and tranquility, the Elafiti Islands provide a much deserved place to relax and enjoy the local flavours of the landscape.

    We also suggest to sail towards Mljet, a lush, densely forested island. Explore Mljet’s mystical caves and grottos or visit the old Benedictine monastery in the middle of Veliko Jezero, one of the island’s beautiful lakes. Whether out on the sea or exploring the history city on land, there’s always much to do and see when taking boat trips from Dubrovnik.

    Adriatic Sea
    Sailing around Dubrovnik
    Old Town of Dubrovnik
    Old Town of Dubrovnik

    For an easy day trip, head out to Lokrum. Only a 15-minute sail from Dubrovnik, Lokrum is distinguished by its laid-back atmosphere and is the perfect place to escape the bustling city. The landscape is covered by several pine trees, providing comfort and shade as you sit back, relax and enjoy the gentle sea breeze from the Adriatic. You may also want to sample some of Dalmatia’s best seafood and regional wines on the Peljesac peninsula.

    Another popular route for a sailing holiday in Dubrovnik is a one-way trip up the coast to Split. Enjoy island hopping in the Adriatic with our 7-day sailing route from Dubrovnik to Split

    For an easy day trip, head out to Lokrum.

    Catamarans in Dubrovnik

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    When you go on a sailing holiday in Dubrovnik, you’ll enjoy some of the best conditions in Europe for sailing. Southern Dalmatia boasts warm temperatures, clear blue skies, and calm waters in the summer months. The wind, which comes in from the north-west, is steady, ranging from 5 - 15 knots in the morning and 25 knots in the afternoon.

    The best time time for a sailing trip in southern Croatia is late spring and late summer, when the temperature is pleasant and there are fewer crowds onland and less yachts on the sea. During the summer months, the water temperature is a pleasant 23 degrees and the tidal shift is small, at around 1-2 feet.

    enjoy some of the best conditions in Europe for sailing

    Dalmatian town
    Dubrovnik Old Town Square
    Square in Dubrovnik's Old Town

    Though the sailing conditions are considered to be excellent around Dubrovnik, the number of islands close to the mainland can affect the wind conditions rapidly. As such, it’s best to have some sailing experience under your belt. The best option for those looking for a relaxing sailing holiday is to book a skipper so you can sunbathe on the deck like a VIP while someone else taking care of the navigating and driving. Skippers can be easily arranged when booking a sailing holiday in Dubrovnik with Zizoo.

    Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Croatia

    Yacht charters on the coast of 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