Set on the stunning bay at the mouth of the river Krka, Sibenik is Croatia’s oldest coastal town. It is full of treasures, both on water and on land and therefore makes a perfect destination for you next sailing holiday. Sibenik’s historic centre dates back to the 9th century and is home to many impressive architectural sites, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To get to Sibenik, you can either fly to the airports in Split or Zadar, both of which welcome flights from all over Europe. Buses from either town take around two hours, while driving takes less than an hour. The local currency is the Croatian kuna, though some businesses accept Euros.
Sibenik is an ideal place to go sailing because of its prime location and modern nautical facilities. Positioned in a naturally protected archipelago, Sibenik’s marina is one of Croatia’s safest berthing spots and its only superyacht marina. The marina offers both sea and land berths, a selection of shops, as well as a spa and swimming pool. You can also find top notch restaurants serving up freshly caught seafood from the Adriatic.
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Although Sibenik is lesser known as a sailing holiday destination than the nearby city of Split, the town is certainly worth exploring. Of notable interest is the Cathedral of St. James, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. The cathedral was the most significant architectural site in the whole of Croatia during the Renaissance and remains an important site today. Step inside the cathedral to admire the frescoes, sculptures and vaults that support the stone dome while exploring the Old Town.
Sibenik’s central Banj City beach offers several water sports and facilities for families. The popular swimming beach, Jadrija, is located nearby. Six kilometres away is the sandy beach of Solaris, home to a beach resort, campsite and hotel complex. Also of interest is the Sibenik boat show, which happens every May.
When going on a sailing holiday in Sibenik, you'll have easy access to some of the best hidden islands and national parks that Dalmatia has to offer. One of the highlights of sailing in Sibenik is sailing towards Krka National Park. Famed for its breathtaking waterfalls, nature trails and extensive wildlife, Krka National Park is a sight not to be missed. From Sibenik’s marina, head up the river Krka through the fresh water lake of Proklijansko Jezero towards the ACI Marina in Skradin. You can anchor your boat at Skradin’s Marina and take a waterbus to the nature park. Keep in mind that you cannot leave your boat overnight in the river.
You should also take sometime to discover the Sibenik Archipelago, which is made up of about 250 beautiful islands, only six of which are permanently inhabited. The surrounding islands offer pristine natural landscapes and countless remote beaches to enjoy. You could also visit the Kornati archipelago - a sailor's paradise - which is made up of a cluster of 89 islands.
The Mediterranean climate of Croatia’s coast promises warm summers and mild winters, with July and August being the peak season. Summer is the best time to charter a yacht in Sibenik. The mostly thermal maestral wind brings good weather and tends to be strongest mid-afternoon. This light wind provides a welcome breeze on hot, midsummer afternoons. Temperatures in the peak season reach a maximum of 30°. Keep in mind that the cold, dry, north-easterly bora wind prevails between September and May and brings blustery winds for up to two weeks at a time.
When going on a sailing holiday in Sibenik, you'll have easy access to some of the best hidden islands and national parks that Dalmatia has to offer.
While on your sailing holiday in Sibenik, we recommend that you anchor in Split or spend a night in the Dalmatian islands. The nearby marina in Split offers safe berths and top quality nautical services. You’ll also find a selection of marinas all up the coastline as well as two marinas on Murter Island and one on the northern end of Hvar.
The waterways around Sibenik are perfect for cruising, but can be narrow at points. Keep in mind that the sometimes rocky coastline can make the area around Sibenik tricky to navigate. You must hold recognised qualifications to sail in these waters. If you do not have a license, you can easily book a skippered boat holiday with Zizoo.
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.