With its clear sea, pleasant summer climate, historic towns, fishing villages and uninhabited creeks, the Croatian shores of the Adriatic Sea have a prominent place in the hearts of the water sports enthusiasts.
Location of Croatia
The 5, 000 kilometer-long shore is divided into 700 islands with several anchorages and ports, abandoned and romantic bays. The country is located in the north-west part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its overall territory is 56 594 km2. It is bounded by Slovenia from the north-west, Hungary from the north, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from the east, and it also shares a borderline with Montenegro. It is bounded by the Adriatic Sea from the south-west. The country joined the European Union in 2013. The official currency is the Croatian kuna. The capital is Zagreb.
The Croatian shores are often referred to as the Croatian Adriatic. The Croatian shores of the Adriatic Sea lie across a coastline of 1778 kilometers. Together with the perimeter of the islands, this number is 5835 kilometers. The archipelago consists of 1185 islands altogether, and is the largest group of islands on the Adriatic and the second-largest on the Mediterranean Sea. 698 of these islands are inhabited, the largest ones are: KRK, Korcula, Brac, Hvar and Rab. There are two peninsulas in the region: Istria in the north, and Peljesac between Split and Dubrovnik. There are more than 2600 ports in Croatia.
Beaches in Croatia
The country is popular because of its beaches as well. Thanks to its diversity, we can find pebbly and sandy beaches as well. The most popular beaches are Punta rat, Rajska plaza, Prapratno, Plava laguna, Telascica, Banja, Bijeca, Kamenjak, Saplunara and Dubovica. Further information on other beaches can be found here.
The climate of the country is diverse. The middle regions are characterized by a mild continental climate: summers are dry and hot and winters are mostly cold and wet. The beaches belong to the Mediterranean Arc: the summer is also dry and hot, but winters are milder. In the mountainous areas summers are cooler, and winters are cold and snowy. That is why we should seek information in advance on the weather of the choosen area or town, so that we can enjoy an undisturbed holiday. This is especially important when it comes to renting a boat or a yacht. Read about sailing in Croatia in september
Gastronomy of Croatia
Croatian cuisine is much more diverse than you might think, thanks to the fact that it has been influenced by the different nations’ gastronomy: Italy, Hungary, Austria and Turkey. You can even find the same dishes prepared differently within the country. The specialties that we should definitely taste are: brodet, crni rizot, riba sa zara, fuzi, manestra, pasticada, strukli, soparnik and fritule.
Croatia has several airports. This makes the country a good choice in terms of accessibility and internal infrastructure. The busiest airport is in Zagreb, but smaller national airports can be found in the following cities: Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka, Osijek, Boi, Mali Losinj. As the country is rich in ports, traveling amongst the cities can be easy if we rent a boat or a yacht.
Sailing in Croatia bareboat
Croatia and the Adriatic Sea is famous for the cruising opportunities. Even day trips provide an unforgettable experience. But if we decide to go on longer cruises, we can visit the different rocky shores and sandy beaches and islands as well. The Split-Makarska-Mijet-Dubrovnik-Trstenik-Korcula-Hvar-Split route is amongst the most popular choices, and the Rijeka-Cres-Losinj-Molat-Zadar-Pag-Rab-Krka-Rijeka route, which passes by several islands, is also well-known. Croatia is a versatile travel destination. Young travellers can even find themselves “party islands”. Nature enthusiasts may enjoy the glorious scenery, those interested in culture can visit the old city and couples can take a walk on the romantic beaches. You can read about the best marinas offering high-quality services:
The best ports in Istria
Marina Nautica port of Novigrad
There are berths for 365 boats overall with a maximum length of 50 metres. The port in Novigrad is world-class, and there is also a 4-star hotel here where we can require maintenance for our boat and charge our batteries as well in the form of relaxing wellness.
ACI Marina Umag
The depth of water here is around 5 metres, and they offer the app. 480 berths for ships of all sizes. They can even accept 40-metre-long mega yachts. The port is clean, the staff is friendly and the restaurant is excellent. There is also free Wi-Fi, charging station and a currency exchanger.
Marina of Vrsar
Vrsar is located in a bay perfectly protected by the surrounding islands. It is among the ports in the best condition on the northern shores of Istria. The port, which has 14-metre-deep waters, can accept 200 boats with a length up to 40 metres.
ACI Marina Pula
The port of Pula can be found in a giant natural bay. They have 200 berths for mega yachts as long as 40 metres. It is perfectly equipped. They have laundry, ATM and currency exchange. There is also a petrol station nearby, and we can rent a car, too. Information about sailing in Pula, or yachtcharter in Pula
ACI Marina Rovinj
It is a modern and cosy port with a wonderful view. Thanks to a 20-million-Euro investment, it is among the largest ports in Croatia. Everything is clean and in very good condition. They have excellent healthcare services. The port is divided into two parts. One of them is reserved for transit vessels, and the other was established for yachts stationing there during the whole year. 416 ships with a maximum length of 50 metres are allowed altogether. Information about sailing in Rovinj, or rent a boat in Rovinj
Port of Rabac
It is located in a natural bay on the eastern shores of Istria. The port is perfectly protected from the northern and eastern winds. It was rebuilt and developed further recently. Information about sailing in Rabac, or rent a boat in Rabac
Ports in Kvarner bay
The giant bay can accept 458 boats and they offer 120 dry docks here as well. It is perfectly equipped and has everything you may need.
Marina Mali Losinj
The bay is protected from northern and eastern winds. There are 80 berths here for transit boats with a length of up to 18 metres. They provide water and electricity, and there are many local restaurants and bars. Yachtcharter in Mali Losinj
Marina Novi is a well-equipped small port. The maximum length of the boats anchored here is 60 metres, and the depth is 5 metres. You can reach Vinodol Riviera by boat and plane as well. The closest airport is only 30 kilometres away on the island of Krk. Information about sailing in Novi Vinodolski, or rent a boat in Novi Vinodolski.
Port of Lopar
Lopar is located in the northern tip of the island of Rab. The port is small, but it has the essential equipment you might need. The port is protected from winds. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres, the maximum length is 60 metres.
ACI Marina Pomer
Marina Pomer can be found in the Medulin bay. It has a capacity for over 300 ships. It is fairly modern, clean and there is free WiFi access. Moreover, you can book a table in an exclusive spacious restaurant on the shore. Boatmen can find all facilities here. There is also a warehouse for storing equipment like a bicycle or a surfboard. Information about sailing in Medulin, or rent a boat in Medulin
Marina Admiral of Opatija
The Marina Admiral on the North of the Adriatic Sea is one of the best starting-off points to an unforgettable sailing tour. The Marina Admiral is, actually, a part of the Admiral hotel complex; therefore, all equipment and facilities of the hotel are available for boatmen. There are 160 berths in the marina with a maximum length of 20 m and 40 dry docks. Smaller yachts should go to the Abbazia Port. The hotel received four anchors which by this means is a five-star hotel. Every berth has own electricity and water supply. Other services are healthcare, 24-hour surveillance and safety, rent a warehouse, welcome service, ecological waste management, laundry. The marina is also accessible by handicapped people. Read more about what to do in Opatija or Opatija sailing. Check our boats: Rent a boat in Opatija
Port of Rijeka
During the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, it was Hungary’s after it has become Croatia’s largest port. Any types of watercraft and cargo are allowed to enter the port. Today it also plays a significant role in the Far-East and Middle-European markets. The number of available berths is 58 plus 2 oil ports. Of course, it is fully-equipped with diverse services; not to mention its outstanding safety.
Port of Crikvenica
However, the Port of Crikvenica is not too large; you can find all the important facilities. It has three parts accepting transit ships up to 24. There is a gas station as well near the port. It provides electricity and water.
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Port of Split
The ACI Marina Split offers 348 berths for yachts of maximum 90 m. The breakwater provides outstanding protection from the raging sea and the southern winds. The water depth is 8 m. There are restaurants, bars, laundries and fuelling station. Information about sailing in Split, or rent a boat in Split
Marina Kaštela (Kaštel Gomilica)
The marina is in the south-western part of Kaštela Bay. It has 420 sea berths and 200 land berths. The depth of the seabed is 2, 5-8 m. There is a reception desk, a self-service laundry, a yacht club, a refuelling station and a café on site. If you get hungry, there are pizzerias and restaurants. Information about sailing in Kastel Gomilica, or rent a boat in Kastel Gomilica
D-Marin Mandalina (Šibenik)
The marina is only a few km away from the historic centre of Šibenik. It boasts a Golden Anchor Award and a Blue Flag Certification. There are 429 sea berths and 50 land berths for boats. Of these, 79 are specifically for superyachts. D-Marin Mandalina is the only marina in Croatia that can accommodate superyachts up to 140 m. There is a grocery store, a bar and a restaurant. The marina is protected against winds and waves. Information about sailing in Sibenik, or yachtcharter in Sibenik
D-Marin Dalmacija (Sukošan)
It is the largest marina in Croatia, offering 1200 sea and 300 land berths. It can accommodate boats up to 40 m in length, and superyachts in transit up to a length of 80 m. The marina has all the necessary services like boat maintenance and refuelling. Information about sailing in Sukosan, or yachtcharter in Sukosan
Port of Dubrovnik
The port is located only 3 kilometres away from the old city of Dubrovnik. They don’t have any limits in terms of yacht size; the depth of water is 42 metres. You can find everything that you may need in the near vicinity including cosy cafés and restaurants. Information about sailing in Dubrovnik, or rent a boat in DubrovnikYou can read about the best marinas offering high-quality services:Find sailing routes in Croatia or choose another bareboat sailing in the Mediterranean
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Dalmatia sailing itineraries
Day 1. Hvar – St. Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) 4, 25 km (2, 64 mi), Day 2. St Klement-island (ACI Marina Palmižana) – Zavala 26, 04 km (16, 18 mi), Day 3. Zavala – Sućuraj 40, 75 km (25, 32 mi), Day 4. Sućuraj – Lovište 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 5. Lovište – Vela Luka 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 6. Vela Luka – Komiža 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 7. Komiža – Vis – Hvar 47, 18 km (29, 32 mi)Read more about Hvar island sailing itineraries, or choose from Hvar island sailing destinationsDay 1. Vis (Marina Vis) – Komiža 19, 71 km (12, 25 mi), Day 2. Komiža – Vela Luka 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 3. Vela Luka – Hvar 34, 03 km (21, 15 mi), Day 4. Hvar – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 25, 40 km (15, 78 mi), Day 5. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Sumartin 37, 74 km (23, 45 mi), Day 6. Sumartin – Supetar 35, 52 km (22, 07 mi), Day 7. Supetar – Milna (Marina Vlaska, Brač-island) – Vis (Marina Vis) 56, 31 km (35 mi).Read more about Vis island sailing itineraries, or choose from Vis island sailing destinationsDay 1. Dubrovnik – Lopud 13.65 km (8.48 mi), Day 2. Lopud – Sobra (Mljet) 28.79 km (17.89 mi), Day 3. Sobra – Vela Luka (Korcula island) 94.69 km (58.84 mi), Day 4. Korcula – Vis (Vis island) 45.80 km (28.46 mi), Day 5. Vis – Rogoznica 58.47 km (36.33 mi), Day 6. Rogoznica – Zirje 31.36 km (19.48 mi), Day 7. Zirje – Murter 23.44 km (14.57 mi), Day 8. Murter – Pirovac 7.87 km (4.89 mi), Day 9. Pirovac – Tribunj 19.25 km (11.96 mi), Day 10. Tribunj – Krka waterfall 28.77 km (17.88 mi), Day 11. Krka – Primošten 36.04 km (22.39 mi), Day 12. Primošten – Stari Grad 72.01 km (44.75 mi), Day 13. Stari Grad – Lastovo 86.28 km (53.61 mi), Day 14. Lastovo – Saplunara (Mljet) – Dubrovnik 107.53 km (66.81 mi)Read more about Dubrovnik sailing itineraries, or choose from Dalmatia sailing destinations
Kvarner bay sailing itineraries
Day 1. Mali Losinj – Susak 15, 20 km (9, 44 mi), Day 2. Susak – Unije, Day 3. Unije – Cres town 44, 76 km (27, 81 mi), Day 4. Cres – Rabac 24, 54 km (15, 25 mi), Day 5. Rabac – Trget 32, 92 km (20, 46 mi), Day 6. Trget – Medulin 34, 83 km (21, 64 mi), Day 7. Medulin – Vele Srakane – Mali Losinj 55, 99 km (34, 79 mi).Read more about Mali Losinj sailing itinerariesDay 1. Novi Vinodolski – Vrbnik 9.57 km (5.95 mi), Day 2. Vrbnik – Baska 24.45 km (15.19 mi), Day 3. Baska – Krk 23.59 km (14.66 mi), Day 4. Krk – Malinska 28.66 km (17.81 mi), Day 5. Malinska – Omisalj 15.49 km (9.62 mi), Day 6. Omisalj – Biserujka – Soline 14.64 km (9.09 mi) – 5.98 km (3.71 mi), Day 7. Soline – Silo Novi Vinodolski 5.67 km (3.52 mi) – 11.27 km (7.00 mi).Read more about Novi Vinodolski sailing itineraries, or choose from Kvarner bay sailing destinations
Istria sailing itineraries
Day 1. Medulin – Rabac 45.59 km (28.33 mi) , Day 2. Rabac – Fiume 37.04 km (23.02 mi) , Day 3. Fiume – Omisalj 14.99 km (9.31 mi), Day 4. Omisalj – Krk 38.47 km (23.90 mi), Day 5. Krk – Lopar 24.39 km (15.15 mi), Day 6. Lopar – Ilovik 47.98 km (29.82 mi), Day 7. Ilovik – Susak – Medulin 19.77 km (12.28 mi) – 46.19 km (28.70 mi)Read more about Medulin sailing itinerariesDay 1. Pula – Medulin 32.41 km (20.14 mi), Day 2. Medulin – Unije 33.34 km (20.72 mi), Day 3. Unije- Vele Srakane 11.65 km (7.24 mi), Day 4. Vele Srakane – Martinscica 27.22 km (16.91 mi), Day 5. Martinscica – Cres 27.05 km (16.81 mi), Day 6. Cres – Rabac 24, 28 km (15, 09 mi), Day 7. Rabac – Trget – Pula 90.16 km (56.02 mi)Read more about Pula sailing itineraries, or choose from Istria sailing destinations
Sailing itinerary from Venice to Croatia
Day 1. Venice(Marina di Lio Grando) – Cortellazzo 30, 10 km (18, 71 mi), Day 2. Cortellazzo – Grado 54, 50 km (33, 87 mi), Day 3. Grado – Trieste 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 4. Trieste Izola – Umag 38, 72 km (24, 06 mi), Day 5. Umag – Porec 25, 15 km (15, 63 mi), Day 6. Porec – Rovinj 17, 97 km (11, 16 mi), Day 7. Rovinj – Venice 105, 90 km (65, 80 mi)Day 1. Venice (Marina di Lio Grando) – Cortellazzo 30, 10 km (18, 71 mi), Day 2. Cortellazzo – Grado 54, 50 km (33, 87 mi), Day 3. Grado – Triest 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 4. Triest – Umag 35, 63 km (22, 14 mi), Day 5. Umag – Novigrad – Porec 26, 04 km (16, 18 mi), Day 6. Porec – Rovinj 17, 73 km (11, 02 mi), Day 7. Rovinj – Pula 30, 69 km (19, 07 mi), Day 8. Pula – Losinj (Nerezine) 64, 41 km (40, 02 mi), Day 9. Losinj – Zára 88, 50 km (54, 99 mi), Day 10. Zadar – Sibenik 75, 75 km (47, 07 mi), Day 11. Sibenik – Split 64, 38 km (40, 01 mi), Day 12. Split – Hvar 42, 83 km (26, 61 mi), Day 13. Hvar – Korcula 62, 45 km (38, 81 mi), Day 14. Korcula – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) 88, 54 km (55, 02 mi).Read more about sailing Venice to Croatia or Croatia yacht tours