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 chosen 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.
Flotilla charter in Croatia
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 travelers 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. The country has everything you need. Find Croatia yachting routes or choose another flotilla sailing holiday.
Croatia has a long Adriatic coast and areas in the mountainous Balkans. Its weather and climate are as diverse as the country is. Croatia can be divided into three climatic regions. In the north are the lowlands with a continental climate. Central Croatia consists of the mountainous Dinara Region, with an alpine climate.
The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate of cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Winter temperatures range from -1 to 30°C in the continental region, -5 to 0°C in the mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26°C in the continental region. 15 to 20°C in the mountain region and 26 to 30°C in the coastal region. The coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate, with mild weather even in winter and moderate to hot dry summers. Humidity is quite low, making the summer heat less heavy than it might appear elsewhere. Spring and summer temperatures are fairly mild, rarely ranging over 30°C, without rain.
Prevailing winds in the interior are light to moderate northeast or southwest, and in the coastal area, prevailing winds are determined by local area features. Higher wind velocities are more often recorded in cooler months along the coast, generally as Bura or less frequently as Sirocco.
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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)
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Day 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).
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Day 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)
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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).
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Day 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).
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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)
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Day 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)
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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).
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