The Adriatic coastline with its clear seas, gentle summer climate, quaint villages and historic towns, is a magnificent sailing area, which reveals Croatia as one of Europe's leading bareboat charter destinations. Sailors are attracted by the fantastic variety and diversity Croatia offers as a sailing holiday destination.
Consider the contrasts: quiet bays versus exciting nightlife, traditional markets versus modern supermarkets, gentle morning breezes and exciting afternoon sea breezes, modern marinas versus centuries old town quays, metropolitan meccas versus marine national parks. Sailing in Croatia, as the cliché goes, has something for everyone.
Croatia has an amazing 5,835km of coastline, 4,057km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,185 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. This makes for a glorious sailing holiday, with short-hop sailing itineraries offering not only surprising diversity from port to port but also the opportunity to visit islands and beaches that would otherwise be inaccessible. Spend the night on a quay of a UNESCO World Heritage town, the day in an isolated bay, and the following night in a bustling port town with modern restaurants and nightspots.
The 5,835km coastline is sheltered by chains of over 700 islands, amongst which offer thousands of safe anchorages and harbours during your sail. Along the coast you can find isolated moorings, as well as modern and well equipped marinas.
Croatia has an abundance of hidden bays, beaches, cliffs, emerald coves, and fantastic diving opportunities to enjoy on your sail. You can start your Croatia sailing holiday from either Pula, which is located on the Istrian coast; from Zadar or Split, cities in the middle of the Dalmatian coast; or Dubrovnik, the historic city in Southern Croatia.
Bareboat Sailing Holidays has several primary bases in Croatia. Trogir is just north of Split, about 10 minutes from the airport, while Kastela Marina is only 10 minutes from the airport in the other direction. Biograd is approximately 100km north of Split, but is only 20km south of Zadar Airport.
Finally, in the far south of the country there is also a base in Dubrovnik, which has its own airport.
The climate is typically Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters. With 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly, it is one of the sunniest coastlines in all of Europe. Expect temperatures around 30 degrees during July/August, down to 23 degrees on average in May/October.
The winds in Croatia prevail from the north west, with an average wind speed of 7/8 knots during the season. Look out for the ‘Bora’, a north easterly that can surprise people if they don’t check their forecasts regularly.
Please do be aware that unlike Greece, you will be required to pay marina and port fees. These fluctuate depending on the size of the yacht and location, but can be anywhere from £20 to £60 per night. The facilities in Croatia are however in general very good, with showers and shore power widely available.