Sailing Holidays Croatia
A Croatian sailing vacation gives you the opportunity to explore historic cities and ancient ruins, secluded anchorages and traditional fishing villages, all in a landscape that is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Sailing holidays in Croatia allow you to experience the finest views and areas that this fascinating country has to offer.
Croatia’s location has long made it a country of strategic importance, and the various civilisations and cultures that have had influence here over the centuries have all left their legacy, and contributed to a rich and diverse culture.
A Croatian sailing holiday gives you the opportunity to explore historic cities and ancient ruins, secluded anchorages and traditional fishing villages, all in a landscape that is one of the most beautiful in Europe.
The route of the 1,000 islands
With 1,244 islands, islets and crags to be exact, and every one of them surrounded by crystal clear waters, it’s time to come aboard! Island hopping is undoubtedly the best way to discover the Croatian coast from a truly dazzling perspective.
Sprinkled like pearl drops across the crystal clear blue of the sea, the 1,244 islands, isles, cliffs, reefs and rocks that comprise the Croatian Adriatic provide 1,244 unique reasons to dream of sailing adventure. Almost ideally distributed, with distances between them not exceeding 10 nm, along a coastline extending 5,835 km, from Istria to Dubrovnik, Croatia’s islands offer a real challenge to every modern-day Odysseus. With over 1500 coves, bays and ports on islands and the mainland where one can find a berth, drop anchor or stay overnight, the Croatian Adriatic is the very place for sailing under full sail, for a motorboat cruise, or for simply enjoying the sea by boat for recreational fishing.
Croatian marinas are situated in exceptionally well protected locations, from larger towns to small coves on islands. In addition to service and regular maintenance, marinas offer other services, including restaurants and cellars where one can enjoy excellent drinks and local and international cuisine and where all other required services are provided. For those who prefer the charm of little ports in the very heart of the small coastal towns, they have at their disposal quaysides all along the Adriatic – from Cavtat, and Gruž in Dubrovnik, Vela Luka on Korčula, Hvar and Vis, and all the way to Lošinj and Istria.
Even in olden times the Adriatic Sea was one of the most crucial sailing routes for ancient cultures. Being one of the calmer seas, without large waves or very strong currents, its greatest depth is 1330 metres – and that at its southernmost part – the Croatian Adriatic. With its attractive coastal area covering 138,595 km2, the extraordinary clarity of its waters with visibility to the fascinating depth of 50 metres, and an average water temperature of 16 to 21oC, the Croatian Adriatic is indeed an ideal place for your dream sailing adventure.
The Croatian coastline together with its islands ranks among the most intricately indented coastlines in the world. Of 1244 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs that have remained following the dramatic rise in the level of the Adriatic Sea around 13000 years B.C., today only 50 are inhabited.
This wealth of islands and islets attracts adventurous travellers from all over the world. Kayakers and yachtsmen never fail to be delighted by the smaller isles and their romantic atmosphere, and by the relaxed way of life amid such tranquillity and beauty.
Many island towns please the senses with their beautiful architecture and atmosphere, by their monuments dating from Antiquity, works of art in stone, wood, on canvas and on ancient parchments.
Superb quality stone and highly skilled stonemasonry is a tradition on a number of the islands. Stone from the Island of Brač has been incorporated into towns, summer residences and many splendid works throughout Croatia, Italy and indeed the world.
The Adriatic lighthouses – those signposts of stone and guardians of the sea – are mostly automated, only about 15 of them still being manned.
Some have been fitted out as residences and can be rented for a Robinson-like adventure on a deserted island.
The islands are best seen by undertaking a hiking or cycling tour, which should certainly include at least some of the largest islands: Lošinj and Cres, Krk, Rab, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Mljet.
Cities and towns along the coast have grown from nuclei dating back to the times of Antiquity, or have been built anew on those ground-plans. Many urban entities still stand well preserved and are easily identified by their churches and bell-towers, their palaces, plazas and fortifications. They will offer you many reasons for a visit to museums, to collections of Croatia’s natural wealth and works of art, monuments of secular and sacral architecture from times both distant and recent.
The largest urban centres along the coast – Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik – are all located in the vicinity of airfields. They also have ports that ensure their mutual links, as well as linking them to the islands; they also operate regular bus lines, and some also have railway links to the interior of the country.
66 islands, 652 islets, 389 rocks and 78 reefs are more than a thousand reasons to fulfil anyone’s nautical dreams. The ideally laid out islands, that are separated by no more than 10 nautical miles and about 1500 bays and ports, makes the Croatian Adriatic equally as ideal for sailing under full sail as it is for cruising on motor boats. 56 modern marinas with around 16,000 wet berths and 5,500 dry berths are available all year round. In the majority of these marinas it is possible to hire a yacht and organise professional sailing courses.
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