Sail Croatia: Your guide to choosing a sailing route

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Sail Croatia:

Your guide to choosing a sailing route in Croatia

Planning to Sail Croatia? One of the first steps in planning your sailing Croatia holiday, is choosing the route that is right for you.

It’s been long known that Croatia is a cruising paradise, perfect for sailing. Croatia boasts 5835 kilometers of spectacular coastline, which includes over 1000 islands, making it hard to decide where to go. This guide to sailing Croatia will help you decide the best charter area for you.

Beginning in the North-East of Croatia,  close to Rovinj or in Croatia’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic‘ also known as Dubrovnik you’re blessed with a big range of choice as to where to sail in Croatia, and where to stop along the way.

Popular Croatian sailing routes in Croatia

3 of the biggest destinations for those on sailing charters in Croatia, are the areas surrounding Kornati, Split & Dubrovnik, each offering you something different.


This part of the Adriatic Coast of Croatia has the biggest concentration of marinas to choose from. It’s a favourite choice for those wishing to sail Croatia, thanks to the particularly indented coastline, the many islands & perfect wind conditions. Along the Kornati islands sailing route, you can make a number of stops taking in the rich history of Croatia.


Pašman, Pag UgljanDugi OtokIstMurter to name a few

National Parks

Kornati Islands National park and Plitvice Lakes National Park


Zadar, has a history dating back 3000 years, with a huge open Roman forum.

Šibenik, a historical  town, listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Known for its cathedral and an excellent location next to the Kornati Islands.

Long and bare island Pag, known for its tasty sheeps cheese & Hotel Boskinac, which was visited by Anthony Bourain. As well as history of lace making and incredible beaches, including Zrce.

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Island of Pag

Sail Croatia – Split

Tourists flock to Split each year, as it offers many hidden bays &  islands. Must-see destination are:


Islands to consider in the area of Split, are HvarVis and Brač. Each offers a range of beach types,  water sports & summer festivals.


A short bus ride from Split is Trogir, which is protected by UNESCO.

Split plays a vital role in the region, as the second biggest city (after Zagreb), Split evolved from the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The Palace remains are protected by UNESCO, described as being one of the best preserved Roman architectural structures in the world

Choosing a sailing route Sail Croatia Hvar - Chasing the Donkey #Croatia

Hvar UNESCO Site – Photo Murray

Sail Croatia – Dubvrovnik

Well known as one of Croatia’s most popular destinations is Dubrovnik. Its located in the South of Dalmatia and is sure to capture your heart. Things to see


Elafiti Islands, a group of mostly uninhabited islands in front of Dubrovnik, particularly attractive for yachting and excursions
The town of Korčula, on the island of the same name, is known for its regularly shaped layout, historical architecture and the knight’s game of Moreška


Dubrovnik, a Mediterranean pearl where liberty and democracy had always been highly appreciated. Today, Dubrovnik town core is protected by UNESCO, and the town is an elegant and mandatory stopping point for everyone visiting Mediterranean

Food and Culture

Pelješac, a long and narrow peninsula, particularly diverse because of its shape; some of the finest Croatian wines come from the Pelješac Peninsular.
Mali Ston, a gastronome centre of the region and the town with the longest town walls in Europe; Veliki Ston, famous for salt production

National Parks

National Park island Mljet, and Nature Park Lastovo archipelago

Choosing a sailing route Dubrovnik sunset (Leonardo Uzeda) - Chasing the Dobkey #Croatia

Sail Croatia: Croatian charter bases and marinas

Croatia has 50 marinas on the coast  with over thirteen thousand moorings in the sea & many thousand more on the mainland. These are available all year, however only a select number of marinas are charter bases. You can start and end your Croatian sailing adventure in, Pula, Rovinj, Losinj, Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir, Kastela, Split, or Dubrovnik. All of these Marinas have good road & airport access.

Istria region: ACI Rovinj – ACI Umag – ACI Pula – ACI Pomer

Kvarner regionACI Opatija – ACI Cres – ACI Supetarska Draga – ACI Rab – ACI Šimuni

Northern Dalmatia: ACI Žut – ACI Piškera – ACI Jezera – ACI Vodice – ACI Skradin

Central Dalmatia:  ACI Trogir – ACI Split – ACI Milna Brač island – ACI Vrboska Hvar island – ACI Palmižana

Southern Dalmatia: ACI Korčula – ACI Slano – ACI Dubrovnik

Now, all  you have to do is to decide which Croatian sailing route to choose. What cliffs, beaches, caves & striking bays in Croatia are best suited to you?

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  1. Isabel dias says

    I’m landind In Venice on the 1st august with a friend and We are looking for a sailing 4-5 days trip to croatia
    Do you have any program?

    Hoping to see you

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  2. Theo says

    Hi guys,

    Great blog,
    I need some advise please- do you have a list of islands/bays with morning facilities- ideally need to be able to accommodate a 24m sail yacht.


  3. Julie says

    I just returned from two weeks in Croatia (Zagreb, Split, Krka NP, Korcula, Dubrovnik – with a day trip to Montenegro). I LOVED IT. I am already planning to return in a few years to celebrate my 50th birthday. I’m really hoping to charter a skippered yacht, and talk a group of friends into joining me. Any ideas of where to start researching companies? I’d love to sail along the coast from Rovinj down to Dubrovnik, stopping at many of the islands and secluded beaches. I’m so excited to return.

  4. says

    Great post,

    Sailing can be a great way of spending your time with family and friends, also relaxing at the same time.

    One can only enjoy the sailing fully if they are stress free and choosing a right sailing path plays vital role in it.

    So, thanks for such information with us.

  5. Greta says

    My husband (Croat) and I are returning to Croatia in September/October ’16 for some island cruising. Last time we just got the ferry out of Split and visited Hvar, Korcula and Brac, staying a few days at each. This time we are hoping to see some different islands. Can you suggest/recommend a good cruise company that could help? So excited!!

  6. says


    Can I please send you a bit longer and updated list as you missed some of the best spots.
    Btw, I am from Croatia.

    pls let me know through follow-up or via email.

  7. John says

    Just stumbled across your site as we start planning our sailing trip out on Zanton (Near Sibernik) June 2016. We have done Whitsundays (Aust) with our three children (6, 10, 12) so looking forward to this experience.

  8. Darcy Rawls says

    I am a solo female coming via Budapest on my way to Croatia. I would love to do a sailing trip from north to south. I have about 11 days to complete the journey including getting myself to Rome by the end of the11 days. I’d like a comfortable not too crowded boat that includes some meals and stops. Any tips on where to start?
    Thanks so much!

  9. says

    As I was putting together my bucket list for a blog hop today I had to link back to this post as sailing in Croatia (or Turkey) are now on my bucket list. Thanks for making it just that little bit easier to make my fantasy a reality some day.

  10. says

    Great article! Have heard so much about sailing in Croatia! Have several friends that have rented boats there and sailed along the coast for a few weeks.

    We have taken the Competent Crew Course, and have soon finished the Day Skipper Course, so hopefully we will be able to rent a sail boat soon. We are looking for nice places to go sailing, and Croatia seems to be the perfect place!

  11. Reasons to Dress says

    This is such a fantastic post, filled with ideas. Which area would you recommend the most for a first time visitor?

  12. says

    Wow! How exciting to be traveling and living in Croatia. I had never thought about visiting until reading your blog. The sites look so beautiful.

  13. Heather | Ferreting the Fun says

    I’ll be visiting Croatia next year and cannot wait! Though I have no idea how I’ll choose from so many gorgeous spots!

  14. says

    When I was little, my parents bought a boat and went sailing in Croatia. They did it two years later, they loved it soo much. I don’t remember a lot but I would love to go to Croatia!

  15. Gabor Kovacs says

    I have been just once to Croatia and loved the Kornati Islands, I see from your post that there are so many natural beauties there! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Agness says

    Great timing for me. I’m taking my mom to Croatia this summer and I am so happy to see how beautiful this place is. I am not sure if we’re going to do some sailing there, but Trogir will be definitely on our list!

  17. Lindsay Lewis-Thomas says

    I’ve always wanted to sail the islands of Croatia. I’ve been to the “mainland” twice (Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb), but really want to see some of the smaller islands (and Plitvice!) I also want to hunt for truffles 😉

  18. says

    I would love to go sailing in Croatia. I was on a cruise there a few weeks ago and had a day in Split but it wasn’t long enough. I’d love a few weeks cruising around. I’ll have to save this for next summer and hopefully I’ll get round to it!

  19. The Guy says

    So tempting. I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for a long time now, in particular Dubrovnik. You are just teasing with me now. 🙂

      • says

        Ironically, almost certainly in June 🙁 I havent booked anything yet – I am actually reconsidering the whole horse ranch thing bc I had another accident in December, and for the last month I had been trying to get back on a horse (ahem, literally), with dismal results – this morning my mare jumped, kicked and went into frenzied gallop, resulting in my hysterical sobbing (pathetic) and a decision to take a break from riding until I can get the trauma out of my head. So…I am still thinking, weighing, considering… But I am still liking that area up north, near Rivinj.

        • says

          Ohhh Anna! That sounds like you need a holiday, a kind of relaxing holiday. I am sure Igor can help you find something wonderful. I am off to Istria again next week, it’s so lovely there. I will report back any new finds for you. Until then, rest up please.

  20. amerikanka says

    There’s an island near Split that you didn’t mention – and that’s fine by me. I won’t name it, either. 😉

  21. says

    One trip we are absolutely dying to do is to “Island Hop” in Croatia! We loved our time in Dubrovnik and Split and can’t wait to return. Great post 🙂

  22. Ashley Hubbard says

    I’d love to go sailing around Croatia! I don’t much about sailing at all except it looks awesome! Great post as usual 🙂

  23. Mytanfeet says

    Love this! I love going out on sailboats and cruising around. I bet these sail trips are absolutely beautiful!

  24. frankaboutcroatia says

    Visited many of the places, but never with a sailing boat. Would love to do it as this is really the best place to explore the coast.

  25. Conversant Traveller says

    Ah, it’s so beautiful and blue and SUNNY! Wish I was there right now (getting fed up of this miserable English weather).

  26. says

    I hadn’t realized how many islands Croatia had and how long its coastline was. They’re all beautiful but I’ve always been attracted to Dubrovnik but now you’ve got me curious about Pag. I love that sunset photo.

  27. says

    I’ve heard wonderful things about sailing adventures and Croatia – I think a few days on the water combined with time on land would be perfect.

  28. says

    If I’m ever not poor and manage to buy a sailboat, I’m heading out to the Island of Pag. Such a gorgeous photo! Lovely post – makes me want to drop my bag and run to Croatia. Good luck and safe travels!