Croatia's Adriatic Coastline

Perfect for families and groups

With over a thousand scattered islands to explore, a yachting holiday is the only way to fully experience Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coastline.

Perfect For

Families and friends.

Famous Islands

Hvar, Brac and Vis.

When to visit?

May to October.

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The sailing route around one of Croatia’s most popular destinations features charming anchorages, crystalline waters, ancient villages, magnificent fortress towns, hidden coves and lively cosmopolitan party islands.

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With 718 islands and islets, 289 rocks and 78 reefs along its Adriatic coastline, Croatia has good reason to be known as the 'land of 1000 islands'.

The Adriatic Sea is the most indented section of the Mediterranean, and whilst Croatia's coastline itself is over 1700km, including the island shorelines means there is over 5800km to explore. In Northern Croatia, Istria is the country's largest peninsula and offers a diversity of beautiful beaches, lush green mountain forests and stone-built villages, towns and cities. Formerly part of Italy it is still largely influenced by Italian cuisine, language, and culture. Istria’s coastline is indented so expect to find many uncrowded bays and coves. In comparison to southern parts of Croatia there are fewer islands which allows for open sea sailing.

For island hopping adventure, look no further than the Dalmatian Coast. Named after the ancient tribes that inhabited the area, the region of Dalmatia spreads from Rab to the Bay of Kotor, and the coastline has numerous bays and harbours and is noted for its scenic beauty. Beginning with islands Silba, Olib and Pag and continuing to the Zadar and Sibenik archipelagos, Northern Dalmatia is ideal for anyone wanting to seek untouched nature such as the Kornati National Park. The Kornati archipelago consists of over 147 largely uninhabited islands, islets and reefs, with crystal blue waters and startling rock formations, caves and secret grottoes just waiting to be explored. The rich underwater ecosystem here is a favourite for divers and snorkelers.

Fun and games

Picigin is a traditional ball game originating from Split. Played on the beach in shallow waters, players keep a small ball in the air and from touching the water.

Cheers!

Croatia has a long history of wine-making; there are over 300 defined wine regions with vineyards covering 20,885 hectares. The majority of Croatian wine is white but the Dalmatian coast is known for its reds.

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Further south the remote island of Vis has beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous coves and towns largely untouched by tourism.

The famous Blue Grotto on the island of Biševo, just off Vis glows an incredible blue each day around midday and is only reachable by boat. Party lovers can head to Hvar, perhaps the most famous of Croatia's islands, known also for its turquoise waters and lavender fields. Southern Dalmatia islands include the Elafiti Islands which have shallow anchorages, perfect for snorkelling and the forest shrouded Mljet, home to the Mljet National Park and saltwater lakes. The region's medieval city of Dubrovnik has numerous cafes, shops and restaurants, making it the ideal base from which to explore the southern coastline.

With over a 1000 islands to discover, centuries of history and culture, crystal waters and the Mediterranean climate, it's easy to see why Croatia is one of the best sailing destinations in the world.

Fun fact

'Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world' according to Alfred Hitchcock, following his visit in 1964.

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From untouched bays and spectacular waterfalls to stonewalled towns and chic cocktail bars, a week cruising in Croatia will undoubtedly leave you wanting more.

Ben Nelson
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