Sailing Conditions...
  • Short distances between islands
  • July & August - calm winds

Local Information...
  • 51 marinas
  • 9 airports
  • 154 diving centers
  • Currency - Croatia Kuna (currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks)
  • Language - Croatian
  • Time Zone - GMT + 1

Base Facilities...
  • Small supermarket
  • Showers & toilets
  • Swimming pool
  • Bars & restaurants
  • Laundry
  • Money exchange

Coastline...
5,835 km of which 4,058 km comprise a coastline of islands, solitary rocks and reefs. Number of islands, solitary rocks and reefs: 1,185; the largest islands are Krk and Cres; there are 50 inhabited islands.

Highest peak...
Dinara: 1,831 m above sea level.

Climate:
There are two climate zones; a temperate continental climate, locally also a mountainous climate, prevails in the interior, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days, dry and hot summers, mild and humid winters; average temperature in the inland: January 0 to 2°C, August 19 to 23°C; average temperature at the seaside: January 6 to 11°C, August 21 to 27 °C; the temperature is about 12°C in winter, and 25°C in summer.
ABOUT CROATIA AND THE ADRIATIC

Today’s Croatia is an effortless blend of old and new, historic and hip. Wherever you step ashore you’ll be met with a lovely welcome – Croatian hospitality is warm and genuine and renowned in the yachting community.

Choose from three dramatically different yacht charter locations along Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast. If you’re looking for an escape from it all then the Kornati Archipelago is your best bet by far. Meander lazily through a maze of deserted lunar landscapes and soul search for days with just the birds of prey and multi-coloured fish for company.  If you’re keen on culture and in search of history and wonderful architecture then the impressive city of Dubrovnik is the ideal destination. It’s here in the south that you’ll find the most sandy beaches the Adriatic has to offer too.

For a bit of both worlds, opt for Kremik and sail the central area hopping from tiny island towns to more lively locations. You’ll find folklore and traditions in one, and giant open air nightclubs and chic waterfront cafés and bars in another. This is also the best base from which to visit the fresh central forests and famous waterfalls at Skradin.

No matter which area you choose as your holiday destination, you’ll find superb sailing conditions in beautiful surroundings, friendly locals, wonderful cuisine and a warm, dry Mediterranean climate. With 2,600 hours of sunlight in an average year, Croatia infact boasts one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe.

Thanks to the favorable geographical characteristics of the Croatian coast, with its numerous bays, inlets and coves, the coastal belt has ever been a significant mercantile and nautical route. Archeological findings prove that in the 6th century BC, the ancient Greeks had commerce with the Illyrians by means the of the sea, and that they founded their colonies there (Pharos, today's Starrygrad on the islands of Hvar and Issa - or Vis).

Croatia has it all – majestic walled cities with Medieval cobbled streets, ancient ruins, vineyards, forests, deserted coves and over a thousand islands to discover. In reliable five to twenty knot winds, you can keep the sailing distances as short as you like from one fully equipped, modern marina to another. Anchor or moor up in sheltered, peaceful harbours or busier towns – choose your stops according to your mood each day.

Kornati Islands

KORNATSKI OTOCI (Kornati Islands), archipelago is the most indented island group in the Mediterranean, situated in North Dalmatia, not far from Šibenik. It includes 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs with the area of only 70 km2. In the immediate vicinity of the Kornati National Park, there is another jewel of protected nature in Croatia - the Telašćica Natural Park, which includes a spacious and deep bay of the same name on the neighbouring Dugi otok. The Kornati islands are noted for their varied unusual forms and extraordinary relief structure, and especially the high cliffs.

Sailing Itineraries and Routes

Route 1: Southern Adriatic
Duration: 7 days
Town of departure: Dubrovnik
Route: Dubrovnik, the Elafiti Islands, Mljet island, Korcula island; the town of Korcula, Peljesac, Dubrovnik
Points of interest:
  • Dubrovnik - ramparts, the old town, the port of Gruska, Daksa island with the monastery where Ivan Gundulic wrote "Suze sina razmetnoga", Lokrum island on the Elafiti islands, be sure to visit Sv. Andrija, an uninhabited island from the top of which there is a unique view, then, there is Lopud with summer houses there, and be sure not to forget Sipan and Jakljan. On Mljet, visit the Saplunara sandy beach, the Ulysses' cave which is connected with the legend about Ulysses and Calypso, Pomena, Veliko and Malo jezero.
  • Korcula: Vela Luka - in the local museum, there is a sculpture of Henry Moore who stayed at the sculptors colony there, the place Cara with the church called Crkva Sv. Petra from XV century, Lumbarda - Bili zal is a beautiful sandy beach, the place dates from IV century B.C. as the centre of the island, the town of Korcula - the old historical city, the house of Marco Polo.

Route 2: Korcula - Lastovo
Duration: 7 days
Town of departure: Korcula
Route: Korcula island; Korcula, Vela Luka, Lastovo; Skrivena Luka
Points of interest:
  • Korcula: Vela Luka - in the local museum, there is a sculpture of Henry Moore who stayed at the sculptors colony there, the place Cara with the church called Crkva Sv. Petra from XV century, Lumbarda - Bili zal is a beautiful sandy beach, the place dates from IV century B.C. as the centre of the island, the town of Korcula - the old historical city, the house of Marco Polo.
  • Lastovo: the place of Lastovo with its characteristic chimneys.

Route 3: Split - islands
Duration: 7 days
Town of departure: Split
Route: Split, Solta island, Vis island; Komiza, Hvar island; Hvar, Starigrad, Bracisland; Milna, Split
Points of interest:
  • Diocletian's Palace in Split, Vis, Bisevo: Modra spilja and Medvidja spilja on Bisevo, Crkva Sv. Nikole in Komiza.
  • Hvar: Pakleni otoci, the town of Hvar - the castle Spanjol from XVI century, and above it is the fortress which was built by Napoleon, City Tower Leroj, the Fontik town archives, St. Stjepan Cathedral, and summer houses of the Hektorovic, Lucic and Vukasinovic families.
  • Brac: the monastery in Bol, the beach in Dugi rat or Zlatni rat near Bol, summer houses

Route 4: Kornati
Duration: 7 days
Town of departure: Murter island; Murter
Route: Murter island; Murter, Zut, Dugi otok; Telascica, Kornati; Piskera, Zirje, Kaprije, Murter
Points of interest:
  • from the top of Zut, there is a beautiful view of Kornati, when you come to Telascica, be sure to visit Lake Mir, one of the two salt lakes in Croatia, and climb on the rocks on the outer side, from which there is a magnificent view of the open sea, Kornati are themselves unique, consisting of 93 islands, islets and cliffs which are included in a National Park.

Route 5: Cres - islands
Duration: 7 days
Town of departure: Cres island, Cres
Route: Cres island; Cres, Unije island, Unije, Susak island, Susak, Ilovik island, Rab island, Rab, Krk island, Rabac, Cres
Points of interest:
  • Cres - Lubenice, griffon vulture, Lake Vransko jezero with fresh water, the historical town of Osor where you can actually sense the historical value at every street corner from the stone graves from the Bronze Age, to the antique floor mosaics, to the ruins of the cathedral from V Century. Mali and Veli Cutin.
  • Unije - the town Unije, Maracol cove Susak - the town church with Veli Bough, an enormous wooden cross which was found at the local beach, interesting women's folk costumes.
  • Rab: the town of Rab - the Municipal Loggia, the Dominis palace, the Prince's Court, bell-towers
  • Krk: the town of Krk - the castle of the Frankopan counts, the cathedral Uznesenja Marijina, the church St. Kvirina

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SAILING DESTINATION GUIDE CROATIA
INTRODUCTION TO CROATIA AND THE ADRIATIC SEA
The Adriatic sea acquired its name from an ancient port of the same name. The Adriatic spans from the Balkan to the Apennine peninsula. The part belonging to the Republic of Croatia is the eastcoast which extends all the way from Prevlaka in the south to cape Savudrija in the west, including all islands, islets and cliffs along the coast,and the archipelago of Palagruza (the number of islands, islets and cliffs is more than 1700). The Adriatic remains one of the world’s favourite places to sail, thanks to idyllic conditions and easy line-of-sight navigation in many areas. This is just one of many things that make Croatia a top yachting holiday choice.

Croatia, the land of a thousand islands and a beautiful, indented coastline, is a "haven for boaters". Croatia has it all – majestic walled cities with Medieval cobbled streets, ancient ruins, vineyards, forests, deserted coves and over a thousand islands to discover. In reliable five to twenty knot winds, you can keep the sailing distances as short as you like from one fully equipped, modern marina to another. Anchor or moor up in sheltered, peaceful harbours or busier towns – choose your stops according to your mood each day.
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