Sailing in Croatia
Lying on the Adriatic Sea, sailing in Croatia offers a piece of Mediterranean paradise with dazzling turquoise waters, warm winds, ancient harbours and endless miles of unspoilt coastline.
The idyllic Croatian coastline is a Mediterranean paradise simply made for sailing; comprised of thousands of pristine islands and tranquil inlets surrounded by calm, crystal clear waters, sailors can enjoy gentle island-hopping whilst those seeking a little more exhilaration will relish the strong mistral winds which occasionally blow out on the open ocean.
Much of this beautiful coastline remains uninhabited and protected by National Park status. Our Croatian sailing holidays offers the perfect way to explore whilst dining on mouth-watering seafood and exploring ancient fishing villages all whilst soaking up the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Home to over 1,000 islands, Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast offers gentle cruising and island hopping in the tranquil, clear waters of the Adriatic. There is plenty to see and explore ashore from unspoilt secret coves to awe-inspiring waterfalls surrounded by lush green forests. As we island hop our way through a network of pristine national parks, it will soon become clear that no two islands are the same; but all guarantee a warm, friendly local welcome.
A HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE
The enclosed Adriatic Sea is a sanctuary for many endangered species which are protected by Croatian law which has designated several marine parks in the area. One such species is the charismatic Mediterranean monk seal, once thought to be extinct it was recently ‘re-discovered’ using the numerous hidden beaches and underwater caves to call home. Slightly more common, but still firmly on the red list, the playful Bottlenose dolphins – the only sea mammal known to mate and live in the Adriatic – make for a magnificent sighting. This area is also inhabited by three types of shy and elusive sea turtles, the Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback, each are a sight to behold if guests are lucky enough to spot one.
STEEPED IN ANCIENT HISTORY
Croatia has a fascinating history, with the ocean playing a key role securing the country as a place of strategic importance. Over millennia, Croatia has seen empires come and go, each leaving their mark on this diverse land. The Illyrians, ancient Greeks, and Romans all left their legacies in Croatia, which are still visible in the country’s architecture, art, and traditions. Sailing along the Dalmatian Coast you can call in on ancient forts and castles, uncover Roman palaces and explore mediaeval walled cities, each with their own story to tell.
To learn more about what to expect when sailing the southern coast of Croatia, read our travel guide here.
With all of this and more – including fabulous food and drink, jaw-dropping natural beauty plus easy short flights from the UK – Croatia deserves to be on your must-see list.