Why Croatia is the top sailing destination for 2019

Posted on Monday, Feb 4, 2019 | reading time: 4 min

Croatia is a veritable sailor’s paradise on the Mediterranean. This mesmerizing Balkan country is one of the most coveted nautical destinations in the world due to its dramatic mountain views and 4,000 kilometers of coastline that is graced with seemingly endless archipelagos. With over 4,000 boats to choose from, it has never been easier to hire a boat in Croatia.

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Croatia is a top sailing destination due to its world-class sailing infrastructure, which includes over 60 marinas up and down the Adriatic Sea, plus excellent winds and large areas of protected waters, which make it easy to find safe harbour just about anywhere. Today many coves are also equipped with buoys where mooring is charged. However, for the more experienced sailor, Croatia offers options for anchoring in almost countless wild coves, providing an authentic contact with nature and a unique atmosphere for relaxation. Whether you choose to sail with a bareboat or a skippered boat you will enjoy your time at sea exploring stunning beaches and picturesque islands during your sailing adventure.

5 reasons Croatia is the top sailing destination for 2019

Croatia, has quickly become one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, but its popularity as a sailor’s paradise has been known for decades.

  • Infrastructure: over 60 marinas and boat harbours.
  • Nature: Sailing provides a unique way to access secluded islands, beautiful coves and wild beaches (as well as four national parks and two nature parks).
  • Sun: As one of the sunniest places on the Mediterranean and one of Croatia’s most popular destinations, Hvar boasts 115 days of sunshine per year.
  • Weather: the Mediterranean climate makes it it possible to enjoy sailing before the busy months of July and August. Pre-season and post-season bookings are a great, more affordable option.
  • Foodie heaven: Croatian cuisine has been influenced by many different cultures including Greek, Italian, Roman, Hungarian and Turkish.

Croatia has a rich cultural history dating back to Roman times; today it is a republic that was part of Yugoslavia until 1991. It is bordered by Hungary in the northeast, Slovenia in the northwest, Serbia in the east, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in the southeast. Croatia is an EU member state, meaning all European citizens can visit visa-free. For citizens outside of the EU, it is worth checking Visa requirements before you travel. The local currency is the Kuna, yet you may find that some establishments accept euros.

Croatia’s rich cultural heritage, fascinating little coastal towns, national nature parks and excellent cuisine also add to its increasing popularity as a sailing destination. There are few who can boast the fact that they know the Croatian coast well, but there are many that return to it every year, enjoying to explore new natural wonders and villages each time.

Some of the best and most popular spots to start your sailing holiday in Croatia include the main port cities and islands in the region of Dalmatia, including Split, Zadar, Hvar, and Dubrovnik. Here you can find several modern marinas to restock and refuel. Other popular sailing destinations include Trogir, Pula and Krk, which also have their own well-equipped marinas.

When to Sail in Croatia?

The sailing season in Croatia lasts from April through the middle of October, the high season is july and often requires you to book early, the best time is early or late summer. Croatia can be easily reached from major cities in Europe and abroad. The principal airports are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, and Zadar, which are served by several international and budget airlines. The country is home to 56 well-equipped marinas along the coast and islands. To get to your Croatia sailing holiday adventure, you can use public transportation (normally bus), taxi or rental car from one of the major or smaller airports.

If you’re interested in an Adriatic adventure, we highly recommend chartering a boat from our friends over at Zizoo!

Happy sailing!

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