If you have not yet settled on a travel destination for the summer, let me stop you right there. I have the most breathtaking destination for you: Croatia! Though most people know very little about this stunning country, Croatia is a Southeast European tourist haven that has dramatically grown in popularity over the last decade. Why you may ask?
Well, Croatia has a dramatic landscape that varies from the highlands in Kvarner and the forests in Slavonia, to the river valleys in the Krka National Park and the mountains in Zumberak. However, the pride and joy of Croatia is its expansive coastline, which is cradled by the Adriatic Sea and interspersed with over a thousand small islands earning it the nickname ‘the coast of a thousand islands’.
Sailing Destinations In Croatia
It is therefore no surprise that Croatia has become a top sailing destination, with spectacular sailing villages, cities, harbors, islands and archipelagos to choose from.
Sailing destinations in Croatia are extensive, and include Kornati, Split, Hvar, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Sukosan, Kastela, Trogir, Biograd na Moru, Vis, Murter, Sibenik, Preko, Iz, Lastovo, Punat, Molat, Primosten, Cres, Vodice, Skradin, and Kastel Gomilica.
Most of the aforementioned locations are found along the Dalmatian coast, which is Croatias prime sailing destination.
What A Typical Trip Looks Like
The standard 1-2 week sailing trip in Croatia will take you up and down the coast, visiting several islands along the way. You will have the opportunity to moor at a sun-kissed island in the afternoon, where you can tour your destination and explore the night-life.
Sailing in Croatia means cutting through the azure waters of the Adriatic, swimming in its warm waters, basking in the beautiful sun, kicking back with some great music, sharing cold beers with your friends, eating finger licking seafood, exploring deserted islands, trekking through awe-inspiring national parks, and dancing into the night with the friendly locals.
With the diverse and vibrant traditions, folklore, and culture that make up Croatia, you are guaranteed to learn a lot, laugh a lot, and love a lot during your stay in Croatia. Exploring many different Islands and coastal cities can make you exhausted, but dont worry. When you feel like leaving the boat for a while and exploring everything Croatia has to offer on land, there are plenty of places where you can go to see heritage sites, eat delicious local cuisine, party in nightclubs and you can even find affordable Croatian accommodation to get a good night sleep.
Finding Yourself A Boat
Sailing in Croatia hits its peak in July and August, with small fishing boats, yacht charters, and cruise liners dotting the water with eager water lovers on board.
The typical flotilla sailing trip takes a similar route to the other fleets in the water, so you will see several familiar faces during your trip. If you want to avoid the busy ports where tourists congregate on a nightly basis for some wild festivities, you can opt to skipper a yacht charter (bareboat or crewed) or boat charter Croatia and freely visit quieter destinations.
All in all, Croatia has a wide range of independent and corporate cruise boats and charter companies that can accompany you on your sailing trip.
I have no doubt that you have begun packing in anticipation of the summer sailing fever that it is about to hit you. Croatia is without a doubt the place to be right now, so dont miss the chance to book a yacht charter and hit the open waters of the Adriatic Sea this summer.
You will thank me for the most exciting and authentic sailing experience of your life!
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