Nautical tourism is one of the most promising forms of tourism in Croatia. The Adriatic coast is considered to be one of the sunniest coastlines in the world due to its Mediterranean climate. The period between April and October is the best time to sail the Croatian sea. The country is famous for sailing all around the world.
Croatia is an ideal destination that will fascinate you with its clear sea and well-preserved coast with over 1000 islands, exotic bays and sandy beaches. Sailing across the coastline and visiting the islands is an unforgettable experience. More than 50 marinas that are located all along the coast will provide you with needed shelter at any time. Renting a yacht is available in most marinas. You can also take a course in sailing schools. The Croatian Sailing Federation represents the main organization for sailing enthusiasts in Croatia. Numerous sailing competitions (regattas) take place on the Adriatic coast.
Depending on your sailing experience, you need to get familiar with the Adriatic winds. Most common are: Jugo (south-east wind), Bura (north-east wind), Maestral (north-easterly wind), Široko (southerly wind), Tramuntana (north wind), Levant and Istočnjak (eastern wind). The local people will gladly explain to you everything you need to know about famous Croatian winds.
Nautical Adriatic routes
Whether you’re going from the north to the south or the other way around, Croatia offers many attractive destinations for sailers.
The peninsula of Istria is perfect for exploring the coastal towns that will leave you breathless. One of the popular destinations for sailing in Northern Dalmatia is the national park Kornati, consisted of a hundred islands that simply lure with its unspoiled nature and beauty.
Islands of Southern Dalmatia, Brač, Vis, Hvar, Lastovo, Korčula and Mljet, are also exceptional destinations that will provide you with a combination of fun and relaxation with learning about local cuisine and cultural heritage. Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik are the most common destination for a daily excursion.