When to Sail in Croatia?

In recent years, Croatia has become one of the most popular sailing holiday destinations. People from all over the world come to this beautiful country on the Adriatic Sea to visit its historical sites, go swimming and admire the impressive landscape. A sailing holiday in Croatia offers travellers the opportunity to explore the country’s diverse landscape at their own leisure. In this article, we will discuss the best time to charter in Croatia.

Weather Conditions in Croatia

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the weather in Croatia is pleasantly warm. The period during which Croatia has the longest amount of daylight hours is from April to October. In spring and autumn, the average temperature is just above 20°C, while in the summer months it can reach above 30°C. There should not be a cloud in the sky at this time of year! Even the Adriatic Sea reaches a pleasant temperature of 25°C in summer. These are ideal conditions to go swimming and snorkelling in the dreamlike bays and then relax on the deck of the yacht.

Sailing Conditions on the Adriatic coast

The sailing conditions in Croatia are excellent, which is why this country is very popular with families and sailing beginners. Due to its numerous islands, the Croatian coastline is well sheltered, and the sailing distances are short. However, do not underestimate northern and southern winds, called Bora and Jugo. The north-easterly wind Bora, which is particularly frequent in May and October, is a cold and strong fall wind. Jugo is known as a humid south wind that can bring thunderstorms. In both spring and summer, the wind of Maestral refreshes the Adriatic coast. If you sail with a skipper, he or she will know all about local winds and will guide you safely through the archipelagos.

If you charter a bareboat, always check with your local marina staff about the current wind and weather conditions before your departure. In the summer months, you should generally not be caught out by strong winds and be able to enjoy a pleasant time on board.

Mooring Prices in the Marinas

Along the Adriatic coast, there are countless marinas where you can rent a yacht. The peak tourist season in Croatia is the months of July and August. During this period the demand for a yacht charter is the highest. If you are planning to charter a boat in these two months, be sure to book your berth well in advance.

The mooring prices can vary depending on the season. Due to the lower demand in May, June, September and October, the prices for harbour berths get lower and the probability to find a place at short notice is higher. Make sure to have the up-to-date pricelist from the marinas stuff before your departure.


If you are flexible with the dates of your yacht charter, we recommend visiting Croatia in September. This way you can benefit from cheaper prices and enjoy the pleasant water temperature. Our GlobeSailor’s advisors are always happy to assist you with your yacht charter requests. Please visit our website to choose your ideal yacht charter in Croatia or contact one of our advisors.

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