Croatia is home to over 1000 islands and has an expansive coastline stretching over 1700 Kilometres. With such a vast sailing area, this makes Croatia one of the best locations in the Mediterranean to charter a boat. Each region will offer a unique and exciting holiday where you can explore the best parts of Croatia. Below we look at each area to help you pick the perfect spot for your next vacation.
The most beautiful sailing regions in Croatia
Croatia is divided by its historical regions, named Istria (green), Central Croatia (red), Slavonia (purple) and Dalmatia (blue). The entire Croatian coastline provides excellent sailing. If you are looking for a more sheltered charter, the island archipelagos offer great protection from the wind.
The most popular sailing area runs between the towns of Split and Dubrovnik.
Istria is the northernmost region of Croatia, which borders Slovenia. Pula is the largest city in the Istria region and the perfect starting point for a yacht charter on the Adriatic coast. Also known as the "Rome of Istria", the city offers a wide range of cultural and historical attractions such as the majestic Roman amphitheatre called Pula Arena. With a yacht charter from Pula, you can explore the beautiful area of northern Croatia and enjoy the sun.
Pomer is another big city in Istria which is located at the southern tip of Istria and is a popular holiday resort for families and all water sports enthusiasts. With its modern ACI Marina, Pomer is an ideal starting point for setting sail into the Adriatic Sea. The small, charming town of Medulin is also located at the southern tip of Istria and is only 10km from Pula. With its marvellous waterfront, beautiful bays and typical Croatian atmosphere, it is perfect for anyone looking to spend a relaxing holiday in Croatia.
©ACI Marina Pomer
Kvarner Bay attracts many tourists every year as it is home to numerous islands both little and large. The best known of these are KrK, Cres and Losinj. A great sailing area thanks to the diverse islands on offer and shelter from the wind in this large bay.
The Kvarner Bay stretches in the Adriatic Sea in the west along the entire east coast of Istria to Opatija and Rijeka. To the east, Kvarner Bay borders the Croatian mainland between Rijeka and Karlobag.
The Dalmatia region occupies most of Croatia's coastline and islands. Following the coast from north to south, you will find many popular yacht charter destinations. The area between the two major cities of Zadar and Split offers a great variety of marinas and is particularly easy to access thanks to their large international airports. One of the most modern marinas in the area is named Sukosan. There you will find a big variety of yachts on offer and is perfect for families who are looking to spend their yacht charter holidays in Croatia.
Another Coastal town is Biograd na Moru. From here you have great access to the world-famous Kornati National Park which is especially beautiful during the summer time.
It is also worth mentioning smaller towns such as Murter or Vodice can offer lower prices for yacht charters in comparison to the larger towns and cities. If you want to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the country during your yacht charter, the towns of Sibenik and Primosten would be a particularly suitable starting point. A couple of other towns worth a visit on the Adriatic coast are Rogoznica and Trogir.
In southern Dalmatia, the city of Dubrovnik is a particularly attractive destination. This beautiful city was one of the main film locations in the Game of Thrones series. Dubrovnik has a number of large marinas and can offer you a wide selection of yachts, catamarans and motor boats. These options can be taken with a skipper, hostess and cook if that’s what you are looking for.
Would you rather go to a Croatian island? No problem! Among the most popular in Dalmatia are Brac and Hvar. If you decide to hire a skipper, he or she can show you the most beautiful hidden spots of the islands.
The possibilities for a yacht charter in Croatia are endless with the diversity and charm of each region you are guaranteed to have an incredible experience. The Mediterranean climate means the best time for a yacht charter in Croatia is from May to September. Thanks to the high number of ports, there is a wide selection of boats. Whether you choose to charter a sailboat or catamaran, bareboat or crewed, you will certainly find the perfect option in one of the many Croatian marinas.
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Largest cities: Pula and Pomer
Smaller towns and cities: Medulin, Rovinj, Vrsar, Porec, Icici, Opatija, Umag, Novigrad, Umag, Opatija
Most popular ports and marinas: ACI Marina Pomer, ACI Marina Pula, ACI Marina Rovinj, ACI Marina Opatija, ACI Marina Umag, Novigrad Marina, Marina Porec, Cervar Porat Marina, Izola Marina, Vrsar Marina, Marina Funtana, Parentium Marina, Izola Marina, Cervar Porat Marina
Largest cities: Rijeka
Smaller towns and cities: Opatija, Karlobag, Crikvenica, Lovran
Most popular marinas: ACI Marina Rab, ACI Marina Cres, ACI Marina Supetarska Draga, Marina Punat, Marina Lošinj, Šilo, Omišalj Docks, Marina Nerezine.
Islands: Krk, Rab, Pag, Cres, Losinj and susak
Largest cities: Zadar, Split, Sibenik, Dubrovnik, Trogir, Korcula, and Kotor
Smaller towns and cities: Primosten, Rogoznica, Kastela, Mandalina, Milna, Vrboska
Most popular marinas: Marina Kastela, Marina Milna Kanarija, Marina Mandalina, Marina Martinis Marchi, ACI Marina Trogir, ACI Marina Milna, ACI Marina Vrboska, ACI Marina Split, ACI Marina Palmižana, Marina Lav, Marina Baška Voda, Marina Vlaška, Marina Agana, SCT Marina Trogir, Marina Frapa, Marina Baotić, Marina Kremik, Marina Solaris, Marina Ramova, Marina Tučepi
Islands: Brac, Korcula, Dugi Otok, Mljet, Vis, Hvar, Pag and Pasman
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