Croatia’s Sailing Delights of the Northern Adriatic
Croatia has long played second fiddle to Greece as a sailing destination. Croatia is now mounting a strong challenge for top spot amongst Mediterranean sailing destinations.
Certainly sailing in Croatia has plenty to offer when it comes to a yacht charters, whether this is bareboat or flotilla. The Northern Adriatic areas can be divided into 2 main regions:
The Kornati National Park -This area is an un-commercialised national park with over 100 small islands to explore from the main marina bases at Biograd or Zadar. Many of the islands are smaller fishing and farming settlements or only inhabited in summer. The mostly low lying islands have numerous anchorages with generally rocky coves with crystal clear waters.
Istria & the Kvaerner region – Pula is the main base in this area with the relatively unspoilt islands of Krk, Cres and Rab and a wooded mountainous backdrop of the mainland. This area is popular with Eastern and Central Europeans who can reach the area quickly with a vehicle so it can be busy. This area is well served with marinas and there are many beautiful bays and anchorage. Winds can be strong in the afternoons; distances are typically longer and so best for experienced sailors.
Winds are reliable and stronger sea breezes can be experienced in the afternoon. This area will appeal to more experienced sailors and those wanting a quieter time ‘off the beaten track’, though several marinas have been added in recent years with more on the way. Visiting sailors in this area will pay a national park fee.
This ‘country of a thousand islands’ has natural beauty, a fascinating history, a sunny Mediterranean climate with ideal and varied sailing conditions plus an interesting cuisine and unique culture.
Seafarer offers bareboat yacht charters in both sailing areas and can be combined with a land stay in either a private villa or beach hotel for some excellent sail and stay combinations. Request a brochure on 0208 324 3118 or see the website for more details.