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Rent a boat in Croatia and make your sailing fantasies come true
Set sail in Croatia and be amazed by the belt of paradisiacal beaches and islands that stretches all along the coast: over 1,200 between islands and islets, to be precise. With almost 6000 kilometers of coastline bathed by the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is the perfect destination to discover on your rental boat. Besides being a famous place among boaters, it also displays some of the best art cities of the Mediterranean, UNESCO heritage sites, breathtaking landscapes, natural parks, and lakes. Thanks to all the places to visit and things to do, this destination has become one of the most visited all year round.
From Istria to Dubrovnik you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to see and what to do during te charter holiday. However, one thing is for sure: the best way to visit Croatia, with its jagged and very long coast, it’s through a fantastic boat rental. Here you have a brief list of what to see, including beaches, cities, tourist attractions and other useful information about food and weather for an unforgettable yacht charter in Croatia.
Croatia Sailing boat charter Guide
Surely, summer is the most popular sailing season for many tourists appealed by its reputation linked to its beaches and islands! When cruising Croatia, swim in its incredibly clean and transparent Adriatic sea and enjoy its numerous summer events. The Dalmatian coast indeed is one of the most beautiful destinations to enjoy your rental boat in the Mediterranean. Still, you should also take into account a large amount of historical and cultural sightseeings, without which, your journey would be incomplete. The whole coast is lined with more or less known seaside resorts, perfect for an unforgettable holiday of sea, sun, and culture. Actually, several ancient and picturesque fishing villages make Croatia the ideal destination for a cultural holiday to alternate with taste itineraries through culinary specialities and excellent wines.
What to see in Croatia when you are on your rental boat
Zadar makes, undoubtedly, a promising start for a sailing charter itinerary in Croatia that will delight cultural and also landscape lovers. This unique seaside resort is widely recognized as one of the best-known sailing destinations of Croatia for several reasons: its fully equipped port, its proximity to the Kornati archipelago, but also for the many wonders to behold all around the city and its surroundings.
For instance, its ‘Sea Organ’ and 'The Greeting to the sun', two architectural projects of the local artist Nikola Bašić located on the Riva (the seafront promenade), are two prominent examples of contemporary art. On the otherside, the Roman and Venetian heritage prevail all around the Old City. The Convent of St. Mary, the magnificent Cathedral of St. Anastasia, and the pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus are magnificent examples of both legacies.
The coastal city of Biograd has a remarkable history and with rather ancient roots: it was founded in the 10th century, and it was the court of several Croatian kings. Biograd na Moru (in English: 'White city on the sea') has become popular among the most prestigious nautical locations in Croatia both for its ports and location, as it is close to Zadar, Sukosan, Vodice, Sibenik, and the famous Kornati Islands.
Here, you can visit the church of St. Anastasia or, if you prefer to be more in touch with nature, the Vrana nature reserve. Go to the city of Tkon, barely a mile away, where you can take a quiet stroll and visit the Franciscan Convent and the Church of San Duje.
Trogir is a city-jewel located on the island of Otok Ciovo connected to the Dalmatian coast by means of a bridge. It was named World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its numerous historical monuments and beautiful streets, for which it is also called "Little Venice". The labyrinthine Old Town, which has plenty of white houses and cobbled streets, is the most famous area of interest.
If you are wondering what to see in Trogir, our suggestion is to let yourself go through its narrow, enchanting streets, corners, and squares. Trogir Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Lovre), also known as Cathedral of St. Lawrence stands out as the most important building. The Clock Tower and City Loggia, the City Gates, the Church of St. Peter, and the Duke's Palace (City Hall) can be found nearby.
From the historical-artistic point of view, Sibenik is a fascinating city. It is located on the coast surrounded by a very picturesque landscape. The city stands at the mouth of the river the Krka, just where the river flows into the Adriatic via the Sant'Antonio canal. As you can imagine, its unique configuration as a natural port and its complex geographical position make it a true paradise to arrive with your rental boat.
The history of the city is strongly intertwined with the ancient republic of Venice, as the old buildings in the Old Town show up to the present days. It will amaze you with the well-known Šibenik Cathedral (Katedrala sv. Jakova), the most important Renaissance building in the country, and other monuments such as the church (Crkva) of sv. Ivana Krstitelja, that also deserves to be visited. By meandering in the city centre you will also stumble upon the Town Hall and the church of St. Barbara. If you would like to appreciate the beauty of Sibenik from above, the viewpoints of St. Michael (Tvrđava Sv. Mihovila), St. John's Fortress offer lovely sights of the city by the sea with the nearby islands on the horizon.
Let's speak about one of Croatia's most well-known destinations: the city of Split declared World Heritage in 1979. Located on the waterfront, it is the second most populated city in the country behind Zagreb and one of the most famous sailing destinations in Croatia.
There are plenty of things to do in Split. To start with, the Old Town has many beautiful places. An excellent example is the Diocletian's' Palace (Dioklecijanova palača), one of the best-preserved buildings from the Roman Empire. Just like the Klis Fortress (Kliška Tvrđava), one of the many locations in Croatia that have been used for filming scenes for the TV-show 'Game Of Thrones'.
Another renowned building that can be found nearby is the Cathedral of Saint Duje (Katedrala Sv. Duje), which is close to the peristyle. If you are interested in art, you can visit the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, which shelters the artwork of the Croatian sculptor after which the museum is named. Other museums such as the City Museum (Muzej Grada Splita) focus on showing the city's heritage through all its history.
Although you have arrived in Dubrovnik to start your yacht charter, it is better to take some more time to spend only visiting the town. Thus, if you could not visit it the first day properly, save it for later. Founded in the 6th century, this ancient city has been proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO, which is something you can guess as soon as you go through the Pile Door.
Upon setting foot in the Old Town, it is very hard (even impossible) to resist the charm and mystery of a city full of incredible architectural wonders. In addition to its reputation, it has become a must for the fans of the TV-hit' Game Of Thrones' thanks to the use of some of its places of interest in the show.
Beautiful, unique, romantic: for Dubrovnik, adjectives are wasted. A combination of more than distinctive landscape-environmental factors is the basis of tourist success: the Venetian influence, the gothic and baroque architecture, the ancient walls, the crystal clear sea and, last but not least, for display reasons, the island of Lokrum and Mount Srd.
The best beaches in Croatia to visit during your boat charter
Zlatni Rat, Brač Island
It’s time to leave the peninsula and set sail to the island of Brač, where you can find one of the best known and appreciated Croatian seaside destinations in the world and one of the most beautiful seaside resort of Croatia, Bol. Here there is an iconic beach, that of Zlatni Rat, often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn. It is also used as a symbol of Croatia in many travel brochures for its distinctive shape that also change according to the wind. This is the perfect beach to practice water sports such as surfing and kite-surfing or for relaxing with the whole family.
Stiniva, Vis Island
Even if Stiniva beach can be hardly seen from the sea, the best way to reach it is on your rental boat. It is a tiny inlet surrounded by two steep cliffs that literally hide and protect the bay. It is a white pebble beach in the middle of a wild landscape embellished by strikingly emerald sea that make for one of the most scenic corner of Croatia. You might also arrive by foot, but you should cover 20 minutes of a goat track.
Sakarun, Dugi Otok Island
A little inhabited and peaceful island lies west of the city of Zadar: Dugi Otok (also called the Long Island). It is considered a secret jewel as it tends to be less crowded even during the peak season, although it hides a stunning natural scenery and idyllic beaches. Among its marvellous beaches, it hosts one of Croatia's most impressive beaches, Sakarun. Eight hundred meters of white sand and shallow emerald waters surrounding by pine forest where you can find a small area with umbrellas and a cozy bar to buy some drink and little else.
Divna Beach, Pelješac
Facing the mainland’s coastline the Pelješac peninsula strikes its visitors for its natural beauty and wonderful places as Divna beach. A truly magnificent spot on the north made of a small and picturesque pebble beach with a nearby pine forest that creates a natural shade on the beach. The entire peninsula is is another wonder of the Croatian coast not far from Dubrovnik and Korčula Island, where you can find some other remarkable spots as Ston, Zuljana, Trstenik, Trpanj, Orebic, Viganj, Kucisce, Mirce o Loviste.
Saplunara, Mljet Island
Away from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism, Mljet is an enchanted island of Croatia covered in wood for more than a half of its surface. That the island is an oasis of peace has been known since ancient times: it is said to be the island of Ogygia, where Ulysses was taken prisoner by the nymph Calypso. Saplunara beach is one of its treasure to discover on a private rental boat, as many others on this island, since it has been declared a protected National Park and this has allowed to maintain an unspoiled atmosphere.
Bibinje Beach, Zara
From Zara to Marina Dalmacija, Bibinje beach stretches for about four kilometers. It is not so crowded as other beaches of the area, even in the summer months. It is a good starting point for a sailing charter journey to discover the natural and cultural beauty of Northern Dalmatia. You can go diving, snorkelling and windsurfing.
Podrače Beach, Brela
Also Podrače Beach is among the most photographed beaches of Croatia. It is close to the well-known Punta Rata beach. This pebbly cove is famous for the typical rock, which literally embraces this turquoise bay, and because once it was used by the local people for gathering salt that evaporating seawater in shallow pools.
What to eat in Croatia
What are the typical Croatian dishes and desserts? We will try to give you some hints on what to eat in Croatia, but keep in mind that the Croatian cuisine offers an endless variety of typical dishes, which change from region to region and derive from a thousand-year-old tradition. Actually, Croatian gastronomy reflects its numerous influences linked to the country’s history, to the civilizations that ruled its territory, and to neighbouring cultures.
For example, the coast has been mostly influenced by Greek, Roman, Venetian and Italian cuisine, thus it offers dishes with a distinctive Mediterranean taste. On the contrary in the countryside, in the north-western area, or near Zagreb it is noticeable the influence from Central Europe. Set sail in your own rental boat with or without skipper and try them all!
The most emblematic Croatian dish is the Peka. It dates back to the Illyrians kingdom, and more than a dish, peka indicates a technique of cooking that reminds the genuine social customs of the past. You can savor it with vegetables and meat or fish, mainly squid or octopus, but the unique taste that it will have is always given by the typical pan covered by the peka lid. The pot is put into the embers of a fireplace with the ingredients drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs and covered by this bell-like dome lid called cripnja. Normally after an hour they open it, stir the ingredients, add some white wine, then they cover the peka again and let it cook for another half an hour.
The Rižot is another typical dish that consists of various recipes depending on the region you are visiting in Croatia. On the coast you can savour it with seafood, but the most popular is the one with the cuttlefish ink, perfect for those who love intense and delicate flavors at the same time.
The Brodet is instead a fish stew very common in coastal Croatia. It is made with various types of fresh fish with vegetables, onions spices, flavorings, tomato sauce, drops of vinegar and wine, prosecco and... sea water. It is slowly cooked until the fish is done and it is served with polenta.
The Pasticada is a beef stew in wine and spices sauce accompanied by delicious homemade gnocchi. It requires a long and meticulous preparation as the beef is marinated in wine vinegar overnight, pierced with garlic, carrots, cloves, and then braised for hours, first in its own juice, and later with red wine, nutmeg, roasted bacon, and parsley.
The Paski Sir (or Pag cheese) is the most famous Croatian cheese. It is a hard, aged sheep cheese originating from the island of Pag. You can find it in restaurants, but also in stores and local markets.
Paprenjaci are traditional Croatian cookies with a very old recipe dating back to the Renaissance. The name comes from the word papar that in Croatian means black pepper since it is one of its ingredients. The recipe requires a mix of dried fruits such as walnuts and hazelnuts, honey, and a mix of spices that create an explosion of flavours.
While navigating with your rental boat in Croatia, keep on indulging your sweet tooth with another great classic of its cuisine, the Orehnjača. It is made up of a sweet dough kneaded with yeast and a variety of fillings, but most often with poppy seeds or grounded walnuts with cinnamon, sugar, and milk, then rolled and baked.
Splitska torta, native to the gorgeous seaside city of Split, is undoubtedly one of the top desserts among the Croatian pastries. It is made up of layers of meringue and an egg yolk buttercream, filled with confetti, dried fig, walnut, raisins as key ingredients.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Croatia
The sailing season in Croatia starts in late spring (April) till early fall (September/October) when the weather is mild and the sea calm. In these two shoulder seasons, there are also fewer crowds compared to the months of the peak season (July and August). In midsummer, the sea temperature is higher (25 ºC / 77º F), thus it is ideal for a sailing holiday, swimming, and practicing water sports. So, take advantage of the freedom of traveling with your private rental boat and visit this country at its best!
Croatia has three different climates, but let’s focus on the coast. The coastal one is typically Mediterranean. The Adriatic coast enjoys rainy and cool winters, but hot, dry, and sunny summer with temperatures ranging from 18 ºC (64 ªF) to 30º C (72ºF).
Croatia, especially the coastal area, is windy all year round. There are five most frequent winds, but the bora and the jugo are the two dominant winds.
The bora is a north-easterly wind coming from the Russian plains that blows predominantly in winter that can reach peaks of 300 km/h. It is dry and cold, but in summer its breeze tempers the heat and it’s not dangerous.
The jugo (sirocco) is a humid wind more frequent in autumn blowing from the south. It can blow at up to 50 knots in autumn, while in summer it’s rarer and it blows much slower.
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