Croatia – leader among the charter cruising destinations in the Mediterranean. Astonishing 3150,6 nautical miles of Adriatic coastline, 1246 islands, 56 marinas with 16000 berths (plus 30000 in ports and sports facilities) makes Croatia one of the most attractive destinations for charter cruising in The Med. Sailing in Croatia with it’s multitude of bays, deserted islands, enchanted coastal towns and scenic nature reserves is a fantastic experience. Capital of Southern Croatia, Dubrovnik unique architecture made it a perfect setting for King’s Landing, capital of Westeros Kingdom in Game of Thrones award-winning series.
Croatian Coast is divided to three main areas – Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia. Main charter base in Istria is marina Pula – the biggest in the region. Pula also has one of the major Coratian airport which is connected to all major European destinations. There are also many other, smaller charter bases around Pula, no more than an hour drive from the airport. Besides being a major tourist attraction, Pula is a good starting point for a cruise to Slovenia and Venetian lagoon.
Kvarner Gulf has biggest islands of Croatian Archipelago – Krk, Cres, Rab, Pag and Losinj. Major yacht port in the Gulf is Rijeka (also a major tourist airport), but several other charter bases are spread around the coast. Cruising around the Gulf of Kvarner can bring you back into the age of belle époque - to the end of XIX century Austro-Hungary.
Hundreds of islands along the coast of Dalmatia are a biggest archipelago around the coast of Europe. With four airports of Zadar, Split, Brac and Dubrovnik, every other charter base along the coast is easily reachable. Cruising around Dalmatian coast is a magical travel into history and time as deep as the Roman times.
Season in Croatia starts in the end of May and ends in mid-September. Winds up to 25 knots usually blow along the coast from SE or NW directions, which makes sailing in Croatia a bit difficult. But there is nothing more indulging after a day of sailing a sip of Rakija and a slice of Pršut at one of the nice restaurants standing in one of the hundreds of the beautiful Croatian bays.