About Time: Sailing the Dalmatian CoastBy Angelica Malin
Coastlines don’t come much better than Croatia’s spectacular and idyllic 2,000km Adriatic shores. Offshore in the tranquil turquoise waters, there are more than 1,000 islands and islets which are home to remote beaches and whitewashed villages. It’s a stunning archipelago with an ideal sailing climate.
With natural harbours, beautiful bays and accessible marinas, the Dalmatian coast is the ideal location for a sailing vacation. If island-hopping is your thing, there’s a huge choice of Croatian islands to visit. Why not rent a boat for your sailing trip from Zizoo? This Croatian yacht charter specialist has many years of experience in renting out magnificent vessels for the ultimate island-hopping adventure.
Islands can be found along the entire coast of Croatia, starting in Istira and running south all the way to Dubrovnik. You may be wondering where to start on your sailing trip, so here are a few suggestions to get you in the mood.
Sailing south of the Dalmatian coast, you’ll come to Korcula, Lastovo, Elafiti and Mljet Islands. Mljet island offers clear waters, a sandy shoreline and lush Mediterranean vegetation. It’s definitely worth a visit as part of any Dalmatian coast sailing itinerary. The national park in Mljet has two inland salt water lakes connected to the ocean by a long canal, the perfect place to spend a day or two.
For scenic islands which are accessible by boat, sail to Korcula island. Located on the Dalmatian southern coast, Korcula’s sandy bays and quiet coves provide a stunning backdrop to the island’s vineyards, pine forests and quaint villages. Beach lovers can sit back, relax and top up tans or go snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters.
The largest Croatian island by size, Cres is perfect for those who like to explore the land by bike. The island has many cycling routes as well as hiking and trekking trails. While you’re there, try the delicious seafood which is freshly caught every day.
No sailing to the Dalmatian coast would be complete without visiting Dugi Otok. This stunning, unspoilt island is the ideal place for chilling out in complete peace and quiet. There are also many beautiful villages to explore along with scuba diving and fishing activities. Check out Sakarum Beach, one of the best in Croatia. All the family can enjoy a great day out here.
Brac is Croatia’s third largest island. This island has a laid-back charm and ideal wind surfing conditions, it’s a popular island-hopping hotspot especially during the hot summer months of June to September. With all of that sea air and surfing, you’re bound to build up an appetite. Head for the Kopačina taverna for a mouth-watering meal, snack and refreshing drink.
Sveti Kiement, Pakleni Islands
Dock overnight in Palmizana Harbour so you can explore car free Sveti Kiement, one of the Pakleni islands. A small group of islands to the south of Hvar is easy to get to from Hvar Town. Many sailing enthusiasts include this island as a port of call during their Croatian sailing holiday.
For marine life lovers, Kornati Islands are the place to sail to. This dense cluster of islands have a number of bays, beaches and coves where you can drop anchor, take a swim and enjoy a pristine environment. Kornati National Park offers stunning, natural beauty, soaring cliffs and rocky inlets which are mostly uninhabited.
Croatia’s sailing season tends to run from May to the end of September. High summer is the best time to set sail, explore and enjoy what the breath-taking Dalmatian coast has to offer.