One of the best ways to explore Croatia is sailing. The country has more than a thousand islands and as many beautiful coastal towns of great cultural heritage, not to mention the warm sea and the lovely beaches. Of course, some areas are more suitable for sailing than others; here are our choices of towns and areas you should visit if you ever embark on a sail in Croatia.
Trogir is a town situated in Kastela Bay, just thirty kilometers westwards of Split. It has a large marina with over 200 sea berths and 80 land berths, making the town a favorite destination for yachtsmen. The town preserved its traditional architecture; the streets are marbled and the buildings are made of stone, and there are many cultural monuments as well. The old city core - a UNESCO World Heritage site - is actually an islet between the mainland and the nearby Ciovo.
View of Trogir
Zadar region is possibly the finest Dalmatia has to offer, since everything from natural landmarks to urban facilities can be found in this relatively small area. To start off, explore Zadar, the focal point of northern Dalmatia and a place of spectacular history dating from Roman times. Be sure to visit the Roman Forum or the St. Donates Church, enjoy its bars and clubs, take a long walk along the famous Zadar promenade…chances are you'll need a couple of days to explore the town properly. And some forty kilometers to the south lies the quiet town of Biograd, once the seat of Croatian kings, and now a peaceful little town, perfect for spending a sunny afternoon on one of its beaches.
St. Donatus Church in Zadar
A perfect example of a Croatian Mediterranean town. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its gorgeous Cathedral of St. James, Sibenik became quite a hit among young people a few years ago when the Terraneo music festival was started, and there are dozens of other music and cultural manifestations (although smaller in scale). May we suggest visiting the Krka National Park some twenty kilometers north of the town? The Park consists of spectacularly arranged system of lakes and rivers and interesting flora and fauna.
Sibenik: the old town and cathedral after sunset
Everyone who embarks on an Adriatic sail holiday should visit the second largest city in Croatia. The central landmark surely is the Diocletian's Palace; Diocletian being the Roman emperor who built the palace to serve as his retirement safe heaven. Today, the palace attracts thousands of tourists who wish to see a piece of ancient history. But it's fair to say that Split offers virtually everything, as fit for such a large city; from museums to nightclubs, from beaches to large electronic music festivals – Split will not leave you unimpressed.
City harbour, Diocletian's Palace and the old town viewed from air
It's the second most populated island in the Adriatic, with some sixteen thousand inhabitants. The old legend states that the first settlement on the island was founded by the Trojan hero Antenor in 12th century BC, and there are many evidence of Greek presence, today exhibited in the museums and art galleries of Korcula.
Town of Korcula, a popular sailing spot
Today, tourism is the primary source of income for the people of Korcula: tens of thousands of tourists make sail to visit the island in the summer to enjoy its pine forests and beaches. Many locals are also into winemaking, so be sure to try the local wine of posip. There are many natural coves and bays perfect to sail into, and the islands of Vis, Lastovo and Mljet are in its vicinity, making this region crowded with sailboats in the summer. Even the Peljesac peninsula is not far away. The three largest marinas are located in the town of Korcula, and the settlements of Vela Luka and Blato.