Dalmatia

Dalmatia is the most interesting and the most visited sailing destination in Croatia. This region abounds with 79 islands and little less than 500 islets which run parallel to the coast. Dalmatian islands will strike you with their natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Immerse yourself in an endless blue sea and deep blue sky along a fairy-tale coastline. This part of Croatia is famous for its rocky shore, Mediterranean forest that stretches to the sea, while pine trees and cypresses are hiding old abandoned mountain villages. Further you sail to the south, endless vineyards and olive plantations replace the pine forest. Turquoise and clear sea waters and pebble beaches will amaze you. On the south, Dalmatian coast is very rugged. Hundreds of islands, islets and rocks, thousands of hidden coves, secluded bays, safe and suitable anchorages will become your home away from home during your stay in Croatia.

Explore the local cuisine in small family restaurants in the shade of pine trees, overlooking the sea. Taste fresh fish prepared in a traditional way on the grill, along with olive oil and rosemary, accompanied by a glass of premium Croatian wine.

You can find traces of rich culture and long history if you visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites: St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Sibenik, the historic city of Trogir, 1700-years-old Diocletian Palace in Split and the world famous city of Dubrovnik. Feel the magic of the coastal Dalmatia by exploring its crystal blue sea, long beaches, beautiful untouched nature, rich cultural heritage and local tradition.

ROUTE 1 - 7 DAYS SAILING FROM SPLIT- CENTRAL DALMATIA

Day 1:  Split City – Maslinica (Šolta Island) – 13NM

Day 2:  Maslinica (Šolta Island) – Vis Town (Vis Island) – 22NM

Day 3:  Vis Town (Vis Island) – Biševo ( Blue Cave) – 17NM –  Komiža (Vis Island) – 5NM

Day 4:  Komiža (Vis Island) – Hvar Town (Hvar Island) 22NM and Palmižana (Pakleni Islands) – 2,5NM

Day 5:  Palmižana (Pakleni Islands) – Bol (Brač Island) – 16,5NM

Day 6:  Bol (Brač Island) – Milna (Brač Island) – 15NM

Day 7:  Milna (Brač Island) – Split City – 12NM

Day 8:  Split City – Check out

ROUTE 2 - 7 DAYS SAILING FROM SPLIT - SOUTH DALMATIA

Day 1:  Split City – Milna (Brač Island) – 14NM

Day 2:  Milna – Hvar Town (Hvar Island) – 14 NM and Palmižana (Pakleni Islands) – 2,5NM

Day 3:  Palmižana (Pakleni Islands) – Korčula Town (Korčula Island) – 32NM

Day 4:  Korčula Town (Korčula Island) – Pomena (Mljet Island) – 16NM

Day 5:   Pomena (Mljet Island) – Zaklopatica (Lastovo Island) – 23NM

Day 6:  Zaklopatica (Lastovo Island) – Vis Town (Vis Island) – 39NM

Day 7:  Vis Town (Vis Island) – Split City- 30 NM

Day 8:  Split City- Check out

3 ROUTE - 7 DAYS SAILING FROM SPLIT - NORTH DALMATIA

Day 1:  Split City – Primošten – 25NM

Day 2:  Primošten – Skradin (entrace to National Park Krka) – 18NM

Day 3:   Skradin – Murter – 24NM

Day 4:  Murter – Piškera (Kornati)- 18NM

Day 5:  Kornati – Kaprije – 18NM

Day 6:  Kaprije – Maslinica (Šolta Island) – 28NM

Day 7:  Maslinica (Šolta Island) – Krknjaši (Drvenik Island) 4NM – Split – 13NM

Day 8:  Split City – Check out

Croatia

Croatia has a long tradition of welcoming sailors with well-developed nautical infrastructure, excellent harbors and anchorages. There are over sixty marinas scattered on the coast, some of which are among-st the best ones in the world. Marina’s facilities are excellent, they include reception, exchange office, restaurant, toilets and showers, grocery store, parking lot, repair shop, crane, etc. Many Croatian marinas are close to historical towns replete with museums, galleries, palaces and excellent restaurants. Most marinas are open all year long. Thanks to the archipelago that stretch down along the entire coast, the Croatian sea is well protected, and you can find shelter in a safe harbor almost everywhere. You can safely moor in countless secluded natural bays or islets. Today many coves are also equipped with buoys where mooring is charged, important option for at stay at sea is anchoring in the almost countless wild coves, which requires a certain sailing knowledge and skill, but provides real contact with nature and the unique atmosphere of a stay at sea.

The best sailing season in Croatia in general is late spring (April, Mai and June) with temperatures from 22-28 C, possibility for occasional showers; then early fall (September until mid – October) with temperatures from 26-20 C, possibility for occasional showers (from the beginning of October, more frequent rain possible). The sea is calm, pleasant air temperature, warm but not hot, not crowded on the coast. July and August are ideal months for family sailing, swimming, diving, enjoying in nice weather and high temperatures. Summers are warm and dry, temperatures rise up to 35 degrees Celsius, no rain. During these months, the marinas, cities, and some of the islands often are full of tourists, many coming in by cruise ship. If you are looking to travel during this time, it is best to book in advance.

Here are the most important winds on the Adriatic:

The Bora (Bura) – northern wind: a dry, cold, very unpredictable northeasterly wind, blows from the mainland towards the sea in gushes. Visibility after the ‘Bura’ wind is excellent; it clears up the atmosphere, bringing fine weather.

The Sirocco (Jugo) – Southern wind : a warm, humid, southerly wind that blows from the sea all along the Adriatic coast, characterised by very rough seas, usually lasting for three days, or a whole week as well (in the winter season), making the sky grey and particularly cloudy. ‘Jugo’ blows rather strong in Split channel and Split Gate (Splitska vrata), a passage between Brač and Šolta islands; average blows at force 16-20 knots.

The Maestral (Maeštral) – North-western wind: a “good” and friendly wind for sailors, a typical Adriatic summer north-western wind that guarantee a beautiful and stable weather. It generally starts blowing around 9 am, collapses around noontime and regenerates soon as a strong westerly to north-westerly wind that stops in the late afternoon. Its usual force is approx. 16-20 knots.

Tramontana, Levant, Lebić and Oštro are only the variant of above-mentioned winds:

Tramontana – is a strong northern to north-western wind coming over the mountain. Particularities: short duration, arrives suddenly reaching stormy force, causing waves and turbulent, very rough seas. Despite everything is an announcement of better weather conditions.

The Adriatic Easterly or Levant – is an easterly wind that blows during cloudy, humid or rainy weather, cold winter wind that usually brings clouds, frequent in the February-March period, when it can reach stormy force and last for many days.

Libeccio – is a south – western winter wind of short duration, causes poor visibility, generating extremely rough seas and bringing abundant rainfall. Announced by extremely high tides.

Oštro -is a warm, mild to moderate wind blowing from the south, which precedes to Maestral.

Grego – moderate or strong north-easterly wind carrying dry, clear and cold weather.

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