Croatia - The Adriatic Sea

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Croatia stretches from the easternmost edges of the Alps in the northwest to the Pannonian Plain and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central part is covered by the Dinaric mountain range, while its southern part reaches far down into the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Croatia’s location has long made it a country of strategic importance, and the various civilisations and cultures that have had influence here over the centuries have all left their legacy in contributions to a rich and diverse culture.

With fascinating perfect islands, crystal clear water, medieval towns, incredible landscapes, and numerous sandy and pebble beach’s you will sail from picturesque port to peaceful cove.

The Croatian coastline has 1185 islands; rocks and reefs with only 50 inhabited islands. Along the coast there are more than 350 natural harbours and marinas suitable for sailing boats and motor boats. A yacht charter or sailing holiday in Croatia provides the opportunity to explore ancient cities and ruins, secluded anchorages and traditional fishing villages, all in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean.

Croatia's history includes Illyrian, Roman, Christian, Venetian and Austrian empires left in pristine condition and one of best preserved destinations in Europe.

All types of yachts are available for charter in Croatia from bareboat sailing yachts to very large luxury crewed boats.There are so many choices for sailing this amazing coastline and with excellent travel connections you truly are spoilt for choice.

Istria

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. Istria is a unique and enchanted place that has welcomed visitors and settlers from other parts of the world for as long as we have recorded history.

Shaped like a triangle it is a very popular destination for tourists and travellers due to its close vicinity to Italy, Slovenia and Austria, and its large and varied coastline, full of secluded bays with hundreds of places to stop and villages offering superb restaurants and interesting sights from its Roman and medieval history with Byzantine, Venetian and Austrian influences. The interior of the Istria peninsula is also very attractive, with numerous small towns built on top of the hills around Istria.

Istria became part of Croatia (ex - Yugoslavia) after the Second World War as previously it belonged to Italy, so culturally, Istria is very much influenced by Italian culture. Istria was called ‘Terra Magica’ (The Magic Land) in Roman times. Istria is much more westernised than the rest of Croatia due to its rich and versatile history.

Embarkation options include Rovinj, Pula, Rijeka and Veruda. Sailing is through a stunning cruising area including the beautiful islands of Cres, Losinj, Mali, Krk, Rab and Silba. It is also possible to travel further afield to the south,to visit the Kornati National Park.



North Dalmation Coast – Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands archipelago in northern Dalmatia is located near Sibenik and Zadar. The Kornati National Park is one of the most popular Croatian sailing destinations offering more than a hundred beautiful islands in the Dalmatian Sea. It is generally less cosmopolitan and somewhat quieter than the Central Dalmatian Islands making it a perfect area for nature lovers and more secluded and private anchorages. A vast maze of unspoilt islands scattered across 230 sq km in the Adriatic Sea is nothing but a sailor's paradise.

The 140 islets and reefs form a wall of sheer cliffs facing the open sea some reaching more than a hundred meters tall. The park itself was named after the largest island, Kornati with 89 of the islands declared a Croatian National Park since 1980 due to their natural beauty.

The wild archipelago of Kornati offers an escape from the normal way of life with so many remote islands you are sure to be on your own. The large number of inlets provide infinite options for stop offs and exploration.

Due to the park's islands and inlets, clear blue seas, and wonderful sailing conditions Kornati is a haven for nautical tourism. There are many embarkation options including Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Murter, Vodice, Sibenik, and Primostan.

Central Dalmatian Coast

The central Dalmatian Islands are home to some of Croatia's most well known and popular sailing destinations. Split is the main point of entry into Croatia and the second largest city – the heart of the Dalmatia region. The old town is built around a sheltered harbour, on the south side of a high peninsula sheltered from the open sea by many islands.

Ferries to the islands are constantly coming and going. The entire west end of the peninsula is a vast wooded mountain park. High coastal mountains set against the blue Adriatic provide a striking frame to the scene.

The whole area generally offers lively ports with restaurants and bars nestled within beautiful old towns. Each island in the Central Dalmatian area has its own character. From the trendy hotspots to the secluded getaways. The coast is dotted with everything from major towns to picture perfect beaches. The architecture and natural beauty are incredible. Hvar Town and Bol on the island of Brac are famous for their nightlife.

You are able to start your charter from Trogir, Kastela Rogoznica, Vinisce, or Split – providing infinite cruising options and some excellent opportunities for sightseeing on land such as the town of Trogir with many preserved historical monuments, works of art, original buildings and beautiful streets to wander.

Options are also available from the area south of Split such as Voda, Krvavica and Tucepi or indeed embarking from the numerous islands such as Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, and Lastovo.

Southern Dalmatian Coast - Dubrovnik

Further south past the the Peljesac Peninsular, with its indigenous wines and superb shellfish is Dubrovnik. Not to be missed for its stunning architecture Dubrovnik is a town with a unique political and cultural history. Famous worldwide for its monumental heritage and extraordinary beauty it is one of the most attractive and well known cities of the Mediterranean.

Included in the UNESCO register this magnificent city is surrounded by a curtain of walls, filled with marble streets and baroque buildings, churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone. Beyond the city is a landscape of beaches, wooded peninsulas and a sea strewn with lush islands.

Dubrovnik is great embarkation location but is normally recommended for a longer charter due to its location.

» Easily accessible (Direct flights from Europe)
» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Breathtaking Scenery
» Several itinerary options
» Combine with a city stay
» Welcoming firendly people
» Picturesque harbours to historical ports

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Example Itinerary

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CENTRAL DALMATIA – One week itinerary:

Kaštela (or Trogir) - Milna (Lučice) (14nm), Milna (Lučice) - Stari Grad (14nm), Stari Grad - Hvar (Palmižana) (14nm), Hvar - Šćedro - Vela Luka (20nm), Vela Luka - Vis (25nm), Vis - Šolta (Maslinica) (25nm), Šolta (Maslinica) - Kaštela (or Trogir) (13nm)


Trogir

TROGIR is a town with a port on the coast of Kaštela Bay 27 km westwards from Split. Its old city nucleus is situated on a small islet between Čiovo and the land. The airport Split is nearby. ACI marina Trogir has 200 sea berths and 80 berths on land. Lovers of cultural monuments, works of art, original buildings and beautiful streets shall learn here about its magnificent and multi-layered heritage.

Brac (Milna)

The bay of Milna with its spacious outer and shallow inner part is the best port on the island of Brač. It is situated on the regional road that passes through the whole island. It is the best natural port of the island of Brač. There is a range of beautiful small bays with sand and gravel beaches nearby (e.g. Pasika, Osibova, Lučice, Maslinova). ACI marina Milna is the only marina on the island of Brač, it has 200 sea berths and 20 berths on land.

Hvar (Stari grad)

Historic centre of island Hvar, ancient settlement Faros is built at the spot where deep bay meets the island coastline full of grapevine and olive fields. Surrounded by the pine trees, cooled by summery breeze (maestral) Starigrad during hot summer days is one of the rare Dalmatian places where the air is cool. Not to be missed in Hektorović Palace, renaissance building with fish pond and pergola and it is the best place to show the towns’ history. Starigrad Marina offers 40 berths with water and electricity supply and 40 buoys.

Hvar

HVAR is a town with a port on the southwestern coast of the island with the homonymous name; it lies in a small bay protected by Pakleni otoci southwards and in the north it is protected by a low ridge. The pronouncedly Mediterranean climate is here without any greater oscilations; there are 2715 sunny hours in the year. This is a town with an exceptional cultural and historical heritage and simultaneously a tourist centre with a centennial tourist tradition. Pleasant climate, plenty of sunny days, natural attractions, varied hotel, catering, sport and recreational offer attract tourists during the whole year.

Vis

The best features of island of Vis are beautiful, blue, crystal-clear sea, pebble and sand beaches. The beaches are an oasis of peace and are perhaps the most treasured part of Vis. There are many restaurants in Vis, from luxurious to traditional taverns in the centre of Vis and Komiža but as well as plenty are situated in many beautiful bays and what they all have in common is that they offer local specialties in relaxing environment. If you wish to explore inland, only 10 km away you will find village settlements offering village tourism with good quality accommodation and traditional dishes and you will encounter remarkable hospitality.

Solta - Maslinica

Maslinica is the only place on island of Šolta which is situated in the bay on the western side of the island. It reminds us of main attractions of this area, which is picturesque bay and pine trees on the south side, and nearby deep and sheltered bay Šešula and archipelago consisting of 7 islands. Maslinica came into being in 1703 where aristocratic family Marchi asked Venetian representative for permission to form settlement and to build castle fortified with towers so it can defend itself from frequent pirate’s attacks. Castle has been turned into well known restaurant Conte Albert. Today Maslinica draws attentions for those seeking peace during the day and night. Ferry do not stop here so to reach Split one has to travel from Rogač. Beside safe anchor point is bay of Šešula, Maslinica offers 25 berths with water and electricity supply.

Highlights

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains.

Hvar Town

Gently rolling hills painted a brilliant purple by the fertile flowers, lush vineyards nestling at the foot of ragged mountains, gorgeous beaches with tiny inlets and secluded coves, luscious restaurants, boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife amidst the medieval streets of Hvar Town are just a few of the treats to enjoy on this dream of an island.

Imposing fortifications hover above the fluid blend of grey stone and orange cascading roofs. The remains of walls built by a long list of invaders descend towards the wide promenade edging the brilliant blue sea and the quaint fishing harbor. Marble streets reveal one of the largest squares in Dalmatia, Trg Sveti Stjepana as well as the prized Cathedral of St. Stjepan and the Renaissance theatre.

Hvar Town may be the most stunning town on the island but Starigrad, the oldest village on the island, and Jelsa, as well as a smattering of small villages, dotting the coast or nestled in the lush interior are well worth a visit.

Diocletian’s Palace

One of the world’s most impressive Roman ruins in existence, Diocletian's Palace is a building in Split that was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement in 305 AD. It lies in a bay on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast, four miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. In November 1979 UNESCO, in line with the international convention on cultural and natural heritage, adopted a proposal that the historic city of Split built around the Palace should be included in the register of World Cultural Heritage.

Zadar

Zadar is one of the oldest Croatian cities; it is believed to be 3000 years old. A lively cafe scene and bustling market bring this little town to life. The marble-clad, traffic-free old town follows the old Roman street plan. The turbulent history of Zadar, made this town fascinating. It frequently changed sovereigns, for a while it was a capital of Byzantine province Dalmatia, was sold to Venice, conquered by the crusaders and under Austrian, Italian and French rule. The historical architecture of Zadar is fascinating for its numerous structures, dating from Roman times to present day.

Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park is located centrally between Zadar and Sibenik, approximately 15 Nautical Miles from either city, the national park is made up of 89 Islands and Islets, this collection of Islands are part of the Kornati archipelago.

The entire Kornati Archipelago consist of 147 Cliffs, Islets and Islands, the archipelago has been described by sailors as sailors heaven or heaven on earth. The famous Irish writer George Bernard Shaw visited the Kornati Archipelago and described them as follows: "On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath". The largest island in the Archipelago is the Island of Kornat, over time Island Kornat has had many names including : Insula Sancte Marie, Stomorin Otok, Tarac, Tureta and Coronati.

The Kornati National Park is a nature park, with little in the way of historic structures; Island Kornat has some roman ruins and an old church. The most notable structure is the Tureta Fotress dating back to the Byzantine Era (6th Century).

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Croatia

The climate is typically Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters. Expect temperatures around 30 degrees during July/August, down to 23 degrees on average in May/October.

Croatia provides the ideal climate for a relaxing sailing holiday. Blue skies, consistent warm weather and perfect sailing conditions; Croatia has long been a popular sailing destination.

Throughout the cruising season, water temperatures average 22 C. Winds are generally light and variable in the mornings, with afternoon breezes and calm nights. Early and late in the season, southerly and south-easterly winds are variable.

The tidal range is small, only one to two feet, and a Croatian sailing charter affords ample opportunity for gentle cruising in sheltered waters.

Navigation is quite often line-of-sight depending on your embarkation choices and there are no real currents to worry about.

Northern Dalmatian Coast

In the north the summers are pleasantly warm, with the sun shining for an average of seven hours a day. July and August are the hottest months, with average temperatures of over 25°C. The summer months provide supreme surroundings for seeing the sights of the seashore and relaxing nearby the beaches on or around the peninsula.

Central Dalmatian Coast

Central Dalmatia experiences little rainfall during the summer months. The average maximum temperature for June is 28°C while the minimum average is 20°C. July and August share the same average temperature range of 21°C to 29°C. At this time of year a westerly wind, which blows through the Pakleni channel, usually provides some relief from the heat.

Southern Dalmatian Coast

The temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach above the 30°C mark throughout the hottest summer months of June, July and August when the sun is pounding below for twelve hours per day, sometimes even more. The dry, drawn out summer season in Dubrovnik lasts from April to October with any rainfall taking place mainly in November and December. April marks the beginning of a long hot summer in Dubrovnik with the temperature heading over the 20°C mark.


Average Conditions - Central Dalmatia:


  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature ( C )

12

12

16

18

23

28

29

29

26

22

17

13

Low Temperature ( C )

5

6

8

11

16

20

21

21

18

15

11

7

Precipitation (mm)

77

65

69

59

40

38

24

37

60

89

111

104

Average Sunshine Hours

4

4

5

6

8

9

10

9

8

6

4

3


Current Forecast:

5 Day Forecast Split
Day Temp Wind Wave Vis Weather
Thu
21st
21°C
NNW

16 kts

2.6 ft 5 miles
Fri
22nd
23°C
WNW

8 kts

1.1 ft 2 miles
Sat
23rd
25°C
S

2 kts

0.4 ft 0 miles
Sun
24th
24°C
W

3 kts

0.4 ft 1 miles
Mon
25th
23°C
SW

3 kts

0.4 ft 1 miles

General Information

Base/Shore Facilities: Modern marinas offer electricity, fuel station, water, grocery shop, shower/toilets, laundry, tennis courts, swimming pool, weather forecast and parking. Shops are generally open from 0700 until 1900 every day.

Time difference: Time difference between Croatia and UK GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Airports:
Dubrovnik International Airport
Split Airport
Brac Airport
Osijek Airport
Pula Airport
Rijeka/Krk Airport
Zadar Airport
Zagreb Airport

Luggage: We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do. Please pack using soft-sided bags (with wheels as the quay is a distance from the office), as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas: A valid passport is sufficient for a tourist visiting Croatia for up to 3 months. Citizens of EU countries do not require a Visa. Non EU passport holders should check with their nearest Croatian embassy, consulate or office. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport.

Customs and Immigration: Before leaving the airport you will have to clear Customs and Immigration.  Customs and Immigration do work on a spot check basis.

Croatian Tourism tax: this tax will be collected upon arrival at the base. The charge is 1 Euro per person / per day and must be paid as a cash (In Kuna) payment for the whole of the charter period.
Sailing Licences: The Croatian Port Authorities require all skippers to be ICC qualified or hold the equivalent RYA qualification.

Mooring Fees and Taxes: Mooring fees are usually charged in harbours and on town quays by the local municipality. These are usually between €25 and €30 which is less than the per night charges in the larger marinas, but shower and toilet facilities may not be available.

Well equipped marinas are common in Croatia and generally cost about €50 (for a 30 ft yacht) to €80 (for a 50ft yacht) per night. The actual price is dependent on the size of your yacht and the specific marina pricing policy. Shore power, water, and shower and toilet facilities are included in the cost of berthing in a marina.

If you use a private jetty free of charge, you are expected to eat at the owner’s restaurant.
In Hvar yachts are charged for anchoring as well as in National Park areas.

Charts & Pilot Book: All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.

Currency: The value of the Kuna is tied to the value of the Euro. It is quite common for accommodation to be priced in Euros; however you will pay in Kuna. Also, many more expensive items like houses, cars and boats will be offered and confirmed in Euros even though payment is done in Kuna.

Banks:
Open from 0700hrs to 2000hrs Monday to Friday and 0800hrs to 1200hrs Saturday.
There are ATMs on most of the islands. Traveller’s cheques are not readily accepted.
Cash can be exchanged at banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, marina offices and hotels. There are many small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank.  They are open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Credit Card Information: Visa and Mastercard are accepted in larger towns and on some islands but it is advisable to have cash to pay for meals. Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

Language: Croatian, Serbian, and other (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German).

Cost of living in Croatia: On average the cost of living in Croatia is approximately 20% less than the UK, however imported and branded goods are often more expensive.

Restaurants: There are restaurants close to the bases and around many of the islands, with a wide selection of menus at various prices. Freshly caught local seafood is very popular. 

Tipping: Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, however, in newer, higher end places, an extra 10% or 15% is considered polite.

Shopping: When shopping in Croatia you may be offered receipts in shops far lower in value than the amount paid. Shops do this to declare less tax. The Customs Officers at your home airports are well aware how much most goods are worth. If you declare a lower value, you may have the goods seized and a heavy fine imposed.

Shops are open from about 0700 until 1900 every day (some close for siesta) and the majority close Sundays. Many of your favourite products and brands may not be available.

Many local markets can be found selling embroidered table cloths, linen, Dalamatian wine, spirits, preserves and dried fruit.  The morning market at Gunduliceva Square is great for souvenirs, while the morning market at Gruz is great for fresh local produce.
A VAT of 23% is added onto all non-essential products and services purchased in Croatia.

Electricity: The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Croatia is 220 Volts, and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones: Check with your service provider for coverage and roaming fees. There are companies such as Cellular Abroad who offer international phone rentals if you are not a resident of the country. Using your own GSM mobile phone in conjunction with a prepaid SIM card is also very popular and convenient.

Internet Connectivity: Telephone and internet facilities are available in the ACI Marinas.

Fishing: For any kind of fishing you need to buy a fishing licence.

Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Croatia. In order for you to dive from the yacht, a Croatian dive licence is required. This can be brought at a cost of 2500 Kuna for the year. To purchase this licence, you will need to produce Dive qualifications. Costs will then be approximately 200 kuna per day and 8 kuna a litre to fill tanks.

The best option is to go through a Dive centre. The cost is approx. 350 Kuna for one dive including rental of all equipment and approx. 550 Kuna for 2 dives, including rental of all equipment, and they will be able to show the best spots along the coast.

Provisioning: Provisioning is available in this location.  More information on provisioning.

 

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