Croatia
"The Dalmatian Coast"

The 1,000 or more islands of Croatia’s famous Dalmatian Coast offer gentle cruising and island hopping in the calm, clear waters of the Adriatic. More experienced sailors can enjoy longer spells out on the open ocean and take part in regattas and other events. Occasional strong mistral winds provide more challenging conditions for those who relish more action-packed sailing.

A Croatian sailing holiday allows you to experience a Mediterranean paradise of turquoise seas, quiet, colourful islands and picturesque port towns steeped in history, delicious fresh seafood and friendly, welcoming locals. Unspoilt coves and dramatic waterfalls, ancient forts and lush, green forests all lie in wait along the country’s celebrated Dalmatian Coast.

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Marinas

ACI Marina Trogir

The ACI marina is located on the island of Čiovo, on the opposite side of the Trogir town center, from which it is separated by a canal about a hundred meters wide. The most popular and beautiful beach on the Riviera is Okrug Gornji beach on the western coast of the island of Čiovo, 2 km from Trogir town centre. 

Address:  Put Cumbrijana, 21220, Trogir, Croatia
Phone: +385 (0)98 398 849
Websitehttps://aci-marinas.com/marina/aci-trogir/
VHF Channels:  10 and 16
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  30m
Number of Berths:  174

Marina Services:  Reception and exchange office, laundry, free WiFi, diving centre, wellness centre, fuel station, disabled access toilets, ATM, toilets and shower, crane, maintenance and repair shop, grocery store, parking, restaurant, nautical academy.

ACI Marina Trogir - Trogir town on the left, the marina on the right.
Marina Baotic, Seget Donji - An alternative option to ACI Marina Trogir, a taxi ride out of Trogir town but a much larger, newer complex with more facilities and accessibility. Trogir is just out of view in the top right of the picture.

Marina Baotic, Seget Donji

Located at an alluring bay, protected from the weather and currents, just minutes away from the quaint, historic town of Trogir. Prudently selected location at the crossroads of land, air, and sea routes make Marina Baotić a great meeting place and a port to visit during your exploration of the Adriatic coast.  Just a 10-minute drive from Split Airport.

Address: Na skali 2, Mokošica,
20001 Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 (0)98 398 813
Email:  reception@marinabaotic.com
Websitehttps://aci-marinas.com/marina/aci-dubrovnik/
VHF Channels:  17
Open:  All year

Marina Services:  Fitness studio, parking, swimming pool, car rental, transfer, laundry. exchange office, restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, events, VIP services, luggage storage, reception.

ACI Marina Split

ACI marina Split, with the harbors of two sailing clubs, protected by solid rock breakwater from southerly winds and rough seas, offers a glorious view of Split and its center – Diocletian’s Palace. It is at ACI Marina Split that the Split Lungomare begins; the longest and most certainly one of the most beautiful promenades in the Adriatic. 

Address: Uvala Baluni 8, 21000 Split
Phone: +385 (0)98 398 850
Websitehttps://aci-marinas.com/marina/aci-split/
VHF Channels:  10 and 16
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  90m
Number of Berths:  318

Marina Services:  Reception and exchange office, laundry, free WiFi, diving centre, wellness centre, fuel station, disabled access toilets, ATM, toilets and shower, crane, maintenance and repair shop, grocery store, parking, restaurant, nautical academy.

ACI Marina Split - The marina is centre middle, with the sprawling city of Split wrapped around the bay.
ACI Marina Dubrovnik - Situated at the end of a protected river channel and in the shadow of the legendary medieval town of Dubrovnik.

ACI Marina Dubrovnik

ACI marina Dubrovnik is one of the safest marinas to berth, keep and maintain your vessel in. It is also an ideal starting point for a complete boating adventure. ACI marina Dubrovnik is ACI marina with most “Flower of Tourism – Quality for Croatia” awards and Blue Flag recognition. Since last year, guests and visitors of ACI marina Dubrovnik also have the innovative ACI Golf Range at their disposal. ACI marina Dubrovnik is the first and only marina on the Adriatic Sea to offer that unique service.

Address: Na skali 2, Mokošica,
20001 Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 (0)98 398 813
Websitehttps://aci-marinas.com/marina/aci-dubrovnik/
VHF Channels:  17
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  45m
Number of Berths:  380

Marina Services:  Reception and exchange office, laundry, free WiFi, slipway, swimming pool, golf range, fuel station, disabled access toilets, ATM, toilets and shower, grocery store, parking, restaurant.

The Dalmatian Coast: Map

The Weather

Diurnal winds along the coast of Croatia are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains are a feature of some of the harbours along the NE Adriatic coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn, conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms – luckily of short duration – with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas.

In the winter, the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the Velebitski channel and its continuation NW, the Vinodolska channel. For this reason, most yachts cruising the Velebitski channel hug the mainland shore, where there is a better shelter in the event of a sudden bora. It tends to blow less strongly S of Zadar.

Equally prevalent in winter – although not uncommon in summer – is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco occasionally exceeds gale force but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.

See our ‘Guide To Safe Docking And Anchoring’ for more information.

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Places To Visit in Croatia

Maslinica 

“The island of Solta”

Lat/Long – 43.3968° N, 16.2063° E

Maslinica is a beautiful small village on the western side of Solta and roughly 2 hours and 12-15 nm from either Trogir or Split.  A logical first stop on your sailing adventure.

The south side of the bay boasts a beautiful pinewood with secluded rocky beaches. In front of it lies an archipelago of seven islets (Polebrnjak, Saskinja, Stipanska, Kamik, Balkun, Rudula and Grmej), making Maslinica one of the most wonderful spots in the Adriatic. The beauty of the surrounding nature is in harmony with the historical, architectural and environmental values of the old castle and picturesque stone houses.

The settlement developed around the castle built by the noble family Marchi in 1708. Due to frequent pirate attacks, the Marchi brothers requested from the Venetian governor an approval to build a castle with a tower to defend the village. The family populated their estate with farmworkers from the regions of Dalmatian Zagora and Herzegovina, who were also engaged in fishing and seafaring. The family also commissioned the building of the church of St. Nicholas, located on the highest hill south of the bay.

Arrive early if you want a place on the dock at this busy yet peaceful, waterfront harbour town.  You’ll find a quaint selection of waterfront taverns and restaurants here.  Wake up in the morning and take a wander to the stores for fresh coffee, bread and pastries at the local bakery.

 

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Sesula 

“The island of Solta”

Lat/Long – 43.5176° N, 16.4618° E

When you enter Sesula Bay, the pearl of Solta, you are made to feel instantly welcome.  You’ll find an abundance of mooring opportunities here in this breath-taking, protected bay.  Prepare your lines for anchor and stern to, taking a dinghy to shore to dine at one of the bays remarkable restaurants on the hill.  The restaurant of “Sismis” (Croatian for “Bat”) is our recommendation.  Pre-book and ask for the traditional Croatian dish, “Peka”.  

 If you are a guest of Sismis, attentive young chaps professionally assist you with the docking. The bay is nice with crystalline waters and overlooking it you have Sismis, a beautiful and refined restaurant nicely integrated into nature with its stone terraces. Dining at Sismis is a pleasure: spectacular views, attentive service, nice fresh Croatian dishes. Order the typical dish peka and you will remember the bay of Sesula forever.

Wake up in the morning to lake-calm water and the sound of silence and crickets, and the sun beats down uninterrupted into your anchorage.  Dive into the refreshing sea and swim or paddleboard through the bay.  You can also go ashore and wander over the hill into Maslinica for a fresh coffee and a visit to the bakery.

Sismis Restaurant  (mooring included)
Website:  http://www.restaurant-sismis-sakajet.com/
Phone:  +385 98 560 436
Email:  restaurant.sismis@gmail.com

Milna

“The island of Brac”

Lat/Long – 43.5176° N, 16.4618° E

Milna is a pretty fishing town in a sheltered bay with south facing beaches and crystal clear water, surrounded by pine forest so perfect for lazy days on the beach with family or friends. The beaches in Milna are pebbly – there are approximately 2km of small shingly beaches (giving access into the sea) and sunbathing platforms where people put sunloungers by the sea. 

About 25 minutes drive from Supetar, the town itself is quintessentially Croatian as are most Brac towns – oldy worldy with terracotta roofs and lots of atmosphere. There is a marina at one end of the bay and a good selection of restaurants serving good quality local food around the main part of the bay – it’s delightful!

The town also hosts an array of summer festivals so that holiday makers can try local Croatian cooking – these are really nice and not to be missed. This is a place to kick back and relax and get away from it all!

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Blaca Bay

Blaca Monastery Trail

“The island of Brac”

Lat/Long – 43.5176° N, 16.4618° E

Blaca Bay is definitely one of the most visited bays on the southern shoreline of the island of Brač. The cove is surrounded by a dense pine forest and deep in the cove, there is a lovely beach above which there is a small chapel. If you find yourself in this picturesque cove of the island of Brač visit the nearby desert Blaca. This monastery hermitage emerged in 1551 when the monks in this secluded desert cave erected their home and a unique estate. There is a small forest trail of about 2 km that leads from the cove to the monastery.

 
Blaca Bay and the monastery trail (if you have the legs for it!) can be an idyllic and secluded overnight anchorage, away from the hustle and bustle.  Here you can enjoy absolute peace and serenity. 

Alternatively, Blaca Bay makes a wonderful stop en-route to Bol Beach or the island of Hvar, depending on whether you are coming or going.  

If you decide to take on the 30-minute monastery trail, it’s a shallow, weaving off-road walk so we would recommend some proper footwear, water, sun-cream and a shirt.  You can go inside the monastery and explore but there is an entrance fee.

Blaca Monastery Entrance Fee:  40kn Adults / 10kn Children
Opening Hours: 9 am-5 pm Tue-Sun Jul & Aug, to 3 pm Tue-Sun Sep-Jun

Bol Beach

“The island of Brac”

No sailing itinerary of the Dalmatian Islands would be complete without visiting Bol Town and Zlatni Rat beach. In the LA Times, it was written that the most famous beach in Croatia – Zlatni rat, is among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is among Europe’s most famous beaches and one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia. Situated near the old town of Bol on the southern coast of the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat is a narrow white pebble beach. It’s amazing shape shifts with the changes in the tide, currents and wind.

Zlatni Rat beach also has great conditions for water sports such as surfing and kiting. The beach has a diving and surfing school where you can rent the necessary equipment. For the evening, there is a pine forest within which there are many cocktail bars to relax or enjoy the sunset, before heading out do dinner.  Check out the “Jako” wine cellar.

If one thing could top Bol and the Zlatni Rat beach, it’s the view from the island’s highest peak right above it – Vidova Gora.  If you can spare the time it’s worth the excursion.  Some say you can see Italy on a clear day – you can certainly see the far off island of Jabuka (“apple”, in Croatian).

 ACI Marina – Palmizana

“The Pakleni Islands”

Lat/Long – 43.1623° N, 16.3927° E

The Pakleni Islands sit temptingly and seductively off the coast of Hvar Town and are bliss for a day’s escape to swim and sunbathe and to escape the buzz of Hvar town itself.  Apart from making a lovely retreat, the islands are also interesting to wander around, there are a variety of islands and bays to explore and, certainly, ACI Palmizana Marina is a much more affordable, better protected and suitable overnight stop compared to Hvar Riva or taking one of the uncomfortable overnight buoys.  

Bohemian Palmizana is one of the islands, owned by the Mengello family and filled with exotic plants and flowers.  Lovely beaches can be found at Palmizana and Perna, and there are novel pretty colourful cottages to see whilst you wander around.

For a lazy lunch, Restaurant Bacchus or rent of one of the cabana’s for the afternoon at the water’s edge in what is a laid back and stunning bay,  Toto’s Beach Restaurant set among the beautiful plants is also a lovely spot..

For more action, the bay of Stipanska on the Island of Marinkovac is home to the famous Carpe Diem Club.  Moved from the main Riva in the centre of Hvar  (after it became a bit too popular), its new home is a chilled-out haven to spend the day with heavenly lounge areas and a cool bar, and you can party there throughout the night once the evening comes around.  It usually opens after midnight! If you fancy getting back to nature instead, head to Zdrilca Beach, also on the island.

Then there is Jerolim Island which is top naturist spot but altogether a very relaxing island and gorgeous place to spend the day – naturist or not.

Water taxi’s out to the Pakleni Islands are cheap and you can hop on one from Hvar Town Riva.  

Water Taxis:  Palmizana to Hvar / Hvar to Palmizana 
Price:  25-30kn each way, p/p

Hvar

“The island of Hvar”

Lat/Long – 43.1729° N, 16.4411° E

Every visitor of this ancient city is sure to find his own fraction of tranquillity and magic, so generously offered by this charming place. Strolling along the monuments such as Fortica Fortress, Hvar Cathedral and the Franciscan monastery will lead you through the long history of this city. 

Hvar is the place to seduce you with its beaches, nearby bays and island chains – Pakleni otoci (Pakleni islands), making your visit by yacht an unforgettable experience. Choose one of the numerous Hvar restaurants and inns to be greeted by welcoming inhabitants, experiencing exceptional gastro-specialities: fresh fish topped with homemade olive oil and delicious wines from the islands very own vineyards. 

For the more active there are volleyballs nets on the beaches, a warren of bicycle and jogging paths and tracks, rock climbing, possibilities for sea kayaking, dinghy sailing, and scuba diving. There are also numerous vine tastings tours offered by the islands famous Hvar winemakers. Hvar is known to be very much alive, and its parties and pulsating nightlife attract young people from all over the world.

It’s a bit of a climb but if you are up for the hike, the views from the fortress which overlooks Hvar Town and the Pakleni Islands are pretty stupendous so it’s worth the walk.  Built during the era of the Venetian empire, a visit to the fortress makes for an interesting look back at the history of that period and prior.  See if you can find the door to the tunnel which, according to locals, goes from the fortress to the port for use in times of attack! Known locally as “Spanjola”, there’s a cafe at the top but do take some water as it can be hot in the sunshine. This makes for a good morning or afternoon activity – and some wonderful photographs…

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The town quay of fishing village Stari Grad, Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

Stari Grad

“The island of Hvar”

Stari Grad can be found on the southwest coast of Hvar Island and has been populated since Roman times. It’s a small fishing village with a population of about 1,700 people. The city is well known for its olive trees which can be found in abundance as you walk through the narrow streets.  

The gorgeous destination is located at the end of a natural bay and has been inhabited for more than 500 years. Stari Grad means “old city” in Croatian; it was originally founded by the Greeks around 400 BC as a trading post. Today, it’s home to many restaurants, hotels, bars and tourist shops.

Stari Grad is also known as one of the best destinations to visit during your yacht charter sailing through Croatia. Its two marinas are Marina Milna and Marina Sukosan, which offer berths for yachts up to 50 meters long.

When you think of Croatia, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not Stari Grad, which is a shame because this sleepy little town on Hvar Island has so much to offer! Whether you’re looking for a private yacht charter in Stari Grad or want some tips for exploring the island by land, we have everything you need right here.

 

Šćedro 

“Off the island of Hvar”

Along the southern shores of Hvar is the island of Šćedro, a small, sparsely inhabited and protected nature park and former monasteries site famous for its safe, protected coves and anchorages since ancient times. The islands untouched beauty and quiet, hidden coves provide an intimate experience of charming serenity, filled with indigenous Mediterranean pine trees, fields of autochtonous herbs, the sweet aromas of nature and glistening sun reflecting off crystal clear waters. You won’t want to leave.

Once a green and fertile place, Šćedro Island has become the first psychological shelter in modern Europe. The island is home to many renowned psychiatrists from around the world who have come together at this historic location with hopes of curing people’s minds. With its two bays on the north shore playing an important role in the history of seamanship and being where Cesar’s fleet defeated Pompeius’ – it seems inevitable that some would claim those waters had special properties for healing wounds, both physical or psychological.

Vis Town

“The island of Vis”

In many ways, Vis, with a population of 5000 and the most westerly of the larger Croatian islands, around 35 miles off the mainland, is the most fascinating of all the Croatian islands largely because the island was entirely closed to foreigners, as it was used as a naval base and didn’t open to visitors until 1989! Vis also has a special British connection, after being used as an Allied base throughout World War II – the assumed refuge of Partisan and resistance leader Josip Broz Tito – with several Royal Navy and RAF forces positioned there. In addition to the island thinks colonial and military history, Vis also produces some of Croatia’s most famous wines, such as Vugava and Plavac.

In recent years, Vis gained notoriety as a filming location for Mamma Mia 2, redressed as a Greek Island! Highlights on the island of Vis itself include the main towns Vis Town – particularly the old town with a selection of fantastic restaurants and bars – and Komiza. For a day trip, visit the smaller island of Bisevo, most famous for the spectacular ‘Blue Cave’ (Modra Spilja) – it shouldn’t be missed!

Blue Cave “Modra Spilja”

“The island of Bisevo, off Vis”

Modra Spilja (The Blue Cave), located in the small cove of Balun on the island of Biševo.The cave itself is 24 meters long, 10–12 meters deep, and up to 15 meters high, while the entrance to it measures 1.5 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. In the year 1884. baron Eugene von Ransonnet described and depicted it. On his suggestion, the entrance to the cave has been enlarged, making it this way accessible to the entire world.

The cave has two entrances: the smaller one artificially widened and deepened so that the boat could sail through, and the wider one, located at the southern part of the cave – the underwater passage, the magical game of the light and water is performed…Depending on the season, the ideal moment to visit the cave is between 9 and 13 o’clock in the morning

 

Korcula

The island of Korcula

 

Mljet National Park

The island of Mljet

 

Odysseus Cave, Mljet

The island of Mljet

 

 

Sipanska

The island of Sipan

 

 

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants

 

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Essential Information

Temperature: Croatia’s coastline and islands, from Istria in the north down through Dalmatia in the south, are governed by a Mediterranean climate. The mean summer temperature is between 24°C (75°F) and 26°C (79°F) along the coast. (It is usually several degrees cooler in the northern Adriatic than in the South).

High Season: Mid-June–Mid-September

Winds: The most frequent wind in Dalmatia is the southeasterly Jugo. It blows toward the mainland in autumn and winter, bringing with it warm, moist air. The Bura, however, is a cold, dry wind that blows from the mainland in sudden, powerful gusts, bringing dry air and cooler temperatures. The westerly Mistral is a pleasant summer wind that blows in from the sea, reaching its peak force in early afternoon. It refreshes the air and chases away any mugginess..

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