Clear turquoise sea, a rugged shoreline and ancient Roman remains watching over petite harbors are what makes Croatia an attractive destination for tourists in general - but what makes it perfect for sailors are the stunningly perfect mediterranean weather and it’s numerous islands. The unique combination of all these traits makes Croatia the perfect experience for sailing.
The adriatic country offers you around a thousand miles of coastline, but the true treasures always lie within the sea - over 1200 islands and islets with an additional 2500 miles of coastline, enabling you to always find lonesome bays and uninhabitated islands for the unique and untainted travel experience.
The Istrian peninsula, famous for its beautiful coastal towns such as Rovinj or Pula, highly-appraised region and home to both pebble and some of the few sandy beaches in Croatia - this peninsula has it all. Gorgeous coastal towns sitting nearly all the way around on its coastline and an unspoiled, stunning nature inland, which rounds up the whole culinary experience of the country. From wine to truffles and from fish & seafood to the famed Boškarin cattle, a white grey long horned cattle native to Istria.
Just a few miles away from the mainland lies the Brijuni Archipelago, the only national park in the region of Istria, boasting with lush flora and fauna - even underwater - and cultural heritage on more than a dozen islands waiting to be discovered.
Moving further, not particularly south, but east of Istria you will find the Kvarner Gulf, home to first larger habtitated Islands - Krk, Cres, Rab, Losinj and Pag just to name a few.
Right here you will find the Velebit-Channel, one of the most dangerous waters of the adriatic sea, where winds can go up to 150 miles an hour. Through these strong winds the areas on the mainland and on the affected island tend to be barren and sparsely vegetated - the whole Velebit Mountain range sitting on the mainland is protected as a national park and home to a huge number of wild animals.
Dalmatia is the southern croatian coastal area, known for its karstified and ragged coastline and home to more than 900 islands. Numerous fortifications built in many different centuries, ruins of the byzantine empire, old temples dedicated to roman gods, incredible natural landmarks and many UNESCO-World Heritage Sites - all of this makes the dalmatian region to a touristic hotspot. The region achieves an unbelievably high-quality of food through its characteristic landscape and climate. Whether it’s seafood or fish, cheese or meat, olive oil or wine - the dalmatian region is famous for all of its produces and represents the adriatic cuisine to the highest standard.
With the sailing season ranging from early April up until late September, Croatia offers its seamen a lot of time to discover its shores. With air and sea temperatures at around 60° F in April the first sailors leave their ports. At midsummer the average temperatures peak at 86°F with little to no rain at all and crystal clear blue sky. September in Croatia is still extremely warm, but it tends to chill down a bit, and in October sailing is still possible and recommended, but do not forget to pack your cardigan and an umbrella.