With a charter yacht you can explore the vast multitude of islands in Croatia. You have a wide choice of different kinds of ports and numerous stunning sights to behold. There is also a very large offer of motor or sailing yachts to rent and the prices are the lowest in the whole Mediterranean. Lovely Croatia combines beautiful landscape, interesting history and great infrastructure.
What are the appealing aspects of a yacht charter vacation in Croatia?
First of all, there is the amazing clear water of the Adriatic. The shoreline is mostly rocky and consists of pebble beaches, so the sea does not usually get clouded by swirled up sand. To this adds the beautiful Venetian architecture that stems from when Dalmatia and its ports were under the rule of the Italian city state for a long time - mainly between the 16th and the 18th century. The blend between unspoilt nature and Renaissance architecture makes this part of Croatia so undeniably attractive.
The Croatian Adriatic coastline is 1,777 km long. From the most southern to the most northern point it is only 526 km as the crow flies but it is amongst the most indented shorelines in Europe. This means that counting the islands´ shorelines as well Croatia has a total of 5,835 km. It therefore accounts for three quarters of the total Adriatic coastline. There is a myriad of bays and archipelagoes with numerous small islands. 48 of those are permanently inhabited and most of them host a charming medieval town. To be exact, there are 718 islands and islets, 289 rocks and 78 reefs along the coastline. This is why Croatia is also very aptly called the 'land of a thousand islands'.
In addition to this you can find some of the most modern ports there. The yacht charter fleets are very well maintained, so you get a high standard of quality for very little money. You can choose from about 3500 bareboat charter yachts and use over 150 charter companies. Croatia is the largest charter cruising area in the whole world. There is always a safe harbour within reach and the climate is mild. The winds are moderate and therefore ideally suited for family sailing holidays. And if you charter a yacht in Croatia, you also get to enjoy the light and healthy local cuisine, the view of the lush green vegetation ashore, or some of the attractions like the huge waterfalls in the Krka National Park.
Some of the most important figures for yacht charter in Croatia:
- Location: Northeastern Mediterranean Sea, on the East Adriatic Coast
- Capital: Zagreb
- Length of coastline: 1,777 km
- Coastline including islands: 5,835 km
- Largest islands: Cres, Krk, Brac, Hvar, Pag, Korcula, Dugi Otok, Mljet, Rab, Vis, Losinj
- Population: ca. 4,225,316
- Climate: Mild, Mediterranean
- Country code: +385
- Main charter bases: Pula, Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik
Which charter destinations are there in Croatia?
For your Croatian yacht charter, you can head to the following major harbour towns, e.g.: Zadar
. You can sail your bareboat charter yacht along the Dalmatian coastline or cruise around the islands. The distance between Dubrovnik in the South to Zadar is 155 nautical miles, to give you an example. If you head for Split, there are three marinas to choose from. The ACI Marina Split just southwest of the historic centre has 364 moorings for yachts up to 80 m. The Mariana Lav is situated in a luxury hotel complex 8 km southeast of the city centre and hosts 74 boats of up to 40 m length. Finally, the Marina Kastela
, 7 km from the airport, has 400 berths for yachts up to 100 m. The Marina Sukosan 7 km south of Zadar has an impressive 1400 moorings and offers lots of services including several dry docks. In Biograd´s spacious Marina Kornati in North Dalmatia there are 750 berths and Marina Mandalina in Sibenik, for instance, has room for 350 yachts up to 100 m length.
With the multitude of islands, you have every hand full to choose where to go for your sailing yacht charter in Croatia. There is Hvar, which is great for party but also has a lovely old town and an impressive fortress to visit. Korcula equally features an amazing old town and the nearby Mljet has a paradisiac national park with lush greenery and crystal clear lakes. Skradin lies at the entrance to the Krka National Park with its many massive waterfalls. Then you can cruise all the way up North towards Krk and stop by at Brac, Losinj
and many more fascinating islands.
Another hugely popular destination is the Kornati National Park with about 140 islands in the northern part of Dalmatia. It is the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean
. Mooring is only allowed in designated bays, some of which are equipped with mooring buoys and several with restaurants. The other mooring option among the islands in the park is the ACI-operated Marina Piskera on the SW side of Otok Piskera which is open from April to October.
What are the prevailing weather systems relevant for your bareboat charter in Croatia?
The sailing season in the North of Croatia goes from June till the end of September, as it is a little cooler than in the South. There it stretches from May until the end of October.
The Bora and the Sirocco are the dominant winds in the Adriatic during the winter (September - May). In the summer months the Maestral prevails. In general, though, summer brings only moderate winds. Also there are many elongated islands that extend parallel to the shore and are separated by channels. The cruising grounds are therefore very protected and absolutely safe for family charter holidays. The sunniest part of the country consists of the outer islands, e.g. Hvar and Korcula. Here, a whopping 2700 hours of sunshine per year are recorded.
Brief summary of the sailing weather in Croatia with the example of Split:
- Average wind speeds: 2-4 Bft.
- Main season: May - October
- Month with highest average temperature: August, 29.8°
- Month with lowest average temperature: January, 15.4°
- Month with highest average precipitation: December, 113 mm
- Month with lowest average precipitation: July, 28 mm
- Months with most sunshine hours: July, August 13 per day
- Months with least sunshine hours: December, January 5 per day
How much does a yacht charter cost in Croatia and what types of charter are there?
The average charter price per week in Croatia lies at 1990 €, which is the lowest among the European Mediterranean countries. Prices for bareboat yacht charter in Croatia differ by 40 % in high and low season. Off course there are some very good last minute charter offers in summer if you can afford to plan spontaneously.
Here you can find the biggest offer of yacht charter in the whole world. The manifold options include sailboat, catamaran or motor yacht hire as well as skippered, crewed or bareboat charter. Then there is day or fishing boat rental, mostly with power boats, flotilla sailing holidays or you can share a yacht. And last not least a luxury yacht hire can make the dream of your perfect charter vacation come true.
What other highlights are there in Croatia apart from sailing yacht charter?
If you are looking to go sightseeing in Croatia, you could start with the capital Zagreb. Then, off course, there are many more impressive old towns worth your while. Visit the historic centres of Sibenik, Zadar and Trogir. Or go to Dubrovnik with its famous fortifications and take the cable car up the hill to enjoy some breathtaking views. Split is beautiful and has far more to offer than just the Diocletian palace. And if you like ancient sites, the amphitheatre in Pula built by emperor Augustus is for you. Building began in the year 2 AD and it sits about 23,000 people.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, UNESCO world heritage site, is the largest national park in Croatia. The most spectacular national park due to its hundreds of waterfalls is the Krka. Watching the 200 - 400 m wide wall of water rushing down over 17 steps is without a doubt one of the most enthralling experiences in the whole country.
The possibilities for water sports are endless. Choose from kayaking, water ski or wakeboarding, diving, snorkeling, stand up paddling, fishing and many more.
The nightlife of Hvar is legendary. Many celebrities flock there to go dancing and clubbing. Pag - esp. Zrce beach - has earned its reputation as the Croatian Ibiza
. There are many excellent clubs with swimming pools, roller coaster and lots more.
What are the possibilities to charter or rent a sailboat or power boat in Croatia?
In order to sail your own bareboat charter yacht in Croatia you will require a skipper´s licence or proof that you have sufficient sailing experience. The alternative is to hire a yacht with a skipper. Additionally, a radio licence is needed, which you could do there in a crash course in case you haven´t got any.
We help you to choose from over 1000 charter yachts in Croatia, according to your needs. On our website you will find over 40 yacht charter providers. Also you can use YachtFinder to get the best offers and compare charters by browsing through over 200 client reviews.
All in all, this is why yacht charter in Croatia is so enormously popular. We hope that you now know a few important facts to bear in mind when going on your sailing holiday in this wonderful country. Have a great cruise!