Tired of the busy Adriatic shores during the summer? Don't worry, you can enjoy those beautiful Dalmatian waters and still have the same luxury you'd have in a large resort. Just head to Rogoznica, a small fishing village in central Dalmatia that offers some of the best sailing this side of the Adriatic.
In the middle of the Dalmatian coast in Croatia you’ll find the village of Rogoznica which has been a popular destination for some time now, but the area was inhabited as soon as 1390, also playing an important part in the Croatian War of Indepedence.
Rogoznica lies on an islet that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The reason why boatmen choose this destination is because the whole island is located in a deep bay that has sheltered waters from the rest of the Adriatic, thus making it the perfect place to moor your yacht but also providing some excellent sailing around the island.
Travel & Arrival
Being located on the Dalmatian coast, the village is 35km from Sibenik and 55km from Split, but more importantly, 28km from Split Airport, the main air transit hub for this part of the country. If you are content with making the 28km journey from the airport in a car or bus, then you could fly your party here.
By land, one should only follow the M2, E65 roads which run along the coast in order to get to town. There are also bus lines that run daily from Split and Zadar, offering a cheaper alternative for those v sailors on a tighter budget.
There are no direct ferry lines to Rogoznica, but you could take one of the ferries that arrives in Spilt or Zadar from Ancona in Italy and then take the bus to reach the final destination. The only other alternative to arriving by water is having your own boat or chartering a yacht.
Avant & Apres Sail
The small but beautiful region doesn’t offer much in the way of touristic attractions but there are some things worth visiting, such as The Eye of the Dragon salt lake, the modern and beautiful yacht harbor Marina Frapa and the Virgin Mary chapel or the parish church. The more adventurous seamen could also head outside of the village for a little bit of exploring of the backcountry, with the Krka Waterfalls and the Kornati Archipelago.
If you’re thinking about posh boutiques of famous brands, think again, Rogoznica is not that kind of resort. However, you too can sample in the local aromas and tastes, by shopping at the local market which sees the rural homesteads from the region bring their produce and selling them at decent prices. Fish and fruit and vegetables are generally available and always fresh.
This region of the Dalmatian coast somehow benefitted more of the Italian influences more than other seaside towns in Croatia. That’s why local specialties include prosciutto with olives, lamb stew with vegetables, fish stew, brodetto with cornmeal, risotto with sea fruits (a must try!), manestra di verdure basically vegetable soup, mackerel and sardines grilled with olive oil and many more. The restaurants in the old part of town specialize in serving fish dishes to the hungry masses of guests.
The other places where you can get a bite to eat, double as entertainment in the evenings, in the form of the bars which during the summer months organize parties every night with local and international music. For crews looking for a livelier time, the Aurora discoteque complex is located in the vicinity (15 minutes), and is actually the largest in the country, housing up to 5000 people at one time.
Events & Actions
Most of the time spent in Rogoznica will inevitably be in or around water, so sailing and sunbathing take up most of the time of your vacation. The region has mostly pebble beaches, but it makes up for the lack of sand with the beautiful setting that combines the deep blue of the Adriatic with the dark green of the pine woods covering the coast.
The only significant local celebration is the Fishermen night held in summer, when local fishing traditions and recipes are showcased for the visiting tourists.
What are some of the must-visit spots for sailors?Rogoznica is known for its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating cultural heritage. Must-visit spots include the Blue Lagoon, a beautiful bay perfect for snorkeling, the Dragon’s Eye Lake, a unique geological phenomenon with a high mineral content, and the Frapa Marina, one of the most beautiful marinas in the Mediterranean. Don't forget to visit the old town of Rogoznica, filled with charming stone houses and historic churches.
Are there any recommended anchorages or marinas for yacht charterers?Yes, Rogoznica is home to Marina Frapa, one of the best and most protected marinas in the Adriatic. It has 462 wet berths and 150 dry berths, all fully equipped with water and electricity. Besides excellent facilities, Marina Frapa is famous for its vibrant nightlife and gourmet restaurants. Additionally, sailors can also anchor in the numerous secluded bays and coves in the vicinity of Rogoznica.
What watersports activities are popular nearby?Rogoznica is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. Here, sailors can indulge in a wide array of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. The clear and calm waters of the Adriatic are perfect for exploring the rich underwater world, filled with diverse marine life and sunken shipwrecks.
What are some of the gastronomic specialties that sailors should not miss?Dalmatian cuisine is a major highlight of any trip to Rogoznica. Sailors should definitely try the fresh seafood, especially the local mussels, oysters, and fish grilled to perfection. Also, "peka," a slow-cooked dish usually made with lamb or octopus under an iron bell is a must-try. For wine lovers, sampling the local Croatian wines like Plavac Mali and Pošip will be a delightful experience.
Can sailors enjoy any special events or festivals in Rogoznica?Absolutely! Rogoznica hosts several exciting events throughout the year. One of the most popular is the "Rogoznica Fisherman's Night," a summer festival celebrating local culture, cuisine, and music. Sailors can also participate in the "Night of the Dragon's Eye," an event filled with unique rituals, games, and an impressive fireworks display above the Dragon's Eye Lake.
What are some great day trips?Sailors can plan several exciting day trips from Rogoznica. They can sail to the Kornati National Park, a group of about 140 islands and islets, or visit the ancient city of Šibenik, famous for the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Another beautiful destination is the city of Trogir, filled with historic monuments and stunning architecture.
What is the best time to sail in Dalmacia?The best time to sail around Rogoznica is during the late spring and early autumn months, from May to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is warm but not overly hot, and the Adriatic Sea is calm, making it perfect for sailing. The summer months of July and August are also popular, though it can be more crowded.
What wildlife can sailors expect to see?The Adriatic Sea around Rogoznica is rich in marine life. Sailors can expect to see a variety of fish, sea urchins, starfish, and, if lucky, dolphins. Birdwatchers will enjoy the numerous species of seabirds found in the region. Also, don't miss a chance to visit the beautiful olive groves and vineyards on land where you can spot various types of local and migratory birds.