Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean Sea, penetrates deep into the European continent. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section, which spans from the easterly edges of the Alps in the north west to the shores of the Danube in the East, encompassing the southern part of the fertile Pannonian lowlands.
The Croatian national territory totals 56.594 km2 with 31.479 km2 of coastal waters for sailing, swimming and diving.
Whether city beaches like Banje in Dubrovnik or off the beaten track like those of Korčula Island, sandy Lastovo or pebble beaches like Brela, or even relaxing like Vis Island, lively like the island of Pag or surf beaches like Brač, Croatia has spectacular beaches, ranging from family friendly to nudist and unspoiled.
Some of them are even considered among the most beautiful locations in the world, as for example Brač Island made of fine white pebbles, sandy beach Sakarun on the Dugi Otok island or Paradise Beach in the Lopar Bay on the Island of Rab.
Croatia has a wealth of different beaches, and the majority has blue-flag status, guaranteeing water quality, safety and services. Actually 97.96% of 884 sampled where qualified excellent for bathing.
The Adriatic Sea, one of the most peaceful and transparent of the Mediterranean, is the very place for sailing under full sail, for a motorboat cruise ships or for simply enjoying the recreational fishing by boat. Through 6278 km Croatia’s coastline offers an exciting challenge of 1244 islands, islets, rocks and reefs with thousands of wet and dry berths available all year, modern marinas with yatchs to hire and professional sailing courses to attend.
Hop from island to island in the Kornati archipelago mooring in bays or natural shelters, enjoy the underwater fishing in Pakleni Otoci, visit the famous lighthouse of Palagruza, the most remote Croatian island and moor at the amazing Elaphiti Islands.
Have you had the chance to sail the Croatian coast or are you already a regular visitor who comes back every year? There is no question that Croatia is one of the leaders in international nautical tourism, however what aspect of the diverse nautical offer will suit your tastes is up to you. The Croatian coast is so popular because, apart from natural wonders it offers diverse entertainment which aims to please each and every guest. It is no wonder that Croatia has been the most popular destination for renting sailboats for some time now, and at the same time it has become quite popular for all other types of vessels for leisure, such as family boats, motorboats and yachts, catamarans, inflatable boats and even sea kayaks. We sincerely wish for you to discover the Croatian nautical offer and choose the part that speaks the most to you.
The first and most obvious reason to come to Croatia is for its natural beauty. Croatia has precisely 1244 islands, islets and rocks, but what makes them special is not their number, but the fact that they shape numerous small and large coves, beaches, caves and cliffs, and these places of unspoiled beauty are interwoven with charming coastal towns. This unique archipelago spanning less than 250 nautical miles has a mild Mediterranean climate which makes sailing fun and enjoyable.
One of the main reasons of carefree sailing in Croatia is the quality of the nautical infrastructure. Apart from offering safe and proper berth for a large amount of visitors, Croatian marinas are also urban centres that aim to please its guests. Once you are moored, rest assured your boat is safe and you can just enjoy yourself. Besides marinas, every coastal town or village has a berth which in a way makes Croatia the biggest marina in the world.Five Croatian national parks are located on the coast, three of which are typical marine parks (Brijuni, Kornati and Mljet), one is mountainous (Paklenica), and one marine-fluvial (Krka). To experience their beauty one need only point their sails in the right direction.
Traces of inhabitation at the Croatian coast go back as far as the Neolithic period, and the coastline has been continuously inhabited from then through Antiquity and the Middle Ages, up until today. You can find remnants from all periods of western civilisation in Croatia, and many of these well-preserved cultural monuments can be visited from the sea. In this way you will understand the current way of life at the Croatian coast which is intertwined with tradition and a modern lifestyle where sailing plays a vital role. Seamanship in Croatia is as old as life in these parts, and it is best reflected today in nautical tourism. The modern sailor can enjoy numerous activities offered on the Croatian coast, as well as visit the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cultural monuments. However, this type of historical-cultural heritage cannot be visited in a bathing suit.
By sailing around Croatia you will be immersed in the wonders of authentic Mediterranean food based on local ingredients and well known to those who have sailed the Adriatic. Whether traditional or modern, these delicious meals go well with superb local wine that is made thanks to the terroir that is perfectly suited for the cultivation of various types of grape vine which love the sun and the sea, just like sailors.
Croatia enjoys three different climates: The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate. Once you climb above 1,200 m, you’ll be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.
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