As you probably already heard, with its archipelago of more than 1,000 islands, islets, and reefs, Croatia makes for a true nautical paradise. The charming Mediterranean coastal towns with their rich history and a unique, relaxed atmosphere attract a vast number of sailing enthusiasts and travelers from all around the globe. Aside from Croatia’s rich historical and cultural heritage, what stays permanently carved in the memory of its numerous visitors are the breathtaking natural attractions visible at almost every step of their journey.
With such a unique and vibrant archipelago to sail around, the choice of routes is countless.
Here are some of our favorite destinations not to be missed when planning your sailing route:
1. Hvar island
The City of Hvar is often described as a true fairytale city with its architecture, natural beauty, and mild climate. It is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, and typical tourist activities. The options to spend some fun time on Hvar are countless. Sailing around the magical Pakleni islands archipelago and finding a cove just for yourself, taking a walk around the picturesque historical city center, or just sitting on a waterfront promenade and enjoying a refreshing cocktail or a delicious scoop of ice cream, the choice is all yours.
2. Vis island
The island of Vis is not only one of the most beautiful Croatian islands but also one of the oldest in terms of settlements and history. Vis spent much of its modern history serving as a Yugoslav military base, cut off from foreign visitors from the 1950s right up until 1989. There are still abandoned submarine bunkers present today. Besides the interesting military sites, you will most definitely enjoy the visit to the stunning green and blue caves. If you spice it up with some of the unique beaches on the Adriatic, your visit will have all the ingredients needed to turn into an unforgettable holiday.
3. Mljet island
Mljet is a green island that will enchant you with colors and scents of untouched nature. If you would like to escape the summer crowds than this oasis of peace and tranquility is the perfect choice for you. The combination of azure blue waters and lush green vegetation makes a perfect match filled with breathtaking natural sites. If you enjoy an active lifestyle, hop off the boat and try cycling, hiking, or kayaking to closer explore this green pearl.
4. Korčula island
The island of Korčula is considered to be the true sailors' paradise. Islands breathtaking natural scenery abundant with pine-covered islets, secluded coves, and great bathing spots turn it into a destination well worth a visit. The island's main port, Korčula town, is surrounded by towers and walls that resemble a smaller version of the old city of Dubrovnik. Take a walk around one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Croatia, stroll through its narrow romantic streets, explore its remarkable historical sites or pay a visit to one of the island's numerous galleries, shops, and restaurants. Treat yourself with the glass of famous Pošip wine and simply enjoy life.
5. Kornati archipelago
The National park Kornati Islands, with their archipelago of 140 islands and islets, make for a true nautical paradise. Maybe you’ll expect rich pine forest on the islands like elsewhere on the Croatian coast, but you’ll find almost treeless white cliffs and endless light blue sea. When we leave the open sea behind, we'll enter the world of a magical National park Kornati. Some of the best swimming and snorkeling spots on the Adriatic Sea with numerous hidden coves and white beaches will genuinely leave you breathless.