Embarking on a sailing trip through the azure waters of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is a maritime adventure steeped in history, natural beauty, and culinary delights. As the sun-kissed shores of ancient cities and secluded islands beckon, the experience of sailing in this enchanting region becomes a tale of exploration, where every gentle breeze carries the whispers of centuries-old stories. Join us on an odyssey across the Adriatic, where the allure of the sea meets the charm of coastal villages, creating memories that will linger like the salt in the air. This is a voyage into the heart of Croatia's seafaring soul, a voyage into the essence of sailing in Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

What to know before sailing to the Dalmatian Coast

Being well-prepared with the necessary permits and documentation ensures a hassle-free and enjoyable sailing experience along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. If you plan to operate the yacht (bareboat charter), you'll need an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or a similar internationally recognized sailing license. If you're not confident enough in your sailing skills, consider hiring a local skipper who knows the area well. Furthermore, according to Croatian law, all skippers onboard must have a valid VHF radio license. 

Elaphite Islands in Dubrovnik: A Peaceful Escape

The Elaphite Islands, or Elafiti Islands, are a small archipelago situated northwest of Dubrovnik. The archipelago consists of several islands, but only three are permanently inhabited: Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan. Šipan is the largest of the Elaphite Islands and offers a peaceful atmosphere, vineyards, olive groves, and historical sites like the Skočibuha Castle and the Church of St. Stephen. Koločep is the closest and smallest of the Elaphite Islands. It is known for its lush greenery, secluded bays, and the Blue Cave, which is said to be one of Europe's most beautiful caves! It is a natural sea cave where the sunlight creates a mesmerizing blue reflection in the water and it is so clear that you can see down to the bottom of it (about 20-30 feet below you). Lopud is the most developed of the Elaphite Islands. It features beautiful sandy beaches, such as Šunj Beach, and the historical Gjorgic-Mayneri Park with its botanical garden. 

Island of Vis: Vis town and Kut are the main ports on the island, offering marinas with mooring facilities and amenities. We recommend exploring anchorages such as Stiniva Cove, Rukavac Bay, and Stončica Bay for peaceful overnight stays. Vis has a fascinating military history, and you can take tours to the island's military sites, including Tito's Cave and Fort George. But we at the Yasido team associate the island with a very special sailing event - the Vis Regatta. It is an annual event in mid-October and a chart-topping multi-day yacht race in Croatia. The Vis Regatta is one of the strongest Adriatic offshore competitions with more than 150 cruising sailboats. This unique event has been held every year, since the 1st of July 1934.

Found on Dalmatia's most southerly isle sits the mostly untouched and lushly covered island of Mljet. Imagine an exotic paradise in Europe with gorgeous views of the sea and inland lakes - this is Mljet National Park. The park is one of the eight national parks in Croatia and is famous for its two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and Veliko Jezero (Big Lake). Sobra is the main port on Mljet, located on the northeastern coast. It has a marina with good protection against wind and swell and easy access to the national park. 

Stari Grad is a charming historical town located on the northern coast of the island of Hvar. Stari Grad has a well-equipped marina, making it convenient for you to dock your sailing yacht or catamaran. The marina offers moorings, water, electricity, showers, and other essential facilities. We recommend visiting Tvrdalj Castle, a fortified summer residence built by the famous Croatian poet Petar Hektorović in the 16th century. Also stop by the oldest church in Stari Grad, St. Peter's Church, dating back to the 5th century.

The secluded bays of Korčula: Korčula, one of Croatia's most enchanting islands in the Adriatic Sea, is widely recognized as the birthplace of the world explorer Marco Polo. Covered by dense stands of pines, cypresses, and oaks, Korčula offers numerous secluded bays and coves. 

Vrbovica: Located on the southern coast of Korčula, Vrbovica Bay offers tranquility, clear waters, and a pebble beach. It's an ideal spot for swimming and relaxing.

Badija: Badija is a small island near Korčula with several secluded bays. The most popular one is Tri Žala, known for its crystal-clear waters and lush surroundings.

Rasohatica: Situated on the southern side of the island, Rasohatica Bay is a peaceful anchorage with turquoise waters, making it perfect for a quiet afternoon.

Lučisce: Located on the northern side of Korčula, Lučisce Bay is a secluded spot surrounded by pine trees. It offers great shelter and privacy for anchoring.

Pupnatska Luka: While not entirely secluded due to its popularity, Pupnatska Luka is a stunning bay with turquoise waters, perfect for a day of swimming and snorkeling.

Solta's fishing villages: Solta's fishing villages provide a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic Croatian experience. Necujam is the largest village on Solta, located on the northern coast of the island and surrounded by pine forests and olive groves. 

What makes this region special?

Croatians are known for their warm hospitality, rich history, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Croatian cuisine is diverse, flavorful, and influenced by Mediterranean, Italian, Hungarian, and Turkish culinary traditions. The country's coastal regions, including Dalmatia and Istria, are especially renowned for their seafood, olive oil, and wine. Grilled fish, octopus salad, black risotto (crni rižot), and brudet (fish stew) - whatever you choose - you won't go wrong. And last but not least - don't miss the opportunity to pair your meal with one of the country's excellent local wines - Plavac Mali (also known as "the king of Croatian wines", Malvazija Istarska or Dingač.