Sailing North Adriatic Coast

Set sail on Bavaria 51 yacht from premium north Adriatic bases and explore alternative yacht charter routes of Croatia. This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is probably best kept secret  allowing you to discover some of the most beautiful sailing grounds, hidden bays and idyllic island villages along Croatian coast. Navigate your ship across wide Kvarner gulf, anchor and swim in turquoise waters of Cres or Unije, explore oldest town in Croatia Osor and take a day off to relax surrounded by fragrant landscapes of Mali Lošinj. 

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Pula Arena

Start your sailing odyssey in istra's capital Pula and discover Brijuni national park and remote Kvarner bay including impressive islands Cres and Losinj.

Pula Sailing itinerary
learn to sail in Croatia
Sailing Kvarner Bay

Being among best destinations for a family holiday, Istrian peninsula ensures myriad of opportunities for activity vacation. Sailing is one of them.

Family Sailing Holidays
Istrian Delicacies

One of the best reasons to visit northern Adriatic is world-class gastronomy and the fact that Istria is a home of best Croatian wines.

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Bavaria 51 Cruiser - The Exterior

Bavaria 51 Cruiser - The Interior


Renting a 5 cabin 50-foot sailing yacht in Croatia will cost you between 4.800€ and 5.900€ per week in high sailing season and 4.000€ on average in September and June.

The Inclusions:

  • fully equipped sailing yacht
  • end cleaning
  • dinghy with outboard engine
  • Wi-Fi connection aboard

The Extras:

  • skipper from 1,260e per week
  • tourist tax 1.4€/day/person
  • fuel app. 50€/week
  • port and marina fees
  • deposit for yacht 2.500€ (refundable)


You can expect best sailing experience in Croatia if you rent skippered yacht charter from central Adriatic marinas. From here you can explore further north all the way to Pula region or set sail the classic Croatia sailing itinerary and discover world-popular islands Hvar, Brač and Vis.


Sailing season in Croatia runs between April and late October. That is when the weather at the Croatian coast is pleasant, sunny and dry with low winds allowing you a care-free sailing vacation experience. What month is best for you really depends on your holiday expectations and traveling style. But you can expect the best of a cruising experience if you sail Croatia during high summer months.


Private yacht charter in Croatia ensures amazing opportunities to explore the myriad of intact islands at a relaxing pace. With warm and calm Adriatic seas, dry weather, low winds, densely scattered islands preventing waves from getting too choppy the sailing conditions in Croatia are perfect for a beginner of experienced sailor.


When visiting Pula, the capital of Istria region to the north Adriatic, be sure not to miss out:

  • One of the largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world form 1st. century A.D. (The Arena)
  • Rich historic legacy and ancient monuments like The Temple of Augustus, The Hercues gates and the Arch of Sergii
  • Tidy pebbled beaches just a couple minutes from the city. The most popular ones: Ambrela Beach, Sacccorgiana Cove, Gortan’s Cove, Beach Valbandon Histria Beach
  • Top festivals and events throughout the summer. Pula hosting numerous international concerts and venues inside and outside the arena, really is the Croatian city of festivals.
  • A wide selection of top-notch restaurants within and outside the city circle. Here’s just a few Hook&Cook, Lanterna, Vodnjanka


Overall, Croatia has moderate prices compared to other European countries. The prices, however vary between the coast and inland. Local people say that the prices rise as you travel from northern towards south along the coast. Seaside places and Dalmatian islands can be considerable expensive, while teh Istrian peninsula with its capital Pula still keep maintain the prices comparable to the inland. Remember to rather eat and drink local then imported.

Some prices at the Istrian coast:

  • cup of coffee 1.5€ (in a bar)
  • pint of local beer 2.5€ (in a bar)
  • 1,5l bottled water from store 0.7€
  • public transport 1-2€ one way
  • a bottle of local medium quality wine in store 6€
  • average 3- course dinner 25-30€/person

Total trip cost really depends on where and how you choose to spend your money and your travelling habits. Yacht charter prices in Croatia are still 10-15% cheaper then in Italy, Greece or Spain. On a sailing trip you can easily get around on daily budget app. 30-40€/person/day.


A leisurely round trip in Croatia usually takes 7 days. Within main season (July, August), yacht charters in Croatia start and end Saturdays. However, in shoulder season (September, May, October and  Juneshort sailing trips are also possible. To explore best coastal places and visit the most beautiful Croatian islands, at least 1-week tour is recommended.


The perfect blend of Italian creativity, typical Mediterranean flavor and a pinch of distinctive continental simplicity created a top-notch cuisine in Istria. There are some dishes you simply can’t miss out when taking your sailing holiday in Pula. Combined with choice wines merlot or cabernet sauvignon and the famous Istrian Malvazija, produced from indigenous white grapes.

  • palette of various cheese (Sheep, Goat, Cow) dipped into Istrian extra-virgin olive oil
  • a wide range of truffle-inspired dishes combined with risotto or pasta
  • cuttlefish stew with maize porridge
  • Kvarner scampi in “buzara” sauce
  • Pljukanci or fuzi  (rolled up shapes of fresh pasta) in Boskarin (typical Istrian beef) sauce
  • Grilled plaice or Adriatic squid with mangold (sort of spinach)

A local custom is to start and finish your courses with special aperitif called “rakija” based on honey, mistletoe or various herbs

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