Zadar sailing itinerary is often unfairly missed out from the sailors navigating the standard routes of more popular Split yacht charter itineraries.
World-famous Dalmatian islands Hvar, Vis and Korčula still attract most of the day skippers and nautical guests chartering yachts in Croatia for their weekly holiday break at the Adriatic sea. That is why chartering yachts from Zadar or UNESCO site Šibenik for a relaxing cruise through iconic Kornati national park is among best kept secrets.
Get inspired into the remarkable north Dalmatian coast and explore hiddn Dalmatian treasures at your own pace. Chartering a private catamaran or a sailboat in Zadar ensures you endless sailing opportunities and a unique sailing experience at the crisp-blue Adriatic.
Relax and enjoy in tranquillity of secluded bays, feel the heartbeat of tiny villages or walk the evening promenade of vibrant historic town of Šibenik or party in beach bars of Vodice village.
National parks Kornati and Krka waterfalls are just a couple of miles from Zadar yacht charter bases. Visit exotic Saharun beach and highest Croatian lighthouse on Dugi Otok or a picturesque village of Sali, where you can share your sailing adventures with sailors from all over the world.
Maze of 500 tiny islands, picturesque villages, remarkable coves with crystal clear seas ideal for water activities and top notch Dalmatian delicacies fuse together a perfect combination for a unforgettable family sailing holiday.
Small distances between scattered islands, well-protected island ports and remarkable seaside promenades make Zadar area ideal place to for a relaxing Catamaran holiday adventure. Kids simply love our spacious catamarans providing more stability and safer movement around the deck during you sailing odyssey.
Just a few miles to hop from one small island to another, sandy beaches behind every corner and interesting places to swim or snorkel, will certainly make your children happy.
If you arrive to your base marina earlier, take this advantage and blend in a fun-loving atmosphere of second largest Dalmatian city Zadar. There are numerous shops nearby, you can visit and stock your sailboat with supplies. Leaving yacht charter base behind, the route will lead us towards the southern islands of central Dalmatia.
Tonight we berth in a quaint fishing village on the island Kaprije. If you are looking for a typical Dalmatian setting - this is it. Kaprije is a true heaven for sailors searching for a genuine, relaxing atmosphere. With no cars on the island, surrounded only by few houses and some family-run restaurants, Kaprije definitely is the place where time stops.
Enjoy in a glass of wine in a gentle swing of a yacht and admire the sun setting behind the glittering Adriatic. Or set out for a delicious seafood dinner in a colourful fisherman's tavern on Kaprije island.
Early morning panoramic cruise towards UNESCO World heritage site, the town Šibenik. Leaving open sea behind, we head upriver through the spectacular Krka river canyon, largest mussel growing natural habitat in Croatia. On our route, we can buy mussels or oysters, that we can later prepare for dinner.
Secluded Skradin village, where Krka river plunges into the sea is our final destination for today. This "Dalmatian town on a lake" is surrounded with lush-green hills boasting with diverse flora and fauna. To reach the heart of this 14.000-acre park, you will need to take a shuttle boat from the town port, from where you can explore the magnificent waterfalls that will leave you breathless.
In the evening walk the promenades of charming Skradin village and taste authentic river culinary delights. The menu is composed by various fish, clamps, crab and home-grown veggies.
Down-river cruise will is perfect to chill in the morning summer breeze. A refreshment stop for lunch on the "island of chorals" Zlarin to dive into the crystal-clear sea will be welcomming. We set our bearing south and later dock in charismatic Primošten. This island town, beating its genuine pulse and represents the very best of Dalmatia. The old town center of was merged with the mainland a long time ago by the locals because of farming and cultivating.
Nowadays this vivid Adriatic pearl is crisscrossed with cobbled streets and impressive natural walls surrounding the citadel. Epic stone houses nowadays modified into excellent restaurants, stylish cocktail bars, and fisherman's taverns still reflect a unique charm of the Mediterranean. Primošten provides a great opportunity to explore the nightlife during your Croatia yacht vacation.
Buying some basic supplies for for the next 2 days will be welcome, for we set sails north, towards the stunning Kornati archipelago. It is one of the Croatia’s most idyllic destinations. No shops or cars can be found in completely intact Kornati island chain which consists of over 140 unique yellow-coned islands, islets and rocks.
The continental part includes only ¼ of the surface of the park, while the rest belongs to the rich marine eco-system and is protected by the state authority since 1980. On the way we stop in one of the lovely coves at the island Žirje for lunch and swimming. We overnight surrounded by amazing lunar ambiance in front of stone-made fishing "tavern" and enjoy the night under the million stars.
Today we'll take a smooth panoramic sailing through the park and visit Lojena - one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Here you can spend a day snorkelling in emerald sea and explore this intact habitat, uncovering some of the most amazing underwater scenes.
Later you can either sail through Telaščica wildlife resort, explore the spectacular high cliffs guarding the western part of Dugi Otok, or dock in a lovely marina on island Zut in the evening.
We moor, just one step away from the nice fisherman's tavern where you can taste best grilled grouper on Zut island and have a gin tonic in a beach bar. Don't forget to try the original »island cocktails«.
Some supply shopping for the next two days is almost necessary after 2 days in the wilderness. Having a breakfast anchored on a secluded island to admire its turquoise clear water and have a quick refreshing dive is a must.
Afternoon tail winds will later push us towards the island Murter, where you can opt between:
On our last day we still have some time to walk through the streets in Murter and have a cup coffee and a croissant in one of the bars of the town's square and fill up the missing fuel in sailboat tanks. Refreshment and a midday snack in a isolated cove and one last swim before docking in our home marina is best way to spend the last day at sea. Later in the afternoon, we sail back to our home marina.
If you didn't get the chance to visit Zadar at your arrival, then an evening stroll along this Romanesque city is an excellent chance to buy some souvenirs or listen to the natural »sea pipe organ« melodies.
The sea motion is literally making music while hitting the concrete promenade. Its is also a great opportunity to have a romantic dinner in a seaside restaurant.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye and hope to see you next year for another amazing adventure from another beautiful destination at the croatian coast.
You will receive the very best of Adriatic yacht charter on a skippered sailing holiday. Including the internal tips on best local restaurants in the area, safest anchorages and all the hidden gems of Adriatic.
Your skipper will not only be in charge of yacht's navigation and safety aboard, but you can also consider him as your very own tour guide, and they are always fun to be around.
Since Croatian coast is their home, seize this opportunity and together discover these remarkable islands.
Skippered yacht charter in Croatia assures you completely free itinerary during your sailing week in Croatia. Skippers will discuss any must-see destinations and get a feel for the experience that you’re after. In their company you will feel safer and have the chance to sail as a local. They are fluent in English and a treasury of useful tips - you can't beat the local knowledge.
7day sailing trips in Zadar are highly recommended for families yacht charters or day sailors that wish to attend a flotilla holiday. Short distances between hundreds of north Dalmatian islands are perfect for easy island& hopping and you can always rely on a safe shelter in case of bad weather.
Chartering a standard sailing yacht with 4 cabins in Zadar will cost you between 2.900 and 3.900 euros per week in the main sailing season. June and September 2.700€ on average.
The price includes:
Renting a newer 3-cabin sailing boat in Croatia will cost you btween 2.500 and 3.500 euros in the high summer season and about 2.000€ per week in September or June.
What is included?
Renting a catamaran in Zadar will cost you between 5.500 and 6.500 euros per week within the summer months. In shoulder season around 4.500€. You can hire catamaran Lagoon 40 in May or October for around 3.500€ weekly.
What are the extras?
You will receive the best of a sailing experience in Zadar if you hire a private skippered sailboat for a week and discover all the beautiful islands including the magnificent Kornati national park. Chartering a yacht in Croatia is the most authentic adventure and a unique opportunity to explore remarkable Croatian coast at your own relaxing pace.
You can expect the best of a sailing cruise in Croatia if you book a 7-day private yacht charter in Zadar or set sail from UNESCO Word Heritage site Šibenik. Sailing between tiny Dalmatian islands and impressive marine national parks on a skippered yacht charter is a genuine Croatia yacht holiday experince.
What are the best sailing destinations in Zadar?
Renting a 3-cabin sailing yacht in shoulder season will cost you between 1.500€ and 2.000€ per week. Peak season (July, August) around 2.500 euros. Including our skipper, the full expense lieas at 3.500€ weekly on average.
Some of the largest and most exclusively equipped Adriatic marinas are in the vicinity of Zadar city. It only takes 10-20 minute-drive from Zadar airport to reach these yachting destinations. You can find wide range of available yacht charters in these nautical bases:
High summer in Croatia might be quite busy with tourists, but the weather is simply glorious. If you like more action, vivacity, buzzing streets and warm Mediterranean temperatures, you will hit the spot, if your book a sailing trip in peak season months July or August. If you prefer to have more quiet on your cruise - to really feel the genuine heartbeat of the country, choose June or September. You can also get better deals and discounts on bareboat charters and yacht rentals in shoulder season.
A sailing trip in September when the sea and air temperatures are still warm is every skippers delight. Especially if you consider that the winds are a bit stronger. For an average day-sailors and newbies looking for a relaxing sailing vacation a trip in June is the perfect choice.
When it comes to navigation and safety at sea, skipper is fully in charge of the yacht. He should have well developed organisation and communication skills, to harmonise the crew's wishes with the actual maritime situation.
A good skipper should make the guests aboard feel comfortable, relaxed and safe on their sailing trip. Croatian skippers are communicative, opened and full of tips for guests visiting this hidden Mediterranean gem. It is customary to take care for skippers meals and food aboard.
It is recommended to supply your yacht at least for the first two days at sea. You will have plenty of time before embarkationto do that or pre-order the supplies at the provisioning company. Every marina in Croatia has shops and supermarkets, where you can buy as much as you need for one week. There will be plenty of stops on route, and you can always buy fresh bread, vegetables, fruit, meat and fish, even on the most remote Croatian islands.
Breakfast and a quick afternoon snack can be prepared on board. You will have lots of options to explore Croatian delicacies and try traditional culinary works of art in local restaurants. Your knowledgeable skipper knows best ones...
If you are dining outside, it is customary to invite your skipper to join you at the table. However, if you prefer to dine in privacy, your skipper can eat separately so kindly ensure some pocket money for his meals. Between 30 and 40€ should do.
Port fees at village harbours start at 50€ per night for 40 foot sailing yacht and can go up to 120€ in premium ACI marinas. For catamarans the cost goes up for 50%. The final price also depends on the boat length and the level of marina service and usually includes fresh-water refill, shore power, toilet and use of bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 30 to 50€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
8 things you don't want to forget to take on a sailing trip:
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. Climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. When taking a sailing trip in summer, bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe. It is highly recommended to bring a soft handbag a duffel bag instead of a plastic suitcase and remember to pack light.
Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.