Zadar region with Kornati islands is often unfairly skipped by many sailors coming to Croatia for a relaxing yacht charter holiday. World-known sailing destination Split and popular south Croatian islands Hvar and Korčula are usually on the wish list for most of Croatia sailing itineraries. That is why Zadar county is best kept secret for an authentic Croatia sailing holiday experience.
Hire a private yacht charter in Zadar and discover the secluded treasures of the north Adriatic sea at your own pace. Chartering sailboat in Zadar ensures you endless sailing opportunities and guarantees a unique sailing experience.
Relax and enjoy in tranquil secluded bays, feel the heartbeat of tiny villages or walk the evening promenade of vibrant historic town - the UNESCO world heritage site Šibenik and find your corner under the pleasant Dalmatian sun. Explore myriad of unspoiled islands within your best company and together admire these generous gifts of nature.
National parks Kornati and Krka waterfalls are just a couple of miles form the beautiful marinas in Zadar. Visit the remarkable Saharun beach and highest Croatian lighthouse on Dugi Otok, or party in stylish beach bars in Vodice or primošten town. The "Menu "is endless, and the choice is yours.
Almost 500-lush green islands, picturesque towns, calm Adriatic sea and topmost gastronomy create an amazing combination for a relaxing Family sailing holidays Mediterranean style. Small distances between the islands, hidden coves and beautiful beaches, make Zadar best destination for a family catamaran holiday in Croatia. Kids simply love our stable catamarans, that assure extra space for playing and various sport activities on their holiday adventure.
Just a couple of miles to hop from one small island to another myriad of sandy beaches behind every corner and fairy places to swim or snorkel will certainly make your children happy. Discovering best Croatia national parks including the stunning Kornati islands, is just one of the route highlights on your 7-day cruising adventure.
If you arrive to Zadar yacht charter earlier you can explore the fun-loving atmosphere and Roman history of this north Dalmatian pearl. There are also numerous shops nearby to fill the yacht's lockers with supplies. Leaving Zadar marina behind, we set our course towards south, along the fragrant pine coast of island Murter.
Tonight we berth in the picturesque fishing village on the island of Kaprije. If you are looking for a typical Dalmatian Village - this is it. Kaprije is heaven for sailors searching for authentic and natural ambiance. 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. Idyllic setting for a romantic dinner in a locally run seaside tavern. Octopus under the bell is a must-try.
Early morning panoramic cruise towards the largest city nearby - Sibenik. Leaving the sea behind, we head upriver through spectacular Krka river canyon, which is also, the largest mussel growing natural habitat in Croatia. On our route, we can buy mussels or oysters, that we can later prepare for dinner.
Tonight we moor in Skradin town, where Krka river plunges into the sea. Skradin is a distinctive and romantic Dalmatian town on a lake, with diverse flora and fauna. To explore 14.000-acre park, you will need to take a shuttle boat from the town port and visit the waterfalls that will leave you breathless. Don't forget your towel, to swim under the waterfall foam. In the evening explore this town that offers most unique culinary dlights or this region. The menu is composed by various river fish, clamps, crab and home-grown vegetables
Nice morning cruise is perfect for a cup of coffee. We can stop for lunch on island Zlarin and take swim in the crystalline sea.Navigating towards south, we soon reach Primošten town. Iconic Mediterranean town with a relaxing pulse is perfect to berth for the night. 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 Dalmatian architecture. Historic stone houses were mostly modifies into excellent restaurants, cocktail bars, and local taverns-"konobas" where you can try the local speciality - Babic wine, salted sardines and goat cheese. Seize the opportunity and explore this town's nightlife and take a drink in a stylish beach bar with live music playing on terrace.
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 snorkel in emerald sea and explore this intact habitat, that will bring some of the most amazing underwater scenes. Along our route we'll sail through Telaščica natural Park, to admire spectacular high cliffs, guarding the western part of Dugi Otok.
In the afternoon we sail through the narrow passage between the two parks only to reach one of the most famous Dugi Otok villages - Sali. Numerous sailors visit this picturesque port for its unique maritime heartbeat. We moor, just one step away from the nice beach bar where you can try specially blended »island cocktails«.
Some supply shopping for the next two days is almost necessary after 2 days in the wilderness. A quick stop at the Krknata island to admire its turquoise clear water and have a quick refreshing dive.
Afternoon winds will carry us towards the island Murter, where we have two options.
1. Visit the largest island village and blend for a nice walk along the promenade or have a Rose Gin Cocktail in Coretto bar.
2. Anchor in a nearby cove and enjoy in a romantic sunset with a glass of wine. Or also visit one of the best squid & fish restaurants in a peaceful surrounding under the olive tree plantation.
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. A midday snack in a small cove near Vrgada island and one last swim before docking in our home marina is a must-do.
If you didn't get the chance to visit Zadar at your arrival, then an evening stroll along this Romanesque city is a great 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.
When you hire skippered yacht charter, you also gain an exclusive chance to explore at your own pace. Boat rental with skipper shall put your mind at ease and ensure a relaxing and a care-free voyage. Skippers are not only in charge of yacht's navigation and safety aboard, but you can also consider him as your very own tour guide.
Since Croatian coast is their home, seize this opportunity to discover all the hidden gems and highlights as a local. They will gladly recommend most authentic places, best restaurants in the are and present you the very best of the Dalmatian islands.
Feel free to tailor your route together with your skipper and adjust your sailing dynamics to your needs and preferences. Skippers will discuss any must-see destinations and get a feel for the experience that you’re after.
They are a treasury of useful tips and stories and always fun to be around. Don't be shy and ask them anything about the places you desire to see.
The final rental price depends on these factors: boat type, age, length and in what season do you want to sail. Average cost for a 45-foot comfortable sailboat Sun Odyssey 449 within the top season is 2.500 to 3.500€/week. May, June, late September 1.500 - 2.500€.
The cost for premium sailboat with 5 cabins in shoulder season starts at 2.500€ and goes up to 5.500€ in the peak season. The price includes: the vessel, transit log, end cleaning, bedding towels and dingy with outboard motor.
Average cost to rent a bareboat 40-foot catamaran Lagoon 40 through the peak season is between 4.000€-6000€. In shoulder season 2.200€ - 3.500€. The price includes: One-week boat rental, end cleaning, bedding, handling fees and dingy with outboard motor. Crewed Croatia luxury catamaran starts at 8.800€ in the off-season and can go up to 20.000€ within the peak season.
Rental price for a 3-cabin sailing yacht in shoulder season (May, June, September) lies between 1.500€ and 1.900€ per week. Peak season (July, August) 1.900€ - 2.300€. The cost for a comfortable cruisier Bavaria 46 with 4 cabins from 1.500€ and 2.500€ in the off-season and 3.000€ in high summer. Please find some facts about the costs for a sailing holiday in Croatia.
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 airport to reach these yachting destinations. You can find widest range of available yacht charters with best offers for boat rentals in these places:
You can send us your inquiry and we can recommend a suitable yacht for your group at best price.
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 your 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.
In these uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is hard to think of a better vacation then renting a private yacht. Taking a relaxed sailing trip with your close ones to explore hundreds, mostly uninhabited Croatian islands is at the moment probably the safest holiday.
Staying isolated from busy mainland cities in the fresh ocean air, absorbing pleasant sunbeams in the company of the people you know is best way to reduce the chance of getting infected with Coronavirus. Booking a sailboat at yacht charter Zadar assures you to sail between most remarkable and secluded islands in the northern Dalmatia.
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.
Food and beverages are not included in bareboat rental, skippered charters, but they are included in our luxury Crewed catamaran charters with an exclusive full board service.
The easiest way is to buy your weekly supplies at the embarkation or pre-order the supplies to your charter agency. 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 aboard. You will have lots of options to explore Croatian culinary delights and try traditional culinary works of art in local restaurants, that our knowledgeable skippers can recommend.
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. App. 30€ per day should do.
Local port fees start at 40€ per night for 40 foot sailing yacht and can go up to 100€ in premium ACI marinas. For catamarans the cost goes up for 50%. The final price also depends on the boat length and marina quality service.
Marina fee usually includes fresh-water refill, shore power, toilet and use of bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 25-40€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
8 essentials, 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.