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It is a well-known fact among the sailing community that Croatia is a cruising paradise. Adventurers from far and wide visit Croatia to experience off-the-beaten-track islands where they are transported back through history in stone-built fishing villages that make them feel as though they are in Europe in years gone by. Sailing folk go for fair waters and mild weather conditions.
When to Sail to Croatia
With a wealth of natural beauty and a typically Mediterranean climate, sun-seekers are advised to explore Croatia in the summer months between July and August when daytime temperatures can soar. For those who prefer cooler days and nights and quieter marinas, June to September is the perfect time.
Where, oh Where to go?
There is close to 6,000 kilometres of magnificent coastline and over 1,000 islands dotted around which makes it extremely difficult to decide where to go when sailing to Croatia. The three main destinations are Kornati, Split & Dubrovnik. Each area offers something completely different.
Kornati has the most marinas to choose from and usually has perfect wind conditions. There are many fascinating stops along the Kornati Islands sailing route that include an ancient town called Sibenik, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Split offers islands like Vis, Brac and Hvar – all ideal destinations for those who are interested in summer festivals, water sports and relaxing on sun-drenched beaches. It is also worth exploring the Palace, which is one of the most well preserved Roman architectural structures in the world.
Dubrovnik is known as one of the most popular destinations in Croatia and is where you should head if you are looking for swanky hotels and fine dining. Some of the finest wines in Croatia come from Peljesac, and Veliki Ston is famous around the world for producing salt.
Worth Visiting More Than Once
Whether you want to have a game of Marco Polo in a sparkling pool, or visit the birthplace of the actual Marco Polo, it is possible in Croatia.