Sailing area: Southern Dalmatia


The young relation of Europe


Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, the new young relation of Europe has a great deal to offer: breathtaking landscapes, charming azure islands and seriously advantageous weather conditions. There is no better place for gliding over the water with your boat rental. Come and enjoy the Croatian sunshine from the deck of your boat! The conditions are best between April and September and the crystal-clear water is at an ideal temperature for swimming and cooling off. Spring is much appreciated by sailors with temperatures that are often clement. The climate there is really very pleasant. At the crossroads between the most influential civilisations in the world, Croatia has been enriched by Roman, Greek, Ottoman and Slav cultures which offer it a great cultural wealth that is visible through its architecture, cuisine and art. Also, Croatians are charming people who are helpful and cheerful and the language is not a problem with them being so warm and welcoming.


Sailing


The beauty of the Croatian landscapes comes from a certain degree of complexity. Indeed, the small islands, rocks and submerged reefs require sailors to be attentive. You will sail through the shallows that are well-signposted on detailed maps.
In the Adriatic's waters, it is important to understand the channels: the currents they are sometimes as strong as 1 even 2 knots and the corridors between large islands may change forecasts and perceptions of the weather. Also, even if the weather is relatively calm, the wind can become very strong very suddenly. This well-known wind effect in Croatia is much more pronounced in the north than in the south because of the relief of the islands.  Therefore, we advise you to be careful when sailing up the Croatian coast. The sea breeze blows from west to north-west. Although it is relatively calm in the morning, it is less so in the afternoon. The Croatian climate is Mediterranean, namely hot and dry in the summer and relatively mild in the winter, You can sail there all the year round.


Marinas


Marinas are scattered all over the Croatian territory, however, none of them are free: Some mooring spots are paying such as in Korcula bay in the south. The only other thing to note is the presence of white signs with an upside-down black anchor in mooring spots with underwater cables.


Pearl of the Adriatic


The Dalmatian Riviera, in southern Dalmatia, is an exceptional region with its fortified town lined with magnificent cypress forests. This region was formerly known as the maritime republic of Ragusa. Dubrovnik, one of its main towns, called the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its motto: "Liberty is not well sold for all the gold".
The cuisine of Dubrovnik is rich and generous. It is here that you will find the best oysters and mussels in the Adriatic! You will also be able to savour veal and lamb served with a sweet wine from Istrie or wines from Dingač, Postup, Pelješac and Korčula. From the Neretva valley, eel and frog soups are a speciality not to be missed. When you visit the city, you will notice that certain parts of the ground are in marble. You will also see buildings from different periods: magnificent medieval, Baroque or Renaissance buildings separated by narrow streets.  Among these buildings that have survived the passing years, we recommend the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Clock tower, the Franciscan Monastery, the Rector's Palace and Onofrio Fountain. The different islands, not far from the coast, are only about 10 nautical miles from each other. Therefore, you can moor there for the night and stop off and visit some of them. Set out to discover the jewels of the Adriatic which offer more than 1,500 ports and gulfs along its shores!


Mljet


From Dubrovnik, head for Mljet: the island of temptation. This is where the Greek king Odysseus fell under the spell of the temptress Calypso. Indeed, near the village of Babino Polje, there is a magnificent cave that bears her name! Considered to be the most beautiful island in Dubrovnik, the bicycle ride along the coast sheltered by the dense forests of pine trees is quite simply stunning.


Lostovo


Stop off for lunch on the island of Lostovo. A natural breeding ground, it is on this island that, as curious as they are, the dishes of the Adriatic are prepared the best: fish, lobster, shellfish of all kinds are given pride of place in the island's typical taverns. Served with a local wine, these meals will transport you far away.


Hvar


Full sail ahead for Hvar! The meeting place for the jet set and stars. Take advantage of this island to go out and have fun: parties on the beach, cocktail bars, restaurants, everything is done to amuse you in this wonderful setting. The next day, rest on one of the few beaches in the area, in Jelsa.


Brač


Finally, if you are looking for a beautiful beach where you can enjoy the sun, try some water sports and have fun in the waves, make your way to Brač on the magnificent and unusual Zlatni rat beach. Similar in form to a lizard's tongue, this beach is a true wonder of nature by its shape. Also, the waves there are exceptional. Surfers will be overjoyed! It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, lined with subtropical gardens that help to create an incomparable natural setting. Round off your time there with a visit to the magnificent restful town of Ploče.
Wait no more to rent your boat, we can offer several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts, with or without a skipper. Do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to help you.


Worth knowing/Advice

Sailing in short-hops Mild weather year round High-class anchorage located in marinas or docks Dubrovnik International Airport Don't forget to visit Mljet and Korcula Island

The ports in this sailing area

Dubrovnik, Ploče, Slano ...


Formalities

Sailing licence VHF Certificate (Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate) Sailing resume

When to travel?

The best period to set sail in the Croatian coast is between April and September: Spring time tends to be the best period; the month of September is less busy and still offers mild temperatures.

Winds

summer
5 knots
(average)
Winter
8 knots
(average)

Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
12° 13° 15° 18° 16° 20°
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
22° 22° 19° 14° 18° 14°