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    Croatia – Sailing paradise

    Cobalt blue sea and crystal waters uncontaminated bays, natural parks, delicious regional food from the local cuisine and several marinas to dock are the ingredients for the perfect sailing holiday.

    From the stunning, unspoilt Adriatic coast to the amazing natural parks inland, Croatia has extraordinary natural and architectural diversity –as well as beauty. Whether one prefers hopping from one pristine island to the next, exploring ancient sites, trying the best local food, drinks or sport, Croatia has plenty to offer both in the summer months and throughout the rest of the year.

    With one of the most intricately indented coastlines in the world, and 6th longest coastline in Europe, Croatia is a paradise for sailors. It offers over 1,500 gulfs and ports on islands and on mainland, where sailing enthusiasts can dock or drop the anchor to pass the night, making Croatia perfect destination for sailing. Croatian marinas are situated in exceptionally well protected locations, from larger towns to small coves on islands, and are safe places where, apart from service and regular maintenance, other services are offered, like the support for a safe and enjoyable navigation, and, moreover, a wide gastronomy variety, with delicious offers from local restaurants and family-run trattorias.

    Among the best destinations of Croatian Adriatic you will find Kvarner and the South Dalmatian region.

    Kvarner region

    Kvarner is a region of extraordinary features. This is a year-round destination offering an inimitable combination of sea, islands and highlands. The beauty of Kvarner´s islands and coastal area, in combination with well-appointed and maintained marinas, make it the perfect spot to explore by water. There are thirty ports in the Kvarner region, and its 16 marinas have a total of 5,000 berths.

    Kvarner's islands represent an important part of Croatia's tourist offer and an opportunity to enjoy all the accommodation facilities and the high quality services in a land of nature, traditions and culture. Cres, Lošinj, Krk and Rab are an entire world for themselves, with a particular history, tradition and a modern and tourism welcoming atmosphere with all comforts for sailing lovers – who, if lucky, can even spot a dolphin on their way.

    Kvarner’s Marinas

    ACI Marina Cres, ACI Marina Opatija, ACI Marina Rab, ACI Marina Supetarska Draga, Marina Punat, Marina Lošinj, Y/C Mali Lošinj.

    Top destinations:


    One of the most beautiful locations in this area is Volosko, a small fishermen's village, and unmissable stop for foodies. Through narrow streets and suggestive stone houses, one can find little restaurants, which offer the freshest fish, cooked according to the best culinary tradition.


    In Cres island’s most fascinating medieval village, thanks to its position perched on the hill and to its labirint of narrow streets, is located a wonderful bay, known as one of Kvarner’s best beaches.


    Opatija is the tourist destination with the most ancient socialite tradition on the Adriatic. In the past, thanks to its typically Mediterranean weather, it has been the favourite location for the winter and summer holidays of the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Today it’s the set of luxury hotels, ancient villas and sophisticated houses turned in wonderful resorts with wellness centre, meeting rooms and swimming pools. Above all, Villa Angiolina is one of the most ancient and beautiful buildings of the town, and in the past it hosted several famous and prestigious people like the Austrian empress Mary Ann Savoy, the heir-to-the-throne couple Rudolph and Stephanie, the botanist Heinrich Noë, and many others.

    By taking a walk through its beautiful parks and on its 12 km promenade, or enjoying the sea at the town’s beach resort or in one of the many coves around, one can really live the charm of a place where natural beauties melt with an exclusive lifestyle. Further, music concerts set in the amazing small churches of the islands and events of folklore and tradition are expertfully weaved in everyday life.

    Dalmatian region

    Known for its warm sea, picturesque landscape, rich history, and beautiful islands, Dalmatia makes a perfect destination for sailing. Further it comprises the Neretva province and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Dubrovnik, also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. It is a famous region for vineyards, almonds and olive groves.

    ACI marinas in Dalmatian region

    ACI Marina Trogir, ACI Marina Split, ACI Marina Milna, ACI Marina Palmizana, ACI Marina Vrboska, ACI Korcula, ACI Marina Slano, ACI Marina Dubrovnik.

    Top Central and South Dalmatian islands:


    Referred to as the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands, Hvar is famous for its vast fields of lavender which can be predominately seen now, in the month of June. The whole island is covered in purple and the beguiling scent of the plant. Hvar is the perfect destination for nature-lovers and hikers. It also offers guided so called ‘herbal hikes’. Additionally, it is considered to be one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.


    Vis was quite isolated for a long time. However, this is what now distinguishes it as an insider tip for sailors who want to enjoy their holiday in private seclusion and are attracted by the island’s mysterious charm. It is not yet overcrowded and best resembles authenticity.


    Lastovo is one of the ten places included in the eminent list of the World Wildlife Fund. For a romantic getaway a visit of the coves, such as Zaklopatica and Skrivena Luka (Portorus), is recommended. What is more, outstanding, beautiful sandy coves allure in close proximity, on the small island of Saplun.


    The place for explorers - on Korcula visitors are on the track of one of the most famous globetrotters of the world: Marco Polo. The island hosts his house of birth and has a long boating tradition. The magnificent town core of Korcula with forts and walls and the old town are places of numerous historical monuments of Korcula’s interesting history.

    Croatia’s history, nature and gastronomy make it heaven for anyone with a love of the sea, good food, culture and sport. Whatever type of person you are, Croatia has much to offer.

    For more information, visit: http://croatia.hr