Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Croatia, `Sundown Sailors` Route
This flotilla sailing holiday in Croatia takes us to the Northern Dalmatia region which is full of little islands scattered along our route. It`s a real pleasure to navigate through this maze, stop at remote bays, hike the hills for sunsets and enjoy truly delicious food prepared from local ingredients. This is a route where we have a chance to admire sunset almost every day! We visit Kornati and Telascica: two beautiful national parks, an ancient Dalmatian stronghold city of Sibenik, Kaprije archipelago where we have highest chance of spotting dolphins and a few secret spots of ours… You can expect to drop anchor in an empty bay, raft the yachts together and enjoy our time under the stars far away from civilization!
Note: We are faithful to the true sailing spirit, therefore we plan exact stopovers together with the wind and weather. Our trips are not a planned itinerary which is always the same. This means that the exact order of stopovers may be different to the one presented below, but definitely will be as much interesting! In our opinion, that only makes this holiday more enjoyable!
Main Destinations for Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Croatia
Sukosan town holds the largest marina in Croatia and is located only 7km away from an ancient town of Zadar. It will serve as a perfect starting point for our adventure of embarking on a journey through more than 250 islands of Northern Dalmatia.
Arrival from Zadar Airport to Sukosan Marina will take you only 10 minutes (5km). It really cannot be closer.
If truth be told, Sukosan is not a charming little village with traditional old stone houses, little pathways and olive grows. Therefore, we plan to provisions the yacht, assemble the crew and take a taxi to dine in the Old Town of Zadar which is a true eye candy!
Vrgada is a beautifully forested island with a large sandy beach (not common in Croatia), little settlement and a large uninhabited bay in which we anchor and raft our yachts together. This way we create a little village afloat, where we get to know each other better by sharing a meal cooked on board, admiring stars, listening to music and enjoying night swims. It`s an evening for unwinding, sinking into the tempo of a yacht life and finally detaching from life back in home.
Note: Remember to bring your music instruments! It`s a perfect place to make our own music and sing!
Sibenik is a Venetian stronghold built at the coast of Dalmatia. It is standing at the place where Krka river flows into the Adriatic sea. Nowadays it`s a 3rd largest city in Dalmatia and well worth a visit. There are four fortresses to be seen, each of which provides a spectacular view on the sea, city and the nearby islands. We walk through a maze of narrow stone-paved streets and visit the best sights: St. James cathedral, St. Lawrance monastery gardens, town square and we finish at one of the traditional restaurants serving dishes from locally produced ingredients. To finish the evening off we enjoy a drink or two in one of the bars nearby our yachts which are waiting moored at the town pier. A pure joy of life in it`s essence!
On the island of Kaprije no vehicles are allowed. The local community lives from fishing, tourism and growing olives and capers. It`s a short sail from Sibenik, so we have a chilled day with lots of swimming, snorkelling and relaxing time while anchoring for a lunch break. The night stopover location we choose from a selection of buoy fields with restaurants nearby. One of our favorites is the Babalu Grill Bar, where the grilled Seabass has no equals! Well maybe the mussels do match it! Kaprije Archipelago is also the place where we have the highest chance in Croatia of spotting Dolphins! Keep your eyes wide opened!
Kornati National Park
I always think of Kornats as of moon islands combed by a giant. Characteristic layers of stone create a regular patterns which is a background for an arid environment and some occasional settlement or a single restaurant. Incredible underwater life can be found at the depth of already a few meters! We anchor at a Modra (Croatian for
blue) bay and create a yacht raft once more. A hike to the nearby hill (190m high) pays off with an unforgettable sunset view and a dive in the night reveals a spectacle of nature: glowing plankton (remember movie
The Beach ?). As you can imagine there is not many lights on Kornati islands, so we count on the Milky Way being visible at night!
At Naleia we call these types of bays `Foody Bay`. They are well sheltered and there is a single restaurant where we delight our taste buds with barbecued meats or seafood that cannot be fresher! We again raft our yachts and embark on a gourmet travel.
On this route we aim to visit a restaurant on the Zut island (name stays our secret), where if you ask the waiter
Can I please have the menu?, s/he replies
I am the menu... we offer today...`. Really authentic, family run restaurant that offers the freshest food ever.
A short hike will take you to nearby hill for the last sunset viewing during this week.
Other Yacht Life Perks
Everyone and everything becomes quiet and peaceful when the sun goes down while you still sail. Magic.
You can use one of the lines attached to the top of the mast to swing out of the yacht to dive into the water!
A long line behind a yacht and a bunch of people holding onto it. Exciting and refreshing!
Remember to bring your ABC snorkeling set. The Croatian coast is full of marine life!
Everyday we aim to stop at vibrant bays for a quick lunch and snorkelling. We drop an anchor and enjoy the beauty of the nature around us. We eat what we cook on board, swim in crystal clear water, sunbath and relax. And if you wish to, you can climb the mast to take such a great photo! Afterwards another sailing session awaits! That`s how everyday life flows on flotilla sailing holidays in Croatia.
We always have a regatta on Friday, the last day of our sailing in Croatia. We put our newly learnt skills into use and you take the reins. Skippers do not help at all and the team has lots of fun and a little prize at the end!
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Most Frequent Questions About Sailing in Croatia
WHO WILL BE ON MY YACHT?
Around 50% of the people who come to my sailing holidays are coming solo. 25% in groups of 2 and 25% in the group of 3 and more. As there is a few yachts I take special care in matching people to the crews. I even wrote a little blog post about that: Matching Yacht Crews for Sailing Holidays
WHAT DOES THE EXACT ITINERARY LOOK LIKE?
At Naleia we plan as we go according to the weather conditions and all crews` moods. There are a variety of places that we can visit, but the order and exact choice is only made each morning after verifying the weather conditions. Leave planning at home! We live for the moment!
WHEN CAN I CHECK-IN ON THE FIRST DAY AND WHEN DO WE ARRIVE TO MARINA ON THE LAST DAY?
Check-ins are always on Saturdays at 16h00. You are naturally most welcome to come earlier and say hello! Our yacht will be being cleaned at this moment, so we will need to wait a little. We leave the port next morning (Sunday) after breakfast.
On Friday, the last day, we arrive at our marina in the afternoon: 15h00-18h00. We need to check-out and leave the yachts before 09h00 on Saturday morning.
HOW MANY YACHTS WILL BE IN CROATIAN FLOTILLA?
There won`t be more than 5 yachts in our Croatian flotilla. This allows us to fit into small and uninhabited bays, moor at little restaurants and it makes the group small enough to have a cosy and friendly atmosphere that allows spontaneous ideas to come to life! For example: hiking the nearby hill to admire the sunset, going to a local concert or jamming on our yachts!