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Zadar Sailing Route – Croatia Sailing Itinerary
Sailing in the Zadar Archipelago
The Adriatic Sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea and is very calm compared to other Mediterranean seas. The great thing about sailing holidays in Croatia is its climate. Especially the coast. It has mild and wet winters and very hot and dry summers. The sea temperature is very high during the summer, from 22 to 28 degrees Celsius. The Croatian coast is very rugged and indented, with hundreds of small islands, bays, coves, and defilades.
This route is located in central Dalmatia. One of the most visited places in the area is the city of Zadar. Zadar is not just a tourist city; it consists of old and new parts. The old town is on a peninsula connected to the new residential part with a stone bridge. Zadar is the place where you can catch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
The best time to visit Zadar is, of course, summer. But feel free to come here whenever you want because every season changes the vibe of the city and neighboring islands. Yes, there are many islands in the Zadar archipelago that you will visit during your island-hopping sailing trip, so continue reading to check the ones included in this sailing route.
Day 1: Zadar – Molat
The plan for the first day is to arrive on a Saturday in Zadar and get to the marina where your desired yacht is waiting for you. Your check-in procedure for hopping aboard the boat will be at 5 PM. Then, depending on the weather conditions and sunset hours, you may sail to Molat or spend the night in Zadar, one of the most vibrant and fascinating towns on the Adriatic. Zadar is steeped in history but with a dynamic cultural life, so it’s impossible to be bored there.
Day 2: Molat – Ist
Molat is the first island you will visit on your Zadar sailing trip. The island is secluded and, thus, unspoilt by tourism, which makes for a perfect swimming and sunbathing spot in its many coves sailors like to visit. Molat Island is covered with pine forests and has several small harbours.
Day 3: Ist – Veli Rat (Dugi Otok)
Sail to the butterfly-shaped island of Ist (pronounced like ‘east’). It’s one of the islands where car traffic is forbidden, which is ideal for getting away from the bustling city streets. With a population of roughly 250, Ist Island is an oasis of peace.
Day 4: Veli Rat – Sakarun (Dugi Otok)
Moor in a modern marina in the small village of Veli Rat in Čuna Bay on Dugi Otok. The whole island is perfect for a stress-free summer vacation. There are many beaches where you can spend your day, Sakarun being the most popular one.
Day 5: Sakarun – Sali (Dugi Otok)
Stick around Dugi Otok and head to Sali, an established tourist spot and an administrative center of the island. Sali can brag about a thousand-year-old fishing tradition and rich cultural heritage.
Day 6: Sali – Kornati National Park
The Kornati archipelago is a nautical paradise of more than a hundred large and small islands, the biggest being the island of Kornat. It’s a protected area that ensures undisturbed progress of natural processes and sustainable use of resources. Watch the rich plant and animal life, go hiking, and have a meal in this special geological area. Check the ticket prices here.
Day 7: Kornati National Park – Iž
The island of Iž has two villages – Mali Iž and Veli Iž. There is a small marina in Veli Iž, as well as shops and taverns. The island is never crowded, so you will always have quiet time for yourself.
Day 9: Zadar
This fantastic week-long sailing around Split ends with a morning of swimming and eating Mediterranean breakfast. Wait for the check-out procedure that is scheduled for 9 AM with a cup of coffee. Make sure you take your belongings and new memories home with you. You may want to spend the day in Split to cover everything listed on day one.
Read more about the destination – Croatia here.