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Sails up: your guide to Croatia Sailing

Published October 27th, 2015

If your idea of a great European summer is chilling in the sunshine, swimming in warm blue seas, discovering historic walled cities and dancing the nights away with new friends then Croatia is the place for you.

The best way to appreciate this stunning country is by cruising along its island speckled coast on a sail boat, taking in the glamorous summer holiday spots, sun kissed beaches and secluded coves along the way.

Never freer than when sailing the open seas Image: Khy Orchard

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is the place to head. This narrow coastal region runs along the west of the country and is jam packed with UNESCO listed sights and attractions as well as pretty coastal towns and islands to explore. In the summertime this region swarms with pleasure-seekers keen to enjoy the relaxed vibe and beautiful sights of the Adriatic.

Welcome to Hvar Image: Khy Orchard

If you’re up for strutting your stuff and hanging with the A-List, make a bee-line for glamorous Hvar. The longest island in the Dalmatian Coast, sunny Hvar is a true slice of the good life where you’ll find swanky restaurants, dazzling crowds, some seriously impressive yachts as well as lavender aplenty and some drop-dead gorgeous medieval architecture.

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Float away in Mljet Image: Khy Orchard

If you’re more of a nature lover, the beautiful forested island of Mljet will really float your boat. Visit the dazzling salt water lakes on the island, surrounded by towering pine forests, and catch a boat over to see
the peaceful former Benedictine Monastery of St Mary’s on an island on the main lake.

Back on the mainland, the pirate town of Omiš is another highlight of summer in Croatia. Located between Split and Makarska, the medieval fortress port was once home to a dangerous nest of pirates from the Mediterranean Saracens to the Tatars of the Black Sea. The beautiful coastline has many attractions including the 13th century Romanesque Mirabella pirate Fortress and the 15th century Starigrad Fortress, as well as lots of historic churches and monuments.

Go all 'Game Of Thrones' in Dubrovnik Image: Khy Orchard

Croatia’s cities are also amazing to visit when you’re sailing the coastline. Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is a fairytale pretty medieval city of limestone and marble streets and squares, surrounded by fortified walls. You can wander the historic streets of the Old Town and climb the ancient walls to gaze over the Adriatic and capture a postcard shot of the famous red rooftops of Dubrovnik.

Dive in! Image: Khy Orchard

At the other end of the coastline, the buzzing city of Split is the main city on the Dalmatian Coast sandwiched between the dramatic Biokovo Mountains and the turquoise ocean. Many sailing trips start here, and it’s a great introduction to the Dalmatian culture. Visit the UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s best Roman monuments, and soak up the atmosphere at the many bars, shops and restaurants along the old city walls.


Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.