Having now sailed part of the coast of France, quite a bit of Italy, Croatia, some of Greece and Turkey, our favorite cruising ground remains the Dalmation Islands. Situated in the middle of the Med along its northern shore, Croatia has great weather, excellent facilities, and is wonderful for short or long trips. Nearly everyone seems to speak English and they are friendly, good-looking people. We certainly want to come back, still a lot to explore here, even after three trips. Sailing in Croatia is enjoyable as there are plenty of islands which provide numerous protected coves and bays because of their ink-spot shapes. As well, the shore drops off steeply so it is easy sail close and moor close to shore.
Croatia is great for sailing for a number of reasons:
- There are over a thousand islands to explore
- The food is really good, exceptional actually
- They have both excellent red and white wines, at reasonable prices
- There are great restaurants with moorings in small coves to enjoy, often nothing but that restaurant/home in the cove
- There is great docking either in small, quaint towns (nothing large other than Dubrovnik) or small coves which often you can have to yourself.
- The weather is great, 300 days of sunshine a year.
- The wind is quite consistent, so good sailing
- Most Croats speak English
- You can anchor in 25’ of water, watch your anchor hit bottom and your chain lay out.
When you weight all that against other places in the Med, Croatia as a sailing destination is very hard to beat.
There’s a great over-size guide to the area called “Croatian Coast” that costs about US$20 but it well worth it. It provides information about areas to visit with restaurant and activity suggestions. There is also a very good wine directory and a marina directory. It’s available to purchase in most marinas. The wine we enjoyed the best on our trip for red was Ivan Dolac (2008) priced at about US$20 dollars, Madirazza’s Dingac Barrique, Zlatan Plavac (a lighter wine, from the usually heavy reds of Croatia), and Polozaj Dingac. The white wine was Matosevic, Alba Robinia Barrique (2011).
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