Yachting & sailing trip

Sailing adventure through Croatia's national parks and island gems

Embark on a serene journey along the Middle Adriatic's sailing route, perfect for those seeking tranquility amidst nature. This 7-day itinerary includes visits to two enchanting National Parks: the Kornati Islands and Krka Waterfalls. Unveil the splendor of the Middle Adriatic, a treasure trove of cultural richness, natural wonders, and serene landscapes.

This itinerary takes you from the vibrant city of Split through the serene landscapes of National Parks like Krka and Kornati. Dubbed Dalmatia's cultural and economic beacon, Split is a vibrant mix of ancient and modern. Its stunning beaches, pulsating nightlife, and the historical Diocletian Palace create a unique tapestry of experiences. A modern Mediterranean jewel, Split is the perfect launchpad for your Croatian sailing escapade. Within a 50 km radius, an array of nautical marinas offers everything from sleek sailboats and catamarans to luxurious yachts and gullets. Conveniently, Split International Airport is a mere 20-minute drive from the city's heart. This is a unique opportunity to visit national parks from a boat.

Every yachting and sailing adventure we craft is uniquely tailored to your preferences and desires, ensuring an exclusive and personalized experience. However, it's important to note that while we strive to adhere to your custom itinerary, we maintain a flexible approach due to the unpredictable nature of the weather. Rest assured, any modifications made are always in the interest of providing you with the safest and most enjoyable journey possible.

Trip highlights

  • Exploring ancient landmarks and lively beaches of Split
  • Witness the breathtaking waterfalls of the Krka River  
  • Sail through the 'nautical paradise' of Kornati islands 
  • Visit the stunning Telašćica Bay, a serene natural harbor 
  • Feed the deers on Kaprije island, a car-free haven 

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Gordana Abu Bakr
Trip designed by Gordana Abu Bakr

Seasoned DM & Yachting Specialist with a Master's in Maritime Studies and over 16 years in the travel industry

Activities are taking place in Split, Maslinica, Primošten, NP Krka, NP Kornati, Telašćica, Kaprije

This itinerary blends natural beauty, historical charm, and serene sailing for an unforgettable Adriatic adventure. 

Here are a few highlights to glimpse into the unique characteristics and attractions of each destination along the sailing route.


Split

Split, a city of rich history, is most famous for the Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The palace, built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, today forms about half the old town and city center of Split. Another unique aspect of Split is its Riva, a bustling waterfront promenade lined with cafes and offering stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.


Šolta (Maslinica)

Maslinica on the island of Šolta is known for its charming landscape and beautiful sunset views, often cited as some of the best in the Adriatic. The island is also famed for its olive oil production, with centuries-old traditions. The Martinis Marchi Castle, now a hotel and marina, is a beautifully restored historical site worth visiting.


Primošten

Primošten is celebrated for its vineyards, which are a UNESCO World Heritage tentative site. These vineyards are particularly known for the Babić grape variety. The town's picturesque setting on a small, hilly peninsula and its numerous beaches make it a popular tourist destination.


Krka National Park

Krka National Park is famous for its series of seven stunning waterfalls, with Skradinski Buk being the largest and most famous. The park is also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species. An interesting fact is that the Krka River is also home to the first hydroelectric power station in Europe, which started operations just two days after Tesla's Niagara Falls plant.


Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park consists of around 140 uninhabited islands, islets, and reefs, making it the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It's a paradise for sailors and divers due to its crystal-clear waters and rich marine life. The park is also known for its “crowns” – dramatic, vertical cliffs facing the open sea.


Telašćica Nature Park (Dugi Otok)

Telašćica Bay, located on Dugi Otok, is known for its safe and beautiful natural harbor. The Nature Park is also home to the Mir salt lake and stunning cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic. Dugi Otok itself is celebrated for its tranquility, contrasting landscapes, and the striking Saharun Beach, known for its white sand and clear waters.


Kaprije

The island of Kaprije, named after the caper plant, is a serene and car-free destination, ideal for a peaceful retreat. It's known for its crystal-clear waters, making it a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling. The island also has a rich history of fishing and agriculture, reflected in its local cuisine.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Split to the Serene Shores of Šolta (Maslinica)

Maslinica, Šolta's western gem, is adorned with an archipelago of seven islets: Polebrnjak, Saskinja, Stipanska, Kamik, Balkun, Rudula, and Grmej. This cluster of isles makes Maslinica one of the Adriatic's most picturesque destinations. The area harmoniously blends historical architecture with the natural allure of its landscape. In Maslinica, Marina Martinis Marchi offers a secure berth for your vessel amidst this scenic haven.

Sailing distance: 13 nautical miles

DAY 2

Maslinica to the Historic Charm of Primošten

Nestled between Šibenik and Split, Primošten is a charming coastal town with an evocative history. Once an island, its old town is now connected by a quaint causeway, showcasing well-preserved city walls and a maze of stone-paved streets. Known for its pebble beaches and translucent waters, Primošten also boasts symbolic stone walls and vineyards, a testament to the locals' resilience. The city port and nearby Marina Kremik provide ample mooring facilities, setting you within reach of the renowned "Babić" vineyards.

Sailing distance: 19 nautical miles

DAY 3

Primošten to Skradin & the Enchanting Krka National Park

Skradin, a picturesque gateway to the Krka National Park, offers a blend of history and natural splendor. Journey through the Krka River and Prukljan strait to reach this enchanting town, home to the ACI Marina Skradin. This favorite marina among wooden boat owners is a year-round safe haven. Skradin is not just about its scenic marina; it's a culinary paradise known for exquisite Dalmatian wines and gastronomic delights. With its famed Skradinski Buk and Roški slap, the Krka National Park presents a breathtaking array of cascades and trails, perfect for nature enthusiasts and hikers.

Sailing distance: 19 nautical miles

DAY 4

Skradin to the Mystical Isles of Kornati National Park

The Kornati National Park, a nautical dreamland, spans 89 pristine islands and islets across 300 km² of unspoiled beauty. Hiking through its landscape reveals panoramic views, olive orchards, and the cultural imprints of the Kurnatari. Culinary explorers can relish exceptional gastronomy in over 20 exquisite restaurants set in hidden coves, offering fresh, locally-sourced specialties alongside stunning vistas. Sailors should note the need for an entrance ticket, available online or at designated spots for a more budget-friendly option.

Sailing distance: 30 nautical miles

DAY 5

Exploring the Untouched: From Island Žut to Dugi Otok's Nature Park Telašćica

Dugi Otok, aptly named "Long Island" for its elongated shape, is a natural masterpiece. Its crowning glory is the Nature Park "Telašćica" at its southern tip, part of the Kornati National Park. The island's coastline is dotted with inviting beaches and hidden bays, each offering a unique spot for swimming in the mesmerizing blue Adriatic. The Telašćica Bay, renowned as the Adriatic's safest and most stunning natural harbor, is a sanctuary of peace and beauty. Visitors should be mindful of the park's regulations and ensure they have valid tickets for their stay. Dugi Otok also hosts quaint fishing villages like Sali, Božava, Zaglav, Veli Rat, and Brbinj, each offering a glimpse into the serene island life.

Sailing distance: 8 nautical miles

DAY 6

Telašćica to the Peaceful Haven of Kaprije Island

Kaprije island is located at 8 NM sailing SW from Šibenik, in the central area of the Šibenik archipelago with a population of nearly 150 people and a surface of 7.11 km2. The Mediterranean atmosphere and the distance away from the crowds make a perfect oasis of peace and quiet. The only settlement on the island is village Kaprije on the west side of the island. Just like most of the islands in the Šibenik archipelago, Kaprije is as well car-free.

The island was named after the Mediterranean plant caper whose green buds are used pickled.

Kaprije has only one village, a post office, a first-aid station, a shop, and several cozy bars. Several restaurants are scattered around the island, in nice bays.

Sailing distance: 26 nautical miles

DAY 7

Kaprije Back to the Vibrant Energy of Split

As you sail back to Split, make sure to indulge in one last swim in the pristine coves that line the coast between Primošten and Trogir. The anchorage at Stari Trogir is particularly inviting, with its sandy seabed and turquoise waters creating a perfect backdrop for relaxation. As you conclude your Croatian sailing odyssey, the vivid memories of each unique destination will stay with you long after you've returned to the bustling energy of Split.

Sailing distance: 39 nautical miles

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