Sukošan sailing trip: a week-long itinerary for both beginner and advanced sailors

Sukošan sailing trip: a week-long itinerary for both beginner and advanced sailors

Sukošan is an excellent starting point for a week-long sailing trip in Croatia, offering access to some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing areas in the Adriatic Sea. This sailing trip is suitable for both advanced and beginner sailors. While there are some longer distances to cover, the itinerary includes plenty of opportunities to anchor in peaceful bays and coves and explore charming towns and villages. With proper planning, even beginner sailors can enjoy this route while practicing basic sailing skills. Additionally, advanced sailors can use this itinerary as a starting point to explore further and customize their route according to their preferences.

Itinerary: Sukošan – Biograd na Moru – Kornati Islands – Žut Island – Dugi Otok Island and Sali – Ugljan Island – Pašman Island and Ždrelac – Ošljak Island – Sukosan
Total mileage: 92 NM
Difficulty: suitable for both beginners and advanced sailors that can adjust the routes accordingly

Day 1: Sukosan to Biograd na Moru (10 NM)

Depart from D-Marin Dalmacija and sail to the charming town of Biograd na Moru, located only 10 nautical miles to the north. Along the way, you can stop at the picturesque island of Vrgada, where you can enjoy some swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. In Biograd na Moru, visit the historic city center, and enjoy a meal at one of the local seafood restaurants.

Day 2: Biograd na Moru to Kornati Islands (15NM)

Sail to the stunning Kornati Islands, which is a national park consisting of 89 islands and islets. There are plenty of secluded bays and coves to anchor in and explore. You can swim in the crystal-clear waters and hike up to the top of the islands for breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Spend the night in one of the peaceful bays.

Day 3: Kornati Islands to Žut Island (10 NM)

Continue exploring the Kornati Islands before sailing to the island of Žut, which is famous for its olive groves and vineyards. In Žut, you can moor at one of the marinas and sample the local wine and olive oil. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the traditional konoba, a local tavern.

Day 4: Žut Island to Dugi Otok Island and Sali (20 NM)

Sail to the island of Dugi Otok, which is the longest island in the Zadar archipelago. There are plenty of hidden coves and beaches to discover, and the island is also home to the stunning Telascica Nature Park. Spend the night in the charming fishing village of Sali, and sample some of the local cuisine.

Day 5: Dugi Otok Island to Ugljan Island (12 NM)

Sail to the island of Ugljan, which is known for its sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Explore the charming towns of Kali and Preko, and visit the 14th-century Venetian fortress of St. Michael. Sample some of the local seafood and enjoy a sunset drink in one of the beachside bars.

Day 6: Ugljan Island to Pašman Island and Ždrelac (15 NM)

Head back towards Sukosan, stopping at the island of Pašman along the way. Visit the historic town of Tkon and sample some of the local cheese and wine. Spend the night in the peaceful bay of Ždrelac. 

Day 7: Ošljak Island and back to Sukosan (10 NM)

Sail back to D-Marin Dalmacija in Sukosan, stopping at the island of Ošljak along the way. Ošljak is a tiny island with only one village, which is home to a 15th-century church and a charming harbor. Enjoy a final swim in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea before returning to the marina.

Activities to do on your trip

Regarding activities, there are plenty of things to do while sailing along the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Some popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. You can also explore the charming towns and villages, hike up to the top of the islands for breathtaking views, and sample the local cuisine and wine.

If you're looking for something more adventurous, you can try your hand at windsurfing, kiteboarding, or parasailing. There are plenty of watersports centers and rental shops located along the coast, so you can easily find equipment and instructors.

Do not miss these recommended restaurants

  • Konoba Šime in Biograd na Moru, known for its fresh seafood and local wines.
  • Konoba Gornja Lamjana on the island of Ugljan, which offers traditional Dalmatian cuisine in a charming setting.
  • Konoba Zdrelac on the island of Pašman, which serves delicious seafood and meat dishes with a stunning view of the bay.
  • Restaurant Stara Pošta in Sali on Dugi Otok island, which is located in a historic building and offers a unique dining experience with a modern twist on traditional cuisine.
  • Konoba Bonaca on Žut island, which serves fresh fish and seafood in a beautiful setting overlooking the marina.

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