Fall under the spell of spring sailing in the Adriatic. Look forward to deserted marinas, spring sunshine and fresh wind. And in April, Croatia is already fragrant and in full bloom.
Take a bunch of friends and enjoy some more exhilarating yachting where the wind hits the sails, zipping the boat across the waves. The season has not yet begun, so you can enjoy the almost endless sea just for yourself.
Begin, for example, in Biograd na Moru, which is the perfect starting point. It’s close to NP Kornati and numerous other places of interest. Right now you can get a beautiful boat for just 199 euros!
Get inspired by these routes from Biograd na Moru
Beginners, families with children and seasoned sailors alike all come to this region. Beginners appreciate the ease of navigation here, the mild wind and numerous secure moorings, whilst experienced sailors enjoy longer voyages and the divine tranquility of the more remote islands.
We have two route tips for you from Biograd na Moru which can easily be combined.
Biograd na Moru - Pasman (Zaklopica bay) - Vrgada and Artina islands - sailing along Murter - Prvač and Zlarin islands - Šibenik - Tijat island with Tijaščica bay - Kaprije island - Kakan island - NP Kornati
Biograd na Moru - Pasman (Zaklopica Bay) - Vrgada and Artina islands - further northwest along Pasman - Iž island - Ugljan island - Sestrunj island - Zverinac island - Molat island - Premuda island - Ilovik island - NP Kornati
Which places to visit when voyaging from Biograd na Moru?
Šibenik is a beautiful old town in the bay at the mouth of the river Krka, dominated by the fortress of St. Nicholas. The city centre is filled with stone houses, small squares, staircases, passageways and a maze of winding streets.
The most remarkable monument is the Cathedral of St. Jakov. It’s constructed of stone and decorated with 34 lion heads and 72 life-size busts. Also worth a visit is the seaside fortress of St. Nikols. It’s shaped like a keyhole and contains many secret passageways.
From Šibenik, go further up the river Krka. You’ll arrive at the port of Skradin with its picturesque marina. From here take a trip to the Krka waterfalls and the upper lake with its island monastery and even more waterfalls.
The golden island, the green island, the coral island - that is Zlarin. A small rocky island famous in the past for the collecting of red coral. The aroma of rosemary, not a car in sight and there is divine peace. Yachtsmen will appreciate the unspoilt nature and the exceptionally clean sea.
Along the southwest coast from Zaporat Bay to Lopata Cape, it is stunning. The underwater cathedral is breathtaking, with its network of interconnected sea caves, as well as a beautiful underwater wall in front of Široka bay with its rich and varied fauna and flora.
Susak owes its name to its local fragrant oregano. The sandy beaches and limestone cliffs lure every yachtsmen into their arms. The southernmost tip of the island, and especially the Margarina reef, is still one of the most popular Croatian diving sites.
The island boasts several beautiful vineyards, so definitely try out the local wine.
An Island full of colour and contrast, Dugi Otok with its numerous caves is the seventh largest island in the Adriatic.
In the north, don’t miss the picturesque harbour of Božava surrounded by pine groves where you can moor at the inner harbour or the outer wharf. In the bay north of Božava there is a marine tunnel, where you can moor at the entrance.
The Telašćica Nature Park is located on the southeast of the island. There are over 400 plant species and 300 species of animals, including those endemic, which can’t be found elsewhere.
Also worth seeing is the salt lake Mir. It is about 2 km long, shallow and has a high salt concentration due to gradual evaporation of the water. In the spring it is even warmer than the sea.
Kornati National Park
In the beautiful azure sea lay 147 islands, islets and cliffs, and together they form the Kornati National Park. Look forward to unspoilt nature, beautiful coves, rock formations and steep cliffs. In the labyrinth of islands you will be guided by the stunning ancient lighthouses - the best of them being Sestriko.
Kornati is a paradise for all sailors. There are rugged and sheltered coves with many harbours or berths all of which have been used by pirates and guerrillas for centuries due to the excellent conditions they provide. When navigating, be especially careful of the unmarked reefs just below the surface.
In Kornati you pay according to the length of your boat and you’ll make significant savings if you get your tickets in advance. Tickets to all national parks can be purchased online at the Croatian National Parks website.
What about spring sailing?
In the spring, the sea can still be cold and it is good to be prepared for it. The felt air temperature, due to windchill and humidity, can be much lower. You’ll enjoy yachting to its utmost when you’re dry and warm. So what should you pack?
- Functional, breathable base layer
- Warmer sweater, winter jacket or light down jacket
- Warm socks and underwear
- Waterproof windbreaker with hood or raincoat
- Waterproof trousers
- Clear glasses and sunglasses
- Neoprene boots or sailing boots
- Shoes for on shore
- Hat and scarf around the neck
- Cream to protect against the cold and wind for hands/face
So are you looking forward to some proper spring yachting yet? Choose your boat at a great price and head off. Or maybe sail twice - in the season with the family and in the spring with friends.