Croatia can be reached from anywhere in the world. There are several main coastal airports in Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik, which connect the country to many European countries, from there you can connect to the rest of the world.
The weather in Croatia in September is cooler than other times of the year but by no means is it cold. The wind varies between force 2 and 5, normally prevailing from the northwest. The sailing season in Croatia begins in May and lasts until October.
A great time to go sailing in Croatia in September or October to avoid the crowds of people in the marinas and tourist hot spots. Although this being said, anytime throughout the summer is great just beware of the crowds.
1. The Temperature
Warm Temperatures. September is the end of the summer season in Croatia, with the temperature starting to cool down. The average temperature for sailing in Croatia in September is between 18c and 22c.
While the weather temperature decreases the sea temperature takes longer to cool down and the sea averages 23c through September becomes cooler by the end of October.
Inside The Boat. This makes the sea and air temperature pleasant for sailing and swimming, without it being too hot. In the summer Croatia reaches high temperatures which make the sea feel very warm and in many boats without air-con, fans maybe require to keep cool.
Hours Of Daylight. When sailing in Croatia in September or October the average hours of sunlight is 15, and during both months the rainfall chances are higher than in August. You will still get plenty of hours of sunshine and daylight to undertake activities and be sail around different places.
Changing Winds. Croatia is well known for its dramatically changing weather, one minute it can be sunny and the next a big wind can occur.
Maestral. Croatia’s typical wind in called Maestral (Mistral) which blows in a northwest direction, it is a thermal wind. The typical pattern of this wind type is that it picks up around midday, and lasts until 5 pm, which is ideal for afternoon sailing in Croatia in September or October.
Bura. One of the most common wind occurrences in called the Bura, it blows in a northeast direction and is often cold. The Bura is typically a winter wind but can occur at anything, it comes from the mountains and can go from 0-100 in an instant.
Burin. Burin is an offset of the Bura, which typically occurs during the night. This thermal wind is created by the land cooling faster than the sea.
3. Fewer Crowds
Things Are Still Open. Small Croatian towns and villages on islands tend to particularly or fully close down during the winter months, as the main source of income in these destinations is from tourists.
The high season lasts until the end of August but areas don’t start to close up for winter until the end of October.
Experience Everything Without The Crowds. So sailing in Croatia in September will allow you to experience everything Croatia has to offer, in terms of tourist attractions, restaurants and national parks, without all the tourists they receive in the summer.
Marinas also tend to be quieter, which allows for easy access for mooring without a large number of boats looking to dock at the same port.
4. The Events
Events. Throughout the year, Croatia has a large number of events and festivals all over the country. While sailing in Croatia in September and October it is no different, with summer slowly drawing to a close and many events just beginning.
September Events. In September there are still a small number of summer events taking place, including the Split Summer colours festival (September), which includes a variety of artists. Visualia festival which takes place in Pula in September, the Dubrovnik music festival, Lateen Sail Regatta, and Outlook festival. All of these are great events to visit while sailing in Croatia in September.
October Events. In October the country has a number of events including film festivals in both Dubrovnik and Split, The Good Food Festival in Dubrovnik (October), and the International Festival of Jams & Marmalades (October).
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