Our Guide to the Dubrovnik Sailing Itinerary

The charming limestone streets of the historic old town and the exquisite baroque architecture, set against the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea, will create a unique backdrop for a trip of a lifetime.

In 1979, Dubrovnik was appointed an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A city rich with history, Dubrovnik has always had ties to the sea. Built on maritime trade, it grew to be one of Europe’s most important seaports, even rivaling Venice at one point. The sea’s important legacy shines through in the many aspects of Dubrovnik’s culture. With stunning architecture, an enchanting pedestrian old town, and majestic ocean views, Dubrovnik definitely has a unique feel.

In addition to its own beautiful beaches, Dubrovnik serves as a great starting point for your sailing charter. Set on the southern side of the Adriatic Coast, Dubrovnik offer access to many other small islands and beautiful coastal points. You’ll see forested national park grounds, quaint Mediterranean fishing villages and fishing grounds, and Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque period buildings.

Getting There

The best way to get to Dubrovnik is by flying to the Dubrovnik Airport, which is about 20 km south of the city. During the summer, in peak season, there are many flights direct from the UK , USA and Australia. If you are unable to fly into Dubrovnik directly, traveling through Zagreb is an easy option. From Zagreb, there are daily connecting flights to Dubrovnik. Another option would be to fly into Montenegro, which is about a 3-hour bus ride to Dubrovnik. To learn more about the best ways to reach Dubrovnik, click here.

Weather

The best sailing weather in Dubrovnik is during the peak season of April to August, with the average high in April being 17°C, and an average high in August of 28°C. For swimming, August is also the best and water temperatures will reach 25°C. However, September is considered the sweet spot, if you want to avoid the crowds, but still, soak up the sun.

Mooring

For Dubrovnik and Korcula the best option is ACI. As the largest marina, it has excellent infrastructure and amenities. Daily mooring prices vary by berth and time of the week. You can book ahead and see price lists on the ACI website.  

For the many other locations, mooring options are more limited.  

Small local harbours, or restaurants, sometimes open moorings in the peak season, charging €2 to €5, per meter. However, these moorings are not as abundant and often fill up quickly. So it is important to get in the harbour early in the afternoon, especially for larger vessels. You can check for berths online.

If you’re up for it, there are various coves, bays and anchorages where you can just free swing, with no charge, and use your dinghy to get ashore.