Šibenik Sailing Itinerary
With our Šibenik sailing itinerary, travellers can enjoy the elegant ambience and intriguing history of Croatia’s smaller and quieter port town. Located just north of Dubrovnik and Split, Šibenik’s culture remains preserved and undiscovered by the masses.
With plenty of character, Šibenik is filled with charm and plenty of things to see and do. Here you can enjoy a blend of Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, alongside modern innovation. You can also see some of Croatia’s best beaches, music festivals, and National Parks.
Our Guide to the Šibenik Sailing Itinerary
Šibenik is filled with history and is a great alternative location to start a yacht charter to get away from the crowds in Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar.
The village has some unique and beautiful attractions, including the UNESCO-listed Heritage site of the Cathedral of St James and the Krka Waterfalls.
The best way to get to Sibenik is by flying to the Split Airport, which is about 40 km outside the city. You can find flights daily to Split from Europe, Australia and the United States. If you cannot fly into Split directly, travelling through Zadar or Dubrovnik is an easy option.
The best sailing weather for the Šibenik Sailing Itinerary is during the peak season of May to September. The average high in May is 19°C, and an average high in September of 22°C. August is the best for swimming, and water temperatures will reach 25°C. Also, you will find the most sunshine hours in August – 13 hours of daylight!
Our Sibenik itinerary has plenty of mooring, with a good mix of the marina and free-swing anchorage options. For Vrgada, you will be able to find buoys for an overnight stay. While fewer amenities are available, you can stay here without any fees. In Zlarin, you can moor in the wharf or find a buoy by the village and free-swing here as well.
Šibenik → Zlarin
Often called “the golden island,” Zlarin is best known for its natural beauty and unique tradition of harvesting coral. While you’re here, take time to explore the forests of pine, fig and cypress trees, the golden sand beaches, and stunning coves. And don’t forget to pick up some coral souvenirs from the local galleries and shops.
Zlarin → Kaprije
Day two takes our Šibenik sailing itinerary to Kaprije, another carless island with less than 100 inhabitants. This island is well known for its olive and grape production.
Nozdra Bay is an excellent option for docking, with several restaurant options, making it a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Here you can explore the island or simply enjoy swimming or relaxing on your yacht.
Kaprije → Kornati Islands
On Day 3 of our Šibenik sailing itinerary, you can head to the Kornati Islands National Park. Kornati is the perfect place to spend time in nature. The Kornati archipelago is made up of 140 islands and is home to a national park, described as a “nautical paradise.” Here you can spend some time sailing through the outer side of the archipelago, where the wild open sea will provide some real fun for experienced sailors. Or, if you’d prefer a more relaxing day, stay on the inside of the park, where you can drop anchor in a calm bay and soak up some sun.
It is important to note that you will need a ticket to bring your yacht to this part of the island. You can buy the ticket upon entering the park or buy in advance at any designated ticket sales locations. To find more information on where to purchase tickets, click here.
Kornati Islands → Dugi Otok
On the fourth day of our Šibenik sailing itinerary, we head to the island of Dugi Otok.
Dugi Otok’s main village is Sali, home to less than 2,000 residents. With a long history of agriculture and fishing, Sali has a classic Mediterranean feel. During your stay, you can admire the centuries-old olive groves that add a beautiful layer to Sali’s landscape.
Dugi Otok → Žut
Day five of our Šibenik sailing itinerary takes you on a short sail to the island of Žut. The island of Žut has coves and inlets to explore and visit. These are great locations to drop anchor and swim off your yacht or have a go at paddle boarding, or simply make your way to a beach.
Žut has many anchorage spots, or you can head to Hiljača and moor up to a buoy.
Žut → Vrgada
With beaches of golden sand surrounded by pine trees, Vrgada is a natural beauty. When you come to visit this island, you can experience “the Mediterranean as it once was.” Indeed a trip back in time, Vrgada still greets tourists on a mule, part of a long-standing tradition. While you’re here, relax and enjoy the island’s pace of life, where the nights are blessedly silent, and the stars can illuminate the sky.
Vrgada → Šibenik
The last day of our Šibenik sailing itinerary will take us back to Sibenik to check out and hand the boat back into the marina. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the last of the Croatian sunshine before you venture home. Opt to stay in Sibenik for an additional night to explore the village, visit a local restaurant and climb the fortress of St. Michael.
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