Zadar Sailing Itinerary

Escape the Crowds in Zadar - Croatia’s hidden treasure

Zadar Sailing Itinerary 

With the Zadar Sailing Itinerary, travellers can enjoy the elegant ambience and intriguing history of Croatia’s best-kept secret. A little farther north than Dubrovnik and Split, Zadar’s culture remains preserved and undiscovered by the masses.

With plenty of character, Zadar is sure to charm you. 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 Zadar Sailing Itinerary

Built in the 9th century, Zadar’s historic town center has been at the center of many civilizations. Part of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Austrian empires, Zadar has a unique identity as a result of this blend of cultures.

Today you can enjoy the plentiful history, in addition to the modern revival that Zadar has recently undergone. With restored museums and churches, new restaurants, cafes, and bars – Zadar has plenty of attractions to fill your days. In addition to the spectacular architecture, cuisine, and atmosphere, Zadar sits along the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Wander along Zadar’s waterfront promenade for some jaw-dropping ocean views, and if you’re lucky you can catch one a spectacular sunset.

  • Getting There

    The best way to get to Zadar is by flying to the Zadar Airport, which is about 11 km outside the city. You can find flights daily to Zadar from the Europe, Australia and the United States. If you are unable to fly into Zadar directly, travelling through Zagreb or Pula is an easy option. From Zagreb and Pula, it is about a 40 to 45-minute flight. Another option would be to fly into Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, or Sibenik, and take a bus into Zadar. You can check out the timetables to and from Zadar online. To learn more about the best ways to reach Zadar, click here.

  • Weather

    The best sailing weather for the Zadar Sailing Itinerary is during the peak season of May to September, with the average high in May being 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!

  • Mooring

    Our Zadar itinerary has plenty of mooring, with a good mix of both 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 Sali, there is a well-equipped marina with more than 80 berths available. In Kornati and Skradin, the best option is ACI, a larger 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.

    In Skradin, if you’d like to avoid the mooring fees, you can free-swing at the anchorage in front of the marina. In Zlarin you can moor in the wharf, or find a buoy by the village and free-swing here as well.  

Our Zadar Sailing Itinerary

“The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida.” - Alfred Hitchcock

Day 1

Zadar → Vrgada

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.” Truly 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.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Hakuna Matata Vrgada, Plaža Podbrizi, 23210, Vrgada, Croatia

Restoran Bracera Vrgada, 23210, Vrgada, Croatia

Day 2

Vrgada → Sali

Sali

Even as the largest village on the Island of Dugi Otok, Sali is still 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.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Spageritimo, Sali, Croatia

St. Mary’s Church, Sali, Croatia

Day 3

Sali → Kornati

Kornati

On Day 3, you will head to 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, which has been 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 islands. You can buy the ticket upon entering the park, or buy in advance at any of designated ticket sales locations. To find more information on where to buy tickets, click here.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Swimming & Snorkeling on the outer edge of Kornati, Kornati Islands National Park

Konoba Zakan, 22243, Kornati, Croatia

Day 4

Kornati

Kornati

Another beautiful day in the Kornati Islands!  On your second day, spend some time admiring the local flora and fauna of the Kornati archipelago. In 1980, the Kornati Islands were given national park status because of the unique underwater ecosystem it is home to. The marine life features some interesting algae, coral, and sponges, that you won’t find anywhere else. On land you’ll find many wonderfully fragrant herbs, such as sage, feather grass, and xeranthemum. Around springtime, the air is aromatized by this foliage.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Hiking on Kornati Island, Kornati, Croatia

Restoran Trabakul Kornati, Island Žut E 15 32/ N 43 86 Murter, Šibensko-Kninska, Croatia 22440

Zadar Sailing Itinerary

Similar to Giza in Egypt, Zadar has its own Great Sphinx statue and it is believed to grant love and wishes.

Day 5

Kornati → Skradin

Skradin

Another quaint Mediterranean village, Skradin delights with narrow streets, fascinating history and exquisite cuisine. With a history dating back to the Neolithic period, you can explore ancient ruins and medieval fortresses on this island. If you’d like to catch the most beautiful view of Skradin, seek out the Belvedere and the bridge located on autoroute A1 heading towards Split. This Belvedere was nominated for the “Most Beautiful Belvedere on European Auto Routes,” Golden Flower of Europe Award.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Skradin Tower Clock, Square of Blessed Virgin, Skradin, Croatia

Bibich Winery, Zapadna Ulica 63, 22222, Plastovo, Croatia

Day 6

Skradin → Zlarin

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.

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Prslika Restaurant, Ruže put 19, 22232, Zlarin, Croatia

Museum of Corals, 22232, Zlarin, Croatia

Day 7

Zlarin → Zadar

Zadar

On the last day, it is time to return to Zadar to check out. Once you’ve delivered your charter to the marina, you can spend some time exploring. Dubbed Croatia’s “coolest city,” there’s plenty to see and do in this up and coming cosmopolitan centre. With a distinct blend of modern and antiquarian allure, Zadar pairs cool new attractions like the solar powered light floor “Monument to the Sun,” next to classic landmarks like the Land Gate, built in 1543 and once serving as the main entrance to Zadar.  

Recommended Restaurants and Activities:

Sea Organ, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

Restaurant Groppo, Široka ul. 22, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

Indicative Yachts and Prices

Zadar Sailing Itinerary

*All prices are per boat, for one week. For more yacht options and exact prices, please contact us [email protected]

Bavaria 31 Cruiser: Prices from 720 €

Elan 354 Impression: Prices from 903 €

Dufour 380 Grand’ Large: Prices from 1,114 €

Dufour 412 Grand Large: Prices from 1,200 €

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