A view on the beautiful Kornati archipelago

Rent a sailboat and discover the beauty of the Croatian coast. Find the hidden bays and enjoy the adventure that offers stay on the Adriatic.

Croatia, ideal sailing destenation


The Adriatic Sea has more than 1,246 islands and islets. This number includes islands, islets and rocks of all sizes, including those that are seen only at Low tide.

Be sure to visit the Kornati National Park one of the most beautiful sailing waters.

Most sailors were delighted by smaller islands with romantic atmosphere,relaxed way of life in tranquility and beauty. In many small island towns most will delight you beautiful architecture and atmosphere, ancient monuments, art in stone, wood, paintings and old parchment.

The biggest Croatian islands are Cres and Krk, and the highest Croatian island is island Brac, whose highest peak reaches 780 meters above sea level. Islands of Cres and Losinj are separated only by a narrow waterway dug in ancient times, the original unique island was known to the Greeks as Apsyrtides.

Of all the Croatian islands, 67 are inhabited. Largest among them are Krk and Korcula. Islands Plavnik, Kornati, Galun and Prvic are special tourist destinations offering nature untouched by human hands.

Sailing in Croatia


Croatia offers ideal conditions for sailing. On the Croatian Adriatic you can enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot summers, a lot of sunny days and mild and rainy winters. Warmest months are July and August, when the air temperature is between 25° C and 35° C, and sea temperature is around 28° C. In summer, rain is very rare. Croatian Adriatic coast has an average of 2.400 to 2.800 hours of sunshine per year, and as such it is one of the sunniest coastlines in the world.

In the northwestern part the Adriatic Sea is shallow (in the Gulf of Trieste up to 23 m), while in the south a lot deeper (in the South basin over 1200 m).

The temperature of the Adriatic Sea ranges from 22 to 28° C in summer and from 5 to 15° C in the winter. Transparency and color are far greater than in other seas, and transparency can reach up to 56m depth. Salinity is 38‰, which is more than the world average. Currents are low intensity. The eastern coast of Croatianshore is warm, and the western Italian is cold.

Winds on the Adriatic

Winds in Croatia

The strongest winds in Croatia are "Bura" cold wind that blows from land to sea, fromdirection northeast and "Jugo" south warm wind, that blows from the south-east.

"Bura" usually lasts three days and is characterized by the blowing in bursts and is particularly strong in the Velebit Channel on Senj area, but also in Bakar reaches up to 180 km/h.

"Jugo" causing waves that rolls and the vessel is harder to bear than waves by "Bura". With "Jugo" is linked term "nevera" which means a fast and heavy storm, weather that is very bad to stay at sea. For vessels aredangerous sudden summer storms called "neverini" (also bad storm but but weaker and shorter then "nevera") that in short time can raise uncomfortable high waves.

If we look at a wind rose in our coast we find the followingwinds

  • tramontana (N) northern cold wind like the "bura", but more stable
  • burin (NNE) wind blowing at night from the mainland, mostly from the NNE in the northern Adriatic,often the E or SE in the southern part
  • bura (NE) the strongest winds in the Adriatic, blowing from the land over the mountains to the sea, often in bursts and variable direction
  • levanat (E) Easterner, often the same characteristics as the "Bura", but sometimes warm wind that blows in good weather
  • jugo (SE) or "broad", wind south-east direction, which usually brings rain and bad biometeorological conditions
  • oštro (S) pure Southerner, characterized by high strength and relatively little duration. Mostly sharply transitional phase between the "Jugo" and "Lebić"
  • lebić (SW) A short wind often blows upon the south. Could be strong and then is calledLebićada.
  • pulenat (W) Wind is rare in our country. When strong is called "Pulentada"
  • maestral (NW) generally pleasant summer wind blowing in fine weather. Usually blowing in theafternoon, bringing light refreshment in the hot days.

VHF weather forecast

Weather forecast for Adriatic

Coastal radio stations broadcast daily weather forecasts for 12 and 24 hours,In Croatian and English:

Radio Rijeka
VHF channel 24
05:35 am, 2:35 pm, 7:35 pm
Radio Split
VHF channel 07, 21, 23, 81
05:45 am, 12:45 pm, 7:45 pm
Radio Dubrovnik
VHF channel 07, 04
06:25 am, 1:20 pm, 9:20 pm

UTC - universal time coordinating (= GMT, Greenwich Mean Time)

Permanent weather forecast on VHF receivers

Port authorities also continually transmit weather forecast and warnings on their VHF channels. Data is updated 4 times daily.

Forecast is on channels:

Port authorities Rijeka
VHF channel 24
North Adriatic
Port authorities Split
VHF channel 67
Middle Adriatic
Port authoroties Dubrovnik
VHF channel 73
South Adriatic
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