ZADAR SAILING ROUTES
Suggested seven – day boat tour:
- DAY 1: Zadar – the islets Tri sestrice – Sakarun cove (Dugi otok)
- DAY 2: Sakarun cove (Dugi otok) – Telašćica harbour (Dugi otok)
- DAY 3: Telašćica harbour (Dugi otok) – Lojena cove (island of Levrnaka) – ACI Piškera (island of Vela Panitula)
- DAY 4: ACI Piškera (island of Vela Panitula) – Žutska Aba islet – Žinčena cove (island of Pašman)
- DAY 5: Žinčena cove (island of Pašman) – Vodenjak cove (island of Iž) – Marina Veli Iž (island of Iž)
- DAY 6: Marina Veli Iž (island of Iž) – Hiljača cove (island of Žut) – Luka cove (island of Vrgada)
- DAY 7: Luka cove (island of Vrgada)– Galešnjak islet – Zadar
- Zadar – Sali
- Sali – Telašćica – Kornati – Marina Piškera
- Marina Piškera – Jezera (Murter)
- Jezera – Skradin
- Skradin – Tijat – Kaprije
- Kaprije – Vrgada – Biograd
- Biograd – Zadar
- Zadar – Molat
- Molat – Sali
- Sali – Telašćica – Kornati – Marina Piškera
- Marina Piškera – Kaprije – Vodice
- Vodice – Skradin
- Skradin -Betina
- Betina – Zadar
- Zadar – Zapuntel (Molat)
- Zapuntel – Maun – Šimuni (Pag)
- Šimuni – Mali Lošinj
- Mali Lošinj – Susak – Silba
- Silba – Premuda – Ist
- Ist – Iž
- Iž – Zadar
Sail to the Beat of the Sea Organ
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Zadar, a city made famous for its Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, is the ideal starting point for exploring the numerous island gems of the “green” waters around it. While planning your route from Zadar take into account the weather forecast. Apart from the excellent meteorological service available today, you can also consider the traditional signs of bad weather. In case the western horizon does not signal any incoming storms, and the white clouds gathered above the peaks of Velebit show no signs of bora, it is best to direct your ship towards the indented north-western part of Dugi Otok.
Alfred Hitchcock once said that Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, and we all know that the famous director had an eye for a good shot. Spectacular colors and the sound of the sea organ will leave you breathless, just like his movies, and no rerun will ever be boring. Definitely a must-see!
Dugi Otok is a spacious but remote island, located in the 3rd row of islands from Zadar’s mainland. It is the largest among the islands in this part of Dalmatia, and it leaves no place for indifference, as it is just tailored for a perfect yachting experience.
Sakarun cove (Dugi otok)
The Sakarun cove is one of the most beautiful bays in the Adriatic. During the day it is filled with swimmers and visitors from land, while at night sailors in berth can experience the true natural atmosphere. Famous for its inviting sea colour that comes in thousands of turquoise shades, the finest white sand, and numerous submarine springs which make swimming in the crystal clear sea particularly refreshing, even during the highest temperatures.
Telašćica is a somewhat mysterious Park of Nature. Its extra beauties include wild and cliffs, quiet and peaceful beaches with a coastline, an area of Aleppo pine and holm oak forests, and barren karst. The bay position is wind protected and its nature is relaxing and impressive for visitors and air.
National park Kornati
Kornati islands include 89 uninhabited islands, islets, and reefs, for a total area of 217 km2, and are famous for the cliffs. It seems that the number of islands is even bigger because an old saying says: “As many days in a year, as many Kornati islands”. The biggest part of the Park is in fact its main island, Kornat, and the entire archipelago was named after it. The greatest fans of the Kornati islands are the boaters who find there what they seek the most: a sunny labyrinth of sea and islands, and the peace of the untouched nature.
The sandy cove of Lojena on the island of Levrnaka is the most beautiful beach of the Kornati National Park. The cove of Lojena can be described as having turquoise seas, sand on the sea bottom, and pebbles on the beach, along with the surrounding rocky shores with scarce vegetation typical of Kornati, above which an endless sky rises – the cove of dreams. The narrow isthmus interspersed with a few pines and several stone cottages separates Lojena from Levrnaka, the biggest cove of the island, with its two restaurants.
The wind directions provide you with additional safety at sea because they point you towards numerous passages and channels between the islands. You can choose the conditions under which you sail much like you can choose the softness of the pillow in a good hotel. The thermal wind during the day is replaced by a light night-time breeze. Whether you find yourself moored at the local waterfront or sailing under the stars then is up to you. When the powerful south wind starts, the only choice you need to make is whether you will surf the waves or go against the wind. When bora, the queen of the Adriatic winds, starts, you can enjoy its strength from a safe location
You can take a break from sailing and jump into the green and blue lagoons, find refreshment. You can take a break from sailing and jump into the green and blue lagoons, find refreshment in small island towns or enjoy the comfort of the marinas. You can do all of that while you listen to the wind and nature calling you, in small island towns, or enjoy the comfort of the marinas. You can do all of that while you listen to the wind and nature calling you.
The south-western shores of the island of Pašman are completely different. Pašman lies across from the Kornati and is filled with lush vegetation and numerous entertainment options. Several excellent, inhabited berths are well-visited in the summer, and if you prefer a more intimate atmosphere there is the Žinčena cove.
For your final destination head to the island of Vrgada, also known as the fishermen’s island, and spend the night in the cove Luka, surrounded by sandy beaches, thick pine trees, and the sounds of crickets. After walking along the village alleys where there are no cars, visit the heart-shaped island of Galešnjak and end your sea adventure with the sounds of the sea organ and one of the most beautiful sunsets on Earth.
Although tiny, the island of Galešnjak stirs great attention from both the domestic and international public.
It all began when Google Earth proclaimed it one of the few natural heart-shaped phenomena, then it went on to appear on ABC and CNN, and a few years ago, Huffington Post declared it the sweetest island on earth. Although its fame is attributed to Google, historical data shows that its interesting shape was noticed by Napoleon’s cartographer way back in 1806.hat will melt your heart…
Most visitors come to the island to spend the day swimming, picnicking and relaxing, but if your adventurous spirit won’t give you peace, we have a solution for you. If you’re up for it, try staying up all night under a starry sky and welcome the dawn in good company.
If the wind and stars lead you to another pearl of the Zadar region – the island of Iž – spend a peaceful night in one of the island marinas or underneath the stars in the turquoise cove of Knež.
The Island of Iž is positioned in northern Dalmatia, between Dugi Otok and Ugljan. It’s population lives in two lovely spots: Veli Iž and Mali Iž – beautiful little villages, surrounded by fig trees, olive gardens, and a memorable natural fragrance.
The islands of Ugljan and Pašman are connected by a small bridge over the channel of Ždrelac. These islands are one of the best-kept secrets of Dalmatia, divided from the mainland by the high-colored channel of Pašman with many pearl-like small islands.
Silba is a beautiful wooded island in North Dalmatia, near the Lošinj island between the islands of Premuda and Olib. Being the northernmost of Dalmatian islands, along with Olib and Premuda, Silba is often described as “The Gates of Dalmatia“
National park Krka
The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery, there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. In the middle of the canyon, upstream of the river, is an interesting Krka Orthodox monastery; while on the high ground above the river several old ruins sit. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors. Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski Buk is the biggest and most well known.
A natural paradise in Croatia, known for stunning waterfalls and incredible nature, but also known for a very interesting sailing experience – directly from the sea, you sail towards the lake Prokljansko jezero, pass through the lake, and sail straight into the river Krka to reach Skradin.
The Island of Pag is a barren and rocky landscape full of surprises and a lot of small coves, which is a wonderland for sailing enthusiasts. The Adriatic sea is steely blue around it and, when the sky is stormy, the island is the most dramatic-looking place in the whole of Croatia.