Best Places to Sail in Croatia – 7 Spots Not to Miss!

Some of the best places to sail in Croatia are not necessarily the most tourist-laden parts of the country. I have always enjoyed some of the more out of the way sections of Croatia and highly recommend my favorites to anyone looking for something a bit less crowded.



Trogir is town overflowing with history and old world charm. Historic sites like cathedrals, bell towers, and churches can be found at every turn. You can even visit an ancient monastery or an abandoned fortress! Out on the water, you can snorkel, kayak, or parasail, or you can head off to the winery or take a cooking class and learn how to prepare Croatian cuisine as if you were born and raised in Trogir.

Trogir in Croatia


The second largest city in Croatia, Split is a sailor’s dream destination. You can visit one of the many cathedrals, galleries, or town squares to get a feel for the culture. If you have an interest in the unusual, visit Froggyland, or enjoy a glass of wine at a jazz bar. On land, you can also tour the town on a Segway, or head back to the water for a diving expedition.



Hvar is a typical Mediterranean town devoted to sailing. Surrounded by islands and little secret coves with private beaches, Hvar offers a getaway from your getaway. You can go sightseeing, brave a skydiving adventure, or go out for a night on the town and visit one of the Hvar hot spots after dark. If you really want to get a good look at the town, take one of the in-depth city tours.



An island off the Croatian coast that relies on fishing and tourism, Vis is a taste of the Mediterranean on a smaller, more intimate scale. You can explore the island’s beaches and coves, or browse the shops. Either way, enjoy the locals and be sure to stop by the Islomania for a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be missed when you visit Vis. You will surely recommend Vis to anyone you encounter after you leave the island!




Located in Central Croatia, Lavosto is home to countless museums, shops, galleries, and historical sites. Make time to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and witness the beauty of the Cascades, the lakes, and the wildlife. Almost every inch of this section of Croatia is worth a photograph! If you have young children, a visit to the zoo in Zagreb is another must. Traveling without children? Take part in the famous Zagreb Pub Crawl and make more memories you are likely to forget!

View on Lastovo island



Another central Croatian destination, Mljet has an active nightlife. There are plenty of clubs, bars, pubs, and wineries to visit and grab a quick drink, or you can stay and dance or listen to a local Croatian musician. There are also lots of activities for the daytime hours, including a wake park, paintball, go-karts, and cycling tours of the area.




Dubrovnik is a seaport that has gained a very popular tourist following in that last several decades. Full of ancient sites and modern conveniences, Dubrovnik has something to offer any type of traveler. Make time for a wine tasting or a trip to the local spa if you want a relaxing day. If you want excitement, you can go windsurfing or try your luck at the casino.




I have never had an unpleasant experience in Croatia, so I can honestly say that if you deviate from my list, you will still enjoy yourself, but try to see at least a couple of these fantastic places to truly experience Croatia at its finest! Sailing in Croatia is an experience not to miss out. So start planning your next getaway!


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20 thoughts on “Best Places to Sail in Croatia – 7 Spots Not to Miss!”

  1. What a beautiful site Daniela
    It is easy to follow and the pictures you have included have me planning my next holiday.
    My favorite post is the one about cabin boat charter. I will definitely be following this advice in the future.
    The way you have set out all your posts are easy to follow and very helpful. This seems like a site that has a lot of work done on it already and I’m sure you will see many satisfied visitors on it.

    • Hi Louise,

      I am glad you find my articles helpful, this is what this website is all about:) Help people to find all the information needed to have an unforgettable sailing holiday! And, I enjoy every minute of it!

      Thank you very much for the comment and wish you a nice day!

  2. I like the way you have given a brief summary of the best places to sail in Croatia. The information provided is just enough to give people a taste of what the place is like and what there is to see and do without an overload of information. Really nice photos you have used too. I once sailed down the Croatian coast on a cruise and it has some stunning views!

  3. Beautiful Cities! I haven’t gone on a trip or even outside Southern California past 8 years!! I love SoCal but I’ve been wanting to travel outside someday when I accumulate more wealth and travel with my son and Croatia seems like a beautiful place to travel. Only thing I even knew about Croatia were Croatian MMA fighters lol. But thanks for introducing more about different places!

    • Hi Joon,

      Thank you for the comment Joon, and I wish you to sail soon with your family, it is really worth it:)

      Have a wonderful day

  4. Wow, never though that there are so many options to go to Croatia. According to the screenshots, it seems there are a lot of things to do inside of it to have a ton of fun. I would mark it as places that I want to visit in my life. You woke up my curiosity about what’s inside of Croasia. Well Done article

    • Hi, Javier.

      Croatia is a beautiful place to visit and the sailing ground is wonderful!

      I am glad you like the article:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you sail soon!

  5. Hi Daniella,

    I must say, I am also one of those people who like to visit the places that is a bit out of the way of normal tourist spots. A lot of the times that is like a hidden treasure!

    The places you have chosen is absolutely beautiful and I really want to visit them. Your post has really got me excited, so I will definitely consider doing a trip!

    • Hi there,

      I agree, these spots are absolutely amazing, that’s the reason I have chosen them:)

      Hope to see you on board soon!

      Thank you for the comment.

  6. What a wonderful experience. Through your article, I feel as if I just took a quick virtual tour of these wonderful places. The pictures that you have for each place are very alluring.

    While reading your information I wanted to create my itinerary and visit these places. While I am not really into sailing, these places and your descriptions of them make it something I really need to consider trying.

    I really enjoyed the fact that you included activities that are available at each destination.

    I look forward to spending some time reviewing other pages on your site.


    • Hi Ron,

      Thank you for the compliment, I am glad you like the pictures and the article:)

      Have a wonderful day and wish you to sail soon!

  7. Hi Daniella, my family have a sailing boats and we’ve been to nearly all of those places! Vis is also very popular for divers and dolphin tours. I’ve never been to Lavosto but Plitvice yes. Croatian sea side is amazing but gets really crowded in July and August…in thise two months it can be difficult to find a peaceful cove to anchor..but yeah, loved the article and images 🙂

    • Hi Kat,

      That’s awesome:) It’s A good thing to own a yacht in order to visit all these beautiful islands! Yes, July and August are the peak season in Croatia, this is why it is preferable to book few months in advance. Lastovo has delightful architecture and charming pastoral temples, without a doubt this island an amazing place not to miss out! So, next time you’re in Croatia, please visit Lastovo:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

      Happy sailing!

  8. This is an awesome post! Croatia has so many awesome places to visit. My father is from croatia and has taken me to split and dubrovnik, it is was such an amazing experience. Sailing in Croatia is a passion of mine and I hope that I can do it again!

    • Hi Evan,

      It’s always good to hear that people love to sail, especially in Croatia:)

      Indeed, Dubrovnik and Split are very beautiful places to visit, no doubt about it! Next time you sail in Croatia, try to explore Vis and Lastovo, these two spots are not to overlook as well!

      Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate

      Wish you to sail soon:)

  9. Hi,

    Dang I would like to sail to Croatia! Simply form looking at the pictures you put up. However, Croatia is too far for me. Isn’t it dangerous in Croatia? I mean like they are fighting in that area. Perhaps you can put some political or security situations updates. Somebody who have never gone and are ignorant to the situation might just give it a try.

    Other than that, you page is stunning!


    • Hi Apeng,

      Are you talking about the war with the Yugoslav army in 1991?? Dubrovnik city was bombarded and destroyed. I didn’t hear any rumor about Croatia being dangerous today unless I am not informed enough, but if it’s really the case, then I would have been warned about it. Croatia is a beautiful place to visit, just avoid poorly frequented neighborhoods:) So be reassured!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

  10. The mountains in the background are beautiful. Some of the pictures reminds me a little bit of Las Vegas, yet Croatia seems so lush. Being that it’s on the water and not the desert like, Vegas, I can see why.

    How is the water? I didn’t see any people in the water in the pictures. However, you mentioned things like snorkeling.

    • Hi Renee,

      Croatia is a beautiful country to explore, this country offers everything you need to have an unforgettable holiday, such history, water sports, beautiful architecture, tasty food, sailing, hiking and much more.

      If you want to know when is the best time to sail in Croatia to enjoy swimming and water sports, then I would suggest you travel between May to September.

      I hope it helped and if you more information, please get in touch, I’ll be more than happy to assist:)

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!


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