Family Sailing Holiday in Croatia- Best Activities and Itinerary!

A family sailing holiday in Croatia is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your vacation. It is fun and a  great experience, providing sweet respite and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives.

Sailing lets you explore the majestic seas firsthand. You will take in breathtaking views without obstruction, discover many diverse and mysterious cultural heritages, bask in the sun, and experience peace like no other adventure can offer.

A sailing holiday in Croatia offers all of that and more. There are stunning beaches, medieval towns, crystal clear waters, sunbathing in splashing waves, amazing nightlife, and delicious Mediterranean gastronomy.

Best Time to Sail in Croatia with Family

When preparing for a sailing holiday in Croatia, make sure it’s not going to be a rushed holiday. The sights, scenes, and activities are something you want to take your time to savor.

Having said that, the best time to sail really depends on your preferences. Here are key tips:

  • If you love to sail under the clement weather and on calm waters, it is best you go anytime from April to June, or from September to November.
  • If you would love to swim during your sailing trip, then anytime from mid-to-late May to September is the best time to go.
  • If your family would like to see Croatian summer in full groove, with bustling crowds and great nightlife, the best time to go is from July to August. However, it is a bit on the windy side during this period so be sure to employ a skipper or crew with excellent seamanship. Hotel prices rise exponentially during this period, too.
  • April to June and September to November are also ideal for families that would love to avoid crowds. They are also the best time to go hiking, trekking, and rafting.
  • Sailing in winter ” from Januar to March” is not a bad option at all, and some of the sights are simply breathtaking during this period. But this may not be a good option for families with young children.

However, if you decide to sail during this period, do come prepared with some warm clothes…and ensure only to hire yachts that have heating systems.

Whatever your preferences, be sure to make reservations in advance. Croatia is becoming one of the most visited countries by tourists, especially families and other large groups: you don’t want to be stranded for accommodation or have to settle for less pleasant sailing facilities.

See Croatia yacht charter guide

Inland Activities to Do

While you are on a sailing trip in Croatia, there is so much that you can do with your family, and visiting historical sites is one of them. Croatia is the only place where you can find the origins of the Turks, Venetians, Illyrians, and Greeks to mention a few.

Some of the historical sites you can find in Croatia include the historical complex of Split, Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Stari Grad plains and the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. These are spectacular sites, and you can really get to learn a lot when you visit them.

Historical Complex of Split
Plitvice Lakes

You can also visit the Croatian waterfalls which are simply breathtaking. An excellent example is the world-famous Plitvice lakes. The Plitvice lakes comprise 16 interconnected lakes that are separated by some waterfalls.

There are no words to describe the colors of the waters. The colors keep changing depending on the angle of sunlight or the number of minerals and wildlife in the waters at each point in time. Head over there to discover grey, blue, azure, green and crystal clear waters, beautiful beyond description.

Water falls inCroatia
Krka Waterfall

Another amazing, popular waterfall in Croatia is the Krka waterfalls. You can get there either by car or by boat. There are several wonderful sites for visitors at the Krka waterfalls, with beautiful walking trails and footpaths along the way.

Within the Krka Lake, you will find a small island that has a monastery. Now that’s something you don’t see every day! If you’re a hiker, Croatia is among the best places for hiking.

National Parks

There are mountain ranges, canyons, hills, and forests for you to explore. Paths are usually marked with red and white dots to guide you on your way. The suggested coastal destinations for hikers include Paklenica National Park, Velebit Mountain, Mljet National Park, and Lopud Island. You can also find great spots in continental Croatia such as Medvednica Mountain and Risnjak National Park, both very popular sites.

Trails in Croatia

Sample Itinerary for Sailing

It is practically impossible to take in all that a sailing holiday in Croatia has to offer in a single visit. However, here’s an itinerary that ensures you get some of the best sights during your sail:


Kotor in Montenegro is the closest port to Croatia, and the closest the Adriatic Sea gets to Europe. It provides views of some of the most lovely bays in the world. You will sail across mountain views and village scenes that will leave you in awe.


Then sail on to Cavtat, your first stop in Croatia where you will be greeted by a picturesque harbor and lovely hamlets littered across the bay.


A holiday sailor’s dream is Dubrovnik. Treat your family to fantastic views of majestic mountain ranges, picturesque marinas, and islands whose beauty defy your best imaginations. The family can stop for a swim or even head into the villages to have great food and experience Croatian culture firsthand.

View on Dubrovnik portSipan

This is your next port of call. Providing respite from the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik, Sipan offers you an unforgettable meeting with unspoiled nature. Populated by untouched forests and olives, the family can recoup here, enjoy some time alone with nature and then continue sailing.


There are very few accommodations here and little space to berth, so plan to only sail past Mljet during the day. But, make it a slow one so you can take in the gorgeous lakes and have a picnic under the sun, at the glorious Lumbarda beach.

Mljet in CroatiaKorcula

Many holidaymakers see sailing across Korcula as the highlight of their cruise. And no wonder. The channel offers many, different views of the stunning Adriatic. It also has adequate berths to moor your vessel while you head into the town for some activities. You can take sailing lessons here; the waters are safe, and the weather is excellent even for beginners.

Korkula in CroatiaHvar

Sand, sun, and sea in beautiful abundance. The beaches are indescribable. And if the family fancies the nightlife, Hvar offers lots and lots of it.


Save the best for the last. Here you will discover unspoiled beaches set in natural coves and inlets. You will experience nature at its untouched best, with coastal views that no photos can do justice to.

A touchdown here to swim in the crystal clear sea or go snorkeling…or do pretty much anything you wish!

Split in Croatia

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for excitement, new experiences, and stunning natural beauty then head to Croatia for your next family sailing holiday. There are great food and vibrant culture, impressive sights and hiking trails, and an excellent climate waiting for you to enjoy it. With so many choices, there’s something for everyone, and your biggest problem may be trying to fit it all in!

Have you been on a sailing holiday in Croatia with family? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comment below.

6 thoughts on “Family Sailing Holiday in Croatia- Best Activities and Itinerary!”

  1. What an absolutely beautiful part of the world. I really want to visit some day. Croatia has so much history and culture. The pictures you have included are absolutely stunning! Sailing certainly seems like a great way to explore Croatia. As you mentioned, I must be difficult to do everything you want to do, all in one trip. Oh well, I might just have to make more than one trip! Thank you for the insight. I definitely need to add this to my bucket list.

    • Hi Kris & Steve,

      Indeed, Croatia is absolutely beautiful. Yes, it would be difficult to do all in one trip as there are so many things to do and visit there. You will never get bored!

      Of, course, you can always come back, which I am pretty sure you will!

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

  2. I am ready to start packing! Croatia looks beautiful and then some. Would be great to be able to see history during the day and go to as many beaches as possible!. Then at night, it seems like things are still hopping and they don’t close down like so many tourist places. We love to sail and have been on a barefoot sailing trip in the West Indies. Would you suggest a chartered sailboat or barefoot in Croatia. Also, do you have any input on Albania? It looks like a terrific place also

    • Hi Kay,

      Yes, I am also ready to pack:) I love Croatia, it is such a beautiful place to visit! This country will exceed all your expectations if history and beaches are what you seek the most in vacation as it is dotted with magnificent coastlines and historical sites. One thing is for sure is that you will not get bored there. As far as I know most tourist places are open at night, maybe you’ve sailed out of season. To answer your question about barefoot sailing or sailing boat in Croatia, it will depend on your preference.There are few types of yachts to choose from, monohulls, catamarans, motor yachts, and Gullets. If you sail with a group, a catamaran would be a good option as it offers comfort and more space than any other boat. If you sail with your spouse, then renting a cabin charter on a Gullet or a monohull will also be a good option. Albania is a beautiful place as well, but the problem is that there are not much support amenities there. The best is to sail through, not for an extended stay.

      I hope it helped and if you need more info about anything, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to assist!

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

  3. Hi Daniella,
    It’s so beautiful there in Croatia! I so want to go!
    The waterfalls are amazing!
    The majestic mountains and scenery is breathtaking!

    You have really made this look like the best destination for a perfect vacation, Your pictures and descriptions are really convincing. This is a place I want to see!

    I’m going to show this to my boyfriend and see what he thinks.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Gina,

      I am glad this article has inspired you:) Thank you!

      That would be a excellent idea to show this article to your boyfriend:) I am sure he will love it!

      If you need any help with anything, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be very happy to assist!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a lovely day.


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