Catamaran sailing in Croatia – Itineraries
For sailing enthusiasts Croatia is one of the best places for renting a catamaran and spending a fantastic holiday with friends, as a couple, or as a family with kids. There are so many reasons to choose Croatia: the sea, the natural landscape, its towns so rich in art and history, and its delicious food. The Croatian coast is jagged; it includes countless islands and islets, many of which are long and narrow (around 1200 in all). The coast alternates between rocky parts, sometimes with sheer drops over the sea, and pebbly or sandy beaches. This makes sailing particularly interesting: time after time you can discover new routes, calling in at bays, coves, untouched beaches, villages, and towns. The clear, turquoise water makes sailing by catamaran calm on more sheltered itineraries between the islands and the coast proper, and more exciting on the open water, on a quest for stronger winds.
Catamaran sailing in Croatia means revelling in nature: some 19 national parks and nature reserves, and many more protected areas. You’ll find yourself cruising in silent surroundings, on transparent water close to the lush green coastline. The must-see parks on a catamaran charter in Croatia are those of the Kornati Islands, the Telascica national park and the one on the island of Mljet. You could also venture inland to the park of Krka: Moor near Sibenik and walk up the river – this stunningly beautiful area features seven majestic travertine waterfalls with lakes that you can swim in.
Towns and cities on this side of the Adriatic are alive with thousands of years of history, making them an added benefit to all Croatia catamaran holidays. In Istria, Pola is a Roman city that still contains ancient ruins and a large amphitheatre. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site: just 20 km from Split, this millennia-old town has a compact Medieval centre built on an island connected to the mainland. Zara was first settled by the Romans, and later came under Venetian rule; it has impressive city walls and a majestic cathedral. Last but not least, Dubrovnik, another world heritage-listed city. The “pearl of the Adriatic” is absolutely packed with Romanesque architecture; the walk along its ancient walls, interspersed with fortifications and gates high above the sea, make it quite unique.
Croatia boasts a wide and varied national cuisine, reflecting its Mediterranean and Central European legacies. Ingredients are locally sourced and classically Mediterranean, with an abundance of olive oil, herbs, vegetables and superb wines. By the sea, fresh fish is the most obvious choice: grilled fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Some classic Dalmatian dishes are brodet: a fish broth with polenta; and lignje: breaded, fried calamari. Further northwards in Istria, in addition to fish, the food has a distinctly Austro-Hungarian influence, with vegetable soups and smoked ham. So whether you want to cook on board your catamaran, have opted to charter a crewed catamaran with stewardess and chef, or want to sample some dishes in a traditional tavern, you’ll find that good food will be a constant throughout your holiday.
Catamaran charter Croatia: National parks and protected areas
From Istria to Dubrovnik, the Croatian coast is packed with national parks, regional parks and nature reserves, making it a unique naturalistic oasis. It boasts eight National Parks and some 444 protected areas. Croatia catamaran charters are ideal for visiting these beauty spots from the sea. After you’ve moored, you can explore some areas on foot that would otherwise be very difficult to reach. Some of the most beautiful nature spots: the Kornati National Park, an archipelago scattered across the crystal-clear sea, renowned for its rich sea life; and the Bay of Telascica, where the nature reserve includes the salt lake of Mir. From here, it’s a short walk to the rocks, where you can admire a panorama like no other. Heading slightly inland, the Krka National Park can be easily reached if you moor at Sibenik. It’s famous for its dramatic travertine waterfalls and cascades. Lastly, the park on the island of Mljet, to which you can sail from the historic city of Dubrovnik.
Bareboat catamaran charter Croatia
A bareboat catamaran charter is ideal for groups of friends or family looking to enjoy a holiday in complete freedom and independence. The catamaran is supplied without a crew, so at least one person on board has to have a boating licence, or else the group must provide their own skipper. ItalyCharter can offer you more than 500 bareboat catamarans in Croatia, which you can pick up from various marinas in Istria and Dalmatia.
Catamaran cabin charter in Croatia
If want to enjoy a dream holiday aboard a catamaran in Croatia with absolutely no worries or responsibilities, a cabin charter is the obvious choice. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends or even solo, you’ll have your own private cabin and can enjoy a great holiday along with other sailing enthusiasts. Usually, catamarans come with a complete crew, so not just a professional skipper, but also a stewardess on board to provide the utmost comfort. Aperitifs, lunches, cocktails, dinners and anything else you might need. If you’d like to find out more, our team will be delighted to help.
Skippered catamaran charter
If you want to sail to Croatia’s most beautiful spots without a care in the world, then opt for a skippered catamaran charter. This formula is ideal for those who prefer to have a professional at the helm, somebody who knows the area and can suggest and take you around specific itineraries, or simply follow your requests. If you’re looking for the utmost convenience, many marinas in Croatia can provide a catamaran with a full crew, so not just a skipper but a stewardess and cook too, according to requirements.
Luxury catamaran charter Croatia
If you're looking to spend some truly unforgettable catamaran holidays in Croatia we recommend a luxury catamaran charter. These catamarans come equipped with a complete crew including captain, stewardess and chef, all trained to the highest standards. A luxury catamaran yacht comes with air conditioning, generator, water maker, ice machine and all sorts of toys: SUP boards, canoes, kayaks, fishing tackle, snorkelling equipment and, in some cases, a dinghy for water-skiing.
Best time to sail in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean sea offers ideal conditions for sailing by yacht or catamaran from April to October. The Croatian coast is no exception: spring and autumn are warm, even hot when it’s closer to the summer months. Summer on the Adriatic, from June to mid-September, is almost always sunny. Temperatures range from 22 to 32 degrees Celsius in Split, for example, but the heat is made bearable by the breeze that blows constantly across Istria and the natural paradise of the Dalmatian coast. May, June, September and October are the best months for enjoying a peaceful holiday without having to deal with hordes of tourists.
Catamaran hire Croatia: what’s new for 2020
If you’re looking for a brand new 2020 catamaran for rent, you’ll find a wide range of options right here on ItalyCharter: sailing catamaran hire, power catamaran hire, bareboat catamaran rentals, skippered catamaran charter, luxury catamaran charter. The best-known manufacturers are Lagoon, Bali, Sunreef, Fountaine Pajot, Catana. Here are a few examples: for 2020 Lagoon catamaran hire Croatia: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F, Lagoon 46, Lagoon 46 F, Lagoon 50, Lagoon 52 F; for a 2020 Bali catamaran charter Croatia: Bali 4.1, Bali 4.3, Bali 4.3, Bali 4.8, Bali 5.2; Sunreef catamaran charter for Croatia 2020: Sunreef 50, Sunreef 60 On this website you can view every vessel’s information page, comprising all of its equipment, prices, extras, discounts and last minute offers. Equipment on board most commonly includes air conditioning, generator, solar panels, fishing apparatus, snorkelling and SUP equipment. Take your pick from flybridge models or sportier designs such as the new Excess catamarans.