A haven of European sailing, the many islands bordering Croatia are a thrill to behold. If you hire a catamaran in Croatia, you will have the opportunity to explore many of these idyllic islands for yourself, stopping off at sandy beaches and national parks along the way. Try the local cuisine in a beachside cafe or visit the setting of many Game of thrones scenes scattered throughout Dubrovnik and Split. With catamaran hire in Dubrovnik, it’s up to you.
Catamaran charter in Croatia can vary a lot depending on many different factors, including the number of people, the duration of the stay, the amenities on board, and the season when you want to rent. Typically, though, catamaran hire in Croatia costs from £4475 per week during the high season and £1181 per week during the low season.
No, you can hire a catamaran either with or without a skipper in Croatia. However, the laws regarding boating licences are rather strict, so you will need to check the legislation before you set off. There are three different types of licence in Croatia and each one gives you a permission to drive different types of boat and for different purposes, so you really will have to do your research to make sure you aren’t breaking any laws.
You will want to hire a catamaran without a skipper if you are an experienced sailor with the appropriate licence, who wants to explore Croatia and all of its surrounding islands with complete freedom. If, however, you want a more relaxing holiday, maybe it’s better to hire with a skipper and let them take care of the more technical aspects of sailing the catamaran.
Croatia has a Mediterranean climate, with around 2600 hours of sunshine per year. In the summer, sea temperatures are ideal for those who like to swim, ranging from 24-27°C. In spite of the high temperatures, the heat is rarely unbearable though, thanks in large part to the Maestral winds. Average monthly temperatures typically reach their peak in July at 28°C, and are lowest in January at 7°C.
In general, people prefer to go sailing in Croatia from late June until August when both the air and sea temperatures are highest. However, some don’t like these months for sailing on account of the hordes of tourists and higher boat prices. These people prefer to go in either May or September and these months also offer fantastic sailing conditions on the whole. Generally, in these months there are fewer tourists and lower boat prices. However, the one thing you must consider is that it gets very dark very quickly and early during these months, so if you are planning a trip then, make sure you check the time of sunset to avoid unnecessary dangerous situations.
There are so many picturesque places to sail in Croatia that it can be difficult to compile just a short list. However, here are a few of our top picks:
Given that Croatia has over 1200 islands, it’s no wonder there are so many harbours and marinas. Below is a list of some of the best harbours, based on their location.
ACI Marina Rovinj, ACI Marina Pula, Marina Funtana, Marina Veruda, ACI Marina Umag, ACI Marina Pomer, Marina Porec, Novigrad Marina, Vrsar Marina, Cervar Porat Marina, Parentium Marina
ACI Marina Dubrovnik, ACI Marina Korcula, ACI Marina Slano, Lumbarda Marina, Dubrovnik Gruz Harbour, Cavtat Marina, Lastovo Marina
Senj Marina, Tovarnele Marina
ACI Marina Cres, ACI Marina Rab, Punat Marina, Marina Losinj, Supertarska Draga, Marina Zaton, Marina Cikat
Marina Frapa, Marina Kremik, Marina Hramina, Marina Tribunj, Marina Betina, ACI Marina Vodice, ACI Marina Skradin, D-Marin Mandalina Sibenik, ACI Marina Piškera, ACI Marina Jezera, ACI Marina Žut
Marina Trogir, ACI Marina Split, Marina Kastela, ACI Marina Trogir, Marina Baotić, Hvar Marina, ACI Marina Palmižana, ACI Marina Milna, Martinis Marchi (Martinis Marchi Marina), Marina Vlaska, ACI Marina Vrboska, Viska Luka, Yacht Club Milna
Dalmacija Marina, Marina Kornati, Marina Sali, Marina Veli Rat, Marina Veli Iz, ACI Marina Šimuni, D-Marin Borik, Sangulin Marina, Marina Olive Island, Zadar Marina, Marina Preko
There are many amazing things to see in Croatia and the best thing is that most of them are easily accessible from the sea. Our top picks are: