Kornati Sailing area - Sailing along the northern coast of Dalmatia

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Dalmatia region

The sailing area of the Kornati islands is quite easy to drive and suitable because of the short stages especially for beginners and families with children.

  • Good infrastructure
  • Many modern Marinas
  • Large Yacht charter offer
  • Light to moderate winds
  • Sailing Season: April to October

The Croatian Islands are incredibly popular, as over a thousand islands lie in this beautiful part of the Adriatic Sea. One particularly popular charter area is the Northern Dalmatian Coast between Zadar and Sibenik. About 150 islands in various shapes and sizes are scattered over an area of 320 square kilometres. The Island Dugi Otok can be found in the North West, and further east there are the islands of Vrgada, Pasman and Murter. Kornat is in the South West and is the largest of the islands, and gives the island group its name. The island of Dugi Otok (Croatian for ‘Long Island’) takes its name from its geographical shape. At its southern tip is one of the most protected natural harbours in the Adriatic - The Telascica. Here you can go well secured to about 6 meters with your anchor. 

The island’s landscape has a lot to offer, such as its nature park and the saltwater lake Telascica Mir. A part of Croatia was adjusted under conservation in 1980 to protect the National Park. The Croatian National Park also includes the sea area surrounding the islands. Cliffs, grottoes and caves can be found on the islands, and the abundance of marine life creates a paradise for divers and snorkelers. The south Dalmatian coast has much to offer. Popular destinations for Yachtcharter Dalmatia include the port city of Trogir - a medieval old town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Bay of Kastela, there are seven admirable coastal forts. Split, the cultural capital of the region boasts a beautiful old town and the famous Diocletian's Palace. At Solin, you can visit the ancient archaeological site of Salina. The Biokovo mountains near the coast are over 1700 m high and have some excellent hiking trails.

From a navigator’s point of view Croatian waters pose no major problems and are suitable for beginners. Sailing conditions are good as the tides have little effect and the currents are weak. Despite this, navigation does require a special level of attention as orientation can be lost quickly. It is necessary to check every rock on the map carefully and look out for shoals. The prevailing winds are the Maestral from the North West, the Bora from the North East, and Yugoslavian winds from the South/South East. In summer they are mainly based on thermals and are low to moderate. You can expect the classic wind rhythm: nighttime land breeze (Maestral), daytime sea breeze (Burin). The Bora, a gusty and wind that occurs in the Kornati islands can be dangerous in the Kvarner Bay. One should always check the local weather forecast.

Marinas and harbors in the sailing area Kornati 

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  • Marina Agana
  • ACI Marina Trogir
  • Punat Harbour
  • Zaton Harbour
  • INA Cres Marina


Sailing Routes Dalmatia region

Begin your trip in Biograd na Moru in the center of the Adriatic. This is popular starting point for exploring the Kornati Islands. First we suggest sailing to Zut and anchoring at Uvala Hiljaca on the southeast of the island. Sali on the northeast coast of Dugi Otok is a picturesque port town to stop at on the way to the Telašćica Nature Park... more

Airports nearby Dalmatia region

  • Brac airport
  • Dubrovnik airport
  • Mali Losinj airport
  • Rijeka airport
  • Split airport
  • Zadar airport
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Climate & Weather in Dalmatia region

Sailing season is between April and October/ November. The area has a typical Mediterranean climate and there is an exceptional amount of sunshine. Summers are long, warm, mostly dry and usually not overwhelmingly hot. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 23 °C. The water temperature ranges between 13 °C in February and 24 °C in August.