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Sailing in Dalmatia

map-dalmatiaWhen sailing towards the south and we pass Sedmovrace, we enter into Dalmatia, the Zadar and Šibenik archipelago. Again we meet with a low and fertile coastline with some of the oldest city agglomerations on the Adriatic. The small town of Nin and cities of Zadar, Biograd and Šibenik are full of traces of the past but also the cradle of Croatia’s exit to the sea. There is an extensive series of islands facing this coastline which includes Dugi Otok, Ugljan and Pašman, Kornati, Iž, Murter, Zlarin, Žirje, Prvic and the unique island of Krapanj are only a few of these.

Everything is here for our choosing. If we want to delight in the primaeval atmosphere of the National Park Kornati where we will be in the company of Kornati locals or if we are interested in small island localities or if we’re looking for an out of the way place or we want to anchor in a bay like Telašcica or Tijašcice, the choice is ours. We can also choose to sail deep inland, sailing alongside Šibenik, down the estuary of the river Krka and Prokljan Lake all the way to Skradin, a small locality with a marina and anchorage a stone throw away from the National Park Krka whose waterfalls leave no one indifferent.

Sailing in Dalmatia (Kornati Islands)

Sailing in Dalmatia (Kornati Islands)

The Dalmatian coastline and islands, with their beauty and uniqueness, will reward all those who come here. It is unique for its coastal cities. Travelling from Dubrovnik towards Split and Trogir or the pearls of the Adriatic, like Hvar, Korcula and the newly discovered Vis and Lastovo are only a part of the beauty waiting for you here. Again, mountains like the massif Biokovo over Makarska rise above the sea. However, as opposed to the bare Velebit, here large and dense pine forests descend to the sea itself. The Dalmatian islands are by general consensus the most beautiful islands of the Adriatic islands so they are definitely worth a mention.

Drvenik Veliki and Mali. Šolta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Svetac, Korcula, Lastovo, Sušac, Mljet, Jakljan, Šipan, Lopud, Kolocep and Lokrum are the largest and the most beautiful among them.

Of course here too is the mythical Palagruža far in open seas of the Adriatic. Here too, is the Pelješac peninsula. Sailing along the channels between these islands is a truly unique experience. Regardless of whether you sail along calm seas (bonaca), you sail along with the summer wind Maestral or are thrown around by the Bura, as you sail by you will see a beautiful Mediterranean landscape, old cities and fishing settlements. Here too you are awaited by marinas, ports and coves.

Some marinas are unique. The ACI marina in Split where you with berth almost in the centre of the port of Diocletian’s city, Komolac in Dubrovnik where you will be located deep in a fjord comprised of the estuary of the river Ombla or Palmižina on the Pakleni islands where you will literally be in Mediterranean heaven. What can be said about the port of the Stari Grad on Hvar or Vis and Komiža or waterfront of Korcula or about the bays of Vela Luka or Lastovo.

Unforgettable and absolutely unique. And of course, they must be discovered over and over again.

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