Unmissable Adriatic Towns for Sailors

Unmissable Adriatic Towns for Sailors

The lure of the Croatian coast is inextricably linked to the spirit of small island towns, the urban centres of life by the sea. Rich historical and cultural heritage is visible on every corner, carved in the stoned houses, squares and streets filled with Mediterranean serenity. Their trademark is the hospitality of the hosts which is essentially a way of life in the Mediterranean. Our recommendations spanning from the southern to the northern Adriatic include the most popular small towns which, apart from their beauty, offer safe berth and have become must-see locations for sailors. 

Šipanska Luka

Šipan
Juraj Kopač
Šipan

Šipanska Luka, once the favourite destination of noblemen from Dubrovnik, has managed to preserve its recognisable natural harmony, despite its rising popularity. Located at the end of a deep indented cove filled with lush indigenous vegetation, Šipanska Luka is a safe berth filled with dazzling summer villas, playful architecture and exquisite culinary offer. These are just some of the reasons why this fishing harbour has become a must-see destination.

Korčula

Korčula
Ivo Biočina
Korčula

Korčula, a town surrounded by impressive fortifications and tall towers, interwoven with cobbled streets and houses that have witnessed numerous historical events, has been dubbed as ”Little Dubrovnikˮ for its undeniable similarity to the famous city. The birthplace of Marco Polo where the traditional sword dance Moreška is performed, along with klapa, the unmissable a cappella singing style. Situated between the Split and Dubrovnik maritime zone, it is a popular destination for numerous sailors. 

Zoran Jelača

Vis

Vis, a town situated in an indented cove, became the first and most significant Greek colony in the Adriatic for many reasons. The breath-taking beauty of this maritime tourist Mecca is best represented by the Franciscan monastery and Priovo peninsula, a magical promenade along the coast, and harmonious stone houses perfectly “anchored between blue sea shades and surrounding green slopes. Today it is also famous for its biggest natural berth in the Adriatic, which is always packed during the sailing season.

Komiža

Komiža
Ivo Biočina
Komiža

Komiža is the oldest fishing village in the Adriatic and a favourite sailing destination of many marine dream seekers.  Located at the far end of a large bay, underneath steep mountain cliffs, it has the most picturesque Adriatic harbour, whose perfect order, colourful surroundings and harmonious architecture make Komiža one of the most beautiful gems not just in the Adriatic sea, but in the whole world.

Hvar

Hvar
Zoran Jelača
Hvar

Hvar, also known as the Croatian Saint-Tropez, is one of the most beautiful island towns in the Adriatic. A spectacular view of winding stone allies, a photogenic town harbour, long promenades along the coast and turquoise lagoons from the intertwining Pakleni islands, can be found from the hill above the town where the symbol of Hvar is located, the Fortress of Fortica overlooking the town from above and containing, among other things, the oldest theatre in the world. It is equally magical to approach Hvar from the sea while sailing virtuosos – the barkarijoli of Hvar – are masterfully going around you. This is just a short preview of the atmosphere and beauty of the town recognised by many sailors, celebrities and night-life enthusiasts.

Skradin

Skradin
Ivo Biočina
Skradin

At the mouth of the river Krka, where 2000 years ago ancient Romans used to moor their galleys, lies the picturesque town of Skradin, where the simultaneous sounds of crickets and frogs best describe what a magical natural place this is. The old town of this fairytale-like place has been declared a protected cultural monument, and Skradin, the favourite meeting location of yachtsmen, also stands as the “maritime” entrance to another natural wonder – the nearby Krka National Park.

Ivo Pervan

Susak

The town of Susak, as well as the entire eponymous island where the town is located in its most accessible part, almost does not belong to the present era and environment. The island is made of sand and reed, and dominated by yellow shades. The local dialect is very specific, and their folk costume is one of the most recognisable symbols of that place. The numerous stairs speckled with sand connect its two main parts, a kind of centre of activity – Staro Selo with its port and Gornje Selo placed on an elevation with the imposing Church of St. Nicholas and one of the best well-kept local cemeteries. Located between the north and south, Susak is a favourite port for sailors visiting these waters.

Cres

Cres
Ivo Biočina
Cres

Cres is a peaceful town symbolised by its small medieval port, usually occupied by local fishing boats, and the town centre is filled with typical tall narrow houses leaning on each other and forming a labyrinth made of stone. Situated at the deep end of an indented cove and surrounded by green slopes, the town of Cres gives off an almost lacustrine feel to its visitors. The big marina by the town makes it a particularly favourable point of departure for sailing across the Kvarner Bay.

Rab

Rab
Ivo Biočina
Rab

The town of Rab rightly deserves the title of the most beautiful jewel of the northern Adriatic. Encircled by fortifications and decorated with four bell towers, it strongly reminds one of an anchored sail boat with four tall masts. The town itself has risen out of innovative architectural harmony, one of the most beautiful parks in the Adriatic and a deeply indented and popular town harbour. Events such as the festival Rapska fjera and medieval tournaments on Rab are an additional reason to visit this magical place with its beautiful marina for sailors. 

Boris Kačan

Rovinj

Rovinj is possibly the most beautiful town in Istria. The lively town centre decorated with colourful houses and overlooked by the church of the patron saint Euphemia, surrounded by 22 small islands, is one of the reasons why Rovinj has become one of the most popular destinations in the northern Adriatic. Rovinj is also getting a makeover with the opening of a new marina in the town, which will only add to its superb offer for tourists.