This route salutes true nature lovers. The wind will take us through 3 natural parks, 2 of which are national and protected. You will experience nature at its best! Unbelievable bays, around 100 islands in the small area of the Kornati archipelago, salty lake, cliffs, waterfalls, amazing views and sunsets over the Kornati… Even the biggest city dwellers can’t resist falling in love with nature here. Did we mention the local gastronomy? You will have a chance to meet the locals and they will happily share their everyday life with you. In the morning you will see them go fishing and that same catch will be on your plate for dinner later that day in one of the charming “Konoba”(local restaurant).
ACTIVITY – suitable for everyone
Our sailing routes have daily scheduled activities, but it is up to each individual to decide on the level of participation. You can get really active in sailing and other maritime skills, or swimming, hiking, snorkeling and Stand up paddling. Or, you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful views from the boat cockpit, with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other one. Sailing through the national park Kornati offers also a lot of possibilities of short and not too demanding hikes. Bike tour around Krka waterfalls on your last day is another “must do” experience.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Zadar, Croatia (One of the marinas in the vicinity of city Zadar)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||The boat will be ready latest at 17:00 on the day of the departure.
Your pick up time is by request.
|RETURN TIME||We will be back in Marina on Friday afternoon, but check out from the boat is on Saturday at 9:00 (or before).|
|BOAT||We use sailing boats from the most renowned brands like Beneteau, Jeanneau, Elan, Hanse, Bavaria, Dufour, Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot. They are all modern and in excellent condition, fully equipped, offering as much comfort as one can get.|
Day 1: Pantera bay (Dugi otok) (20Nm)
We will start our route by sailing to the north of Dugi otok (island) and drop our anchor in the Pantera bay. Pantera is the most beautiful bay in this part of Adriatic sea and for that reason, a very popular stop among sailors.
Day 2: Sali (Dugi otok) (23Nm)
On the second day, after breakfast and a morning swim, we will set sails towards the small town of Sali on the South-East part of Dugi Otok. Sali is a place of thousand years old fishing tradition, which was confirmed by written documents from the 10th century. The ancient olive groves surrounding the village witnessed the intensive agricultural activities throughout the centuries. It is hard to say why, but this small town has something that makes it very popular among sailors, so the atmosphere in Sali is always great. Especially in one of the sailors’ favorites – café Maritimo. Sali is also a good starting point for cruising 2 National parks just south of the village, which is also our plan for the next day.
Day 3: National Parks Telaščica & Kornati (16Nm)
After our morning routine, we will sail south through a small strait, directly on the border of the 2 national parks. First, we will sail north to NP Telaščica for some swimming. In the afternoon, we will sail south to NP Kornati. The Kornati is an archipelago of more than 100 islands, islets, and reefs. Although most of the Kornati islands are private, there are no permanent inhabitants living there. The present owners are mostly fishermen from nearby larger Dalmatian islands, who tend to stay in the Kornati during the summer months to manage their vineyards and olive groves and bring their sheep to graze. The sea around the islands is rich with fish and a variety of marine life. The owners of restaurants go fishing every morning and later in the evening offer you what they caught that day. That is why this is the place, where you can find some of the best seafood restaurants in Croatia. We will choose one of the bays with a good restaurant for our night in Kornati.This place is all about nature and beauty. The sunsets here are absolutely stunning, therefore a climb up the nearest hill just before the dinner time is a must. From its top, you can admire the sunset and have a spectacular view over the archipelago with 100s of islands and bays.
Day 4: Vodice (27 Nm)
After a day in the paradise, we will sail to a town called Vodice. This is a lively town on the coast, especially popular among young people. You can also find some great restaurants here. (Steakhouse Gušte and Santa Maria, Mexican food with local touch).
Day 5: Skradin – National Park Krka (14Nm)
Our next destination is a small town called Skradin and the National Park Krka which starts right there in Skradin. To reach Skradin, we must first sail approx. 10Nm through the Strait of Prokljan, which is an amazing experience on its own. Skradin is the central point of the National Park Krka, and one of the oldest Croatian localities with the city status (since the 2nd century AD).
National Park Krka: the empire of Krka River, the magnificent karstic beauty that flows two-thirds of its way to the sea through the canyons, is a complete opposite to Kornati. It has seven waterfalls, the last one being Skradinski buk with an average flow of 55 cubic meters of water per second. The National Park Krka is rich with flora and fauna. 222 bird species that live there, make it one of the most valuable ornithological areas in Europe. We will spend a day swimming right at the bottom of Skradinski buk.
Day 6: Murter Archipelago (26Nm)
On Thursday, it is time to slowly sail back towards our base. We will sail back through Prokljan strait and then back north. We will find shelter for the night in one of the bays of a small archipelago just north of the island Murter. Also this day we will we will practice our sailing skills and find some unique places for swimming and other activities.
Day 7: Zadar(23Nm)
That night, we will return to our base. However, our holidays are far from being over. We suggest a remarkable visit to the city of Zadar. This place has its own charm and is definitely a must see for everybody traveling in these parts. Besides historic sites, there are 2 unique contemporary architecture installations: »Sea Organ« and »Sun Salutation«. The first one is a system of pipes and whistles integrated into stone stairs descending into the sea. The effect of the sea to the stairs is hypnotic as the pipes exude wistful sighs when the movement of the sea pushes the air through them. The second one is right next to the Sea Organ and is a complement to the first. It is a 22m wide circle cut into the pavement, filled with 300 multilayered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy during the day and together with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ’s sound, produce a trippy light show from sunset to sunrise, which is meant to simulate the solar system.