Croatia flotillas offer the chance to sail in stunning scenery with good winds and a mixture of town harbours and marinas to greet you at the end of the day.
The flotillas in Croatia cover the central and southern Dalmatia areas, from the Kornati National Park down to Dubrovnik. It’s mixture of coastal sailing and island hopping with stops ranging from fishing and agricultural villages to historic towns.
Though I’ve known beginners tackle Croatia without adverse results, you’ll need to do some navigating. There are some rocky shallows in parts and the islands can all look a bit similar from a distance.
The winds can be a little strong and a little too unpredictable to make it an ideal area for novices; there are easier options in Greece and Turkey. The central area, with the benefit of more islands to provide shelter, is slightly easier sailing than south around Dubrovnik
Central Dalmatia flotillas tend to be more popular, with plenty of islands to explore, though of course they lack the must see destination of Dubrovnik – you can’t have it all (unless you do two Flotillas)!
The number of Croatia Flotillas has reduced in recent years. This is more to do with changing regulations which make it hard for overseas operators to run holidays in Croatia, than because of any decline in interest.
However, Croatia has gained a reputation for high mooring fees. Thee are based on yacht size so the larger your yacht the more you pay. Even a small yacht can incur marina fees of £40-£50 a night and with most flotillas you don’t have the option of seeking out a cheaper anchoring option, as you would on a bareboat charter.
So for those who have not set their heart on a Croatia Flotilla, you may be better trying Greece or Turkey, and saving Croatia until you want a bareboat holiday. On the other hand, those that like their comforts, with easy access to nice marina showers etc may consider it a price well worth paying.