Dalmatia (North): Ports

Descriptions of sailing destinations in northern Dalmatia, in alphabetical order. Click the name to see full details. These give detail of what to see and do, and the facilities ashore. (I’m working on this section at present -ports without text are still to be done)

  • Betina Betina Read more
  • Biograd Biograd Read more
  • Brguljski Zaljev / Brgulje Brguljski Zaljev / Brgulje Read more
  • Jezera (Murter) Jezera means “the lakes”. It was named after the large pools that form on the swampy ground south west of the town in winter. It was once the the biggest fishing centre in the area. Fishing remains important and the town organises an international competition every September. Jezera is on the east side of the island ... Read more
  • Kaprije The small green island or Kaprije is named after the capers that once formed the mainstay of the economy. The island is car free so it’s wonderfully peaceful. The population numbers only about 150. Most live in the only the only village, also called Kaprije. In addition to the capers, the island has relied on fishing, grape cultivation and olive ... Read more
  • Kosirina (Murter) This will be one of the shorter write ups! Kosirina is a pretty anchorage on the west coast of the island of Murter. It’s a popular destination for yacht charters and campers – there’s a camp site behind the beach. There are a couple of beach bars and a small shop at the camp site but ... Read more
  • Krapanj One of the smallest inhabited islands in Croatia, Krapanj is also one of the lowest lying; it’s almost flat. It’s something of a throwback to an earlier age. Having spurned a bridge to the mainland and rejected cars, Krapanj feels a lot further from the rest of the country than the few hundred metres of sea ... Read more
  • Luka (Dugi Otok) About 4 miles north of Sali, on the NE coast of Dugi Otok lies Luka (not to be confused with the many other Lukas)! Thought to have been settled as far back as Roman times, Luka is a fishing village at the  foot of the largest mountain on Dugi Otok. With the rich green slopes stretching ... Read more
  • Luka (Otok Vrgada) If you want to see what a Croatian fishing village looked like before the tourists came, Vrgada is probably pretty close. Uvala Luka is the small harbour of this fishing community on this small one village island. The island is covered with pine trees and has several pebbled beaches. Originally a fortress island (the ruins of the ... Read more
  • Luka (Zut) Zut is the second largest island in the Kornati archipelago, and the largest uninhabited island in Croatia. Most visitors arrive on yacht charters – the island has no ferry service. There are several anchorages around the island and a marina at Pod Ražanj, but most charter yachts head for the ACI Marina at Luka Zut, a ... Read more
  • Muline Muline Read more
  • Murter / Hramina (Murter) For a town of 2000 people, Murter packs a lot in. It’s the capital of the island, and by reputation, of the Kornati National Park: The inhabitants supposedly own most of the islands! Murter has a host of shops and restaurants, as well as daily farmers and fish markets. With a number of churches, some Roman ruins, ... Read more
  • Novigrad Novigrad Read more
  • Pakostane Though this small town is on a site occupied since pre Roman times, it has shaken off its history and unashamedly gone for the tourists. With a number of sand and pebble beaches in and close to town, plenty of room for a variety of watersports, and the large fresh water lake and nature park of ... Read more
  • Pirovac Pirovac Read more
  • Piskera / Panitula Vela Piskera is a small uninhabited island in the Kornati archipelago, inside the National Park. The Kornati Park is the high spot of many Croatia yacht charters. Bizarrely, Piskela Marina isn’t actually on Piskera but on the adjacent island of Panitula Vela. No matter, the latter is also a small uninhabited island so you won’t miss anything! The ... Read more
  • Preko Preko Read more
  • Prvic Luka (Prvic) Once a retreat for the rich of Sibenik, Prvic island is an agricultural and fishing centre, little touched by international tourism. Many of today’s visitors are day trippers from the mainland so by the evening, it’s quiet place. Prvic Luka, at the south end of the island is one of only two villages (the other, Sepurine ... Read more
  • Ravni Zakan Ravni Zakan Read more
  • Razanac Razanac Read more
  • Sali (Dugi Otic) Home of the world famous (?) annual donkey races, Sali was named for its salt production in medieval times. Today, fishing, olives and holiday makers are the main earners though as the largest village (population under 2000) on the island of Dugi Otok, it also serves as its administrative centre. If you fancy a swim, there’s a ... Read more
  • Sibenik The county town of Sibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast (as opposed to the many settlements in Croatia founded by assorted invaders). It was once the country’s capital. This historic town retains many old buildings and alleys but also offers more current attractions. There are numerous festivals and events through the season to ... Read more
  • Skradin / Krka River / Krk National Park It’s worth a visit to Skradin just to sail up the river, but once there, a trip in to the Krk National Park is a must. After mooring your yacht, a short ferry boat ride takes you to the park entrance from where you can walk up to the first of 7 waterfalls which total ... Read more
  • Statival (Otok Kornat) Fancy a night swinging in the hook? Uvala Statival, at the north east end of Otok Kornat, is a great anchorage with the rather barren hillsides highlighted by splashes of green nearer the waters edge. There’s nothing here – well almost nothing; there are a couple of holiday villas but that’s the lot. No shops, no ... Read more
  • Sukosan Sukosan Read more
  • Telascica (Dugi Otok) Take a therapeutic swim in a salt lake, relax on the many beaches or explore the rich flora and fauna of this National Park. Only the most ardent urbanites will fail to love Telescica Bay. The narrow but 4nm long inlet at the south end of Dugi Otok has around 25 smaller bays around its edges. ... Read more
  • Tisno / Tijesno (Murter) A village that manages to be both on an island and on the mainland, Tisno, previously Tijesno, lies astride the bridge that links Murter island to the rest of Croatia. The bridge opens twice a day to allow yachts to pass (for half an hour at 09.00 and 17.00), with the quays and anchorage being, like ... Read more
  • Uvala Opat The southernmost bay on the island that gives its name to the Kornati National Park. There’s a single restaurant and half a dozen houses and that’s your lot. A great place to get away from it all. Read more
  • Veli Iz / Iz Veli (Iz) Veli Iz is known for its pottery. It used to supply much of the Adriatic coast. Local folklore says the artisans, when returning from their sales trips, would throw unsold items overboard. The village is surrounded by greenery, including fig and olive trees. It’s the largest settlement on the island of Iz, though the population is just a ... Read more
  • Vinjerac Vinjerac Read more
  • Zadar The only real problem with Zadar is there’s so much to see and do. As you’d expect of a city that can trace it’s history to neolithic times, there’s plenty of history, but also more modern attractions such as the Sea Organ. Many of the sites are within Zadar’s old walled city, on the peninsula opposite ... Read more
  • Zaton Zaton is a small charter base offering flotillas, bareboat charters and learn to sail courses. Nestling at the foot of the Rastovac, Križeva Glava and Glavica Hills, Zaton is a small fishing and farming town at the north west end of Sibenik Bay, about 4nm from Sibenik itself. Traditional stone buildings surround the natural harbour with pleasant walks ... Read more
  • Zlarin Known as the Coral Island, Zlarin is a lush island near the mouth of the Krk river. The island is clad with pine and cypress forests, figs and olives. You can walk peacefully along the 20km of roads as cars are prohibited. The red coral for which the  island is famed is largely exhausted. However, there’s still ... Read more
  • Zrmanja River and Obrovac Zrmanja River and Obrovac Read more