Croatia flotilla holidays

Croatia flotilla holidays offer the chance to sail in stunning scenery with good winds and a mixture of town harbours, marinas and anchorages (often with buoys) to greet you at the end of the day.

Quick Choices - Croatia Flotillas
Difficulty:Intermediate sailing. Skippers certificate essential.
Vibe:Civilised. Harbours, marinas, anchorages. Fishing ports and historic towns. Island hopping.
Can add: Skipper, RYA & ICC Courses, Bareboat, Hotel

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The flotilla holidays in Croatia mainly sail the Dalmatia coast. Sailing from Split or Trogir you have a choice: You can explore the northern part, including the Kornati Park or the central region which includes the islands south of Split. If you can spare two weeks, you can do both.

Sailing from Dubrovnik, the flotilla covers the south Dalmatian coast. This includes the islands north west of the city. Those wishing for a two week trip can combine this with a week visiting Montenegro.

Where ever you go, it’s mixture of coastal sailing and island hopping with stops ranging from quiet bays and fishing villages to historic towns.

Croatian flotillas are ideal for those with some previous sailing experience. Though I’ve known beginners tackle Croatia successfully, you do need to do some navigating. The many islands can look awfully similar from a distance!

Winds can be a little strong and gusty at times, especially in summer. But the many islands keep the seas fairly flat.

The Croatian climate will appeal to those who like it a little less hot, its more northerly position making it cooler than Greece and Turkey. As a result, the operating season is shorter – from May to September.

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 yachts in Croatia, than because of any decline in interest. It is also essential for the skipper to hold a recognised qualification – it’s the law and checks are made! Of course skippers can be hired for those without qualifications.

If you’ve previously sailed in Greece or Turkey, Croatia flotilla sailing has a surprise in store. Mooring fees are routinely charged in marinas, harbours and even on mooring buoys and can seem expensive (though compared to Italy or France they’re not so bad)!

Charges are based on yacht size so the larger your yacht the more you pay. Even a small yacht can incur marina fees of £60-£80 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. Charges are less in harbours and on buoys and of course these costs are offset by the fact that flights to Croatia are usually cheaper.

In return, you will usually get shore power, toilet and shower blocks and often a restaurant, so Croatia flotillas are ideal for those who like their creature comforts. Not all marinas are featureless concrete monstrosities either – some are little more than a pontoon built around the edge of  a bay.

Whether you’re drawn by the stunning scenery, the historic buildings or the excellent sailing, Croatia flotilla holidays have it all. Don’t leave it too late though – this is and international charter destination and our European friends don’t all book at late as we Brits tend to.