Sailing by the islands, islets and reefs in one of the most indented waters of Europe is the trademark of this region.
The Zadar region (Nothern Dalmatia) – Sailing region of Northern Dalmatia covers the area from Novigrad sea canal to Rogoznica. There are two big towns in this region: Zadar and Šibenik, and two national parks: Kornati and Krka. Two national parks with only 50km between them could not be more different. The Kornati National Park is an archipelago of 89 islands, isles and reefs (numbering in total 152 units) of incomparable beauty which offers the boaters the pleasure of sailing, the formidable sheer cliffs filling them with delight and awe in the same breath. Enchanted with their striking beauty, the famous writer George Bernard Shaw wrote one of the best descriptions of the Kornati: “On the last Day of Creation God wished to crown his work and he created Kornati out of tears, stars and breath”. In contrast, the Krka National Park is full of travertine barriers, waterfalls and lakes the wondrousness of which take one’s breath away. Indeed, they are regarded as one of the favorite tourist picture postcards from Croatia.
This region is a favourite sailing ground, due to particularly indented coast, many islands and favourable winds. The Zadar Archipelago and Kornati Islands are wonderful places to explore and relax, away from the ultra touristy parts of Dalmatia. There are more than 300 islands, 89 of which are uninhabited. The largest islands are Kornati, Dugi Otok, Ugljan and Pašman, and all have marinas for mooring your boat. Zadar is the city with the ancient tradition and noteworthy monuments, while Šibenik is the most important medieval town Croats founded on the coast. In Šibenik, you can see worldly renowned Cathedral of St. Jakov, under the protection of UNESCO. Besides them, on the coastal area, there are few interesting small towns like Vodice, Murter and Primošten.The islands of this region are less developed: besides National Park Kornati, there is picturesque lagoon Telaščica on Dugi otok, as well as numerous other islands: Zlarin, Prvić, Tijat, Žirje, Vrgada, Iž, Molat, Premuda,Silba etc.
Marinas in Zadar and surrounding area
This is the region with the largest concentration of marinas.
On the north-central Dalmatian coastline several marinas are located between Zadar and Šibenik. There are two marinas in Zadar where yachts can be chartered. Going down south there is marina Dalmacia in Sukošan (situated 7 km south from the historical town of Zadar), marina in Biograd city, three marinas located on the island of Murter, Aci marina Vodice, Mandalina marina in Šibenik, marina Kremin in Primošten and marina Frapa in Rogoznica.
Zadar Airport - Zadar Airport is the international airport serving Zadar, Croatia. It is located in Zemunik Donji, 8 km from the centre of Zadar. From the beginning of April 2013 Zadar Airport became a Ryanair base with a stationed Boeing 737–800 and serves 16 European destinations in Germany, Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Sailing Routes from Zadar