Zadar is a Dalmatian city famous for its history and culture, making Zadar a popular tourist city. It is, in fact, the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city dating back to when it was called Lader by the 9th century BCE Illyrian tribe. This gives Zadar 3,000 years of continuous inhabitance. Zadar sprits many Roman buildings preserved perfectly as well as the countless styles that were added on over the ages. One of the greatest attractions is the famous sea organ, the worlds first such sound art piece that makes harmonic sounds from the waves of the sea.
Dugi Otok is an island in the Dalmatian sea just off Zadar. Its name means Long island and it’s the seventh largest island in the Adriatic Sea. Dugi Otok is home to Telašćica, a nature park that covers the southern part of the island. Most of the villages are located on the east coastline, with Sali the largest town. You will find salt lakes and an abundance of boneyards and olive trees covering this island. Sali is the best place to moor for gathering supplies, as well as setting off on an excursion of the island. If you want to visit the nature park, its best to moor off its shore and tie up against one of the many buoys.
When visiting the island of Dugi Otok, go into Sali, this is the largest town on the island and is also the closest one to the Kornati National Park. This is also the site of the islands fish processing plant, so you will always find exceptional fish dishes here in the local restaurants. The towns architecture is also wonderful, with rows of 17th century homes, giving you the feeling, you stepped back in time. Don’t forget to stock up on fresh fish for the next leg of your voyage.
Kornati is a string of mostly uninhabited islands, also known as the Stomorski islands. This archipelago is made up of around 140 islands and is found in the northern part of Dalmatia coastline. The area is known as the Nacionalni Park Kornati and is considered to be a visiting sailors delight. With hundreds of secluded coves and bays, and over 100 islands to land on and explore, you will collect thousands of memories from this beautiful area. The islands are all covered in dense shrubbery, and the final destination you want to choose is Ravni Zakan island, where you can berth for the night and enjoy a local meal in the small restaurant.
Zlarin is a small island off the Dalmatian coast opposite the city of Šibenik. Zlarin is a tourist attraction that opens up fully in the season. At winter the island tends to empty, and in the summer, it is home to around 270 residents. The island is best known for its red coral, and every year sailors and tourists come to look at the coral reefs surrounding the island. The island provides anchorage as well as a jetty to moor against. If you prefer you can anchor off the small uninhabited island of Tijat, which is just north of Zlarin.
Primosten is a small islet town connected to the mainland by a small manmade swath of passage. The island is densely populated and extremely picturesque. It has winding avenues and vineyards dotted among ancient buildings. The beaches here are considered to be one Croatia’s best ten, and every summer the town is noted for its donkey races.
Getting to Šibenik from either Skradin or Vrgada will provide you with a day of sailing. Let’s start off with the Vrgada option, if you anchored here, then you will enjoy a one day sail all the way to Šibenik, via the Murter and Zut islands for enjoyment. The trip itself is only a couple of hours, but don’t rush, enjoy the islands dotted along the way. If you are in Skradin, then you would best sail along the Krka River and stop at the Krka National park to enjoy an excursion there. Krka national park is an amazing and a refreshing respite. Krka National park is a jewel to be visited by anyone sailing along the Adriatic, you must sail up the Krka and enjoy the beautiful scenery and stations on the way.
Sibenik is the oldest native Croat town on the eastern shores of the Croatian coastline and is located in central Dalmatia. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of St. James Cathedral, which was founded in 1431. This town came under the venetian republic for over three centuries, so its architecture and culture are all marked with that amazing Venetian touch. Visitors to Sibenik will enjoy many festivals all year round. The city also contains four large fortresses that were built up from the Christian-Muslim wars against the Ottoman incursions. The cities unique architecture and Venetian design provides ample attractions, combined with local and ethnic dishes as well as hundreds of small picturesque photo opportunities, make Sibenik an exceptional experience.
Vodice is a local tourist sea side town that has pebble and sand beaches. It is located in the Šibenik-Knin county located in the north-central part of Dalmatia. The town has a history back to the Romans, and during the 15th century was part of the Venetian republic.
Zadar is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful Dalmatian cities. It is a city of tourism, and it is famous for its extraordinary history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts. These ramparts are a real treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the famous Sea Organ, the first of its kind in the world.
If you sailed out of Zadar without getting a chance to explore it, you must surely make time to do so after the end of your yacht charter.
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