Here is a suggested itinerary departing from Zadar for an eight-day cruise on board a private sailboat (Please note: itineraries may be adapted according to your wishes and/or sailing conditions):
Days 1 and 2: Departure from Zadar with a short sail to the coast of Uglijan to acclimatise to the sailboat. One of the biggest islands in the Zadar archipelago, Uglijan is called ‘the green island’ because it is covered with rich vegetation: pine, olive and fig trees, vines amongst other Mediterranean plants. Ease yourself into your catamaran holiday with this first calling point, just 30 mins from Zadar. First stop in the clear waters of Rivanj before anchoring in Brbinj.
Day 3: Heading south along the east coast of Dugi Otok to reach the Telašcica Nature Park. Composed of high-rising cliffs (up to 161m) alternating with small bays, this nature park also has a salt-water lake located near the Adriatic Sea. Lake Mir is only six metres deep with a very high temperature range (almost 30 degrees difference in winter and summer). The night will be spent around the famous Lake Mir.
Day 4: On the cards today: rest and relaxation in the heart of the Kornati Archipelago! Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this archipelago consists of 140 deserted islands, extending outwards for over 300 km2. 89 of the Kornati Islands are part of a national park. Note: While it’s possible to purchase entrance tickets on-site, you can avail of a discount if you pre-book.
Day 5: Sailing southwards stopping on Smokvica Island for the night.
Day 6: Crossing to Mürter Island with the possibility to visit the village and eat there. The town of Betina is not to be missed. Famous for its baroque church and the Korcula shipyard, the oldest in the Adriatic, Barina is charming and authentic.
Days 7 and 8: Return to Zadar for your last night onboard before disembarking the next morning.
With its Italian, Hungarian, Slavic and Oriental influences, Croatian cuisine is adored by many. Here are five dishes you must try during your catamaran charter in Zadar! Cheese Štrukli are typical of the Zagreb region but popular all over Croatia. These are small puff pastries with fresh cheese – either boiled or au gratin. A simple but delicious dish! The Čevapi Sandwich contains pieces of mince meat that are served grilled in a homemade brown bread. There are two versions: either served with onion and a pepper/aubergine compote or with fresh cheese. Brudet consists of fish cooked in white wine. This dish resembles the French bouillabaisse. Finally, sarmas are cabbage leaves stuffed with mince meat and rice. They’re cooked in stock with smoked meat to give them that special taste. As the Croatian’s like to say… "Jedi! Jedi! Jedi!" (Eat! Eat! Eat!).
Renting a catamaran in Zadar… There is a typical Mediterranean climate. In summer the average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius, in winter it is around 3 or 4 degrees. The Maestral, a north-westerly wind blowing from the sea towards the land, not to be confused with the mistral and tramontane winds, makes the summer season very enjoyable. That is why we advise you to sail between April and September. Croatia remains a high-pressure tourist zone in the middle of summer, during the months of July and August. If you are looking for more peace and quiet, book your catamaran charter in Zadar outside the summer period. Don't worry, because at the beginning and end of summer the temperatures are always pleasant!
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