Croatia is a paradise for sea lovers. With 1,244 islands and islets, it is one of the places where the contrast between the crystal-clear water and the green vegetation leaves everybody in awe. The best solution is undoubtedly to rent a sailboat in Zadar, the Dalmatian capital, to access the uninhabited islands and coves, which are difficult to access from land. Moreover, there are several types of boats at affordable prices, from motorboats, through sailing boats or catamarans, to yachts. Croatia became a member of the European Union (EU) in 2013 however, they do not use the Euro – the official currency is the Kuna (kn).
On the back of the success of its ‘Sea Organ’, Zadar has created a new urban architectural work. At the head of the peninsula, on the Istarska Obala shore is the ‘Sun Salutation’. This astonishing disc measuring 22 metres in diameter is made up of 300 superimposed glass panels. These two works, conceptualised by architect Nikola Bašić, create a real sound and light show by the seashore. Two absolute must-see attractions!
Zadar is a city that, like many others in Europe, suffered a lot and was destroyed during the 20th century. But despite its major destruction during the Second World War, it still contains a beautiful historic centre, including many churches that are significant to the city’s cultural heritage.
The two most important ones are of course the Cathedral of St. Anastasia – a 12th century Romanesque church containing the remains of the saint – and the Church of St. Donatus, a former religious building from the Middle Ages, now converted into an auditorium. As for the other churches, the Saint Simon Church and the Saint Chrysogone Church are quite well known. The main square, People’s Square, is where you will find the town hall and medieval buildings. Start from here and stroll through the small, unspoilt alleys. Don’t worry about getting lost as the sea is a near-constant sight!
Feeling peckish? The Zadar fresh food and vegetable market has been operating since the Middle Ages and is quite large in comparison to other Croatian markets. You’ll be able to try some local cheeses including the famous Paski Sir and Gligora cheeses.
Sailboat rentals in Zadar are becoming more and more popular and the sailing conditions are excellent! Otok Iz, Dugi Otok, Otok Molat, Otok Silba, Otok Ilovik, Uvala, Artatore, Mali Losinj, Otok Olib: names of islands you won’t find in the tourist guides. If you decide to explore the islands off the Zadar coast, we recommend that you choose Otok Silba or Silba Island. It’s a favorite: untamed, it still has a small busy center with several nice restaurants, all without car. A night in the small port of Veli Iz (another island), it can also be very nice.
The Kornati archipelago is a magnificent labyrinth of islands, rocks, islets and cliffs with a wild and mysterious feel. The strip of islands stretches from Zadar to Sibenik and promises to enchant all visitors. You really need to spend a couple of days discovering the archipelago to really appreciate the beauty if the place, littered with stunning beaches and desert coves.
Our team of experts is at your disposal to organise your very own cruise. Your online request will be dealt with shortly. One of our advisors will contact you by email or by phone. Free quotes, without engagement.Contact one of our advisors