Croatia is a country of 1000 islands and thus a destination with 1000 flavors and gastronomic experiences. Sailing is inseparable from the gastronomic experience of the region you are visiting, and Croatia is a real gourmet paradise.
Croatian gastronomy is a collage of different nations, cultures, and traditions. As different nations have lived and ruled this area throughout history, part of their customs and culture has remained rooted in today's culinary scene.
Croatian islands and coast abound in restaurants, taverns, and eco-friendly farms that offer excellent service, freshly prepared fish, and meat specialties from local ingredients, accompanied by world-renowned indigenous varieties of wine.
Konoba Levranka @Kornati islands
Croatians are generally big gourmands who give a lot of importance to food and big family gatherings around the table. Croats like to discuss food, share recipes, and generally spend time at the table. An integral part of life is going to the green market or fish market every day, and this is one of the experiences you need to try while sailing the Adriatic.
Street market in Croatia with fresh products
Discover hidden coves, indulge and relax in untouched nature, soothe your thoughts by walking the paths in the dense pine forests, inhale the scents of nature, and please yourself and your body. In the company of family and friends, explore small fishing villages, get to know the local culture and history, and experience an unforgettable gastronomic experience sailing one of the most beautiful seas in the world.
The coast and islands are filled with local markets, small farms, and wineries where you can enjoy traditional specialties prepared traditionally.
A skipper or crew on your boat will be able to recommend the most excellent restaurants and traditional dishes you should try. However, for sailors who rent a boat on their own (without a skipper), we bring a list of traditional foods and dishes that you should try on a Gourmet sailing in Croatia.
- Pag cheese
- Olive oil
- Ston oysters
- Black risotto
Learn more about the Traditional Dalmatian Dishes you should try while sailing the Adriatic Sea.
Complement your Gourmet Sailing & Try Some Local Wines
For hundreds of years, the primary source of life in Dalmatia and its islands was wine. As a result, every household had some connection to wine, which made Croatia a wine country. In Croatia, there are over 200 native grape varieties. Croatia has diverse grape varieties and wines that reflect the country's diverse regions and landscapes.
Here are some must-try local wines for your gourmet sailing vacation:
Plavac Mali - Croatia's most famous red wine variety, cultivated in the southern region of Dalmatia. It has a rich, full-bodied flavor with black cherry, plum, and spices notes.
Malvazija Istarska - This Istrian white wine is known for its floral and fruity aroma with a hint of minerality. It is ideal for serving with seafood dishes.
Dingač - This red wine is made from Plavac Mali grapes grown on the Peljšeac peninsula in the Dingač vineyard.
It has a full body and a fruity aroma, and its unique flavor comes from the vineyard's rocky terrain.
Pošip - This white wine from the island of Korčula is characterized by its citrus and tropical fruit notes. It blends well with grilled fish and shellfish.
Babić - This Šibenik region red wine has a robust flavor with hints of dark berries and spices. It goes well with grilled meats and aged cheeses.
A gourmet sailing vacation in Croatia is an unforgettable experience that combines the delights of sailing with spectacular scenery and exquisite gastronomic experiences. You can discover Croatia's hidden secrets, visit local markets, cook onboard, or dine in local restaurants, all while learning about the diverse flavors of Croatian cuisine and wines.
So, prepare to set sail and embark on an unforgettable culinary journey along the stunning Adriatic Sea.
Sv. Nedjelja vineyards, Island Hvar Visit Zlatan Otok Marina & Restaurant