Zadar Sailing Route South I 7 days
Zadar - Murter - Skradin - Zlarin - Kornati - Veli Iž - Dugi Otok - Muline
The sailing route from Zadar to the South will reveal to you the most beautiful places in this part of the Adriatic, hidden corners of peace and traditional way of life on the islands of Dalmatia. Visit two National Parks Kornati and Krka Waterfalls, sailing through the beautiful archipelago of Šibenik and its inspiring small islands. This itinerary is a perfect choice if you are seeking to enjoy the natural environment, away from crowds and busy ports.
Zadar is known as one of the best departure ports if you would like to sail and discover the beautiful world of Kornati islands and numerous more small islets in the area. Zadar is a perfect place whether you would like to set for a day trip or sailing week. Popular nautical day-trips include Dugi Otok, Pašman Island, Ugljan Island, Kornati Islands National Park, Molat, Silba, Olib, Premuda, Sakarun Bay, Veli žal beach.
Close to the Zadar city center are two marinas with all the necessary facilities: Marina Borik and Marina Zadar. You can set sail on a sailing yacht, catamaran, or motorboat from these marinas. The nearby marinas in Sukošan and Biograd have a great choice of charter yachts, bareboat, or skippered.
Day 1 ZADAR - MURTER 23NM
With the excellent position, a pleasant Mediterranean climate, a crystal clear sea, pebbly and sandy beaches, vicinity to the National Parks of Kornati and Krka, and highway connections, Murter island is a favorite sailing destination. There are four villages on the island where you can find a safe berth for your yacht, Murter, Jezera, Betina, and Tisno.
Due to a very indented coastline, Murter abounds with bays and lovely beaches. The most famous beaches are on the southern side of the island, well protected from Bora.
Day 2 MURTER – SKRADIN (NP Krka) 27NM
The picturesque, charming little town of Skradin lies at the entrance to the National Park Krka Waterfalls. After passing the Šibenik Channel, sailing 8 NM from Šibenik through the magnificent narrow riverbed of Krka river and Prukljan strait, you will reach Skradin. Here you can find a safe berth for your yacht or catamaran in ACI Marina Skradin. This marina is one of the most beautiful marinas on the Adriatic Sea and in Croatia. Disposing of 180 berths marina is open all year round. Due to sweet water in the marina pool, sailors, especially owners of wooden boats, leave their vessels gladly during the winter.
Besides historical sights, Skradin is famous for its excellent gastronomic offer and top-quality Dalmatian wines.
Sailing to Skaradin is your great opportunity to visit the magical National Park Krka Waterfalls. River Krka is one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Europe. The most known and visited areas of Krka National Park are Skradinski Buk and Roški slap. Skradinski Buk is one of Croatia’s best-known natural beauties, made up of travertine cascades, islands, and lakes.
Day 3 SKRADIN - ZLARIN 11 NM
The island of Zlarin is a natural gem in the Archipelago of Šibenik. This little island offers the most beautiful pristine nature, beautiful beaches, and a rich underwater world. It has a population of less than 300, and it`s a car-free island. Natural protection from winds attracts seafarers to the island.
Port of Zlarin lies in well-protected from all winds except strong W and NW winds.
Yachts mooring is available to the S side of the 140-meter-long pier. The pier is equipped with laid moorings, water and electricity connections. In the village, you can find grocery stores, restaurants, an ambulance, a post office, a small market, and a museum. Don`t forget to visit two small shops selling corals and coral jewelry.
Day 4 ZLARIN – KORNATI (Island Žut) 27NM
National Park Kornati is a "nautical paradise," with its 89 uninhabited islands, islets, and reefs on 300 km². Besides the natural beauties, in the hidden coves of Kornati, you can enjoy the exceptional gastro experience. In Kornati National Park, there are more than 20 top restaurants, where you can taste unique specialties made of homegrown, fresh, delicious ingredients, complimented with great wine and fantastic views.
Konoba Opat, Core Kornati, Konoba Levranka, Konoba Šoleta are just some of the Kornati restaurants where you can indulge in a blend of the natural environment and great food. All of these restaurants offer yacht moorings in front of the restaurant. If you charter a boat in Croatia with our skipper, he will show you all the secret ways to them.
Sailors entering and visiting the National Park Kornati need to get a ticket. You can buy an entrance ticket on the spot in National Park, Online, or at Spots of commission ticket sales. Tickets purchased outside the park's premises and at the webshop are cheaper than tickets purchased from the receptionists within the park's premises. For more details about restrictions and permissions in National Park, please read carefully on NP Kornati web.
Day 5 ŽUT – ISLAND IŽ (Veli Iž) 14NM
Veli Iž, is one of two villages on the island of Iž. Veli Iž is located in the west part of the island, with two shops, a couple of bars and taverns, and a small marina with 45 berths in the sea. Along the coast, there are beautiful walking paths and romantic beaches. The whole island is intertwined with paths, which are great for both cycling and hiking.
The island of Iž is famous for fishing and agriculture and has a long tradition of pottery making.
Thanks to its vicinity to the Kornati islands and numerous islands in the area, Veli Iž is a sailing paradise.
Day 6 VELI IŽ – DUGI OTOK (Božava) 11NM
Božava is a small village and port located on the northwest side of Dugi Otok, in a bay surrounded by pine trees. It's a little place but offers everything you might need during your sailing trip: post office, store, bakery, bars/restaurants. The city port offers an adequate shelter, moorings, water, and electricity supply.
Close to Božava, on the opposite side of the Dugi Otok, is one of the most famous bays on the whole Adriatic, the Sakarun. If you have time, don't miss the opportunity to visit Sakarun, a safe bay for sailors. There is a road train transportation from Božava to Sakarun beach during the summer months.
Day 7 DUGI OTOK (Božava) – ZADAR 16NM
On the way sailing back to Zadar port, you can take a break for lunch and swim in Muline cove. This cove is a perfect anchorage, situated on the northwest coast of the island of Ugljan.