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Zadar Archipelago

The beautiful Zadar Archipelago comprises of almost 300 islands. The biggest islands are Pag, Dugi otok, Ugljan, Pašman, and island group National Park Kornati. Untouched nature, escape from crowds, amazing bays perfect for swimming and snorkeling, crystal clear sea, traditional cuisine are just part of the experience to expect.

Zadar airport is only 7 km away from Zadar city center. Several marinas in the area are easily accessible from Zadar airport.

Sailing holidays in Zadar Archipelago, you can start from Marina Zadar and D-Marina Borik, both in the city center. Besides them, you can sail out from Marina Dalmacija in Sukošan and Marina Kornati in Biograd, which are among the biggest marinas in Croatia.

Sailing from Zadar

Where the sea composes the most beautiful symphonies

“It must be the most beautiful sunset in the world!” muttered Alfred Hitchcock, sipping maraschino on the Zadar waterfront. Many visitors enjoying the epic sunset view in Zadar agree with him. It’s a playground of magnificent colors.

Zadar is an open-air museum, a city where history is felt in every pile. A place where the ancient intertwines with modern.  It is a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, and monuments. In the old town, which is placed on a peninsula, can be found quality museums, nice and cozy cafes and restaurants. 

Zadar is a home to the world’s first Sea Organ that creates its music only by the action of the wind and waves. This site is a blend of human ideas and skills and the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood, a place for relaxation, contemplation and conversation while listening to an endless concert of mystic harmonies of the “Orchestra of Nature”.

The world-known installation “Greeting to the Sun” comprises 300 hundred multi later glass panels set at the level of stone-paved waterfront, in the form of a circle of 22 meters in diameter. This unique urban installation absorbs sunlight during the day, and with the sunset turns on the built-in lighting fixtures and produces a remarkably impressive light game. Similar, but smaller installations are placed as well on the waterfront and represent other planets of the Solar system.

Island Pag

“Island of stone”

Location of Island Pag is on 19 NM sailing north from Zadar. The island has an area of 284.56 km² and a population of around 9000 people. With its 303 km long and very indented coastline, Pag island is often referred to as “Island of Stone” and “Moonscape Island” because of a rocky and rough look. Strong Bura spreads the sea salt from Velebit Channel across the island and prevents the growth of more lavish vegetation.

Pag cheese, salt production …

There are two towns on the island, Pag and Novalja, and many smaller villages and tourist places. Connection of the island Pag to the mainland is by the bridge. 

Symbols of Pag island are famous Pag cheese, salt production, lace, and delicious lamb specialties.

“All explanations are unnecessary and incomplete for Pag Cheese. It’s created by grass blade among branches and bleating cry of sheep while hiding in February before the “bura “and licking salt from wind sprinkled vegetation. “by Anthony Zemljar

The history of the Pag lace, the” white gold” of the town of Pag, is abundant. Most probably, it has roots in Mikena but was made in the city of Pag by the end of the 15th century. The International lace festival is held every year in June in the town of Pag. Today Lace tradition is on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The island of Pag is one of the most attractive islands of the Adriatic. It offers to visitors a dose of entertainment, adventure, silence and peace, the gloom of the past and the nightclubs of the future, unusual and quite “ordinary” enjoyment on the kilometers of the beaches. Places you should visit during your yachting holiday include Caska Bay, next to which is, probably the most famous party beach in the Adriatic–Zrće, and calmer but beautiful Ručica and Zaglava beaches.

In ACI Marina Šimuni can be found a safe berth place. 

Sailing around National Park Kornati
Kornati National Park, Croatia on 12 Nm sailing from Zadar

National Park Kornati Islands is known as “nautical paradise,” with its 89 uninhabited islands, islets, and reefs on 300 km². This island group is the most rugged in the Mediterranean. High, kilometers long cliffs, rich flora, and fauna attracts sailors and water sportspeople from all around the world. Kornati are 12 NM SW from Zadar.

The biggest island in the group is island Kornat. Two ACI Marinas, Piškera and Žut are on Kornat. To NP Kornati belongs south part of Dugi otok with Nature Park Telašćica and lake Mir.

Sailors entering and visiting the National Park Kornati need to get a ticket. Entrance ticket you can buy 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. More details about restrictions and permissions in National Park, please read carefully on NP Kornati web.

The viral expression for Kornati islands: “On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.”

Sailing around Dugi otok

The most beautiful natural resources of Dugi otok are its beaches and bays. Where ever you turn, you will find a place for swimming. Fascinating blue and clear sea will attract you with its beauty.

Dugi otok translates to “Long Island” because of its 45 km long stretched coast. The most famous natural attraction of the island is Nature Park “Telašćica”  on the southern tip of an island which belongs to National Park Kornati.

Mediterranean mood and spirit you will find in small fisherman villages on the island, Sali, Božava, Zaglav, Mala Rava, Vela Rava, Brbinj, Veli rat, and several more small rarely inhabited.

This island is truly a paradise for nature lovers, a perfect destination for city escape,  recreation, and sports, long walks, jogging, swimming, diving.

Dugi otok and lake Mir

Besides “Telašćica,” the most known attraction is the lighthouse Veli Rat which offers a fascinating view on surrounding villages and sea.

The lighthouse in Veli rat was built in 1849, it is 42 meters high and today it is the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic. Its impressiveness is owed to the yellow facade, in which, according to the legend, 100 000 yolks were used to get the yellow color. The Chapel of St. Nicholas, the protector of seafarers, is located in the courtyard of the lighthouse, where a Roman Missal from 1869 is preserved.