Spread like pearls, the 1,244 islands, islets and reefs lie in the crystal-clear blue of the sea. 1,244 unique and exceptional reasons for a wonderful nautical adventure in the Croatian Adriatic. Arranged almost ideally, they are no more than ten nautical miles from each other, lining up like string of pearls along the 5835km long coast from Istria to Dubrovnik. The Croatian islands are a true challenge for every nautical Odyssey. With more than 1,400 bays and harbours on the mainland and on the islands in which to find landing points, anchoring berths and places to stay overnight, the Croatian Adriatic is ideally suited as a place for sailing with full sails as well as for cruises with motor vessels or for fishing with sport fishing boats.
Croatian marinas are secure places of refuge in which, in addition to maintenance and repair, all necessary services are available. In addition, gastronomic delights are on offer in numerous restaurants and secret konobas (wine taverns). For those who prefer the amenities of the small, charming harbours in the heart of the coastal villages that proudly maintain the old customs and traditions of the Mediterranean, there are many places along the Adriatic between Cavtat, Gruž and Dubrovnik, Vela Luka on Korčula, Hvar and Vis, Lošinj and Istria.
Since classical times the Adriatic has been one of the most important shipping lanes of old cultures. The Croatian Adriatic is one of the calmest seas, without high waves and strong sea currents, with the greatest depth of 1330m in the south. Its attractive coast, with a total area of 138,595km2 and a marked water transparency to a depth of up to 50m, as well as an average water temperature of 21° C to 16° C, is an ideal place for wonderful nautical adventures.
Source: Croatian Central Office for Tourism