North Adriatic

North Adriatic

  • access_time21 July 2020
  • account_circleRoutes

To explore the Croatian Northern Adriatic is to truly experience something special, something that most people don't get to do.

Sail with us through the many channels that divide the numerous islands from the mainland, far away from the hustle and bustle of the major tourists’ centers, soaking in the tranquility and beauty of the untouched Mediterranean. Swim in the crystal clear, refreshing waters of northern Dalmatia, humbled in the shade of the great Velebit, the largest mountain in Croatia. Experience the incredibly refreshing “Bura”, the cool northern wind that swoops down from the snowcapped peaks of the mountains and breaks up the boiling summer temperatures.

Islands of Pag, Krk, Rab and Cres hide many secret coves and bays where we will anchor and enjoy, and the destinations we visit have deep, layered histories, that will leave you speechless. The sheep cheese from Pag, with centuries of traditional production, will surely hit the spot, as will the many other traditional dishes of the region.

The town of Senj, an infamous medieval pirate’s den, Pula, with the second largest fully preserved amphitheater in the world, Rijeka, our biggest port and a gem of Austro-Hungarian architecture, as well as much, much more, await for you if you join us on this trip.

Moto week

  • Experiencing Croatia in a unique way, by the combination of sailing via mini-cruiser and riding motorbikes up and down the coast line
  • Beating the summer heat with swimming in the refreshing sea, sailing in the summer breeze and coasting down the many seaside and mountain roads of the Croatian coast

Day 1: Zadar

  • Independent arrival in Zadar. The possibility of the arrival of the car and bike on the trailer. We can offer guarded indoor parking for a trailer and a car near the port.
  • Boarding and settling in the cabins by 12,00 h.
  • The afternoon is open for walking, sightseeing tour of Zadar, we can offer you a local tour guide that will take you on a walk through the impressive old town, surrounded by broad walls. He will show you the main sights and attractions – for example, the Roman Forum, the circular Church of St. Donat, the cathedral of Sveta Stošija (St. Anastasia) and the world-known and unique Sea Organ, which create sounds and melodies with the power of the sea
  • We recommend taking a stroll through the Old Town on your own, and experience the Croatian culture and music in the many museums and cafes with live music, or to go swimming at the nearby beach
  • Dinner and sleeping on board.

Day 2: Mandre (Pag) - approx. 110 km

  • After breakfast on board we start our tour
  • From Zadar we will make a brief visit to the island of Vir after which we go to the island Pag, and our overnight port, Mandre
  • The island stands out above all by its extremes – partly meagre, like a lunar landscape, partly covered with lush green mountain fields, where numerous sheep graze, used to produce the famous Pag cheese.
  • Upon arrival in Mandre, depending on weather conditions, the time it took to travel in and desire of the guests, it is possible to sail the boat on a short trip along the coast and swim
  • Mandre offer the possibility of peaceful walks along the coast and many beaches to swim
  • Dinner and sleeping on board

Day 3: Krk - approx. 240 km

  • After breakfast, ready and rested we shall embark on the longest route in the week, which leads us back across the island Pag, the bridge of the island Pag and then across the Adriatic highway from the southern end of the Velebit to the bridge that connects the island of Krk with the mainland (Krk Bridge)
  • Adriatic highway, also called the „D8 state road “, runs from Pasjak border crossing with Slovenia, via Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opuzen and Dubrovnik to the border with Montenegro at Karasovići
  • Most of the D8 state road is still a two-lane road, except rare four-lane stretches
  • Total length of this road is 643.1 kilometers what makes it the longest state road in Croatia
  • We will travel approx. 150 km of enjoyment in curves along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world
  • This will be one of the most eventful days of this trip, one you will remember for a long time
  • After crossing the bridge of Krk we go directly to the town of Krk, where we will have dinner and spend the night

Day 4: Rabac - approx. 180 km

  • Have you ever crossed 3 islands in one day with your bike? Today you will do just that
  • From Krk we will board to board the ferry for the island of Cres, drive to reach the island Lošinj (connected by a bridge), stop at a small fishing village and then returned over Cres, board to the ferry for Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia
  • Dinner and night in Rabac

Day 5: Rijeka - approx. 170 km

  • We leave Rabac in the morning, heading for the winding roads through Istria
  • The road leads us to the ancient town of Poreč, located on the coast
  • After Porec, we ride to the largest Croatian port, Rijeka (A possibility of sightseeing, depending on the time)
  • We spend the night in Rijeka

Day 6: Rab - approx. 140 km

  • After breakfast, we leave Rijeka and return to the main road that leads us to Senj in the south
  • We arrive to the ferry for Rab Island
  • With the ferry we will pass over the Velebit channel to the island of Rab, where, after a short ride we reach our moored ship in the port of Rab

Day 7: Zadar - approx. 170 km

  • The same ferry from yesterday will transfer us back to the mainland, and the Adriatic highway leads us to the town of Karlobag
  • We turn to the Croatian hinterland
  • After visiting the nature park of Velebit, down the airy, winding road, we will arrive back to our starting point, the peninsular city of Zadar

Day 8: Zadar - departure

  • Unfortunately, our trip came to an end. After breakfast we leave the ship
  • On request, additional nights in Zadar can be organized

Sailing in Dalmatian islands - North Adriatic

General information

Northern Adriatic boasts a monthly average of 270 sun-hours, with an average air temperature of 27 degrees Celsius with 50% average humidity. The sea maintains an average of 21 degrees Celsius, and the average windspeed is that of 8 knots, with exceptions due to wind disruption, in the face of strong northern Bura wind, although in sporadic episodes.