The Zadar archipelago like many other parts of the Croatian coast includes an area of diverse natural beauties that are located nearby. The city of Zadar and its close surroundings have an extremely well-developed nautical and yacht charter infrastructure because it is located in the geographical centre of the Adriatic, so these waters easily become a starting point for the further navigation to the east and to the west. From the other side, Zadar is protected from the north by the Velebit mountain, which represents a climatological barrier of north to south Croatia meaning this region lies in a kind of golden centre. Within a shot distance you will find numerous islands, beaches, coves and beautiful bays which you can only reach by boat and where you will bother nobody, in absolute peace and total privacy. These kinds of waters are a real challenge for boaters wanting to investigate and discover new corners, with the experience of sailing in well-protected areas and, often, with a friendly dolphin that swims under your bow.
Dalmatia’s centre is 3000-year-old Zadar, a city with the largest reserched Roman forum in the Croatian side of the Adriatic and unforgettable Romanesque churches like St. Donatus, St. Anastasia and St. Chrisogonus.
Sailing through Zadar Archipelago
On the open sea there is the western part of the Zadar archipelago which consists of the islands of Olib, Silba, Premuda, Škarda, Ist and Molat. Olib with its lovely sandy beaches is one of the most beautiful islands in this part of the Adriatic. Premuda is also popular amongst boaters thanks to the lovely anchorage on the southern end of the island, and also because it is located en route from Kvarner to the southern part of the Adriatic.
Somewhat closer to the mainland is the island of Molat, also a favourite destination, whilst it would be a shame not to visit nearby Silba which offers good mooring, wonderful nature and excellent local food. Pantera Bay on Dugi Otok stands out as the most popular anchoring site in this part of the Zadar archipelago, it also the largest anchorage in the Adriatic. At the southern end of Dugi Otok is the cove of Sakarun with its lovely eight hunderd meter long beach, and besides other things, it has been included amongst the top twenty most beautiful beaches in the world. The navigation of the rest of this island from its southern point will transfer into an image of imposing cliffs the height of which exceeds a hunderd meters and they fall steeply into the sea, creating an almost mystical sailing experience, all the way to the entrance of the Telašćica Nature Park. The navigation of the waters of Zadar continues with the region that consists of the lovely indented northern edge of Dugi Otok and the islands of which Rava, Iž, Zverinac and Sestrunj stand out. In the north the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, which are separated by the narrow passage of Ždrilac, are placed like a barrier towards the city of Zadar.
Over 40 national and international sailing regattas in all classes are held every year in the waters of Biograd.
The city of Zadar with its rich historical heritage and lively urban centre of the region is located right nearby, and is essential on the boaters routes who visit it, welcoming them with Kalelarga – the main artery of the city, the sea organ, and its significant historical monuments. This region also boasts the largest marina in the Adriatic which is located in Sukošan, where nearby is Biograd, a little town which today has become one of the most frequented nautical points in the Adriatic.