Sailing tips - Sailing in Croatia

Sailing tips - Sailing in Croatia

Holidays in Croatia

1 January: New Year's Day; 1 May: Labour Day; 22 June: Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; 25 June: Statehood Day; 5 August: Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day; 15 August: Assumption of Mary; 8 October: Independence Day; 1 November: All Saints' Day; 25 and 26 December: Christmas Holidays. Holidays also include Easter and Corpus Christi, but they are moveable feasts.

Fishing license

If you are interested in sport fishery or recreational fishery in the fishing waters of the Republic of Croatia, you will need to obtain a license. Licenses are issued by fishing clubs, tourist agencies and offices in all towns along the coast. You just need to show your ID card, passport or driver’s license. All types of recreational fishing licenses at sea can also be purchased in electronic form. To get your electronic license visit the following website: While obtaining the license, you will receive a list of limitations and off-limit zones, you will be provided the information on the minimum of allowed catch measures, as well as with a list of the permitted fishing tools.

Diving license

Diving in Croatia is only possible with a diving license. If you do not already own one, you can take a diving course in one of the many licensed diving schools along the Croatian coast. Diving is subject to set rules and regulations and to the Statute of the Croatian Diving Association.

For more information about diving and diving regulations in Croatia, please visit the following site:


The Croatian currency is kuna (“kuna” translates as “marten”, a weasel-like animal). HRK is the currency code for kuna and kn is the currency symbol. The most popular exchange rate in Croatia is the HRK to EUR (Euro) rate.
Below is a link to a currency converter:

When to visit Croatia

The natural beauty of the Croatian coastline is highlighted by the mild Mediterranean climate. With more than 2,400 hours of sunshine per year, Croatia has one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. Summer temperatures can reach 38 °C, while the sea temperature amounts to warm 26 °C. The best period to visit the Croatian coast is between April and October. If you are a fan of rich and diverse nightlife activities and take pleasure in walking through crowded streets, then you should visit Croatia during July and August. These two months are the peak of the summer season. The narrow streets of Dalmatian coastal towns are filled with guests from all over the world and offer a rich programme filled with festivals and cultural events, as well a vibrant club scene....

Those of you who prefer to spend their holidays in a less hectic and more peaceful environment should sail to Croatia in the months preceding the high season (May-June) or in the months following the summer peak (September-October). Peace and tranquility can always be found on secluded islands, isolated bays and charming fishing villages.

The Adriatic Sea

The Adriatic Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea. It is positioned between the eastern coastline of Italy and the coastline of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. It is renowned for its beauty, clean blue waters and more than a thousand islands. The Croatian Adriatic coastline is 1,777 km long and occupies most of the eastern Adriatic shoreline. It is one of the most indented coastlines in Europe, just behind the Norwegian fjords. There are 718 islands and islets, 389 rocks and 78 reefs along the coastline.


The Adriatic Sea has an average depth of about 173 meters. The depth of the sea in the north (along the coastline of Istria) is the shallowest at about 50 m, while the deepest part is in the south (around the most distant island of Jabuka) and reaches 1,300 m in depth.

Sea temperature

The average sea temperature in the summer months is between 22 °C and 27 °C. During the winter, the temperatures go as low as 7 °C.


The average salinity of the Adriatic is 38.30 per mill.


The tidal movements of the Adriatic are of relatively small amplitudes. Tides are higher in the north (up to about 0.8 m). The sea tides of the Adriatic Sea are of a mixed type, which means the rhythm of the tides is semidiurnal during the new and full moon, and diurnal during the first and the last quarter. In narrow channels and inlets, the tide can rise significantly in case of strong bura (a NE wind) gusts.

Sea currents

The average speed of sea currents is around 0.5 knots, but they can also reach a speed of up to 4 knots (near river mouths and narrow channels).

Waves in the Adriatic

The heights of waves in the Adriatic range between 0.5 and 1.5 meters and they occur primarily as a consequence of the current winds.


The Croatian Adriatic has the Mediterranean climate, and its main characteristics are dry and warm summers and rainy and mild winters. The average temperature in the summer ranges between 26 °C and 30 °C. The warmest month is July and summer temperatures can reach 38°C in the southern Adriatic. The average temperature in the winter is between 5 °C and 10 °C.


These are the 6 most common winds in the Adriatic coastal region:


This is the best-known northern to north-eastern wind in the coastal region. It is a very strong, dry and cold wind, which can last for several days.


The jugo is a warm and humid wind which often brings dirty (muddy) rain from Northern Africa. It usually blows from the south-east and creates high waves at sea.


A mild surface wind which appears in the summer months. It only blows along the coast and rarely reaches more than 20 m inland. The maestral is often followed by pleasant weather.


A northern, dry and cold transitional wind. This wind is associated with the change of weather and often transforms into a bura wind. Further away from the coast, it gets stronger and creates fully-developed waves.

Zmorac and Burin

These two weak summer winds arise as a result of the unequal warming of land and sea. Zmorac blows during the day and burin during the night.

Coastal radio stations (broadcasts in Croatian and English):

Radio Rijeka, UKW channel 24 (Broadcast times: 5:35 am, 2:35 pm, 7:35 pm)
Radio Split, UKW channels 07, 21, 23, 81 (Broadcast times: 5:45 am, 12:45 am, 7:45 pm)
Radio Dubrovnik, UKW channels 07, 04 (Broadcast times: 6:25 am, 1:20 pm, 9:20 pm)

VHF channels with weather forecasts in Croatian, English, German and Italian:

VHF-channel 73 for the northern Adriatic/western part of Istria
VHF-channel 69 for the northern Adriatic/eastern part
VHF-channel 67 for the central Adriatic/eastern part
VHF-channel 73 for the southern Adriatic/eastern part

Weather information and forecasts for the next 24 hours are being broadcast every 10 minutes.
The information is updated at 07:00 am, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm (local time).

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