We have prepared two different recommended routes for sailing in Adriatic islands, and it is up to you to decide will you head towards the north or you prefer southern route.
Our first stop on the northern route is island Ugljan, situated in the immediate vicinity of Zadar, along which we sail to the north from Sukošan through the channel. Ugljan is one of the larger islands in the Adriatic, and a couple of towns are situated on it as well as a few smaller villages. In the northwest part of the island is the largest town on the island, which is also called Ugljan. Nearby there are several beautiful sandy beaches that we recommend for swimming and you can spend the night in Muline.
Further to the north you will find a collection of islands, consisting of Silba, Olib, Premuda, Ist, Škarda, Molat and many other, which create a small archipelago in the triangle between Kvarner and Lošinj, the open sea and the major inhabited islands of Zadar. The pristine coves and clean and crystal waters are a paradise for all sailing and fishing enthusiasts. Underwater world is not behind in richness and it offers a wonderful treasure of flora and fauna as well as remains of sunken ships. Due to its indented coast, island Molat has three settlements, while other islands each have only one village. On Molat you may even come across the occasional car on the road that connects the villages, while the other islands provide a picture of the world as is sometimes was. Silba is the most populated island, so it can amuse you with its summer liveliness, and on the other islands you will find pleasure in the silence of their bays, restaurants and taverns with excellent local food.
Ilovik is the southern most inhabited island of the Lošinj archipelago. It is easily accessible from all sides, with many secluded bays, so we recommend you visit it on the way to Mali Lošinj. The largest village on the island is also called Mali Lošinj, and it is the largest city on the Adriatic coast with 7.000 inhabitants. It is located on the south side of the Lošinj bay, which first became an important maritime and trade center, and today a tourist center because of its great position.
Island Unije is located approximately 13NM northwest of Mali Lošinj, and is another gem which has a vibe like the time has stopped for those who want to avoid the tourist crowds. North and east side of the island are steep and rocky, covered by greenery, while the southern and western sides are more flat and form a bay where the only village on the island is located.
If you have already sailed to Unije, we advise you to go further north and visit Brijuni islands. The archipelago was declared a national park in 1983, and back in 1945, president Tito had made it his summer residence. The beauty of this archipelago is hardly described with words, so it is the best that you experience it live for yourself.
Part of our northern route is island Rab called the happy island by the ancient Romans. With around 30 sandy beaches and many small picturesque bays, it is also very interesting for sailing. Beautiful bays for day anchoring and recreation, numerous small islands scattered around and favorable winds that prevail here are the reason why the waters around the island attract a large number of sailors during the summer.
In the end we return to Dugi Otok, which is the seventh largest island in the Adriatic Sea and the largest island of Zadar archipelago with about 2.000 inhabitants. The administrative center and capital of the island is Sali, and island is primarily a destination for guests who want to spend their holidays in peace and unspoiled nature. Most of the beaches on Dugi Otok are rocky, but there are pebble and sandy beaches in uninhabited bays such as Sakarun and Veli rat where you can find a place to be alone even in the peak season.
Another attraction for yachtsmen that is definitely worth to see is Telašćica Nature Park. Kornati National Park without exaggeration is one of the most interesting areas for sailing in Croatia, and you can read more about it here.
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