General Information

Yacht charter in Croatia General Information

Yacht charter in Croatia General Information

The eastern coast of the Adriatic, most of it belonging to Croatia, from the westernmost point of Istria to the southernmost part of Dalmatia, thanks to its specific configuration, is one of the most suggestive natural resorts for lovers of sea, who want to feel the primeval touch of the most diverse aspects of a nature with thousand faces. Well-indented, the coast smells of inebriating wild Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary, laurel, immortelle, Spanish broom, strawberry-tree, blended with the scents of garden-sage, mint, wild thyme and other aromatic herbs growing on nearby slopes. Croatia offer all the types of yacht charter such as bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, sailboat, motoryacht and luxury yacht charter.

The Marinas

Many of Croatian marinas are situated close to historical towns, real treasuries of history and cultural heritage, with their museums, galleries, churches, palaces and monasteries, with streets and shops that become the scene of contemporary cultural events, concerts, folklore and artistic performances. Liveliness and meeting of various languages are proofs of the cosmopolitan character of the Mediterranean. From Umag to Cavtat there are 40 marinas. Half of them are ACI marinas, while others are self-contained or within hotels and tourist companies. Almost all marinas are open throughout the year and they offer all administrative services (border police, customs, harbour master’s office).


The official unit of currency is the Kuna (HRK). One Kuna is divided into 100 Lipa. ATMs are plentiful throughout the country and banks. Note that Euro currency is accepted everywhere.


There are two climate zones, a temperate continental climate, locally also a mountainous climate, prevails in the interior, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days, dry and hot summers, mild and humid winters. The coastal region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters (minimum winter temperatures are around 39°F (4°C) and summers average around 79°F (26°C).

Information on the weather in the Adriatic sea

Coastal radio stations broadcast information on the weather and weather prognosis on daily basis for the following 24 hours in Croatian and in English;

Radio Rijeka UKW channel 24 - 05,35 h, 14,35 h, 19,35 h
Radio Split UKW channels 07, 21, 23, 81 - 05,45 h, 12,45 h, 19,45 h
Radio Dubrovnik UKW channels 07, 04 - 06,25 h, 13,20 h, 21,20 h

Ongoing weather prognosis on VHF - transmitters

Weather prognosis in Croatian, English, Italian and German language for the area of the Croatian coastal waters are being broadcasted incessantly each 10 minutes, and are being updated in 07,00 h, 13,00 h and 19,00 h (local time). They comprise a situational overview, a short prognosis for the next 24 hours and information on the air pressure.

  • Broadcasting on:
  • VHF-channel 73 for northern Adriatic / west coast of Istria
  • VHF-channel 69 for northern Adriatic / eastern part
  • VHF-channel 67 for middle Adriatic / eastern part
  • VHF-channel 73 for southern Adriatic / eastern part

Primary winds in the Adriatic sea

Maestral – course northwest (NW) in high air pressure. Maestral is a sign of a nice weather, and it usually starts blowing around 11 o’clock. It can rise up to 5 Beaufort and set up a fused sea movement, but in the evening hours it stops, so the next day, after a peaceful night, it would start blowing again in the same accord. Bura - northeastern (NE) wind, which comes out with high air pressure over the mainland brusquely and in full force blows from the mainland towards the sea. Bura is hard to anticipate, but there are signs, which announce it: tips of the coastal mountains are shrouded in little clouds, while the surface of the sea from the northeast direction is covered in foamy crowns. When the foamy crowns reach their own liner, it will be soon grasped by wind in full force. The bigger the distance from the coast, the weaker are the squalls. In summer Bura usually blows for couple of hours, and rarely it lasts for 1 to 2 days. Extraordinary strong Buras blow in the Kvarner area as well as in the area of Velebitski kanal, around Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. Jugo (Scirocco) – humid wind, blowing from southeast. From October to the end of January it brings vast amounts of downfalls. Dead sea (free waves) and "leady" clouds in the south are a sign of the slow approaching of Jugo, which causes considerable movements of sea waves. The Jugo period often lasts for several days, and the "dead sea" can last for some time on. Sometimes, along with wind rain brings red-brown sand from Africa. Only few of minutes will suffice for the wind to change its direction and that Jugo (SE) turns into a very strong Bura (NE). Nevera (W) is a strong west wind, which brings bad weather. In summer its starts out with great vehemence, but it mainly lasts a short period accompanied with quick and short sea movement. After the storm nice refreshing takes place. Libecco (SW) from northwest, Levantera (E) from east and Tramontana (N) from north also blow in the Adriatic Sea. High and stable air pressure is usually followed by winds coming from the mainland during nighttime and winds coming from the sea during daytime.

To be reminded

Surface of the coastal sea (inner sea and territorial sea, spreading 12 sea miles from the inner sea) 31.067 km2. Length of sea coast 5.835 km, 4.058 km of which are coasts of islands, cliffs and ledges. Altogether 1.185 islands, cliffs and ledges, 67 of which are inhabited islands, 651 uninhabited islands, 389 cliffs and 78 ledges. Lighthouses, coastal and dock lights: 600. Coastal radio stations: Rijeka radio, Split radio, Dubrovnik radio. Harbors, which can accept big transatlantic ships, Pula, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, and Dubrovnik. Along the shore there are over 350 very favorable natural harbors for ships.

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