Are you interested in experiencing a sailing week in Šibenik-Knin County and the archipelago but not sure where to begin? Let us assist you with our 7-day sailing itinerary.

 

Explore the captivating beauty of Šibenik-Knin County through two of Croatia's most enchanting national parks, Krka and Kornati. Behold the spectacular waterfalls, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes of Krka National Park, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking wonders of nature.


The enchanting Kornati National Park, with its magnificent archipelago and breathtaking natural landscapes awaits you. Be mesmerized by the turquoise waters and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Sailors and nature enthusiasts alike will find solace and inspiration in this remarkable region.


Šibenik-Knin County is not only blessed with natural wonders but also has a rich cultural heritage. The region boasts historic towns, medieval fortresses, and traditional festivals. A visit to Šibenik offers an opportunity to explore the UNESCO-listed marvel of Renaissance architecture, the Cathedral of St. James. Additionally, the impressive fortress of St. Nicholas in Šibenik bay is a must-visit.


Gourmets visiting Šibenik-Knin County are in for a treat, as the region's cuisine is characterized by fresh seafood, homemade pastries, wine, and olive oil from local production. Traditional Dalmatian dishes such as grilled fish, octopus salad, and 'pašticada', a slow-cooked beef dish, are highly recommended.


Moreover, the region is perfect for those seeking adventure. There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities to choose from, such as ziplining across the impressive Čikola Gorge, hiking the Kornati Islands, or even rock climbing.

 

What is the best way to explore Šibenik-Knin County?

 

Embarking on a sailing adventure is an excellent way to explore the Adriatic coast, specifically the Šibenik-Knin County. This region promises a comprehensive and unforgettable experience, from the endless horizon of the sea to the diverse cultures and cuisines of the various ports.

 

Sailing allows you to experience nature up close and take in stunning scenery from all angles. Picture yourself feeling the warm sun on your skin and the salty sea breeze in your hair as you sail past hidden coves and pristine beaches.

 

So, if you're seeking the ultimate way to explore this area, don't hesitate to pack your gear and let the adventure begin. Wondering where to start? Pirovac is the perfect place.


Pirovac is a charming town located in the heart of Šibenik-Knin County, which is a hidden gem on the Adriatic coast. This town offers an authentic local experience to travelers, adventurers, and sailors alike. Marina Pirovac is a modern marina that serves as a base for exploring all the region has to offer, while also providing comfort and convenience.


To experience the best of Croatia, from the beauty of nature and rich culture to the exciting adventures and delicious cuisine, a sailing route at the Šibenik-Knin archipelago is a perfect way to do it. Let's take a look at a sample 7-day sailing route.

 

Day 1 (Saturday) - Prepare for your sailing week or explore Pirovac

 

 

As you prepare for your check-in on Saturday around 5 pm, take some time to explore the enchanting town of Pirovac. Stroll along the promenade and take in the warm atmosphere and breathtaking views of the marina.


Experience the rich history of the town by walking along the still-intact medieval walls and admiring the stunning town and sea view. Discover the ancient fortress in Kašić, built to protect the town from sea attacks in the 16th century.


Marvel at the beauty of the several stunning churches in Pirovac, featuring captivating architecture.


And finally, set sail on your unforgettable adventure from the peaceful and picturesque setting of Pirovac marina - the perfect starting point for your sailing week on the Adriatic coast.


The Pirovac Marina is a safe harbor for more than 200 boats. It offers various amenities to prepare you for the upcoming week. You can spend the evening on board at the marina and enjoy a home-cooked meal while watching the sunset over the bay. You can even take a short sailing trip to settle in and get familiar with the yacht.

 

Day 2 (Sunday) - Sailing from Pirovac to the must-visit Island of Žut

 

 Distance 23 NM

 

During the second day of your sailing week in Croatia, you can sail from Pirovac Marina to the beautiful island of Žut which is located about 23 nautical miles away. This island is a popular destination among sailors for its stunning nature, rich history, and delicious local cuisine.

 

Once you reach the island, you can take a hike to the highest peak and enjoy thrilling views of the Adriatic Sea. Additionally, there are many secluded beaches and bays on the island where you can swim, snorkel, and sunbathe.

 

After a day of adventure, it's time to indulge in some of the island's gastronomic delights. Žut is well-known for its fresh seafood, which is prepared perfectly and served with traditional or creative side dishes.

 

When it's time to dock, please pay attention to the wind direction and strength. If the bora wind is strong, it's recommended to moor at the north pier of the marina Žut or buoys. However, if the south wind is strong, it's much more pleasant to moor at the south dock.

 

All in all, the island of Žut is an indispensable destination for your sailing adventure. It's the perfect place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of big cities and crowds.

 

Day 3 (Monday) - From the island of Žut to one and only NP Kornati (don't miss Tureta Fortress and the island Lavsa)

 

 Distance 22 NM

 

On the third day of your sailing week, you should plan a visit to one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the region - Kornati National Park. This park comprises 89 islands, islets, and reefs and is often referred to as a "nautical paradise" due to its exceptional natural beauty and unique underwater world.

 

While exploring the park, you can test your nautical skills as you navigate the complex network of islands and reefs. Take your time and explore the area to discover hidden coves and beaches.

 

During your visit to Kornati, you simply can't miss the Tureta Fortress, one of the most remarkable Byzantine structures in the park. Be sure to climb to the top of the fortress, where you'll get a breathtaking panoramic view of the islands and the archipelago.
After visiting the fortress, you should head to Lavsa Bay to explore the remains of a salt warehouse and the sunken remains of a medieval salt pan. This historic site offers a glimpse of times gone by.

 

As an enjoyable afternoon activity, you can try sub-wing, an underwater board towed by a boat. This exciting water sport allows you to view the underwater world and its charms in a unique and exhilarating way.


As the day draws to a close, you can find a peaceful spot to anchor and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the sea. Lavsa Island is an excellent place to spend the night, as its quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect place to relax and prepare for future adventures.

 

Day 4 (Tuesday) - Departure from Lavsa to the picturesque town of Skradin

 

 Distance 39 NM

 

On Tuesday, you will embark on a sailing adventure from the peaceful island of Lavsa to the historic town of Skradin. This leg of the journey spans 39 nautical miles and promises stunning views of the beautiful Croatian coastline.

 

As you approach Skradin, you will be greeted by the picturesque entrance to Krka National Park. You can take advantage of this opportunity to visit the magnificent Krka waterfalls - one of the region's main attractions.

 

Skradin is one of Croatia's oldest towns, dating back to Roman times. The city is renowned for its breathtaking architecture, charming streets, and delectable local cuisine. Upon arrival in Skradin, take a stroll through the town's narrow streets and admire its historic buildings, including the Gothic Church of Our Lady of Visovac from the 15th century.


When it comes to food, Skradin is famous for its mouth-watering local cuisine. Be sure to try the famous Skradin cake - a dessert made of almonds and cherries - and the traditional Skradinski rižot (Skradin risotto) - a meat dish that takes over 12 hours to prepare.
As the day draws to a close, find a peaceful spot to anchor and witness yet another magnificent sunset.

 

Day 5 (Wednesday) - Exploring the unique Krka National Park and the city of Šibenik

 

 Distance 13 NM

 

On the fifth day of your Croatian sailing week, which falls on Wednesday, you have the opportunity to explore two popular destinations - Krka National Park and the historic city of Šibenik. These two attractions are just 13 nautical miles apart, which means you can easily visit both in a day and have an exciting adventure.

 

Krka National Park's breathtaking beauty is sure to captivate you. Experience the wonder of its diverse plant and animal life as you take a leisurely stroll through the park. Don't forget to visit Visovac, a magnificent island situated in the center of Visovac Lake, where you'll discover an awe-inspiring 15th-century Franciscan monastery.


If you are looking for more adventure, head to the Čikola River Canyon and experience a thrilling 1.4-kilometer zipline. You can fly above the pristine wilderness and enjoy the breathtaking sights that surround you.


In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to visit Šibenik, a city that exudes natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. With two UNESCO-protected monuments and numerous cultural and historical landmarks to explore, Šibenik is a true gem. You can rent an electric scooter and explore the city at your leisure, taking in the beautiful architecture and feeling the vibrant atmosphere of this historic city.


After experiencing the natural beauty and historical sites of Krka National Park and Šibenik, you'll be filled with inspiration and excitement to continue your sailing adventure, cherishing the memories you've made so far.

 

Day 6 (Thursday) - Set sail from Šibenik to the picturesque island of Zlarin

 

 Distance 4 NM

 

On Thursday, you can enjoy a short sailing trip covering a distance of four nautical miles, starting from Šibenik and heading towards the beautiful island of Zlarin. During the journey, you will be able to witness the enchanting view of St. Anthony's Channel.

 

The island of Zlarin is a stunning and picturesque destination that is famous for its sandy beaches, mouth-watering gastronomic specialties, sacral buildings, and Klepac hill.

 

The island boasts a large port that measures 131 meters in length and 16 meters in width. As the island has a naturally protected harbor and anchorage, it is a popular spot among sailors.

 

The tradition of coral diving is an integral and unmissable part of Zlarin's culture that has been thriving for centuries. Corals, as a unique blend of plant and animal, are fascinating sea creatures that are classified as minerals due to their calcareous skeletal system.


The crystal-clear waters surrounding the island are an invitation to diving enthusiasts to explore and discover the various coral species that thrive there.

 

Therefore, if you want to experience the natural wonders of Zlarin, indulge in their gastronomic specialties, and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of corals, there's no better way to do it than by sailing from Šibenik to Zlarin. Don't miss the chance to discover one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia!

 

Day 7 (Friday) - From Coral Dive Island to Prvić (and then back to Marina Pirovac)

 

 Distance 20 NM

 

On Friday, the 7th day of your sailing route, a total distance of 20 nautical miles from the island of Zlarin back to Marina Pirovac is on the agenda, with a stopover on the charming island of Prvić.


Prvić is considered a protected cultural and historical treasure and is home to two inhabited places, Prvić Luka and Prvić Šepurine.


The island offers a tranquil and peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. As there are no cars on the island, it is an ideal destination for those seeking a break from the noise and chaos of urban areas. The island is home to some stunning architectural marvels such as churches, chapels, and historic buildings that can be explored during your visit.

 

The Faust Vrančić Memorial Center in Prvić Luka is a popular tourist attraction on the island. The center is dedicated to Faust Vrančić, the first Croatian lexicographer, famous inventor and bishop.


You can learn about his life and works at the center. Faust Vrančić was a renowned polymath who made significant contributions to various fields such as linguistics, engineering, and physics.


On the final day of your sailing week, take the chance to discover the beautiful island of Prvić and learn about its fascinating history. After exploring Prvić, the sailing trip will conclude at Marina Pirovac, our Euronautic Yacht Charter base.

 


*Remember a few things when sailing in the Šibenik archipelago: you need a valid ticket to pass Kornati National Park, ACI Marina Žut, ACI Marina Skradin, D-Marin Mandalina Šibenik, Memorial Center Faust Vrančić, and mooring buoys.