10 Most Beautiful Port Cities in Croatia

Stretching along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is one of the most beautiful routes in the world for sailors. Croatia's sheltered harbors and calm sea, impressive history and culture makes it a great choice for an unforgettable sailing holiday. We have selected 10 of the most fascinating cities and towns along the coastline for those planning a boat holiday in Croatia…

10 Most Beautiful Port Cities in Croatia


This port town in the northernmost part of Croatia welcomes those who take a sailing trip in Croatia with its beautiful beaches and restaurants serving first-class Mediterranean cuisine. Umag, Croatia’s oldest and most famous town, which hosted the tennis tournament and the 18th-century St. Rocco Church is a frequent destination for travelers. A must-see for those who rent a boat in Croatia is the Savudrija Lighthouse, built in 1818, located 7 km outside the town.


Pula, which is one of the frequent destinations of a sailing holiday in Croatia, is famous for its amphitheater from the Roman Period. With its turquoise sea and virgin bays, Pula is described as a real paradise for those who sails in Croatia. The marina offers very comfortable accommodation for sailors. The Temple of Augustus, the Exhibition and the Arches of Hercules are must-see places in Pula.


Rijeka, located in the Gulf of Kvarner, is one of the places you should add to your route when you rent a boat in Croatia. You can moor your boat to one of the marinas or anchor in deserted bays. North Pag, one of the islands around Rijeka, which is very suitable for a sea holiday with its generally smooth sea and sheltered coves. Cres and Krk are preferred by those traveling with their children.


Baska is the largest and most visited city on the island of Krk. Offering very clean beaches for sailors, Baska also has very pleasant walking routes for those who want to enjoy the land. Baska, a Mediterranean city with narrow streets and stone houses, has different marina alternatives for those who rent a yacht in Croatia.


Zadar, one of the oldest cities in Croatia, is only 25 square kilometers in size. The "must-visit cities" published by the New York Times in 2019 listed Zadar as a real paradise for those who rent a boat in Croatia. There are many marinas where you can safely moor your boat. Zadar, where you can find whatever you want from a historical city, offers a magnificent sailing holiday with its pristine beaches.


If you are a Game Of Thrones fan, you should not complete your Croatia boat holiday without visiting Sibenik. The UNESCO-protected Saint James Cathedral, which bears the traces of the Renaissance period and the gothic style, is a must-see in the city. There are many marinas in Sibenik, which has a real medieval view with its walls and tower. Sailing holiday in Sibenik offers magnificent alternatives with its beaches and coves.


Split bears traces of the Roman Empire. Established around a large bay, Split is one of the essential ports of a sailing holiday in Croatia. Split has amazing walking and cycling routes and offers many opportunities for marine sports. Those who rent boats in Split will realize that they are very lucky in terms of marinas and restaurants.


About 16 miles from Split, Trogir is located on a tiny island called Ciovo. Trogir, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is a perfect destination for both those who want to chase history and those who want to enjoy sailing, sea and sun. Trogir, a port city, is not to be missed. The city of Trogir is home to the best preserved Roman period and grotesque monuments not only in the Adriatic but also in all of Europe.


Hvar, one of the Croatian towns loved by boaters, is full of Mediterranean spirit with its small square, church, cafes and restaurants. When you visit Hvar, you should also visit Stari Grad in the north of the island. With its sheltered port, it is a comfortable connecting point for those who take a sailing trip in Croatia.


Cavtat, which is located almost at the southernmost point of Croatia, is only 9 miles away from Dubrovnik, one of the country's most popular cities in terms of tourism. This beautiful and small fishing town offers boat rentals in Croatia the opportunity to visit both cities in one day. Cavtat is also famous for its fish restaurants and beaches.