A Sailor's Heaven
The coves on our islands are the most recognizable feature of Croatian nautical tourism. Due to the largely indented coastline, the number of coves is almost endless. Choosing the best one out of them is impossible, but we know which ones are more popular among sailors and yachtsmen.
Polače harbour (National Park Mljet)
Polače is the largest and safest harbour on Mljet which was frequently visited by Greek and Roman sailors in the past. The harbour cannot be seen from the sea because it is surrounded by four green hypnotising and gently intertwined islets that can rightly be called the natural breakwater of Polače. The safest haven of the popular nautical spot in the southern Adriatic is the deeply indented cove Rogač. This is the perfect starting point from which to explore the natural symbol of these waters – the famous lakes of Mljet.
Bili žal (island of Korčula)
Located in the immediate vicinity of Lumbarda and the town of Korčula, the cove of Bili žal has a big sandy beach protected from the western winds. This popular swimming spot contains vineyards of the grape variety Grk which grows only here in the entire Adriatic. You can enjoy this wine if you visit the local wineries that have preserved the thousand-year-old tradition of wine-making on the island. We also recommend bringing a supply of tools for some fun in the sand.
Vinogradišće cove (Pakleni islands)
The cove of Vinogradišće lies at the southern coast of Sv. Klement, the largest and most famous of the Pakleni islands. This deeply indented cove is one of the most popular and best berths in the waters around Hvar. When strong southern winds disturb the calm you can safely berth on the opposite side of the island – in the ACI marina Palmižana. The Vinogradišće cove – also known as South Palmižana among local sailors – has a small sandy beach, several superb restaurants, a fanciful lounge bar, and a short promenade decorated with exotic plants brought from all over the world.
Zlatni rat (island of Brač)
Zlatni rat on the island of Brač – a beach that can be found on many tourist brochures – covers several hundred metres of the blue coastline, and its distinctiveness lies in it constantly changing its shape due to the waves and strong currents. Among the white pebbles of Zlatni rat you can find the so-called “stone of good fortune”, a seashell shaped like a winkle. Legend has it that whoever finds this seashell will be lucky for their entire life. Even though there is no real berth nearby, the beach itself provides good shelter for sailors looking for a daily swim.
Lojena cove (Levrnaka)
The sandy cove of Lojena on the island of Levrnaki is the most beautiful beach of the Kornati National Park. The cove of Lojena can be described as having turquoise seas, sand on the sea bottom and pebbles on the beach, along with the surrounding rocky shores with scarce vegetation typical of Kornati, above which an endless sky rises – the cove of dreams. The narrow isthmus interspersed with a few pines and several stone cottages separates Lojena from Levrnaka, the biggest cove of the island, with its two restaurants.
Sakarun cove (Dugi otok)
The Sakarun cove is one of the most beautiful bays in the Adriatic. During the day it is filled with swimmers and visitors from land, while at night sailors in berth can experience the true natural atmosphere. Famous for its inviting sea colour that comes in thousands of turquoise shades, the finest white sand and numerous submarine springs which make swimming in the crystal clear sea particularly refreshing, even during the highest temperatures.