istria, sailing

Islands of Croatia

The 5 most beautiful islands in Istria

A paradise for sailors
Istria offers an impressive coastline with numerous islands that are perfect for exploring on a sailing yacht. Here we present the five most beautiful islands, which not only stand out for their natural beauty, but also for their extensive history and diverse leisure activities.

1. Brijuni Islands

The Brijuni Islands, an archipelago of 14 smaller islands, are a national park and a true jewel of the Adriatic. With their breathtaking scenery, historical sites and luxurious villas, they are a must-see for any sailor. Visit the main island of Veli Brijun to explore the safari park, visit prehistoric sites or simply enjoy the tranquillity of unspoilt nature. The anchorages are well protected and offer safe overnight accommodation.

2. Sveti Nikola

Just a few minutes from Poreč is the island of Sveti Nikola, which is characterised by its picturesque beaches and crystal-clear waters. The island is ideal for day trips and offers numerous activities such as swimming, snorkelling and hiking. A particular highlight is the 19th century lighthouse, which offers a fantastic view of the coast. The marina in Poreč is an ideal starting point for reaching the island.

3. Cres

The island of Cres, one of the largest islands in the Adriatic, is a paradise for nature and sailing enthusiasts. The island is known for its dense forests, hidden bays and historic towns such as Cres and Osor. A special experience is a visit to the freshwater lake Vrana, which is located in the centre of the island. The well-equipped marinas in Cres and Valun offer excellent mooring facilities for sailing yachts.

4. Unije

The small island of Unije is a real insider tip for anyone who wants to relax away from the crowds. With its quiet bays, crystal-clear waters and the charming village of Unije, the island offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing sailing holiday. The anchorages are safe and offer protection from most wind directions, making the island an ideal destination for sailors.

5. Susak

Susak is one of the most unusual islands in the Adriatic, known for its sandy beaches and unique vegetation. The island has a very special microclimate, which makes it particularly interesting for wine lovers, as excellent wines are produced here. The village of Susak with its narrow streets and traditional houses invites you to take a stroll. The anchorages in front of the island are well protected and allow for relaxed mooring.

Our summary

With its enchanting islands, Istria is a true paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Each island has its own charm and offers a variety of activities ranging from historical explorations to relaxing beach holidays. The well-equipped marinas and safe anchorages make sailing in this region an unforgettable experience. Plan your next sailing route with Vito Nautika and discover the beauty of the Istrian islands!

For detailed information on the best sailing routes and current weather conditions, we recommend consulting our Cruising Suggestions and are also happy to advise you in person.