The most beautiful charter destinations around Zadar

Croatia, with its extraordinary coastline, crystal clear waters and picturesque islands, is a true paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Especially the Zadar region, with its many marinas and sights to see both from aboard a yacht and while walking ashore. In a short guide, we will discuss the most beautiful charter spots in the Zadar area, which are sure to delight both beginners and experienced sailors. Read on!

Marina Dalmacija – the largest and most prestigious marina in Croatia

Marina Dalmacija, located just a few kilometres south of Zadar, is the largest and most prestigious marina in Croatia. Stretching over 35 hectares, it offers more than 1,200 berths for yachts of all sizes and a wide range of facilities to satisfy even the most demanding sailors.

The marina’s facilities include modern sanitary facilities, showers, laundry facilities, workshops, nautical shops and a refuelling station. In addition, tourists can enjoy a wide range of amenities, including restaurants, bars, grocery shops and an outdoor gym. With services such as car hire and water taxis, exploring the area will be easy and enjoyable.

In the immediate vicinity of the marina there are beautiful beaches, the perfect place to relax after a day on the water. Marina Dalmacija is also an excellent base for visiting attractions such as the Kornati National Park, Krka, Paklenica and the picturesque towns and islands of the region.

Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park is located in the centre of the Croatian Adriatic Sea. It consists of more than 140 islands, islets and rocks. The archipelago delights tourists with its diverse landscape. You can find cliffs, caves, coves and see crystal clear waters.

When sailing in the Kornati islands, it is worth mooring in one of the numerous natural harbours that offer shelter from the wind and waves. On the islands you will also find the so-called “konoba” – traditional Croatian restaurants where you can enjoy local delicacies such as fresh seafood, olive oil or fine wines.

Marina Borik

The marina is located just 3 km from the centre of historic Zadar. It has 180 berths for yachts, as well as a wide range of amenities such as modern sanitary facilities, showers, laundry, workshops, nautical shops and a refuelling station. There are also cafés and restaurants, serving delicious local cuisine. Grocery shops, meanwhile, let you stock up on fresh produce and dry rations.

Sailing out from Marina Borik on a yacht, you can discover the dozens of islands, islets and bays that make up the Kornati archipelago, but also quickly reach Zadar.

Sakarun – white sands and turquoise waters on the island of Dugi Otok

Sakarun is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, located on the northwestern part of the island of Dugi Otok. The exceptionally white sands and turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea create an extremely picturesque landscape that attracts sailors and beachgoers from all over the world. There are also restaurants and bars nearby where you can sample local delicacies and refreshing drinks. Sakarun also offers many recreational options such as swimming, snorkelling and walking along the beautiful coastline.

Sakarun beach can be reached by yacht that you can moor in one of the nearby bays, such as Pantera or Verunić.

Marina Preko

Marina Preko, located on the north-western coast of the island of Ugljan, is a marina that will captivate you with its picturesque location and charming surroundings. Only 5 km from Zadar, which it is connected to by a regular ferry service, it is the perfect place to relax during a sailing holiday in Croatia.

The marina offers as many as 90 berths for yachts, as well as many facilities for those sailing in the Zadar area. These include: sanitary facilities, showers, laundry facilities, a refuelling station and shops, cafés and restaurants.

The island of Ugljan is a real paradise for lovers of nature and active tourism. There are numerous cycling, hiking and trekking trails that lead through pine forests and picturesque villages. Also worth visiting are the surrounding bays and beaches, such as Muline and Sabuša, with crystal clear waters, ideal for swimming and water sports.


The area around Zadar offers a number of great yacht charter destinations that are sure to please every sailor. Among them there are the amazing Kornati archipelago, Sakarun beach located on Dugi Otok and popular marinas such as: Dalmacija, Preko and Borik. By choosing a particular charter destination, you will gain access to great sailing infrastructure, breathtaking views, unforgettable tourist attractions and amenities.

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