Sailing Croatia – Slow Down Isles

Sailing holiday in Croatia

,join us sailing in croatia

Some of the most beautiful pearls of Croatia are on this route. Split, Hvar, Komiza, to name the most known. On this route, we balance the city strolling with anchoring in some of the most pretty bays. Add to it a few special Konobas with astonishing surroundings and you have a winning combo for a sailing holiday. 

On this route, we alternate the overnight stays in towns/ports and bays. One night we stay on anchor, one night in a charming port. There is a chance to visit a blue & green cave, snorkel in warm waters, hike up to a castle, eat slowly cooked Peka admiring the sunset and spend nights under the stars on a typical Croatian anchorage.

This well balanced route will serve you the best of what Croatia has to offer. We will visit popular locations from “must see” lists, and a few remote gems we found ourselves. Prepare for the feast of Naleia colors: vibrant green, electric blue and turquoise will be the background for this sailing adventure.

sailing holidays in Central Dalmatia

As always, no sailing experience is needed to join, as our professional skippers will introduce you to everything you need to know. The optional sailing course is free of charge, hands on and fun. More experienced sailors will be given some responsibility and can count on being coached as well.

Feel invited to join us sailing from Split, Croatia! And if you have sailed this region already, feel invited to check our other Croatian sailing holidays.

“Slow Down Isles” Route
4-5 hours of sailing per day (100NM /week)
No previous sailing experience needed.

Naleia Trips Include:
⛵ 7 nights, 8 days sailing trip on a yacht,
☸️ Naleia skipper, 
🔒 trustful damage deposit,
🏨 bed linen, towels, end cleaning,
🏄 SUP board and dinghy,
💎 travel insurance.

💰 kitty contribution ca. 200 € pp
(food, drinks, port fees, fuel),
✈️ flights/transfers.

Departure: Split Marina
Nearest Airport: Split (SPU).

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what can you sail on ?

Below are the boat types that we use. On flotilla trips you can choose from all three boat types, whereas on offshore, one-way or exotic destinations usually just one boat type is available.

Expedition Sailboat

This is a sailboat that has seen it all. Super well equipped for many weeks offshore. Solar panels, strong batteries, water maker, satellite communications and additional sails (light wind) increase the pleasure as well as the autonomy of sailing.

Modern Yacht

The next generation of sailboats, maximum 8 year old offers additional comfort and space: large swimming platform, wider and more specious design, clever storage options and modern materials will take your sailing holidays to the next level.


The most spacious option there is in the world of sailing. Enormous (for sailboats) living area, large sunbathing net and deck, roomier cabins and often en-suite bathrooms offer the most comfort you can get for your money.

Croatia sailing trip highlights

Turquoise Anchorages

These are the colors that inspired the Naleia logo. Green pine forests, turquoise waters with white rocks and blue skies towering above it all.

Konobas in remote bays

Sail into a bay, moor the boat and enjoy an evening drink knowing that the dinner that you will have tonight will be a delight. Not only tasty but also served in the most pretty scenery.

Ancient Seaside Towns

Visit some of the most beautiful Croatian towns on the coast. Approch them on the sailboat, come ashore, explore and enjoy your holidays.

Unique locations found only on the “Slow Down” route:

 slow down – Itinerary

We stay true to the discoverers’ spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of the stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only mad (wo)men sail against the wind!


Starting our holidays from Split catapults us into holiday mode right away. This city is a beauty to look at, a pleasure to stroll in and a joy to sail out from. The old town is on the Unesco list, so, we make sure to walk the thousand year old streets, have a drink at the town square and try the local cuisine.



On the southern side of Brac, a curious bay awaits. Well protected from winds and mobile range and surrounded by high cliffs, this bay offers us shelter for the night. Our flotilla rafts up together and we take a 3 minutes hike to a restaurant nestled on the slope. From there we look down at our sailboats and are served finest Croatian cuisine.



Feel the summer breeze in the streets of this bustling ancient town, filled with music, arts and crafts and enjoy hiking up to the castle walls for a sunset view of its’ busy harbor. Find your place in all this expression of life and just enjoy to be right here, right now.



In this beautiful remote bay ,all the yachts from our flotilla drop anchor next to each other. In such a floating city, we cook together, socialize, swim at night, admire the stars, you name it… and in the early morning, a refreshing dive will make you feel like newly born!


On the southern part of the Island of Vis, a charming little village is tucked under the hill. Staying on the buoy field in front of it, we can just hang out on the boats and enjoy the view or we take a dinghy to the shore to explore or we visit other boats for a chat. Rest, reload, rejuvenate. You deserve it!


Pakleni Otoci

On the last but one night, we need to spoil ourselves. We anchor at the Pakleni Otoci archilepago and visit a Konoba that is run with passion. The family living here all summer long is growing their own vegetables, the grandfather brings daily fresh seafood and the nearby farmer delivers fresh meat. Did I mention they also make their own wine? Or that we can admire the sunset from where we sit?



On Friday, the last day of our sailing trip, we have a regatta. Skippers will have taught you enough by now to let you sail the boat yourself. They are there to observe and help in emergencies but it is you and your crew who competes against the other crews.

Once the rush and excitement is over, we have the Captains Dinner (“the last dinner”) with all the crews and enjoy recalling stories from the last week, toasting to the regatta winners and savoring the last moments under the sails.

  Keep the connection

Day 8 is the day to say goodbye. All the miles sailed, bays visited, skills gained and time shared with others will make us bond and build relationships. Cherish these, keep in touch and remember that your sailing tribe is there. See you another time!

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