Route 6 – Šibenik2020-02-19T21:54:27+00:00

Sailing route Šibenik – Kornati island tour

Plunge deep into the Kornati National Park and explore the Šibenik archipelago

One week sailing itinerary from Šibenik to the Kornati islands

Šibenik is a stunning city to start your week-long round sailing holiday to visit the Kornati islands. It is quieter than the likes of Split and Dubrovnik, yet it is easily reached from the airports of Split or Zadar. The old town winds up the hill to the medieval fortress of Saint Michael, where you can enjoy unrivaled views over the Šibenik archipelago.

You will start your sailing route from Šibenik by sailing out through the channel of St Anthony. This takes you past the UNESCO World Heritage site of the St. Nicolas fortress and out into the Šibenik archipelago to unwind from the stresses and strains of the mainland. In the days afterward, this sailing route plunges deep into the Kornati National Park with its breath-taking beauty. Navigating among the islands and reefs is a nautical paradise. You will then wind back down the coast and return to the Šibenik archipelago for one last night out in the islands before returning to base.

Why not tag on a few days to enjoy everything Šibenik has to offer. You must visit the wonderful waterfalls in the nearby Krka National park!

Suggested itinerary:

  • Saturday: Kaprije island

  • Swim stop – Kakan island

  • Monday: Levrnaka island

  • Tuesday: Žut island

  • Swim stop – Vrgada island

  • Wednesday: Murter (Murter island)

  • Thursday: Tijašnica bay (Tijat island)

  • Friday: Šibenik

Base marina:

Activities on route:

DAY 1:

Šibenik to Kaprije

Approx 2hr sailing*

Meet your skipper at Marina Mandalina after 2pm to check-in and drop your bags at the yacht. Sail out to the car-free island of Kaprije in the Šibenik archipelago to escape the bustle of the mainland. It gets it’s name from the capers that flourish here, alongside olive groves and grape vines.

Dine at Liberty with spectacular panoramic views of the sun setting over the Adriatic sea.

DAY 2:

Kaprije to Ravni Žakan

Approx. 2hrs sailing*

Take your time waking up and, on the way to the Kornati archipelago, stop for lunch and a swim around Kakan island. When you are ready, set sail for Ravni Žakan island where customers can use the mooring facilities outside Konoba Žakan with access to electricity and water. The fantastically fresh food is a modern day twist on traditional Croatian cuisine.

DAY 3:

Ravni Žakan to Levrnaka

approx 2hrs sailing*

Head into the heart of the Kornati National Park, to the island of Levrnaka. This is one of the largest and highest isles around so a short walk up either of the hills (Veli vrh 117m or Svirac 94m) allows you a panoramic view across almost the entire Kornati archipelago.

Dine on exquisitely fresh fish, seafood or traditional Kornati lamb in Konoba Levrnaka. They have a mooring pontoon with space for 20 guests at the front of the restaurant.

DAY 4:

Levrnaka to Žut

approx 1hr sailing*

There is only a short sail today, so why not set your alarm for half an hour before sunrise and head off up the hill to enjoy an incredibly special time of day? The predawn and sunrise over the Kornati National Park is a memory that will stay with you forever. A little effort is all that is needed. And you can compensate for the loss of sleep by having a well earned siesta later in the day!

Once you are ready, enjoy a day winding your way through the National park towards the island of Žut. This is the second largest island in the Kornati archipelago. The authentic fish restaurant Fešta is located in Golubovac bay. It is nestled among ancient olive trees along the shore with mooring supplied to customers. Žut has no permanent inhabitants and definitely ticks the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ box. Walk up a nearby hill and enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding islands while the sun sets. The stone statues at the top of the hill are very special in the evening light (or if you have the sunrise bug, then this one is one of the best!).

DAY 5:

Žut to Murter

approx 2hrs sailing*

Turning back down the coast, enjoy the stretch of clear water on the way to Murter island. Pause for lunch by the small island of Vrgada and enjoy the sandy beach which is lined with pine trees. When you reach Murter, stop on the northern edge, either mooring in Marina Hramina or anchoring just in front.

Murter is a lovely town just a short walk from the marina. It will take you half an hour to walk up to the church of St Roch where you can get a 360 view of the island aqnd beyond. In the evening, dine at Fine Food Murter, which is one of the best restaurants on the island.

DAY 6:

Murter to Tijat

approx 2hrs sailing*

Head to the beautiful uninhabited island of Tijat in the Šibenik archipelago. Moor in Tijašnica bay where you can enjoy the calm turquoise waters. This is a beautiful sheltered bay which begs to be explored on a SUP, or if you aren’t feeling energetic, feed the fishes off the back of the yacht. The water is so clear you don’t even need a snorkel You will soon have the pipe fish eating out of your hand.

In the evening, get a lift to shore and go for a relaxing dinner on the waterfront terrace under the trees at the Spirito Summer Place where the cocktails and food delight. The owner is happy to come to pick you up in his tender.

DAY 7:

Tijat to Šibenik

approx 1hrs sailing*

Enjoy your final day of the Šibenik sailing route by exploring the coves and inlets of the Šibenik archipelago before making your way back to the base marina in Šibenik by 6pm.

Šibenik is a lovely town, with plenty to explore in the surrounding area. Take time to walk up to the fortress for a commanding view over the nearby islands while the sun sets.

*  sailing times are approximate to the nearest hour and are just to give you a guide to the total amount of sailing each day during this sailing route from Šibenik. Obviously there will also be opportunities for swim stops along the way. Each vessel is capable of traveling at different speeds depending on factors such as the wind and how fully loaded they are. Therefore we have estimated timings assuming a yacht traveling at around 5 knots.

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