November 9, 2023
Are you considering wintering in Croatia, looking for a picturesque and well-equipped marina to berth your yacht and a unique blend of cultural and fun activities during the colder months? The Country offers a selection of exquisite marinas along its captivating coastline, each with its own unique charm and amenities, and unfolds a magical tapestry of activities and experiences.

From the breathtaking beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park to the traditional festivities of Advent in Zagreb, and from the captivating wildlife of Deer Valley Ranch to the ancient tradition of the Feast of St. Martin in Istria, Croatia promises a winter stay like no other.

What to see in the region

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes are the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia and one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe. The extraordinary beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site can be experienced in all seasons, but perhaps the best time to visit is in fall and winter, when the park acquires its magical atmosphere.

With the return of the October rains, the lakes are covered in a stunning yellow and red coat in November, and in December Plitvice becomes a snow-covered paradise, with frozen waterfalls creating a serene and magical atmosphere. The crew will certainly enjoy the rich gastronomic offer inspired by the tradition of the Lika region.

Visit to Deer Valley Ranch

“Deer Valley Ranch” is a unique open-air zoo located in Dreznik Grad, 12 km from Plitvice. Established in 2009, the ranch covers an area of 15 hectares and is home to more than 100 wild animals. The tour of the ranch lasts about an hour and a half and visitors can enjoy the magical beauty of nature with unusual sightseeing and feeding of wild animals. The tour is usually followed by a collection of impressions and refreshments with homemade delicacies, natural juices and spirits produced by the owners and neighboring family farms. A visit to the ranch is particularly special in the fall and winter, when the snow cover and beautiful animals provide a spectacular and unforgettable setting.

Due to the great interest, the visit must be booked by e-mail or phone a few days in advance, and Acquera is able to offer its assistance in organizing the tour.

Best winter events

Advent in Zagreb

Advent in Zagreb is a traditional celebration that takes place throughout the Croatian capital in early December and January, with Ban Jelacic Square and Zrinjevac Park as the focal points. It is the time when Zagreb is transformed into a true winter wonderland, with an enchanting Christmas market that has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe for three years in a row. Advent in Zagreb offers visitors pure holiday magic, full of its own unique charm and beauty, and is a must-see event in the Croatian winter season.

Feast of St Martin (Martinje)

The Feast of St. Martin (Croatian: Martinje) is a holiday celebrated on November 11th and has been celebrated in Croatia, especially in the region of Istria, since the 17th century. Known for its excellent wines, Istria has transformed the ancient custom of blessing grape must into a series of small folk festivals held throughout the peninsula.

Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak / November 10th – November 12th

Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak Festival is a unique event that brings together many excellent jazz musicians and offers visitors an unforgettable live experience. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to various styles of jazz music, from traditional to more contemporary performances, and enjoy the ambience. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this unforgettable musical event and experience the great atmosphere of the Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak Festival.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival 

This year’s special 10th anniversary edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be held at unique World Heritage sites such as Peskaria, Pile and Lazaret, which will come to life in a new guise, decorated with holiday lights. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit various galleries and museums, enjoy fritters in front of the Cathedral or dance under the tent next to Orlando’s Pillar, and there is also a special program for children.

The Winter Festival brings a real sensation – a spectacular New Year’s Eve performance with more than 20 concerts around Dubrovnik.

Trips and excursions in Dubrovnik region

Day trip to Konavle valley, a nearby Dubrovnik countryside that can offer vast possibilities for crew activities, such as:

  • Horseback riding
  • ATV safari
  • Buggy safari
  • Wine tasting in local wineries
  • Visit to a rural household and a cooking workshop showing local cuisine and other traditions


But where to find the perfect mooring? Here are our recommended options

ACI Marina Rovinj

ACI Marina Rovinj is a modern and stunning marina located on the south-eastern side of Rovinj city port, offering breathtaking views of the old city center, the Church of St. Euphemia, and the island of St. Catherine. It has recently undergone reconstruction, providing a wide range of services and amenities, and can accommodate yachts up to 100 meters in length.

D-Marin Dalmacija

D-Marin Dalmacija, near the city of Zadar, is the largest marina on the Croatian coast. It boasts top-notch facilities and luxury hospitality services, making it suitable for mega yachts. Visitors can access various services, including refueling, repairs, and technical assistance, and it serves as a great starting point for exploring nearby attractions like National Park Kornati and Nature Park Telascica.

Marina Kastela

Marina Kastela, situated in Kastela bay between Split and Trogir, is a newly built marina known for its modern amenities and a wide range of services. It is considered one of the safest berthing locations for private and charter yachts, with a 500-meter-long breakwater providing protection from all winds. The marina is conveniently located near the international airport of Split.

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