We recommend Croatia for the first time. A very well-developed sailing infrastructure, close-spaced ports and gulfs allow to easily plan the route. Ports and marinas are clean and well-preserved, and you you can explore the country for weeks. The best location to sail from are Šibenik and Split, where you can sail north or south, depending on conditions, and you will always find plenty attractions.
If you arrive to Croatia by plane, choose Trogir (near the Split airport) or Dubrovnik.