Many tourists will be traveling this summer up and down the Dalmatian coast, visiting numerous small towns and islands along the way. That’s why we recommend you to come and sail with us. We will help you not to wander. You will visit the most beautiful places on the Adriatic coast while relax and enjoying in your holidays! One of the most popular routes is Dubrovnik to Split or vice-versa. Today we present you with one 7-days route.
Arriving to Split (by a car or a plane ), and checking in ACI Marina, Split. If you like, while you there, you can take a tour around the Split. You can visit Diocletian Palace for an example.
Diocletian, Roman Emperor, built the vast palace for his own retirement 1700 years ago, a structure measuring 700 feet by 600 feet (215 by 180 m), centuries later developing into a medieval town and today the busy core of Split, even containing a hotel, the old Hotel Slavija. Along the southern palace wall, a magnificent palm-clad promenade, Riva, stretches away westwards. Today, it is renowned for its variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments among them the UNESCO listed Diocletian Palace. Walk through the Grad area while noticing all the different styles and materials used in the construction and renovation of the palace. Head out of the eastern Iron Gate to find a good spot for lunch and then continue along the Riva toward Marjan for a relaxing afternoon by the sea. Then going onboard and sailing away from the Split harbour to the island of Solta, in a small harbour Sesula, where you can have nice dinner in a local restaurant.
The tiny archipelago (of about twenty islets) extend along the south side of Hvar. The islands covered in pine trees are known to local fisherman for ‘paklina’ (melted pine resin) used for ‘water proofing’ boat decking the islands also offer crystal clear waters and secluded beaches. Lunch on board, we sail onward to Hvar. Hvar is an island of sunshine and crickets, lavender, sage, rosemary and wine. Take a walk through the harbour town and be sure to sample some of the local wines and spirits, as well as fish and crustaceans, fished by Hvar fishermen. Hvar is also known by the great nightlife.
Carpe Diem, a famous cocktail bar close to the docking place, has become a trademark of Hvar Town. Around there, you might run into some celebrities (Eva Longoria was partying there too 🙂 ) at night.
Third day of the journey is predicted to the island Mljet.
Cast your 21st century worries adrift and get on with the business of sheer relaxation and soaking up the sun. Use this opportunity to swim direct from the boat or from the picturesque beaches as our boat moors in sheltered bays and coves. In port at day’s end, head down the gang plank and away to a local restaurant or café. The freshness and variety of Croatian food is typical of Mediterranean cuisine. Seafood has a prominent place, as do fresh vegetables, cheeses and breads. Olives and grapes have been cultivated here since pre-Christian times. Then sailing to the Peljesac Peninsula for a swim. Half the island is National Park and stunningly beautiful with thick green forestsof Aleppo pine encircling the two inland salt water lakes. The lakes, Malo Jezero (Small lake) and Veliko Jezero (Big lake), are interlinked and connect to the sea by a shallow tidal canal. In the middle of Veliko Jezero is the picturesque island of Saint Mary, home to a small 12th century Benedictine monastery; well worth the visit. The island is easy to navigate and it is possible to hire bicycles, motorized scooters, buggies and open top cars from the harbour. At dinner time try one of the many seafood kavarnas (taverns) along the waterfront.
Sailing to Dubrovnik.
Arriving into Dubrovnik, spend the afternoon exploring the old town. Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was named until 1918, was an aristocratic republic headed by a Rector, who was replaced every month, while the noblemen of the Grand Council and the Senate held the real power. The republic based its wealth on trade and a dominant merchant fleet. Five towers inbuilt along the city wall offer unforgettable views of the city, and out to sea warding off by gone invaders. The old stone city is a labyrinth of criss-crossed cobbled streets and lanes. A devastating earthquake in 1667 left only the city walls intact. The majority of the Renaissance and Gothic buildings were in ruins and most were rebuilt in the more modest Baroque style.With a thousand and one taverns serving up cold beer and Mediterranean food, numerous souvenir and gift shops, many days can be spent inside the city walls.You can also visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral.
On the fifth day of your journey you sail to Sipan Island or Trstenik.
Trstenik is a pretty harbour town, located on the north eastern tipof the Peljesac Peninsula. The quaint fishing village boasts beautiful unspoiled coves and beaches, fresh water springs and many restaurants and bars along the harbour side strip. Sipan Island is historically interesting. During the 15th century it was a chic summer getaway for the very best Dubrovnik families, many of whom built palaces on the island. Sipan’s beaches are never overcrowded so you’ll have no trouble finding a pleasant place to leap into the clear sea. Again, there are waterfront restaurants dishing up all seafood imaginable. Here the choice of restaurants is limited but the quality is not.
Arriving to Korcula.
Korcula is one of the most charming and romantic islands of the 1000 or so off the Adriatic coast. Korcula old town is set in a mini fortress and for many people, brings to mind ‘Dubrovnik’. The distinctive white limestone which was used to build both towns originates from Vrnik, a tiny island just off Korcula. Ancient medieval walls surround hidden treasures; you will find architectural delights, including Renaissance palaces, cathedrals, museums and plenty more gems tucked away in its network of old cobbled streets. Korcula was a favourite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago. Very much a law unto itself – as you might expect from a communitythat resisted the sieges of centuries – Korcula town is a mini-fortress enclosed with honey-coloured stone walls that contain hidden treasures, from icons to Tiepolos, as well as architectural delights in every narrow, cobbled street. According to local legend, the famous world explorer, Marco Polo was born here in 1254 and you can even climb the tower which was said to be his home.Yet the island is very much a living community, as you witness for yourself if you watch the wild Moreska dance performed on summer weekends.Ideal for those who want more than just beaches on their Mediterranean island, although there is a rare sandy one at Lumbarda. Have a lunch in the local restaurant, where “must have” is a local wine, GRK, which is one of the best in the land.
After leaving Korcula, we cruise to the island of Brac. Brac Island (pronounced “Bratch”) is the longest and most elevated island in central Dalmatia, 48km long and 14 km wide. Brac is a relatively dry island; you won’t find the lush vegetation of, say Korcula or Hvar, but there are some lovely spots along the rocky shores and great scuba diving from Lucice Bay. An offer of island Brac include diving, water sports, horse back riding, fishing, kayaks, wind surfing, tennis and several others, so you can pick what you like. There is also time to swim in one of the islands other bays (besides beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn)) after lunch on board. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening to explore the city your way. We recommend you (since Bol has great historical background) to visit monastery at Blace hermitage Dragon’s cave, and Dominican monastery, botanical gardens, museums and the pale ontological museums and artifacts of the town present since Neolithic times.
Early in the morning you are sailing back to Split, and your perfect week of sailing is over. Don’t cry because it’s over, instead come back sailing with us next year :).
We can modify duration of this program so it could last 3, 4, 5 days or however you like. Feel free to contact us!
Also, you can read our sailing suggestions for sailing in Central Dalmatia.