Boating holiday in Croatia: an itinerary of unspoilt bays and islands
South-central Dalmatia is one of Croatia’ and Adriatic Sea’s most beautiful areas. An ideal place to relish between coastal and offshore navigation, tens of bays where to anchor and fascinating towns to visit, as well as modern marinas where to peacefully sleep.
We offer an itinerary unfolding through a dozen islands and isles which, starting from Trogir, only 25 km from Split, follow one another offshore for some fifty miles.
FROM Trogir TO Solta
The starting point is Trogir’s marina, only 6 km from Split’s International airport. After a due visit to the ancient city, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’re off to Krknjasi’s bay, a heavenly “Blue Lagoon” where to take your first dips. From here, we suggest reaching Malsinica’s bay, to the western extremity of Solta Island, where a fascinating XVIII century castle overlooks the sea. A little further south is located the Sesula’s green bay, where it is easy to moor. From Solta we sail off to the Island of Vis.
THE ISLAND OF Vis
Closed to tourism until 1989, it is one of the most suggestive islands of the Croatian archipelago. Inside St. Giorgio’s Gulf, the two burghs that make up the city of Vis, Vis and Kut, face each other, both hosting shores where to moor. On the opposing side of the island opens the Gulf of Komiza. Its picturesque stone houses, with distinctive chimneys, line the lively waterfront, full of restaurants, ice cream parlours and cafes. Eight miles to the South-West is Bisevo, an unspoilt island famous for its sea cave, that around noon paints itself with mesmerising blue hues – a true wonder of nature. Back in Vis, the route continues along the southern side of the island, rich of amazing inlets.
THE ISLAND OF Lastovo
The island of Lastovo is the outermost inhabited island of the Dalmatian archipelago. Just like Vis, the island formerly hosted a base of the Yugoslavian navy and was off-limits until 1989. The prolonged inaccessibility has preserved its environment, creating a true paradise with its fantastic coves, that are only revealed by sailing along the coast.
THE ISLAND OF Korcula
After a night spent in Skrivena Luka’s marina, in the morning we set off for Korcula. We suggest a visit to the renowned medieval city, laid on a rounded peninsula near the marina. A monumental stair takes you inside a fairy-tale golden castle, composed of stone houses and elegant Venetian-era palaces, upon which towers the splendid St. Mark’s Cathedral (1400).
Hvar AND ITS ISLES
In front of the city of Korcula, the Eastern coast of the Peljesac peninsula stretches itself, while the previously steady wind gradually gives way to a breeze, the closer you get to Scedro, a small island with a about a dozen Caribbean coloured bays. Moving up the Southern coast of Hvar, you reach the Pakleni Canal, the heart of such marvels as the Venetian city of Hvar, the Spanjol fortress and the serpentine pattern of the Pakleni isles.
THE ISLAND OF Brac
To complete our itinerary, there’s only the stony and rocky Island of Brac left. After leaving Hvar, we’re off to explore the Southern side of Brac’s coast, where is the famous “Zlatni Rat” beach, also known as the “Golden Horn”. For the night you can rely on Milna Bay, a natural harbour with the homonymous town to visit. From here, Trogir is only 10 miles away by sea.