Sail the Beautiful Adriatic from Dubrovnik to Split
It is not easy to choose the most popular part of the Croatian coast. This task is all the more difficult because of the rich offer for sailors along the entire Croatian coast – each cove can be your private bit of heaven. Many sailors choose always the same locations, depending on their personal preferences. You have to decide how you will choose the best vacation for you, and you can choose from peaceful places full of natural beauty, lively towns full of fun, luxury marinas, culinary destinations, active vacations… Sailors visiting Croatia for the first time usually choose the route between Dubrovnik and Split to discover its beauty and landmarks.
The route then takes you to the medieval town of Korčula and its first-class marina. The town streets are home to charming taverns offering homemade pasta made according to a five-century old recipe. Then you should decide whether you want to continue sailing to the island of Hvar or the Lastovo Archipelago, which is a protected nature park. Apart from its natural beauty, Lastovo has an excellent culinary offer of seafood specialties, with the Adriatic lobster as our favourite.
Then you can continue sailing to the island of Vis, that was a prohibited zone for foreign tourists in Yugoslavia, making it all the more popular today. That island is home to the most beautiful coves in Croatia, such as Stiniva located on its south shore or the world famous Blue Grotto on the neighbouring island of Biševo. The town of Vis offers a lot of fun, and you can also visit some of the rural households inland.
The next place that attracts thousands of sailors is the town of Hvar and the nearby Pakleni islands. Numerous restaurants in hidden coves offer every seafood specialty imaginable, and the town is a proper example of the Mediterranean lifestyle and a wild night life. Hvar was the starting point of nautical tourism 50 years ago and it represents the Croatian seaside at its best. Sailors then usually go to Zlatni rat on the island of Brač, another symbol of Croatian tourism, before mooring their sailing boats in the largest coastal city – Split. By choosing that route, you will have barely scratched the surface of its offer during your seven-day trip, but you will visit many landmarks of interest to sailors visiting Croatia for the first time.
You can sail from Dubrovnik to Split for seven days by following this route:
The route – also suitable for exploration in the opposite direction:
- DAY 1: Dubrovnik – port of Šipan (island of Šipan)
- DAY 2: Port of Šipan – Polače cove (island of Mljet)
- DAY 3: Polače – Bili Žal (island of Korčula) – Korčula (island of Korčula)
- DAY 4: Korčula – Saplun (Lastovo Archipelago) – Ubli (island of Lastovo)
- DAY 5: Ubli – Stončica cove (island of Vis) – Vis (island of Vis)
- DAY 6: Vis – Vinogradišće cove (island of Sv. Klement) – Hvar (island of Hvar)
- DAY 7: Hvar – Zlatni rat (island of Brač) – Split