This week allows you the chance to explore two of Croatia’s prime towns, Dubrovnik and Split and many islands in between. With 1,185 islands to discover, Croatia’s Adriatic archipelago offers almost unlimited routes you could take to explore these hundreds of islands. Below is one of our favourite itineraries.
Start this epic week off by setting sail from Dubrovnik heading down the Rijeka Dubrovnik and turn north towards the island of Mljet. In true Mediterranean style enjoy a late lunch at a fine sandy beach on the island of Lopud, which stretches out more like beaches in the Western Med. Shallow and accommodating it is a hive of activity of locals in summer.
A Sail the Med secret, we’d suggest spending the evening in an idyllic the part of the national park, a very special place called Prozurska, that we discovered way back in 2010 totally by accident. An isolated restaurant where Bono sometimes dines protected by a number of small islands.
Start your second day off with a lovely sail along the edge of Mjlet island. Beautiful forests touch the azure sea before you cross over to the southern tip of Korcula island and navigate waters just deep enough for your yacht not to touch the bottom. You will be able to see the bottom as you weave between small islands close to Korcula town. Postcard perfect Korcula town is where we anchor in a deep natural harbour and take a local ferry ashore.
Here there is an array of culinary delights and cobbled streets to contend with. Korcula town is a truly stunning place. Make sure you sample the delights of some of the produce from Korcula and take the time to send a postcard from one of our favourite places in the Med.
A long sail is on order, as you’ll now have got to grips with this sailing malarkey. You can sail the sparsely populated southern coast of Korcula island with its endless array of insets and untouched beaches. Take advantage of the numerous stops for swimming and diving throughout the day. Late afternoon you can sail from Korcula across to island of Vis. The birthplace and home of (in)famous Yugoslav dictator Tito, it has been an important strategic island for military reasons for over a century and continues to be the home of some of Croatia’s naval fleet.
Komiza harbour is truly a sight to behold in summer. Lie stern to against the harbour wall with its array of restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours. A great buzz of activity.
Vis has some truly amazing sights including the Green Cave, Blue lagoon and Stiniva beach. You can motor around the island visiting each of these sights and unlike the tourist boats that come for the day, you can anchor at each location and spend as much time as you like exploring. After lunch set sail for the jewel in the crown of this part of the world – Hvar. Hvar has something for everyone including the impressive Fortress which stands proudly above Hvar town. Dress to impress here and enjoy an evening partying in Hvar town.
Spend this day weaving between a number of picturesque islands as you head north towards the town of Primosten. Passing Rogoznicko and some other famed resort towns where landlubbers will look out to sea with envious eyes as you sail past. Your greatest problem today will be deciding which of an endless litany of beaches and bays is best for your lunch stop.
Bustling in high season Primosten is a magic town of cobbled streets that has lost none of its old world charm. Chic restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours and a winery. Here you can learn from the young owner whilst tasting different produce, about what happens when your grandma defies the local police to make wine!
On your final day at sea we’d suggest soaking it all up and having a chilled day with very few miles to sail. Explore the archipelago of islands that lie just south of Sibenik. Zlarin and Prvic are two stunning small islands with some great anchorages in natural settings that are popular in summer with local boat owners. Relax in the shade of pine trees, listen to the noise of cicadas and drink at a local bar set amongst the forest. Late afternoon sail back through the enclosed waters of Sibenik passing the famed St. Nicholas Fort.
Depart the yacht at 9 a.m. One hour north of Split airport – or 1 hour south of Zadar – Sibenik is famed for its waterfalls, stunning woodlands and vineyards, make the most of your last day on holiday and head out to witness this incredible Croatian nature. A great way to finish an unforgettable week.