Croatia is one of the hot spots to enjoy a sailing holidays on a sailboat, catamaran, gulet or motor yacht. Croatia has a nice Mediterranean weather, calmed seas, incredible landscapes, more than one thousand islands, delicious cuisine and plenty of reasons that make this country one of the most attractive places for boat rental.
Are you thinking about enjoying an unforgettable sailing holidays around the Croatian coasts? I’m pretty sure it will be a great experience. However, Croatia has many bases and sailing itineraries around the area, because of that reason, planning your sailing trip could be a little messy. In order to help you out with your adventure, we would like to share one of our favorite sailing routes around Croatia with you: The Islands of Central Dalmatia.
The yacht charter offer in Central Dalmatia is huge, with special focus in the cities of Split and Trogir. Renting a boat in Split with your family or friends, to sail for a week becomes easy, quick and safe with Yanpy. Our partners are the best charter companies in the area and we can offer the best yachts and quality service.
If you can't wait to live an adventure sailing around Croatia, keep reading.
Why has Croatia become a top destination for yacht charter?
Croatia is a Mediterranean country brimming with culture and history. The old town of Dubrovnik and Trogir are world heritage sites by Unesco. Its nature is exuberant. National parks such as Plitvice, Kornati or Mljet could be from fairy tales.
Croatian people used to say that they don’t need a navy because they are protected by millions of aircraft carriers. That’s why Croatia has more than one thousand paradisiacal islands covered by pine forests that end by the coves and beaches with crystal clear water. This country is also full of vineyards and olive fields drawing such an idyllic Mediterranean landscape. Because of all these reasons, the Dalmatian coast has become the perfect paradise for sailing around the area by sailboat, motorboat, catamaran, gulet or yacht.
The Croatian Islands are dotted with charming fishing villages where you can enjoy a good wine and a delicious cuisine based on fish and seafood.
Due to their concern about the environment and their respect for the nature, Croatia has become an advantaged country in a privileged condition where everyone is able to enjoy the nature. This great environmental conditions contrast with the modern marinas offered around the area with all kinds of services for boats, where you can rest comfortably during the sailing trip. If you rather to adventure a little bit more, you can always anchor in a lot of bays, coves and islands.
What do you need to rent a boat in Croatia?
Each charter company has its own rules. We suggest that you get informed about the different requirements before hiring a yacht. In general terms, the sailing and radio operator licenses are required, and some sailing experience must be proven.
If you don't have much sailing experience and want to enjoy a sailing holidays hopping from island to island, the best you can do is to charter a yacht with skipper (or crew). He will take care of everything and you will only have to relax and have fun. In the end, it's your holiday, isn't?
NOTE: The company ACI Club manages most of Croatian Marinas. On its website you can find relevant information such as telephones, radio channels, etc.
Day 1: From Split to Milna (island of Brac)
Our adventure begins in the city of Split. Sailing trips usually take a week and the checkin is round 17:00 in the evening, so the morning will be perfect for you to discover the treasures of the city. Split is a marine, vibrant and cosmopolitan city. You shouldn't miss out the old town, a World Heritage Site. Walking down the center of Split is equivalent to do it inside the Palace of Diocletian. Its streets are lively, bohemian, and full of painters, musicians and street markets.
In the Marina of Split, we will meet our skipper, in case of hired, and our boat for the next seven days. It's finally time to board! Our sailing holidays on a yacht around Croatia are yet to start. Cast off! We are sailing! We will sail in the Adriatic Sea during a week and discover some of the most beautiful islands of the Dalmatian coast.
Our sailing trip will be quiet, with an average of 3 hours sailing a day allowing us to relax and enjoy.
Our skipper will head South towards Milna Bay, in Brac island. Milna is a fishing village with natural shelter from the winds where we can spend the night safely. We will be able to anchor in the Marina of Milna, or, if the weather is good, we can anchor for free in a close bay such as Lucice, sailing a little bit more South. There, we can find buoys or we can take a line ashore to enjoy our first sailing holidays night. A relaxing dinner underneath the stars doesn’t seem a bad plan…
Day 2: From Milna to Komiza (island of Vis)
This is the longest stage of our sailing trip. We will sail SW for four hours and a half from Milna to Komiza, a fishing village located on the west side of the island of Vis. Today, we will enjoy sailing, the sea and the marine breeze. The island of Vis is the pearl of the Adriatic Sea. It served as military base for Yugoslav army, and it was closed to visitants for many years. This has kept the island in a state of enviable conservation. Pristine nature, pine forests, vineyards, fishing villages, and relaxing Mediterranean vibes await us in this island. However, the real treasures of the island are its paradise beaches and its coves of crystal clear waters.
Even if you haven't done it yet, it’s likely that when you get to this place you begin to realize that renting a boat in the Dalmatian coast in Croatia is about to be a unique experience that you will never forget.
Today, we will sail along the north coast to reach our destination, the town of Komiza. Before, we will make a stop to enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the many wonderful bays of this island; let's choose the coves of Oključna. Rocks, vegetation and crystal clear waters meet to form an amazing landscape. If you want we can drop the anchor to have some lunch, swim or even hike over to the village. This is such an authentic place, with stone cottages; you will feel like if you were somewhere from another time.
After a healthy walk, it’s time to weigh and head to Komiza to complete today’s journey. Komiza is a town of seafarers and pirates’ stories. Kozima is, also, a place where we can enjoy some good lobster and good local wine.
There, we can moor to buoys to spend a calmed night.
Alternative: Before heading to Vis, on the island of Brac you can visit the famous beach of Zlatni Rat, also called the Golden Horn, a beach that changes its shape depending on the tide. If you want to stop at the Golden Horn you can adapt the route stopping there and enjoying a swim in this spectacular beach.
Day 3: From Komiza to Vis (island of Vis)
Today we will sail along the south coast of the island of Vis to the village with the same name. Before getting there, we'll have a nice surprise, our boat will stand SW to the island of Bisevo. It is said that this island is one of the most isolated and pristine corners of the Mediterranean. Pristine coves of crystal clear water and vegetation, as Porat, providing us with a five stars dip. In addition, you will live a magical experience that you cannot miss. About noon, light rays enter through the famous Blue Cave (Modra Spilja), a small cave only accessible by dinghy. The rays are reflected on the bottom and the water will turn into a blue color that you won't forget.
I'm pretty sure that you will be hungry after the experience in the cave. What about dropping the anchor in Porat? It's a beautiful cove and there is a restaurant on the beach with a very tasty grilled fish.
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After lunch, our yacht will head to Vis. We expect a peaceful relaxing afternoon, sun, sound of waves and gentle breeze while sailing. I guess you have no doubt, right? Chartering a yacht in Croatia was one of the best ideas you've ever had...
On our way to Vis, along the south coast of the island, we will pass by a lot of coves. It will not be easy to choose your favourite one between all of them. One of the best ones is Stiniva, surrounded by mountains and pine forests, this cove is almost a lagoon enclosed by cliffs.
Other very good alternatives are cove Duboka, Mala Travna, the Srebrna or Zaglav beaches, Rukavac or Stoncica. The last one is very close to where we are heading, so our last dip this afternoon will be at this beautiful cove.
Tonight we will sleep in the bay of Vis. There, you can have some traditional cuisine for dinner and really good local wine while discussing on how wonderful our sailing day was.
Alternative: If you fancy a quiet dinner on the deck underneath the stars, dropping the anchor at cove Stoncica would also be a good idea.
Day 4: From Vis to Pakleni Islands and Hvar
Good morning sailors! Today we will sail towards one of the jewels of the Adriatic Sea, the Pakleni Islands. Belonging to her older sister, Hvar, they consist of about twenty islets. The Pakleni Islands are a paradise for sea, nature and sailing lovers. On these islands you will find a lot of beaches to get lost, some of them only accessible by sea. Luckily we charter a yacht to enjoy our holidays. There, you can find the turquoise waters of Zdrilca on the islet of Marinkovac, the naturist beaches of Jerolim, and the famous Palmizana cove at the Sveti Klement Island. Theses are just some of the small paradises where we can drop the anchor.
It is possible that after a few days of being relaxed and in contact with nature, your body starts asking you to go party a little bit. If you like having a mojito while listening to some chill out music until the sun goes down, and having a good grilled fish, your spot is the Laganini Beach Club in Palmizana. If you want to take a step further, Carpe Diem on Stipanska beach in Marinkovac Island will be your place. There, you can move your hips to the rhythm of the DJ, during the sunset, surrounded by people with great vibes. You are spending your holidays in Croatia; it's time to have fun!
Caution: You are in posing zone. Selfies and photos on your social networks in order to make your friends go crazy are fully permitted. But beware; your friends could suffer a severe jealousy attack.
In case you pass on parties and DJs, and you are looking forward to explore the islands, you´ll find a path from Palmizana beach that will take you to the small fishing village of Vlaka. If you get hot along the walk, you will find several beautiful beaches to cool off.
After a magical sunset in the Pakleni islands, we head to the marina of Hvar, our destination tonight. But don’t worry; if you are still on fire, you can keep moving your body in Hvar. There must be a reason why it’s called the Croatian Ibiza...
Alternative: If you decided to stay to spend the night on Pakleni, the islands offer several places where we can anchor our boat safely, as the coves of Vlaka, Luka Soline, Tarsce, Duboka Vela or Marina Palmizana in Stevi Klement. And Zdrilca or Stipanska in Marinkovac.
Day 5: From Hvar to Stari Grad (Hvar)
Hvar is the trendy island in Croatia, a place of vibrant nightlife where international celebrities show their yachts off. Celebrities like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bruce Willis, Eva Longoria or Ashley Judd might fall into beach clubs like Hula-Hula Hvar or Falko Bar. However Hvar is not only that. Beaches and coves of white sand, clear waters and pristine pine forests where aromatic herbs perfume this Mediterranean island. Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Turks left their mark on many roads, streets ivory-colored stone, convents, churches and fortresses. Definitely walk around the streets of the city of Hvar it is a feast for your senses.
Today, we will explore one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.
After discovering the treasures of the town of Hvar, our rental boat will sail to discover some of the idyllic hidden beaches in the island. If we head east, we can reach the amazing spots of Milna, Lucisce, Dubovica or Zavala. We can cool off in one of them and then head back west along the rugged coastline until we get to our next destination, the town of Stari Grad. On our way there we will find endless coves such as Plibinja, Jagodna or Stiniva.
Bonus track: The east side of Hvar is less known than the west side. On the east side we can find a good number of beaches and coves that are less crowded. In the Marina of Stari Grad we can find buoys and moorings to moor our boat and enjoy a safe and peaceful night.
In the Marina of Stari Grad we can find buoys and moorings to moor our boat and enjoy a safe and peaceful night.
Stari Grad is an ancient fishing village, full of stone houses and bohemian poets. In the summer many residents open their homes to offer the tourists some local cuisine, mostly seafood dishes. Stari Grad is a charming place to visit on our fifth sailing day at the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
Day 6: From Stari Grad to Maslinica (island of Solta)
All hands on deck! Today we have a peaceful sailing day from Stari Grad, Hvar, to Maslinica, at the Solta Island. Our sailing week around the central Dalmatian coast in Croatia is coming to its end. However, don’t be sad we still have a couple of days ahead full of sunbathing, pristine beaches and laughs with our family or friends aboard our yacht.
Our yacht will sail course NW straight to the beautiful island of Solta. Like her sisters, Solta is a very quiet Mediterranean island, covered with pine forests, vineyards and olive groves. The coastline is dotted with deep stone coves and crystal clear waters. It also has idyllic natural harbours to anchor our boat at. If you prefer a safer anchorage port Maslinica or its neighbour Sesula will give us the necessary protection to spend a relaxed night.
During the day we can sunbathe or swim in coves such as Tatinja or Poganica. In the islets in front of Maslinica you will find turquoise waters, perfect for some scuba diving or snorkeling. We will have a tasty seafarer’s meal and we will toast with our friends or family with a good local wine. In the afternoon, you can rent a bike to explore the island. Grohote is a beautiful town with lots of streets, houses and stonewalls, surrounded by cultivated fields that will take you to medieval times. Grohote is a magical town that you cannot miss out.
Day 7: From Maslinica to Split
Today is the last day of our sailing holidays in Croatia. In the morning, we'll find a place that truly deserves our last swim in the Adriatic Sea. This place is Krknjasi Bay, at the Drvenik Veli Island. A corner of untouched nature where olive groves populate the land and turquoise waters bathe its coves and beaches. A perfect place to dive, snorkel and take our last sun-rays.
Extra: Trogir is a city worth the visit. The old town of Trogir is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city rests on an island connected to the mainland through a bridge. Trogir takes us to the Middle Ages just by walking through fortresses, walls and cathedrals. A cultural touch that you certainly cannot miss. If you still haven't visited it and you don't have time to do it during your boat holidays in Croatia, we suggest you extend your trip one day to visit it.
Finally, our boat will head E to take us to our final destination, the Split Marina. Remember that it is usual to be at the marina before 18:00 to be able to check out on time, however, you are welcome to sleep the last night on the boat.
Dinnertime would be the perfect scene to remember with our friends or family the incredible experience that has been renting a boat in Croatia to sail around the central Dalmatian coast. Certainly a unique sailing vacation that you will never forget. But let's not get too sentimental, after all, we can repeat next year... ;)
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