If you are looking for a sailing holiday destination in the Mediterranean Sea, Croatia is certainly one of the best opportunities. Renting a yacht and cruising in the waters of Croatia is the best way to enjoy its wonderful beaches, crystal clear waters scattered with more or less large islands and inhabited by hospitable people, it certainly is not difficult to fall in love with these places that will surely make your boat experience magical. In fact, you will have the freedom to choose how and where to move every day and stop without time limits.
With so many destinations, including hundreds of islands and a long coastline dotted with places to explore, it’s not easy to decide which itinerary to take, especially if it’s your first experience in these waters.
What we are going to talk about now is just one of the many itineraries available and retraces the Dalmatian coast from south to north, stopping in the most famous Croatian islands. Let’s start!
Where are Split and Dubrovnik located?
Our tour starts from the thriving city of Dubrovnik and, after a week of sailing northwards, arrives in another important Croatian city, Split.
Both of these two splendid Croatian resorts overlook the Adriatic Sea and the stretch of coast that separates them is characterized by being very jagged and steep, with slopes, hidden coves, and bays as well as countless islands not far from the continent and willing to form more ” strips ”or levels along with the entire distance that separates the two cities.
How to reach our departure destination?
The best way to reach Croatia from Europe is certainly by air. In our case, the best stopover is certainly the Dubrovnik airport, located just 19 km south of the city and the main airport in the region, which is particularly interested in charter routes during the summer season.
Once you have reached your final destination, there is no need to return to Dubrovnik to go back home. Split-Kaštela airport, located about 25 km northwest of Split, offers flights to European cities such as London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, and Paris and is, therefore, an excellent alternative for your return flight.
What could be a possible 7-day one-way itinerary from Dubrovnik to Split?
At Your Boat Holiday, we specialize in preparing and managing itineraries tailored to our customer’s requests and preferences. What you see below is just one of the many possible itineraries that our company usually organizes in the Croatia Dalmatian islands:
- Day 1: Dubrovnik
With more than 250 days of sunshine a year, modern Dubrovnik has a lot to offer its visitors. Reborn after one of the bloodiest conflicts on European soil in recent years, today it is an enchanting city where the white of the stone and the soft colors of the roofs mix and create a striking contrast with the blue of the sea.
Its imposing walls make for a pleasant walking path from which you can peek over the old city, made up of splendid churches, palaces, squares, and streets.
Be sure to visit the interesting museums of the city and take a relaxing break on one of its beautiful beaches. With mild temperatures that allow you to swim from April to October and an active tourism organization that organizes events even in winter, Dubrovnik is increasingly becoming a popular destination in the Mediterranean panorama.
- Day 2: set sail to Mljet Island National Park
Mljet National Park is located in the northwestern part of the island Mljet and occupies most of it. The park has an area of 3000 hectares and the lakes area is accessible only on foot or by bicycle, or by kayak or canoe.
The island is perfect for those who love trekking. It is worth reaching the highest peaks, Veli Gradac and Mali Gradac, or exploring the caves in the hinterland. Inside the National Park territory, there are also numerous paths to be covered on foot or by bike.
Do not miss a visit to the Ulysses cave which is located south of the island, it is an oval karst cave whose bottom is covered with water. It can be reached both by sea and by crossing a staircase by land. It is so-called because it is supposed that here the goddess Calypso held Ulysses prisoner for 7 years before letting him go.
The island is also one of the best places to dive. Among the best spots are Goli Rat, Lenga, and Odisejeva špilja.
- Day 3: Lastovo Island
In the center of Dalmatia, there is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and wildest islands, Lastovo. Home to a military base, it remained closed to tourism until 1998 and this is why today it retains its extraordinary beauty. The island is surrounded by 46 smaller islands that form the Lastovo Archipelago, a wonder for all sailing lovers but also for those looking for unspoiled nature.
The most famous bay is Pasadur, located on the western side, about 3 km north of the Ubli port. Here it is possible to visit two saltwater lakes that can be reached thanks to paths in the woods: Velo Lago and Malo Lago.
- Day 4: Korcula Island
Enchanting beaches, ancient villages, and fine white wines have made this small island, only 47 km long and only 5 km wide, an unmissable stop on a Dalmatia trip. Food and wine tourism are attracting an increasing number of travelers who love wines produced here.
One of the most famous tourist attractions is also the alleged birthplace of the famous traveler and explorer Marco Polo. There is no firm evidence that he was born here, but tradition points to Korcula as his birthplace.
There are many beaches, bays, inlets, and coves that shore up the coast. Among the many, we point out Vela Przina, the Korcula‘s most popular sandy beach frequented by tourists and locals. It is located near Lumbarda, in the southern part of the island.
- Day 5: Hvar Island
Hvar is the most visited island in Croatia and is considered the most exclusive Croatian island. Among ancient villages immersed in the lavender scent, renowned locations such as Hvar city stand out, an elegant medieval town enclosed within fourteenth-century walls, surrounded by pine forests and overlooking a blue sea. Over time it has built a reputation as a “glamorous city”, where you can find luxurious hotels, elegant restaurants, and a long line of bars and clubs for young people looking for nightlife.
The Hvar city marina is one of the best anchorages in Croatia and maybe of the Adriatic Sea. It is also the best starting point to discover the hundreds of coves and bays that makeup Dalmatia.
Dubovica is probably the most famous beach on the island, a pebble beach with crystal clear sea.
- Day 6: Brac Island
Brac is the largest central Dalmatian island with its beautiful Mediterranean landscape characterized by steep cliffs, pine forests, and deep waters.
A day to spend here can only be dedicated to the Zlatni Rat beach or the “golden horn”. It is a very famous beach made of sand and pebbles in the shape of an arrowhead located in the village of Bol. It is so famous to appear on most dalmatian postcards.
- Day 7: Split
Split is the second-largest city in Croatia by population and an essential stop on a south-central Dalmatia holiday.
Among its attractions, it is certainly worth mentioning the splendid Diocletian’s Palace, a small town within the city built in precious white stone that creates a striking contrast with the color of the sea.
The elegant city center streets and the seafront offer visitors the opportunity to shop while enjoying the city’s liveliness.
Split is also home to a number of cultural activities including prestigious festivals, international movies and theater events, and traditional folk festivals.
If you are looking for nightlife, there is certainly no lack of it here, with a wide choice of pubs, clubs, and discos.
For any information regarding this or another possible itinerary, do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to answer all your questions.
Contact now YBH Charter Brokers:
You can contact us by sending an email at [email protected] or by phone, calling +39 33436 00997, available also on WhatsApp for both calls and texting.
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