Croatia Yacht Charter (Trogir, Hvar and beyond)

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Croatia Yacht Charter

Sailing around Croatia's Dalmatian Islands is a chance to discover charming anchorages, ancient villages, and magnificent fortress towns.

The area enjoys consistent breezes, making it an easy sailing destination with line-of-sight navigation and a healthy mix of short and longer passages that give it universal appeal.

This sample seven day itinerary will give you a taste of what you can see and do during a week’s sailing among the central Dalmatian islands. As with all our destination guides, it can be adapted to suit your preferences.

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  • Day 1 – Trogir to Maslinica - 8nm
  • Day 2 - Maslinica to Vis Town - 21nm
  • Day 3 - Vis to Komiza - 11nm
  • Day 4 - Komiza to St Clement Island - 20nm
  • Day 5 – Hvar - 3nm
  • Day 6 – Hvar to Brac - 14nm
  • Day 7 – Brac to Trogir - 17nm
  • Total = 94nm

7 Days in Croatia

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Day 1 - Saturday

Trogir to Maslinica

One of many architectural gems on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir achieved World Heritage status in 1997.

A beautiful place to start and finish your Croatia yacht charter, the town is set within medieval walls and lies on a small island connected to the mainland and island of Ciobo by bridges.

Traveller’s Tips:

It is well worth considering spending a couple of days here at the start or end of your sailing holiday.

  • Maslinica is a charming village with several restaurants and cafes. If you fancy treating yourself, we recommend the Martinis Marchi Hotel for dinner. A former 17th century fortified palace, it is now a luxury hotel.
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Things to do before you set sail

  • Check out the impressive cathedral of St Lawrence. Its construction spanned several centuries and illustrates the various architectural styles (Romanesque and Gothic) that succeeded each other in Dalmatia.
  • Snap up some souvenirs from the small market stands on the main strip
  • Soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafes and bars on the town quay and maze of back streets.

Then pick up your yacht and head off to the small harbour of Maslinica on the island of Solta, where you will spend your first night.

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​ Day 2 - Sunday

Vis Town

Today you will be sailing south to the island of Vis. It is a fairly long trip, around 5-7 hours, so we suggest you stop off at one of the sheltered bays on the north and south sides of Solta on the way for some lunch and a dip in the Adriatic.

Vis Town is situated on the north eastern end of the island and is the oldest settlement in Dalmatia, established in 397 BC as a base for the Greek colonisation of the Adriatic Sea. More recently, the whole island was a military base, so has only opened up to tourism relatively recently.

Vis town is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, but has still managed to retain its old-world charm.

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Things to do

  • Museum of Vis which contains many beautiful examples of ancient art including a 4th century BC bronze head of the goddess Artemis.
  • Check out the view above the town (it’s worth renting bikes or a car for this trip). The highest point on the island is Hum (at 587 metres high).
  • Vis has its own distinct grape, vugava, a white variety which has been grown here since ancient times. Make sure you try some with dinner!
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Day 3 - Monday

Komiza

This is a day to relax and enjoy exploring the island of Vis. The destination is Komiza, a traditional fishing village located in a deep bay on the western side of the island at the foot of Hum mountain. Take your time to get there and enjoy a few detours en route for lunch and a swim.

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Things to do

  • Visit the small, nearby island of Bisevo, famous for its Blue Grotto (Modra Spilja).
  • As a result of the island’s military associations, this is a great place for diving. There are numerous sunken planes, ships and even submarines submerged in the waters off the island.
  • Stop off at some of the finest bays on the island for lunch and a dip. We recommend Stoncic, Milna and Zaglav which have fine sandy beaches near Viz. Also check out Gusarica close to Komiza, which is surrounded by pine, tamask and carob trees and the church of St. Mary.
  • There are plenty of shops, restaurants in Komiza and a very popular nightclub close by on Kamenica Beach
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Day 4 - Tuesday

St Clement Island

This morning you will sail to the beautiful Pakleni Islands. Beautiful and remote, these isles are known for their small secluded beaches, deserted coves, pine forests and sun-drenched hills. Your destination is St Clement, the largest of the islands.

Sparsely populated, the island has a small and beautiful harbour, Palmiziana Cove, with a marina and some good restaurants on the waterfront.

Things to do:

  • Visit the magnificent botanical park which features rare exotic plants from all over the world.
  • Drop anchor for lunch and leisurely afternoon on board or snorkelling in one of the many coves and bays.
  • Make time to go to the local museum with its fascinating displays of the archaeological finds dating from 300 BC to the 7th century AD

Day 5 - Wednesday

Hvar

It is almost impossible to get a space on the town quay here, so our advice is if you want to tour Hvar Town then keep your yacht at Palmiziana marina and hop on a regular water taxi into Hvar.

Known as the St Tropez of the Eastern Mediterranean, it’s not hard to see why. Beautiful Venetian architecture, trendy bars and cafes abound along the waterfront, which lend an undeniable atmosphere of glamour.

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Things to do

  • Wander along the main square and on into the winding stone streets and vist the Fortica fortress, the cathedral and the theatre, which was founded in 1612!
  • Hvar comes alive at night, with its numerous bars and night clubs. The best known is Carpe Diem Beach Club, located on Stipanska beach on Marinkovac Island opposite the town, where you can pretty much party 24 hours a day!
  • If you are after peace and quiet, you can moor your yacht in a bay on the north west side of the town and then head to the interior to wander amidst fields of lavender and rosemary and explore abandoned hamlets.
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Day 6 - Thursday

Brac

Leave behind the hedonistic hotspot that is Hvar and head for Brac, one of the largest islands along the Croatian coast. Mountains rise from the interior, reaching a height of 780 metres, creating an impressive sight as you approach. Dense pine forests cloak the hills and mountains and surround many picturesque hamlets and fishing ports.

You can either moor in the marina at Milna, a small and pretty fishing village on the west coast of the island and 20km southwest of Supetar or Bol, a secluded harbour town near Zlatni Rat beach, one of the Adriatic’s most stunning beaches.

Things to do:

  • Brac is a heaven for watersports enthusiasts. The rocky underwater formations teem with fish and make for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving.
  • Visit the Museum of Brac near to the small town of Skrip
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Day 7 - Friday

Trogir

It’s back to the marina at Trogir today, but plenty of time to stop off for lunch and a final swim on Solta island before you do so.

Things to do:

  • Once you’ve moored your yacht, you might like to take a taxi to the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Splt (a 25 minute drive). Croatia’s second largest city, Split has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Among the must-see attractions here are Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) followed by a leisurely last meal at one of the many bars and restaurants within the old city walls.

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