One Way Yacht Charter Croatia
What better way to explore the Dalmatian Islands than to sail from Split to Dubrovnik!
Experience the beautiful blue waters, secluded anchorages, vibrant fortress towns and hidden gems as you make your way down the Dalmatian Coast.
A mecca for sailors, with both short and long passages possible, the areas' consistent wind makes this one-way trip a breeze!
Here is a sample seven day itinerary to give you a taste of what you can see and do during a week’s sailing between two of the most stunning cities in the Adriatic.
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There is a great range of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts available to choose from.
- Day 1 – Trogir - Blue Lagoon - Hvar - 25nm
- Day 2 - Hvar - Vis - 10nm
- Day 3 - Vis - Vela Lukai - Lastovsko - 40nm
- Day 4 – Lastovsko - Korcula - 25nm
- Day 5 – Korcula - Mljet 13nm
- Day 6 – Mljet - Sipan - Dubrovnik - 32nm
- Total = 145nm
Split To Dubrovnik
Trogir to Blue Lagoon to Hvar - 25nm
After getting acquainted with your yacht and spending your first evening exploring the beautiful historic town of Trogir, the time has come to set sail south through the Dalmatian Islands!
The trip to Hvar is around 3-4 hours. We suggest stopping for a lunch onboard at the beautiful Blue Lagoon.
From there, continue south towards 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. Alternatively, if you wanted more peace, you can chose your own secluded bay in the Pakleni Islands just to the West.
It is not hard to see why it is known as the St Tropez of the Eastern Mediterranean. Beautiful Venetian architecture, trendy bars and cafes abound along the waterfront, which lend an undeniable atmosphere of glamour.
Things to do:
- Wander along the main square and on, into the winding stone streets and visit 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.
Vis - 10nm
Today starts with a short sail south to the Island of Vis. 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.
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
Vis to Vela Luka to Lastovsko - 40nm
After waking in the morning, set your sights east to the second largest town in the Dalmatia islands, Vela Luka has a vibrant town quay situated well indented into the Western Coastline of Korcula Island. There are many coves and bays suitable for anchoring, as well as a good selection of mooring buoys. The town, although large, still has plenty of character and charm and has an excellent selection of restaurants and shops close to the waterfront. There are also good facilities for water, electrics and showers.
Things to See & Do
- Visit Proizda – a small island at the entrance of Vela Luka bay, the beach is one of the prettiest in the Adriatic!
- Grab some of Korcula’s famous olive oil from one of the markets on the town quay
- Just 100m North East from the main town you can find the “Vela Spilja” (Great cave), dating back to the Neolithic period, where a great quantity of valuable artefacts have been found confirming the town’s prehistoric importance to Croatia and the Eastern Adriatic.
After you've stopped here for lunch, take a step back in time and sail south to Lastovsko. The island is another national park and one of the prettiest islands on the Dalmatia coast, covered in verdant vegetation and host to a number of natural bays and harbours.
A peaceful anchorage on the North West coast of the island (Pasadur) – is a stunning place to settle for the evening. There are a few residential houses located in the bay, but no shops or facilities other than a small hotel which will take you in for dinner if you ask nicely!
Korcula - 25nm
After a quiet evening at Anchor in Lastovsko, head north, to the east coast of the islands of Korcula to the town itself.
One of the most famous towns in the Adriatic, Korcula is the believed birth place of the legendary explorer Marco Polo – well, at least that’s what any Croatian will tell you!
The glorious old town harbours marbled streets and Renaissance architecture within medieval walls.
Wander to the beautiful cathedral in the centre where there are many restaurants serving top quality local cuisines. There is also sizeable marina with good facilities.
Things to See & Do
- A walk around the town to see the beautiful architecture
- Take the Marco Polo tour – see where he used to live
- Climb up to the top of the tower for a spectacular view across the bay
Mljet - 13nm
According to the legend, Odysseus was so taken with the breath-taking beauty of the Mljet National Park that the wandering hero remained for seven years.
With verdant pine forests, warm saltwater lakes and a wealth of aquatic life, Mljet is one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands.
Polace is an excellent natural harbour on the northern coast of Mljet known for its waterfront ancient ruins.
A 5th Century Roman palace dominates the village, hence the name “Polace”. The village hosts a number of pretty quayside restaurants perfect for taking in the surrounding islands and is a 40 minute walk from the famous lakes.
Mljet - Sipan - Dubrovnik - 32nm
Your final day on the water, better make the most of it! Head east to Sipan on your way to Dubrovnik. The largest of the Elaphiti islands, the quiet and secluded bays make for a perfect stop for soaking up some holiday sun and enjoying the beautiful Adriatic.
Finish in the stunning town of Dubrovnik; one of Croatia’s most visited and famous towns and a likely highlight of your week. In the 15th Century, Dubrovnik rivalled the power and wealth of Venice, thus attracting the world’s finest architects, artists and sculptors.
Consequently, Dubrovnik’s impressive medieval walls harbour a magnificent hodgepodge of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque churches, palaces and monasteries, beautifully complemented by Renaissance fountains and facades all laid upon gleaming marble streets.
This is a truly magical place and perfect to soak up your last bit of Croatia.
Things to See & Do
- Walk on the famous walls and get a great view over the city
- Explore a wealth of art galleries showing contemporary and classical works
- Enjoy the many traditional restaurants and vibrant night life
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