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Split, in the heart of central Dalmatia, is the cosmopolitan gateway to gorgeous islands and bustling waterfront towns like Hvar, Korcula, and Vis.

The large, sheltered bay is fertile ground for bareboat charter, skippered yachts, and crewed charter, with many marinas all within easy reach of Split's international airport.

We don't think you can beat the feeling of a sailing holiday around the Dalmatian islands, complete with charming anchorages, crystalline waters, ancient villages, magnificent fortress towns, hidden coves and lively party islands.

In Hvar, wander amidst lavender and rosemary, explore abandoned hamlets and watch the world go by from your yacht moored in the glamorous harbour. Head out to Bol and stop off at the beautiful beach, Zlatni Rat ("Golden Horn").

A Split Yacht Charter allows you to visit the remote and mysterious Vis island, where sandy beaches, gorgeous coves and beautiful towns remain untouched by tourism, and admire the Renaissance and Baroque architecture inside medieval walls of tiny, exquisite Trogir.

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Essential info

  • Fly to: Split Airport
  • Beautiful islands, easy sailing
  • Great mix of quiet and lively islands
  • Famous Islands of Hvar, Brac and Vis
  • Krka National Park

Luxury Yacht Charter Split

Split's location and natural geography set it up perfectly as the prime luxury yacht charter base for all sorts of boats, whether sailing yacht, catamaran, motor yacht or gulet charter.

The Adriatic sea is a superb place to enjoy the comfort of a crewed yacht charter, with thousands of islands dotted along the dramatic Croatian coastline. But with so much out there to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right sailing yacht or catamaran for your group.

That's where we come in. With years of experience in luxury yacht charter and crewed catamaran sailing vacations, our expert brokers can sort the wheat from the chaff and select the perfect yacht to suit your group of Adriatic coast island-hoppers.

Read more about Trogir catamaran charter here

Marinas in Split

ACI Marina Split

The ACI Split marina is about a 20-minute walk to Split town, which is a stunning place to explore on your first and/or final evening, walking through twisty streets and tight alleys paved with smooth stone. Good views of Diocletian's palace, and good access by dinghy to the town quay. The city of Split is a great combination of ancient and modern. There is a second, smaller marina inside the ACI Marina Split which has a few more charter yachts, including some excellent skippered or bareboat motor boat options.

Marina Kastela

One of the nicer large marinas, some of our favourite charter companies are based here. A rocky mountain ridge runs along the back of Kastela, a popular charter base. The town is full of traditional Croatian architecture, with terracotta rooftops. The new marina is very modern, well laid out and well equipped, with an indoor pool, and a waterfront restaurant with glass walls, giving incredible views over the large natural bay.

Marina Agana

Charter marina exclusively home to a large British charter company. The marina is in a small village at the end of the bay, with an imposing tower standing proud on the southern bank.

Several restaurants line the waterfront and there is a supermarket a short walk away. Nice and quiet without being anything special.

Marina Frapa, Rogoznica

Voted best marina in Croatia in 2018

Marina Frapa benefits from one of the prettiest seaward approaches to a marina anywhere in Europe, which makes for a joyful end to your week in Croatia. The town of Rogoznica would not be out of place in the Riviera, with a low sea wall lined with pretty buildings.

The well-protected Marina Frapa is in a lovely setting, tucked into the corner of a natural harbour, opposite the beautiful town church. The town has several good and popular restaurants – Antonijo is famed for its fish, while Mario offers superb service.

A destination marina, and a good place to get into the swing of your charter.

Sailing Conditions in Split

The area enjoys consistent breezes making it an easy sailing destination with line of sight navigation and both short and longer passages possible.

Begin your yachting adventure in either the buzzing city of Split, the charming old town of Trogir, or the welcoming city of Sibenik, ideally located to access the breathtaking Krka National Park waterfalls.

More about the Croatian sailing conditions

When to sail in Split

Early season

Central Dalmatia is generally quiet at the start of the season, with sailors preferring to head further south to Dubrovnik for slightly warmer weather in early May. But the sailing season really hots up in June, when the Croatian coast is in full bloom and at its most vibrant and brilliant.

Peak season

July and August are the wild west for a sailing vacation in Split and the surrounding islands. But it's not all hustle and bustle, there is enough time and space to find a quiet anchorage and relax. While the quays like Hvar town will be full to bursting with boats, you can always find a mooring buoy, or anchor in a secluded cove and jump in the dinghy.

Late season

September is one of our favourite times to explore the Dalmatian coast - it's after the heat and business of the Mediterannean summer rush, but air temperatures are still balmy (around 26°C) and the waters are at their warmest. Plus, you can bag a great deal on sailing boat charter later in the season.

Why You'll love Split

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. Did we mention the excellent scuba diving?

Must-Sees

Visit the fortress-like complex of Diocletian's Palace, built by the Romans in the 4th century. The sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings - some still lived in today - alongside numerous shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Split market is worth visiting. Pick up some fresh fruit, salad, bread and cheese for an easy lunch or simply wander through to enjoy the array of colours and flavours. The fish market on the other side of Split Old Town is equally spectacular.

Climb the tower in Split's cathedral. Take the dizzying climb and reward yourself with a panoramic view of the palace, the city, the sea and beyond.

Cool off with a dip. Bacvice is a popular local beach which may lack the exclusivity and tranquillity of some of the beaches you may have stopped at on your sailing adventure, but has a fun atmosphere and is just a few minutes' walk from the centre of town.

Suggested sailing itinerary from Split

  • Day 1 - Split 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 Split - 17nm

Total = 94nm

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