Croatia sailing departing from Split, is completely different than a normal trip to the inland. Split and many ports nearby, are the ideal base for a holiday sailing in Croatia, to discover the central Dalmatia by boat.
An open-air museum
Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia, the largest on the coast and the second after the Croatian port of Rijeka. The city was often called an open-air museum. In its architecture you will find a perfect mix of Ancient Roman ruins, Venetian, Byzantine and African influences.
Discover the inside
On the territory there are figs, olive trees, palm trees, the bright blue of the sea but above all the mild and pleasant climate that remind everyone that here we are right in the Mediterranean. Split is famous for the Diocletian’s Palace, but few know that Split is a town famous because it houses many art galleries, shops for shopping and nightlife places which are between the most beautiful ones in Europe.
If you get off the vessel to the ground during your vacation in the city of Split, enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes on “la Riva” the most famous promenade of Split, where in the evening you can also dine “al Fresco” outdoors, and do not forget also the “Marmontova”, a beautiful paved street that divides the old city from the new one.
Here you will find many local craft shops, boutiques and other shops for shopping. Do not miss a visit to the fish market along the same road. Do not go out late because the market closes at 11 in the morning. But Split, beside being the city to visit, is also and above all an excellent base for sailing holidays in central Croatia.
All routes for boating holidays
Here the list of routes is very long. Sailing towards the south is Baska Voda, once a small fishing village forgotten by all, and today the village experiencing a new life as a summer holiday center, and especially for the holidays by sailing in Croatia.
Sailing south east we will find the island of Hvar absolutely not to be missed. The island is the queen of the Croatian islands, because of its strategic and maritime location throughout the Croatian coast, and is also important in terms of historical, cultural and natural beauty.
The island of Brac (Brac)
Going further, we meet The island of Brac, also beautiful island. Here your vacation can be enriched by the numerous activities, including the “paragliding” from Mount Vid, shore excursions in the Cave of the Dragon and the quarries of Skrip, or tasting of many famous disches in Brac: cheese, lamb, brandy, wine Plavac, famous fish dishes.
The island is also famous for Bol beach with its golden tip (“Zlatni rat”), the beach that changes shape depending on the wind. Continuing from there we meet Vis, island of lush nature, with its ancient stone villas which will make you feel the magic of a dip back into the past. We continue to sail and we meet the island of Korcula, beautiful island with its beautiful towers built to defend the attacks from the sea.
The curious thing about the city of Korcula, the island’s capital, is its form. Korkula was built in the shape of herringbone. The streets that give to the West have straight shape, so as to capture the “Mistral” wind blowing, to refurbish the city during the hot summer season. The streets that give to the east instead have a curved shape in order to effectively prevent the “bura” (very cold wind) blowing in the streets of the city during the cold winter period.
Leaving Korcula we continue our sailing in Croatia holiday with a stage full of nature: The island of Mliet. This is a paradise of forests and pine forests that descend to the sea, with trees coming sometimes to sink their roots in the sea. The water, although a little chilly, is crystal clear and a swim in these waters has a regenerating and toning effect.
The fragrant sea
Here it is easy to find a secluded cove, where the only disturbing noise will be the sound of cicadas, to take a dip from the boat in these waters which are bright and transparent and fragrant due to resin of pine, juniper and myrtle mastic. It is ideal for holiday by boat which is relaxing, regenerating, the best among the anti-stress treatments.
A holiday in sailing unforgettable
For a route towards northwest we recommend visiting the islands Zirje or the tiny island of Solta and Drvenik and beautiful Kornati and the whole archipelago of Kornati which we mentioned to you before. The city of Split is the ideal base from which to start your discovery of the most beautiful places of central Croatia by sailing.
Sailing holidays Croatia Dubrovnik and South Dalmatia
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, also called the pearl of the Adriatic and a popular destination for holiday sailing in Croatia, in the south of Dalmatia. The city is famous for its walls, Unesco heritage, which were perfectly rebuilt after bombing and earthquakes. The city of Dubrovnik is situated in south of Croatia, near the Mediterranean coast, and is protected from the north wind “bura” (the cold wind blowing strong) from Mount Srd and from the Scirocco wind, damp and warm, blowing from the island of Lokrum.
Dubrovnik like Split, is a remarkable mixture made of Mediterranean vegetation, which is influenced by the Venetian, Byzantine and African architecture, palm trees, tropical plants and gardens of oranges and lemons, and the mild climate.
Less than 200 meters from the city you will find the island Lokrum with its numerous sandy beaches, some of which are destination for nudists. Other islands also very beautiful are Elafiti, not very well known, but among the most beautiful in Croatia.
The other islands not to be missed
Other islands to visit are Lastovo The island of Lastovo is far from the coast and for this still wild and untouched, and is surrounded by other 46 smaller islets. This is a true paradise for those who enjoy a bit of practice in sailing during their holiday by sailing in Croatia.
Island of Korcula
Another island to visit is Korkula, famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo with its capital of unusual architecture in a shape of a herringbone. This form allows the town to protect itself from cold wind called “Bura” and refresh itself with fresh mistral in summer.