Sailing Holiday in Croatia | Discover Dalmatia route
Discover the beauty and culture of the Dalmatian Coast with a Sailing Holiday in Croatia you will never forget.
Our Discover Dalmatia route is laid out over seven glorious days filled with picture postcard swim stops, fresh local gastronomy and a front row seat to the best that these islands have to offer. Book your Sailing Holiday in Croatia today!
All of our prices include:
- Seven nights on board accommodation
- Croatian tourist taxes
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks for each full day on board the boat
- All port and mooring fees associated with our standard itineraries
- Fuel for the yacht and tender
- On-board wifi (subject to local network reception)
- Skipper and Hostess on board
- SUP and snorkel gear for guest use
Things that are not included:
- Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Dinners ashore each evening
- Any water taxi charges incurred
- Any port and mooring fees associated with any special request itinerary changes
Our itineraries are not set in stone and at our discretion, we make adjustments to ensure that you have the best possible experience during your Croatian sailing holiday. We have provided you with a sample itinerary to give you an idea of the places you might visit on your Discover Dalmatia sailing holiday.
Don’t see an island or location that you especially would like to visit? Please feel free to contact us to discuss!
Your sailing holiday begins from Marina Kaštela, located just outside of Split. From Marina Kaštela, we will sail across to the island Šolta and dock for the night in a village called Maslinica at the Martinis Marchi Marina. Named after the castle Martinis Marchi, this marina was built in 2012 and boasts it’s own private beach located between the main marina office building and the outer pier. The marina provides shower and toilet facilities, and is a short walk from the village itself, where you can buy many local products including local wine and grappa.
The second night onboard we dock at a magical little village called Vrboska. Located in a fjord, on the north coast of the island of Hvar, sheltered by pine trees and in close proximity to some of the oldest vineyards in the world. Founded in the 15th century, Vrboska was originally a fishing village, a function that it continues to fill today. You will find a village museum, where you can learn about some of Vrboska’s historically famous residents. Or climb up to the rooftop of and admire the bells of the fortress church of St Mary of Mercy, built in the 16th century and perched up to give the most stunning views out across the bay – a perfect vantage point to watch out for invading ships approaching. Then once you’re done exploring, kick back and relax, dine on freshly caught seafood, and wash it all down with local wines.
Stari Grad (which literally translates to “Old City”) lays claim to being the oldest town in Croatia, dating back to 385BC when it was the Greek colony of Pharos. And once you step off the boat and begin to wander through the narrow streets and small squares, observing the traditional Dalmatian stone staircases, you really get a feel of what it must have been like back in the days of the famous Croatian poet Petar Hektovorić. Hektovorić’s summer residence, called Tvrdalj Castle, is said to be the most famous building in Stari Grad and here you can see more than 20 stone carvings in Latin, Italian and Croatian. Also nearby is the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plains where you can dine on locally sourced organic peka, olive oil and wine with us at Hora Agricultural Farm.
Luka Vis, Vis
On the island of Vis, the farthest inhabited Croatian island from the mainland, lies Vis town in St George’s Bay. As we sail in, you will see the impressive Franciscan monastery and church of St Jerome built on the Pirovo peninsula. Once we are docked, you are able to walk around the bay to this enchanting and living part of Vis’ history, and don’t forget to take your swimming gear, as Pirovo also boast one of the islands clearest beaches! Even by simply wandering between the village of Kut in the east and Luka in the west, you come across many typical 16th and 17th century buildings, such as the Church of our Lady of Spilice, Palača Gariboldi (Gariboldi Palace) and the impressive ancient gardens at Vila Kaliopa. You are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a restaurant to dine at here in Vis, and if you are wanting a particularly special spot to have a pre-dinner drink, we know a fabulous little garden bar that makes a fabulous cocktail!
Today we sail to Komiža, an active fishing village on the west side of the island. Sailing into Komiža is a sight itself with the Hum mountain looming impressively on the northern side of the bay and the St Nicholas monastery and Romanesque single-naved church, south west of the town itself, that is well worth the short hike up the hill. If hiking is not your cup of tea, there is plenty in the town itself to explore. The Venetian Fort of Komuna lies mere metres from the dock where we will spend the night and contains a rich collection of original fishing equipment used locally through out the years, as well as a replica of the famous “Gajeta Falkuša”, the traditional masted nine-metre long fishing boat that could carry six fishermen and eight tonnes of fish! No wonder Komiža residents are so proud of their fishing roots and continue to serve up some of the best seafood in Dalmatia.
Brač (where the Croatian letter ‘č’ is pronounced like the English sound ‘ch’) is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third largest island in the Adriatic Sea. We will be docking in a cove on the west coast of the island, called Bobovišća, where the stone waterfront leads harmoniously up to the local stone houses, the most beautiful of which is the 18th century Gligo family house. This idyllic village is ideal for exploring its rich cultural heritage, its Roman and Byzantine archaeological sites and above all, enjoying its genuine hospitality.
The bustling marina where we begin and end each sailing holiday looks out towards just one of seven ‘kaštel’ (castle) that are located along this stretch of coast, giving this area it’s name, Kaštela or Castles. Each castle has it’s own surrounding village and it’s own rich historic story to tell. As we approach Marina Kaštela, you will see Kaštel Gomilica, also known as the Kaštilac Fort, that was built by the Benedictine nuns in 1545. Still used as a residence, the fort is an easy walk from the marina and, if you are game you are able to continue to explore the other villages along this coastline. Our recommendation is to make sure you stop to grab an ice-cream to help you along the way!
Discover Dalmatia 2017 trip Video
Get a feel for the route from this trip video from on of our trips of the 2017 season.