Croatia is one of the best summer sailing destinations.
Gorgeous beaches, crystal clear water and beautiful people set the scene for this summer travel paradise.
But with thousands of islands and a seemingly endless coastline to explore, how do you decide where to go? Planning your Croatia yacht charter route is an essential aspect of your holiday, and we want to make sure yours is flawless.
The scattering of islands off the coast of Split make this stretch of coast a yacht week heaven. So, check out our 7-day sail Croatia route from Split to Dubrovnik.
Begin your week in Split. This beautiful city is the perfect starting point for a 7-day Croatia sailing holiday. Split is the second largest city in Croatia, situated on the southeast peninsula. Here, hidden among the ancient walls and streets, you’ll find boutique bars, fantastic restaurants and modern cafes.
Split is a mix of traditional Croatia and contemporary design. The architecture is mesmerising, the marinas are world class and the nightlife will keep you up until sunrise. Explore Diocletian’s Palace and relax on the riva waterfront until it’s time to set sail. Split is the perfect departure point to explore the best part of Croatia’s coastline.
On the island of Brac, we suggest anchoring in either Bol, Milna or Bobovisca Bay.
The small town of Bol sits on the southern end of the island, and is the oldest town on this coast. Here, you can visit Croatia’s most beautiful beach – Zlatni rat. The crystal clear water and stunning white sand draw travellers from all over the world. For this reason it can be quite busy, but it is definitely a beach to check out.
The town of Milna is a small fishing village with a lovely harbour perfect for an overnight anchorage. One of our favourite island restaurants, Ranjak, happens to be a 20 minute drive from both Milna and Bobovisca Bay (don’t miss this place – the lamb is incredible).
Brac is great for the outdoorsy type; there is plenty of hiking and not far from Bol you can explore the Illyrian Fortress and the Vidova gora, the highest point of all the Adriatic Islands. Brac also has many ancient churches and Baroque-style palaces to explore.
Hvar is the most popular island in Croatia. Known as the place to be if you’re looking for a good party, Hvar draws travellers and party-goers all summer long. Carpe Diem, a nightclub on its own island, is one of the best venues if you’re looking to dance the night away. But this island is not only to party on; it’s also full of beautiful vineyards, hidden bays and coves, and great hiking. Paladini and Giaxa are the best restaurants to visit if you want to experience the local cuisine.
Mooring in the Hvar marina is sought after, so we suggest anchoring in the stunning marina on the island of Palmizana, in a nature park just a five-minute water taxi away.
Head back to your boat on Palmizana in the evening and, in the morning, sail over to one of our favourite bays – the Palmizana and Laginini Lounge bay. This place will leave you breathless and full of delicious food and cocktails.
Vis is one of our favourite typically Croatian islands. Full of beautiful hidden bays and coves, you’re sure to discover a secret slice of serenity. Here, you can stay in the town of Vis (a safe harbour with plenty of mooring lines and buoys) or the small fishing village of Komiza.
Vis is full of excellent beaches; some of our favourites are Stiniva (one of the most famous Croatian bays), Budikovac and Zaglav. For a great stop-off on your way out, visit the beautiful Stoncica Bay, with its bright blue water and peaceful coves.
Our favourite places to dine are Rokis, Konoba ‘Magic’ and Pojoda.
The beautiful island of Korcula is the second most populous Adriatic island and is full of Venetian influence. Its historical old town is charming and its marina is perfect for an overnight stop. The city of Korcula loves to charm its visitors with vibrant folk festivals and hospitable locals.
Here, you’ll find excellent local wine on beautiful vineyards and plenty of olive groves; be sure to check out the Bire winery in Lumbarda and the Cara winery in the village of Cara. Dimitri Lesic Palace and Ranc Maha are our favourite places to eat on Korcula.
The beaches on Korcula are, as you’ve probably noticed with the Croatian islands, fantastic. Przina and Bili za are our favourite secret swimming spots.
The island of Mljet is one of Croatia’s most popular national parks. This natural paradise is where you’ll find your peace and quiet. Sail the coast and discover Croatia’s greenest island, with its crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches, Mediterranean vegetation and unusual wildlife.
Here, you’ll find plenty of fantastic wineries, olive groves and the island’s local speciality – goats’ cheese. The restaurants on Mljet serve fantastic locally caught seafood year round. Mljet is unique for its two inland salted lakes: Malo and Veliko Jezero, both on the north of the island. Veliko Jezero lake has a historic Benedictine monastery on a small island in the middle. And here, in the north, you’ll also find Okuklje, which has plenty of berths and buoys to anchor in.
Dubrovnik is the most visited destination in Croatia for a reason. Looking down upon the city’s ancient architecture and medieval walls will leave you speechless. Dubrovnik’s history is fascinating, and this enchanting city will act as the perfect last stop – and possibly even the highlight – of your 7-day sailing holiday.
Dubrovnik has a thriving nightlife, gorgeous beaches and a coast fantastic for sailing. The atmosphere that vibrates throughout the city during summer and into the off-season is incredible. People fill the cafes, museums and historical buildings, and the festivities to experience are endless.
So, check out of your boat and head into town to explore one of Europe’s best coastal cities.
Renting your own boat and sailing Croatia’s most beautiful islands is the best way to see it all. You’ll have the freedom to choose your own destinations and the ability to explore endless coastline, hidden bays and coves, and some of the best beaches in the world.
This 7-day Split to Dubrovnik sailing route is one of our favourite itineraries. So, grab a bunch of family and friends, book one of our late season deals in Split and, before you know it, you’ll be exhausting yourself chasing the summer sun and plunging into sparkling blue waters.