The city of Split lies on the coast of central Croatia in the region of Dalmatia. Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, Split’s alluring architecture, vibrant culture and great beaches make it one of the top destinations to charter a yacht while on a sailing holiday in Croatia. With its spectacular Old Town, tranquil beaches, nearby islands and strong nautical traditions, you'll soon find out why a sailing holiday in Split is an experience like no other.
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Split is an ideal base for a sailing holiday because of it's prime location near Dalmatia’s beautiful islands. The sailing season lasts from late spring through early autumn, with July and August being the busiest months.
Split is Croatia’s second largest city and is served by Split Airport, which located around 25 km from the Old Town. From the airport, there are several buses and taxis available to take you to the city center where you can easily reach the marina and your yacht to go on your sailing holiday. The marina is located in one of the city’s prime locations near the Riva (Split’s famous seafront promenade), just in front of Diocletian’s Palace. The currency used in Split is the Croatian kuna. Keep in mind that while many establishments accept credit cards and euros, it is good to have some kunas on hand.
After discovering the impressive ruins, charming cafes and lively bars within Diocletian’s Palace, you may be looking for a place to take a dip in the Adriatic. Split is home to several superb beaches, many of which have been awarded the Blue Flag distinction, including the family-friendly Bačvice beach. From the marina, set sail along Split's Riviera. You may want to venture out to Marjan, Split's "green lungs". Sailors have the advantage of reaching the many gorgeous beaches that surround the peninsula that are not so easy to access by land.
You can learn more about the history of Split's Old Town in our travel guide here.
If you are planning a sailing holiday in Split, we suggest a visit to Hvar, the most dynamic islands in the area. Whether you're looking for unique gastronomy, striking Gothic architecture, picturesque beaches or vibrant nightlife, Hvar is sure to take your breath away. Party lovers, celebrities and locals flock to this trendy island in the summer months for some of the best parties and festivals in the whole Mediterannean. You'll be sure to spot some incredible yachts coming from Split in the Hvar's lively marina.
Food and wine enthusiasts will fall in love with Hvar, which is one of Croatia's finest wine producers. Get a taste of Dalmatia's local wines and dishes by following our Wine Lover's Guide to Sailing in Croatia.
Renting a boat in Split gives you more opportunities to explore of the stunning region of Dalmatia at your own leisure. From the islands of Solta and Brac, to the World Heritage City of Trogir, there are many great destinations to visit that are just a stone’s throw (or about 15-30 nautical miles) away, making for some great day trips from Split.
Discover Croatia's best beaches, sleepy fishing villages and romantic landscapes covered with vineyards, lavender and olive tree orchards when you go island hopping on your sailboat on a 7-day sailing route from Split to Dalmatia.
explore of the stunning region of Dalmatia at your own leisure
A great first stop for an island hopping holiday around Split is the island of Brac. We suggest anchoring in Bol, Milna or Bobovisca Bay. The island is home to Zlatni Rat Beach, one of Europe's most breathtaking beaches and offers several opportunities for hiking and sightseeing. From Brac, head to the vibrant island of Hvar where you can enjoy great bars, lovely beaches and vineyards. 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.
Continue south to reach the island of Korcula, which is well known for its charming Venetian Old Town and rich cultural traditions. From Korcula, make your way back to Split's marina or continue on to the green island of Mljet, past the Elaphiti Islands and make your way to Dubrovnik.
Split and the surrounding area offers ideal conditions for a sailing holiday in Croatia. The best times to set sail in Split are during late spring (April through June and early fall (September through October) when the sea is calm, there are less crowds and when you can still enjoy the pleasant and sunny weather. Average summer temperatures range in the 20’s but can reach up to the 30’s at the height of the summer season.
Typically, central Croatia features moderate winds and few strong currents, though winds can get strong at various times throughout the year (particularly in winter). Tides are normally quite low (rarely higher than 0,5 meters) which is important to consider if anchoring in shallow waters. The islands and coastline that surround Split also provide great places for anchorage, thanks to their deep inland coves and bays.
Sailing culture is embedded in Split life and you’ll be sure to find many ways to get local, up-to-date sailing conditions during your trip. And if you are new to sailing, there’s no need to fret. With Zizoo, you can easily arrange to have an experienced skipper on your sailing holiday who will take charge of navigating and driving, while you sit back and relax on your perfect boat holiday.
Split is home to modern, full-service marinas near the historic Old Town.
The nation of 1,000 islands remains one of our top destinations for sailing. Wandering through the winding streets of walled cities, touring the country’s diverse landscapes and savouring the local delicacies and wines in friendly local taverns and picturesque vineyards - do all this and more when you charter a yacht in Croatia.