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The beautiful coastal region of Dalmatia is a haven for sun-lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The region is also home to two of Croatia's most famous cities: Dubrovnik and Split. The islands located off the coast of Central and Southern Croatia provide an excellent opportunity to do a bit of island hopping. Whether you are looking for a day-trip to the nearby islands of Solta or Brac or wanting to spend a few days sailing around the stunning Adriatic, Dalmatia is the perfect place to explore some of the country's most beautiful beaches, charming villages and striking mountaneous landscapes.
One of the most popular one-way sailing routes in Dalmatia starts in the historic city of Split and ends in the remarkable city of Dubrovnik. The journey by boat takes about 7-10 days depending on how long you would like to stay on each island.
Day 1. Split
Split is an excellent starting point for a sailing trip in Dalmatia. It's airport is well connected to many major European cities and is a must-see city when visiting Croatia. The city is most famous for its Old Town, which developed inside of the ancient walls of Diocletian's Palace. The town is well-worth exploring and there seem to always be a lot of great events going on. Try tango dancing under the moonlight on the white marble of the Peristyle Square or enjoying a concert on the Riva, Split's famous promenade.
Day 2. Brac
Home to one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Brac makes an excellent first stop when island hopping in Dalmatia. The first place to go is Zlatni rat in Bol, which has consistently been rated as one of the best beaches in Europe. You can drop anchor and spend the night in the small fishing village of Milna.
Day 3. Hvar
Hailed as the "new St Tropez", the bustling island of Hvar is definitely worth visiting. While many celebrities, yachters and partiers head to Hvar for its vibrant nightlife and incredible beach parties, the island is also frequently visited for its lovely vineyards, great hiking spots as well as its alluring bays and coves. You can moor your boat in Hvar marina or in the nearby island of Palmizana and then hop on a water taxi to Hvar.
Day 4. Vis
From Hvar, you can make your way to the most far out island in Dalmatia- the island of Vis. Vis has retained much of its authentic character and traditions because of its distance and past as a previous military base. The island is one of the most romantic island destinations. Don't miss a trip to Stiniva. You can dock your boat in Vis town's harbour and spend an enchanting evening sampling some of the island's best seafood dishes.
Day 5. Korcula
Korcula is known for its rich cultural traditions, wooded landscapes and vineyards. The island has many great beaches and bays that can only be accessed by boat, meaning you will most likely have an opportunity to enjoy your own private beach. In addition to the main harbour in Korcula town, the island has 9 other smaller harbours along the beautiful coast.
Day 6. Mljet
If you love nature, you will really enjoy a stop in Mljet- one of Croatia's greenest islands. Spend a day hiking in the national forest and take in the stunning views of the Adriatic. Make sure to try some of the local goat cheese, a speciality of the island and visit the Benedictine monastery located on a small island in the middle of one of Mljet's intriguing salt water lakes.
Day 7. Dubrovnik
Ending your trip in Dubrovnik, you'll find yourself surrounded by one of the most incredible and romantic cities in the Mediterannean. Be aware that in the summer this historic city is a hot spot for tourists and cruiseships so you might wanna get away from the crowds and hit the beach before dropping off your boat. You can head to Lapad Beach or Banje Beach, which are near the city center or hop back on your boat and sail towards the beautiful Elfati Islands.
Chartering a Yacht vs Organised Tours
There are a few travel companies in Croatia that offer organised tours from Split to Dubronvik (vice versa). Everything is usally planned out (from dinner times to swimming times). They can be a good option for people looking to have everything planned out, but you can also consider hiring your own private yacht from an online travel platform like Zizoo or SailChecker, a platform offering a check on all the certified yachts, or Tubbber, a peer to peer platform, all will help you plan a sailing holiday and rent a boat. If you don't have any sailing experience, but still want to try a boat rental, you can choose to get a skipper (your own private captain). The charter can help organizse a fantastic personalised trip.