The heart of Dalmatia!
What is a must-see?
One of the most renowned late ancient architectural objects is the Diocletian Palace in Split, which through a series of architectural sites paves the way for early Christian, Byzantine and early medieval art.
Navigate to the sunny Hvar Island, one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world.
Nautical adventure guidebook
- Split is the most significant city on the Adriatic Coast. The city of entertainment, gastro pleasures and vibrant nightlife in many clubs and cafes. Split has many historical sites, most of them are nestled within the walls of the 17 centuries old Diocletian’s Palace. Do not miss places like Peristil or Archaeological museum and Meštrović Gallery. Enjoy in gastro discoveries such as delicious risotto, homemade pasta, veal cheek pašticada (traditional Dalmatian stew), burgers, steaks and fish, and not to forget the vast choice of local wine-by-the-glass to wash it down. The beer selection is outstanding too.
- Every year from mid-July to mid-August the city is hosting the summer festival, where the palace becomes a large stage where the most famous operas and musicals can be seen. Last few years the city Split, and the nearby island of Hvar are hosts of the famous Ultra music festival, so why not to let the dance vibe lead you as a part of your unforgettable sailing holiday?
- Visit the Split Summer Theatre Festival, held between mid-July and mid-August.
- Take a stroll around the town of Trogir, protected under UNESCO’s world heritage sites, and while there have a look at the Cathedral of St. Lawrence.
- Hvar, the most visited island of all, offers vibrant restaurants and café life. Despite its popularity, Hvar has nevertheless maintained its authenticity. Among other attractions, Hvar hosts one of the hippest clubs in the region,' Carpe Diem'. If you sail in the peak of the season be prepared on crowded marinas and bays. Hvar main harbor lively and, from the water, you can scope out waterfront bars and restaurants. Start near the Harbour Master's building and walk around the lovely waterfront, then up to the Spanish Fortress - known as Fortica Spanjola. It's well worth the climb for the views and a beautiful place to enjoy a drink.
- Visit the Pakleni Islands, including numerous little islands with deep sandy bays, which feature a specific flora, which has now sprawled into a natural botanical garden. We suggest having a lunch on Sveti Klement. We are sure that wine lovers will be delighted to see the vineyards placed just one meter above the sea level, the source of excellent Sveti Klement reds and whites, the fine Croatian wines.
- Navigate your way to a safe haven, the town of Makarska, and bathe on the shingle and sandy beach of Punta Rata, which Forbes Magazine considers one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
- Historiography enthusiasts can visit the Vis Island, renowned as one of the most important ports dating back to classical antiquity. The island of Vis has only two villages - Komiža and Vis, both on the coast retaining their centuries of old architecture. Due the fact that in the past the island was a naval base approach to it was forbidden. Nowadays, everyone can visit these bases on the island and meet traditions, history, cultural heritage and natural beauties of the island. You should see the Stiniva beach - thanks to its beauty; it is now revealed to the world as the best and the most beautiful beach in Europe. Visit Modra Špilja (Blue Cave), on the island of Biševo that offers you unique experience by creating a magical effect – blue glow produced by the sunshine and the sea reflection.
- For hiking fans, we recommend visiting Brač Island, which with its Vidova Mountain (778 m) is the highest island in the Adriatic.
- For a more peaceful and intimate experience, we recommend you visit the Šolta, Mali Drvenik and Veli Drvenik Archipelagos, which are all situated close to Port of Split.
- Take full advantage of culinary pleasures at the ports and taste Dalmatian home-made dishes: pasticada, flat cakes, olive oil and delicious Dalmatian wines.
This list is by no means complete. During your sailing holiday in Croatia, you can combine this and much more. If you need assistance for planning your perfect sailing route in Croatia we’re here to help you.