14 days sailing route 1
If you are planning a two week sailing holiday, you can try this route. We tried to include lots of interesting and beautiful places in this route.
Of course, two weeks is too short to see everything, so there will be plenty of places for you to see when you came back next time.
Trogir - Island of Šolta - Milna and Bol (Brač) - Pakleni Otoci - Town Hvar (Hvar Island) - Komiža (Vis) - Vela Luka and Korčula (Island of Korčula) - Island of Mljet - Dubrovnik.
To start this route we suggest first visiting Trogir (to the north of Split), or Necujam on the island of Solta. Trogir is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved towns in Dalmatia. Some people say it is even more beautiful than Dubrovnik. If you decide to start your route here, you should sail down the south side of the island of Ciovo and then through the middle of the Trogir’s channel towards the centre. City of Trogir: The oldest part of the town is on a small island between the mainland and the island of Čiovo. Sailing in on your left side you will see the famous fort, Kamerlengo, and on your right side the ACI marina Trogir.
If you decide to visit Necujam your plan should be: Sail to Nečujam which is nine nautical miles from Split. You can anchor the boat in the middle of the bay or on one of the knots on the sea front among all the other boats. At the end of the bay of Necujam there are two smaller bays, Piškera and Maslinica, both worth visiting. But, be careful in the bay of Piškera. On the bottom of the sea there are the remains of the Diokletian’s old stone fish pond, which have been there for last seven centuries. They used to be well above the surface of the sea, but are now about a meter and a half underneath and can constitute something of a hazard.
The next destination is Milna on the island of Brač. You will be sailing towards the island of Veliki Drvenik where we recommend you stop and have a swim, as it is a very nice spot. The two little islands of Veliki Krnjaš and Mali Krnjaš form a very beautiful lagoon, ideal for swimming in. The bay is well protected from north winds and the bottom of the sea is sandy. Pay attention to the depth of the sea in the lagoon as it is no more than few meters deep.
Bay of Milna and ACI marina: After this, sail along the south side of the island of Solta towards Splitska Vrata (Split’s Gate) between the islands of Brač and the island of Šolta. This is the way to Milna on the island of Brač, one of the best-preserved old towns in that area. In Milna there is an ACI marina Milna, an ideal place to spend the night. The marina is naturally very well protected from the winds. We strongly recommend having a look around the town.
In the morning the wind should take us to Bol on the island of Brač. You should anchor next to one of the most famous beaches of the Adriatic, Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape). It can be done on the left or on the right side of the beach, depending of the wind. You may also find that on the charts it will be called Dugi Rat (the Long Cape), but the locals
Bol - Zlatni Rat beach always called it Zlatni Rat and the name has stuck. It is long pebbly beach of several hundred metres, extending straight out into the sea. You have probably seen pictures of it before, since it is constantly used in promotional pictures for Croatian tourism and is said to be one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. Still, a visit is highly recommended and very relaxing. You could spend the night in Bol’s bay, but as the harbour is not well protected from winds we do recommend anchoring in Vrboska on the island of Hvar.
If you have decided to spend the night in Bol, in the morning we suggest visiting Jelsa or Vrboska on the island of Hvar. There are several lovely little bays ideal for swimming and sunbathing all day long. The evening can be spent in either of these two towns. Both have a number of good restaurant and bars.
Today we will be sailing towards the west cape of the island of Hvar called Pelegrina. You will pass some wonderful sights, such as the bay of Pribinja, Jagodna and other areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Pakleni Otoci islands: After passing the cape of Pelegrina you will come to Pakleni Otoci near the island of Hvar. This archipelago consists of 21 small islands and little rocks. Be aware of the shallows and rocks under the surface. On the archipelago there is also an ACI marina Palmižana where you could spend the night. For more romantic setting, there are a number of well-protected bays to provide shelter for the night.
After a day of swimming and sunbathing on the Pakleni Otoci, in the late afternoon, you should head off towards the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar. You ought to find the knot, (the place to anchor on the waterfront) before dark. If there is no room on the waterfront, you can always anchor in the middle of the bay as many other boats will be doing.
Town of Hvar: But it is important to bear in mind that Hvar’s bay is not well protected from strong winds! Hvar is a very beautiful place with a rich cultural heritage. It is most famous for one of the oldest public theatres in Europe, built in 1612. You can get a great sense of the history of the place just by walking through the streets and squares of the town.
The evening can be pleasantly spent in one of the restaurants or bars.
Town of Komiža: Today we will sail towards the island of Vis to the town of Komiža. We will be sailing south of the Pakleni archipelago towards the north coast of the island of Vis, the cape of Barjaci. Passing the cape of Barjaci you will find yourself in Komiza bay. In Komiza you can anchor in the middle of the bay or along the waterfront, which is well supplied with water and electricity. Komiža is one of the loveliest towns in Dalmatia, and has a long fishing tradition. Needless to say, it sports a number of excellent fish restaurants. The narrow old streets of the town are well worth having a look around.
In the morning sail towards the island of Biševo and one of the most famous sights of the Adriatic, Modra špilja (the Blue Cave). It is only five nautical miles south-west of Komiza. A word of advice: it is a good idea to sail early, before the tide.
The main part of the cave is an open space under the sea which in combination with the third hole in its roof, about three meters above the sea, creates the most extraordinary and beautiful light effect.
After the wonderful “blue experience” you should start sailing along the south side of the island of Vis. There are numerous beautiful bays of which the best known is the bay of Stiniva, definitely worth seeing. You can anchor on the coastal side of the bay. The next part of the rout will take you towards the islands of Ravnik and Budihovac, perfect places for a refreshing swimming before entering Vis harbour.
Town of Vela Luka: Today you will be sailing towards the island of Korčula passing the island of Proizd. The island of Proizd is famous for its lovely beaches so we recommend stopping there and diving into the blue water. After that go to Vela Luka on the island of Korčula. You can find a petrol station here. Vela Luka is the biggest bay on the island and itself consists of a series of smaller bays. It is the best-protected harbour and a safe place to spend the night.
Town of Korčula: Sailing along the south side of the island of Korčula towards the town Korčula will take a long time so we recommend an early start. Also, it is good to get there before the sunset to find the place to anchor in the ACI marina Korčula. The town of Korcula is the biggest on the island and was already one of the principal Dalmatian ports by the early thirteenth century, and is thought to have been the birthplace of Marco Polo.
The town has many historic buildings and still retains its medieval centre and walls. It is worth spending some time sightseeing around this place.
It is worth mentioning that there are few more places on the way to Korčula, which you may find particularly interesting and worth visiting. Among them are the harbours at Karbuni, Prizba and Putnatska. You may even want to spend the night in one of these places.
If you haven’t yet got to Korčula, continue sailing towards the cape of Raznjic and then on towards the town of Korčula. On the way you can visit the island of Badija with its famous Franciscan monastery.
However, if you spent the night in Korčula, continue sailing further south towards the island of Mljet and the town of Pomene.
It is approx. 14 miles from Korčula. You can anchor the boat on the seafront in front of the hotel. Mljet is a real paradise for sailors, where one can find plenty of fish and very great hospitality. After anchoring in Pomena, you must visit the Mljet’s national park, whose beauty must be seen to be believed.
After Pomena sail on, passing the cape of Glavat towards one of the biggest bays on the island – Polače. Polače is well protected from strong winds such as the Bura and the Jugo, as it is surrounded by small islands. There are six different ways of getting into the bay through all the various islands and all of them are safe. However, there is a shallow stretch of water of about 30 meters in front of the little cape below the Stupa peninsula on the north-west side of the bay and then appears again below the little island of Moračnik (just opposite the peninsula). The central part of this passage is deep enough. All the islands are good for anchoring, but the bay of Tatinica Mala is recommended, just infront of the island of Kobrava. There you will notice the remains of an old Roman palace next to the dock. After visiting Polace you should be heading towards Sobra and then towards Prozura or its neighbouring port, Okulje. Both of these ports are well protected and good places to spend the night.
Today, after a good rest, sail towards Dubrovnik. If you don’t want to go straight all the way to Dubrovnik you can sail to Šipanska Luka. The best place for anchoring is in the harbour, because the ferry occupies the entire harbour front. After anchoring it is worth walking to Šipanjsko Polje to see the vinyards and olive groves interspersed with summer villas.
Fourteenth & fifteenth day
City of Dubrovnik: Today you are heading towards the coast again, towards our last destination, Dubrovnik, passing the island of Lopud, another great place for swim, before arriving at Dubrovnik.
In Gruz harbour (if there is enough space) you can anchor next to the breakwater of the Yacht Club – Orsan on the west side of the harbour. It is also possible to anchor on the opposite side of the harbour.
Walk along the Stradun (the main street in Dubrovnik) and the numerous small streets in and around the city. The perfectly preserved city walls and historical buildings will take your breath away. Do not lose the opportunity to sail into the City harbour as sailors have done for hundreds of years. Sailors built this magnificent town and the only way fully to appreciate the beauty of the place is to arrive from the sea. Dubrovnik is under the protection of UNESCO. This rout suggests spending the last two days in Dubrovnik to give you enough time to enjoy the city to the full.