The famous, beautiful city of Split, Croatia, is a paradise destination for a sailing holiday. The city was founded as a Greek colony as early as the third century BC. Since then, its history has been woven with many countries that has also influenced its culture and architecture, including Italy and Austria.
Because of its history and other interesting landmarks, such as the Diocletian Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral, and Maryjan Hill, Split is a popular starting point for an idyllic cruise exploration of the many other islands in the country. It is also home to big marinas, and numerous options are available for a yacht charter Split.
Planning your itinerary and undecided where to next steer your boat from Split? Here are some options.
Hvar is known for its old town that features Venetian architecture. There is also a historical defensive fortress called the Fortica. Hvar is also one of the centers of nightlife, where popular DJs perform in clubs. You can visit the picturesque and pebbled Dubovia beach, where you can go diving and/or snorkeling. Also in Hvar are the majestic Green and Blue caves, on Ravnik and Bisevo islands, which owe their color to the sun reflecting off its sandy surface.
This island is best known for the beach with the Golden Horn or Zlatni rat. Its shape changes according to the wind and water currents. Visitors can simply sunbathe on the pebbled and golden sand, although it is also a terrific place for paddle boards and snorkeling. Brac is also home to Vidova Gora, which is the highest peak on the Adriatic islands and is therefore an inviting summit to hikers. Brac is famous for its stone, which has been used in the construction of the United States White House and the Dioclesian Palace in split.
Korčula is the sixth largest island in the Adriatic region; it is known for its vineyards, olive groves, and small beaches, as well as its dense pine forests. It is said that the best Croatian white wine is produced here from the indigenous grape pošip. Its old town has a medieval feel to it, from its houses, plazas, to churches. It is more secluded than other islands, so if you prefer a quiet relaxation
In Croatia, blue lagoons refer to the shallow pools of water in between islands, where the water is so clear that you can see all the way to the sea urchins at the bottom. Drevnik Island is home to such a lagoon and is a great location for those who simply want to spend a day on the beach instead of island hopping. The water clarity allows you to swim with the fishes and explore the underwater world. In addition, on the way to the lagoon is the picturesque old town of Trogir that dates back to as early as the third century.
Krka National Park
You don’t really need a boat for the last option on this list. But this national park is worth the hour-long drive from Split to the Šibenik-Knin County. It is located in the ecosystem between two rives and is known for its lush greens and series of seven waterfalls, with the Skradinski Buk being most attractive to tourists. Swimming at the Skradinski Buk used to be permitted during the summer months; however, starting in 2021, it will be closed for conservation purposes. However, swimming will still be allowed in other parts of the park: Stinice, Remetić-Pisak, and the downstream of the Roški Slap.