It is one of the most famous tourist centers in Dalmatia. Simultaneously, it is one of the most picturesque small localities on the Adriatic coast with a variety of typical narrow streets situated in the old part of the town, on the hilly little peninsula. On the other peninsula, north of the town center, there are the Slava/Zora and Raduča hotels, whereas the Marina Lučica hotel lies in the southern part. The Kremik hotel is situated nearby. The top of the town is dominated by the Church of St. George, built in the late 15th century. Primošten is famous for its vineyards and a red wine called Babić, so don't miss out on tasting some if you are there.
Trogir is a town with a port on the coast of Kaštela Bay 27 km westwards from Split. Its old city nucleus is situated on a small islet between Čiovo and the land. The airport Split is nearby. ACI marina Trogir has 200 sea berths and 80 berths on land. Trogir is overflown with preserved historical monuments. Lovers of cultural monuments, works of art, original buildings, and beautiful streets will learn here about its magnificent and multi-layered heritage.
Trogir is one of the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. The Greeks of Issa (Vis) settled here in the 3rd century, BC and during history different rulers contributed to the rich historical attractions. It is only 2km away from our charter base in Marina Baotic.
Split - Aspalatos, Spalatum, Spljet. Split... as its name changed from the days of Ancient Greece until today), is the second-largest city in Croatia and the heart of the Dalmatia region. The old town is built around a sheltered harbour, on the south side of a high peninsula sheltered from the open sea by many islands. Ferries to these islands are constantly coming and going.
The entire west end of the peninsula is a vast wooded mountain park, while industry, shipyards, limestone quarries and the ugly commercial/military port are mercifully far away on the north side of the peninsula. High coastal mountains set against the blue Adriatic provide a striking frame to the scene. Split is the best starting charter destination from where you can reach islands like Vis, Hvar, Korcula.
For many charter guests sailing from the Split-Trogir area, the island of Šolta is often either the first point to stop on Saturday after taking over the charter boat or the last point on Friday. A particularly important monumental complex is the castle of the Martinis Marchi family (built in 1708) in Maslinica bay. Today, it ranks among the most famous marinas in Dalmatia.
Maslinica is the only place on the island of Šolta which is located in the bay on the western side of the island. It reminds us of the main attractions of this area, which is a picturesque bay and pine trees on the south side, and nearby deep and sheltered bay Šešula and an archipelago consisting of 7 islands.
Šešula bay is recessed half a mile inland, providing good shelter from all winds except the W wind. There are two restaurants and both offer mooring buoys for the guests.
Further famous bays on the south side of Šolta are Livka, Stracinska, Jorja and Tatinja and on the northern coast there are Rogac, Necujam and Stomorska.
With 395 km², Brač is the third largest island in the Adriatic and the largest island in Dalmatia. Along its 175 km long coast, there are many beautiful smaller and larger bays and harbors which offer good shelter. The largest Dalmatian island is also the highest among the Adriatic islands; the peak of Vidova Gora rises 778 meters above the famous Bol's long beach Golden Horn (Zlatni Rat).
On the western coast of the island are the most popular bays of Brac, Milna and Bobovisca. The bay of Milna with its spacious outer and shallow inner part is the best port on the island of Brač. It is situated on the regional road that passes through the whole island.
There is a range of beautiful small bays with sand and gravel beaches nearby (e.g. Pasika, Osibova, Lučice, Maslinova). The place cannot escape its Venetian origins. The large parish church stands out on the promenade. There are several shops and a few restaurants in the village, as well as a petrol station on the south side of the access canal. As for berths, you can moor in Milna in 3 marinas. Since the bay cuts deep into the land, Milna is well protected from all weather. Our blog has more information about the island of Brac and its bays.
When chartering a sailing boat or catamaran in central Dalmatia, a visit to the beautiful island of Hvar is a must. Hvar is on the wish list of every charter client or boat owner. However, we advise our guests not to look for a berth in the city port during the high season, as it is usually overcrowded. That is why we recommend our guests to find a berth in the ACI Marina Palmižana or a buoy berth in the opposite Vinogradišće bay.
68 km long, the island of Hvar is the longest island on the Croatian Adriatic coast. If you add the associated bays, harbors and small rocky islets, you get an impressive 140 nautical miles of coastline.
The island of Hvar has been inhabited since prehistoric times and offers numerous archaeological and cultural sights. Whichever side of the island of Hvar you sail on, there are numerous picturesque bays with crystal clear sea, beaches and untouched nature. About 27 settlements are continuously inhabited on the island.
Stari Grad is the oldest town on the island and one of the oldest towns in Europe, but it still exudes an urban and modern vibe. You can still clearly see the town's important past with old stone houses, Renaissance buildings, etc. In contrast to the Riva in the town of Hvar, Stari Grad has a lively but not too noisy urban life. In Stari Grad port there are about 100 berths, which are equipped with electricity and water connections. There are also buoys anchored in front of the Riva available as berths.
Thanks to its wonderfully preserved Renaissance centre, the town of Hvar is one of the most visited on the Dalmatian coast. Hvar's harbourside is one of the most glamorous on the Adriatic coast. Here you will find everything you are looking for boutiques, cafes,night-life, clubs, restaurants, first-class hotels. If you like, you can rent a car or scooter and explore the interior of the island. If you go for a tour of the town of Hvar, we recommend a visit to the Arsenal with the oldest town theater in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the Spanjola Fortress, enthroned high on the mountain, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the offshore archipelago.
This 8.2 km² island is located on the south side of the island of Hvar, directly opposite the small fishing town of Zavala. The island of Sćedro has been known since ancient times for the well-protected anchorages that the ancient Greeks and Romans used to protect themselves from severe weather conditions. The underwater finds also indicate that one of the most famous naval battles occurred here, between Pompeus and Caesar, around 49 BC. Chr.
Although Sćedro is a small island, it has several charming bays. It is one of the few islands still partially uninhabited and can boast of untouched nature.
The two most famous bays on the island are Lovisće and Manastir, where you can find paid buoy fields and restaurants. Both bays are located on the island's north side and offer good shelter in all wind conditions except northeast Bura. On the south side of the island of Sćedro, we recommend the two bays, Borova and Porteruša. Porterusa (southeast side) impresses everyone with the beautiful pebble beach surrounded by unspoiled nature. More about the beautiful island of Sćedro you can read in our blog.
Vis is a beautiful island with a rich history, settled by Illyrians, Greeks, Romans and finally, Croats. The island of Vis will surely amaze you, because we must admit that this island has something magical about it that attracts and enchants sailing guests from all over the world. Even Hollywood recognized its uniqueness and chose it as the location for the blockbuster "Mamma Mia 2". The island has 54 bays, but due to lack of time, most boaters go to the city ports of Vis or Komiža. A visit to the “Modra Špilja” (Blue Cave) on the neighboring island of Biševo is also a must.
The archipelago of the island is about 6000 km² and extends west to the volcanic island of Jabuka and south to Palagruza. The size of the island is about 90 km², or we could round it up to a full 100km² if we count the surrounding islets; Bisevo, Budikovac, Ravnik and Host. The main towns on the island are Vis and Komiza.
The berths are located on the Vis-Town promenade, divided into two areas, Vis-Luka and Vis-Kut. Both have sanitary facilities and all berths are equipped with electricity and water connections. If you cannot find a berth on the waterfront or one of the buoys, you can anchor about 40 m from the shore, as anchoring is not allowed in the inner part of Vis port.
If you are sailing from Vis to Komiža, we recommend a stopover in Stiniva Bay. This lovely bay is heavily frequented, especially in the high season. We therefore, recommend anchoring in front of the bay and then taking the dinghy further into the bay, which invites you to swim in breathtaking scenery. The beach in the bay has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by prestigious magazines. Komiža is one of the most beautiful and charming fishing villages in Dalmatia. There are berths on the main pier, and 60 buoys are available in the harbor bay. Regardless of whether you visit Vis or Komiža, don't forget to explore the island's interior as well. A complete sailing around the island of Vis is described in our blog "Sailing around the island of Vis".
Biševo - Blue Cave
The island of Bisevo is located about 5 NM southeast of Komiza. It is one of the most famous tourist spots, mainly because of the Blue Cave. The first inhabited bay when sailing from Komiza is Mezoporat. Most of the boats that take you to the Blue Cave also start from here. You can visit the Blue Cave only by boats from “Nautical Center Komiza”, who are responsible for managing the cave to avoid crowding and anchoring in front of the cave. If you have already moored your sailing boat in Komiza, you can also book a trip to the Blue Cave there.
The Blue Cave has been a natural monument since 1953 and there is a fee to enter. Furthermore, some beautiful bays are on the small island of Bisevo, such as Porat and Salbunara. These are located on the west side of the island. There are two restaurants in Porat, and this one is mostly frequented by Komiza’s excursion boats or visitors coming from the Blue Cave for a swim stop, so the Salbunara Bay in front is a much quieter option for a swim stop.
Korcula is a 47 km long island located in Central Dalmatia, 8 nautical miles from island Hvar, between which the Korcula Channel stretches. On the east side, opposite to the town of Korcula, is the Peljesac peninsula, 1 nautical mile away, and to the south is the island of Lastovo, 7 nautical miles away. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the island was named Korkyra Melaina (Black Corfu) by the Greeks, because of the dense forests of pine, cypress and oak all over the island.
The main spots on the island are Korcula town and Vela Luka. The town of Korcula is enchanting and, like Dubrovnik, surrounded by walls. From the selection of excellent restaurants and narrow streets, to the popular beaches and rich history, Korcula Town will amaze you. One of the great historical figures of Korcula is Marco Polo, whose birth house is located in the heart of the old town.
There are few spots for mooring, but the safest option is ACI Marina Korcula. This is right in the old town. Korcula is very popular and in the high season the rush is huge, so if you haven't reserved a berth in advance, it's very easy to miss out. In this case, we recommend sailing a little south to Lumbarda.
Lumbarda is a small, quiet place with old stone houses. Marina Lumbarda has 150 berths and is a great alternative if you haven't found a berth in Korcula. From Lumbarda you can reach Korcula via a 7km long road.
Vela Luka is located on the west side of Korcula and is the largest bay on the island. Within the bay there are many smaller bays. The bay offers good shelter but is open to NW, W and SW winds. In front of the bay of Vela Luka is the island of Proizd, which is characterized by many beautiful beaches. We recommend anchoring at Proizd and moving to a berth in Vela Luka in the evening. A unique attraction of Vela Luka is the cave Vela Spilja, located on a hillside above the town. It was inhabited from around 18.000 BC. Its finds are displayed in the Museum of Vela Luka.