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Split Archipelago

Sailing from Split towards Middle Dalmatian archipelago attracts many seafarers with its magic and beauty. Set sail from Split and visit brilliant pearls such as Mali Drvenik, Veli Drvenik, Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Šćedro, Vis and Biševo.

The distance between the islands is not more than 15 NM.  What makes the exploration and sailing through Split archipelago always pleasant and safe. Small towns on the coast and the islands keep the traces of the past up to the ancient times. During the summer months archipelago becomes the stage for the Mediterranean way of life. There are many places where you can also anchor outside the tourist centers on the islands.

In the area 50 km around Split you can sail out from 6 nautical marinas. ACI marina Split in Split, Marina Kaštela in Kaštel Gomilica. In Trogir are located 3 marinas: ACI marina Trogir, SCT marina Trogir, Marina Baotić in Seget Donji (2 km from Trogir). Marina Agana is in the place called Marina, 15 km from Trogir towards Šibenik.

Split city

Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia and the center of Dalmatia region.  Without hiding their pride, the people of Split will tell you that their city is “the most beautiful one in the world and beyond”.

1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona. He wanted to spend his last days in the palace. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979. Walk through the ancient city will make you feel you travel through time. Along with the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle-aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage. 

The town is a venue for excellent gourmet and wine experience and offers many cultural happenings, film and like film and theater festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums, and concerts. Few years in a row is a host to a world known Ultra Europe Music  Festival visited each year by up to 100 thousand young people from around one hundred countries of the world.

Split has great traffic connectivity,  Split International airport is just 20 minutes and Highway 15 minutes driving from the city center.

ACI Marina Split is in the center, in the Split harbor. From this marina, you can charter your perfect yacht or catamaran. Start your sailing holiday from here and discover beauties of the Split archipelago and its islands.

 

Trogir city – “City of Happy Moment”

Trogir is one of the most beautiful Croatian small towns. This historical town is just 10 minutes away from Split International airport with 3 nautical marinas in the radius of 3 km. This makes it a perfect departure base for sailing holidays. The old city core is placed on an island and connected by a small bridge to the mainland and by the big bridge is connected to the island Čiovo.

It is a city museum and a place where there is an attraction behind every corner. Greek colonists from the island of Vis founded the city of Trogir in 3rd. st. B.C.  It considers being the best preserved  Romanesque-Gothic city in Central Europe. Since 1997. Is under UNESCO protection. Well, preserved city walls, city doors and palaces, several churches and monasteries, St. John’s cathedral with masterpiece Portal of Master Radovan are just part of what you can expect to see in this charming little town.

Drevnik Mali & Drvenik Veli archipelago

Drvenik Mali

With the location in Split archipelago, 10 NM  SW from the city of Trogir. It covers the surface of 3.3 km2  and with a population of nearly 60. Its coast is well indented and crystal clear turquoise blue sea around the island is shallow. Shallow and crystal clear sea make it a perfect snorkeling and diving area.

Although is close to the mainland, it’s very peaceful and quiet environment makes it a perfect stop during an intimate sailing holiday. Drvenik Mali is a unique island of unspoiled nature, beautiful beaches, and magical bays. Car-free and no cement roads are characters of Drvenik Mali island.

In the sandy bay of Vela Rina is a restaurant with a range of local dishes and fresh seafood. Vela Rina bay is famous and popular anchorage.

 

Drvenik Veli

Is an island in Split archipelago, located 8 NM southwest from Trogir with the surface of 12 .07 km2.  Few smaller islands surround the island.  Same as Drvenik Mali, Drevnik Veli is a car-free island and the perfect sailing destination for an escape from crowds and enjoy in a peaceful and quiet environment.

The most popular beach and the anchorage are by the small group of the islands Krknjaši, also known as “Blue Lagoon”.

The only settlement on the island is village Drvenik Veli in which you can find a restaurant, market, and a harbor. Boats can berth at the long breakwater with bow anchor and shorelines. No power, water or moorings.

Blue_lagoon_on_island_drvenik_near_trogir
Sailing around Island Šolta

Šolta is an island in Split archipelago, sailing from Split on 9 NM southwest, west from island Brac and east of the Drvenik island. It covers the surface of 58.98 km² and a population of around 1700.

Although Solta may not be as well known as its neighbor island Brač or Hvar, it is definitely worth visiting. Many pebble beaches surrounded by the shade of dense pine forest are ideal for families with children and adventurers who want to explore its many hidden coves. Exploring this paradise you will come across traces of the Roman past. Šolta is well known as an island of olive groves and vineyards.

On the island are several smaller villages and settlements. Most known places among the seafarers are on the north side of the island Stomorska and Rogač. In both places are moorings and equipped with power, water, and sanitary facilities. In Maslinica on the west side of the island is beautiful and modern marina with hotel offers, Martinis Marchi Marina. Rogac, which is on the north side of the island is a charter boat base with sailing yachts and catamarans.

Island Šolta will fascinate you with its scents and flavors. Excellent wines,  liquid gold of the island – olive oil, honey of Šolta, carob cake are a must try when on Šolta. 

Sailing around Island Brač

Is the 3rd largest Croatian island and largest island in Dalmatia region (Split archipelago) with a surface of 396 km² and the population nearly 15 000. Brač canal divides it from the mainland and Splitska Vrata from island Šolta.  The most famous symbol of Brač is white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), which is a favorite windsurfing site outside the resort town of Bol.

This peculiar island offers plenty of activities and contents.  It is ideal for sailing from bay to bay, swimming and snorkeling in the pure crystal clear sea, windsurfing in front of the Zlatni rat in Bol. You can book various tours from Bol:  diving tours, walking or hiking, wine tasting… Or you can just relax somewhere in the deep shadow and enjoy the finest delicacies. Once on Brač, a must try are tasty Brač cheese, lamb and fish, homemade sweet liqueurs and famous red wine “Bolski plavac”.

Famous seafarers destinations on the island are Milna, Bol, Supetar, Bobovišća, Postira, Selca, Povlja, Sumartin…

Milna

Location of Milna is on the north-west side of the island. The welcoming bays of Milna have always been a favorite port to sailors sailing through the Split archipelago.  In the most cases Milna is the first stop when sailing from Split area. Stone houses along the beautiful long coastline are small masterpieces of plebeian architecture.

Milna is still reputed as the most beautiful and the safest harbor of Brač.  In Milna are two highly equipped marinas –  ACI Marina Milna and Marina Vlaška. These marinas offer high-quality service even to the most demanding sailors.

Just a few miles from Milna is a safe nautical anchorage Bobovišća. Nautical anchorage Bobovišća is located in the bay on the western side of the island Brač, in one of the most beautiful and most protected bays on the Adriatic sea. Because of the natural terrain configuration and surrounding hills, the bay in which anchorage is located is protected from all winds and provides a haven for boaters. At the anchorage, there are 32 buoys, for the safe mooring of boats of length up to 25 meters.

Bol

At the foothill of Vidova Gora, the highest peak on all Adriatic islands, on the south side of the island is a tourist center of the island, Bol. This picturesque small town was once the home of wine-growers, fishermen, and sailors. Bol is the only coastal settlement on the southern side of the island of Brač.

Its white beaches attract, particularly Zlatni rat Beach, because of their vastness and beauty.  Zlatni rat Beach stretches almost vertically into the sea, changing its shape and location depending on the winds as if it were made of liquid gold. Its elegance and allure have made it the symbol of both the island and coastal Croatia. Bol has waterfront moorings with power, water, and showers facilities.

Pučišća and Supetar

In the middle part of the northern part of the island Brac  is one of the most beautiful villages on Adriatic and Croatia, Pučišća. The settlement originated on the stone, at the stone and from stone, with original Mediterranean characteristics. Its white roofs are creating a true ambient atmosphere. Pučišća locates at the bottom of a deep bay which splits into two smaller bays: Puciski dolac and Stipanska luka. The surrounding of Pucisca, like the whole island Brac, is famous for the production of olive-oil, vine, and figs. Pučišća city port offers moorings with power, water and shower facilities.

On the north side of the island is city Supetar, which is official center of Brač. All ferries from Split to Brač dock in Supetar.  Supetar is a town of simplicity and beauty. It is an ideal destination for all those who wish to enjoy a rich cultural heritage and natural beauties. It has been a favorite vacation destination for a long time because of its beautiful and long sandy beaches, surrounded by pine tree forest. For local gourmet experience you can visit one of many restaurants and taverns in the town.

City port of Supetar disposes with 30 berths/ moorings with power and water.

Sailing around Island Hvar

Island Hvar belongs to the Middle Dalmatia region and is part of the Split archipelago, the sunniest and the longest Croatian island. With the area of 299.6 km2 and a population of around 10 500. 

Located 25 NM south sailing from Split. The island of Hvar from the island of Brac divides the Hvar Channel, from the island of Vis Vis Channel.  From the island Korčula Korčula Channel and from the peninsula Pelješac Neretva Channel.

 

Hvar history

The traces of settlement date back into prehistory. Archaeologists found traces of life on the island of Hvar dating back to 3500 BC. The special prehistoric culture was called Hvar culture.  In 385./384. BC  the Greeks from Paros Island in the Aegean Sea set up a colony at the site of today’s Stari Grad (Pharos).

During the long and rich history, the island was ruled by Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Croatian – Hungarian Kings, Byzantine Emperors, and Venetian Doges.  After joining under the Venetian control, Hvar started rising. Due to its favorable maritime position, he became one of the most important cities of the Venetian Republic. After the Venetians, the island was governed by the Austrians, the French and the Italians.

Hvar is an island of indented coast, crystal clear sea and scenic beaches, plenty of sunshine, untouched nature, a wealth of historical and cultural heritage.  Lavender, olive and wine scents, and always hospitable hosts are the reasons the island of Hvar is well known. Pleasant Mediterranean climate with mild winters, pleasantly warm summers and many sunny hours make a vacation and stay on the island pleasant throughout the year.

Nature

Hvar is an island of indented coast, crystal clear sea and scenic beaches, plenty of sunshine, untouched nature, a wealth of historical and cultural heritage.  Lavender, olive and wine scents, and always hospitable hosts are the reasons the island of Hvar is well known. Pleasant Mediterranean climate with mild winters, pleasantly warm summers and many sunny hours make a vacation and stay on the island pleasant throughout the year.

Settlements on the island

Hvar Town, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sucuraj and Vrboska are the largest places on the coast of the island. Other places on the coast are Milna, Sveta Nedjelja, Ivan Dolac and Zavala.  Inside the island are numerous smaller villages.

In front of the western part of the island of Hvar (from the south) are situated Pakleni Islands, and in front of the middle part of the island (also from the south), there is the island of Šćedro.

South side of the island – Hvar Town & Pakleni Islands

Hvar Town is situated in the middle of the south side of the island. It is an ancient city of rich history, culture, architecture and beautiful nature.

The city of Hvar is proud of the oldest folk theater in Europe. Hvar has been built over the centuries by recognized domestic and foreign architects. On the walls and streets of the city is the most visible spirit of the Renaissance era.

It is the favorite destination of the worlds jet set who visit the city harbor with the mega yachts and cruisers. Hvar is a place where you can come to see and be seen.  The city abounds in top service restaurants and nightclubs for great entertainment.

During the high season, the city harbor is mostly reserved for mega yachts.  On the nearby islands Pakleni Islands you can find your oasis of peace, in ACI Marina Palmižana or in one anchorage ( Vinogradišće, Taršće, Soline….). You can easily get from Palmižana to the city of Hvar by taxi boat.

North side of the island – Stari Grad  and Jelsa
Stari Grad

On the northern side of the island of Hvar is situated one of the oldest towns in Europe, and the oldest in Croatia Stari GradBecause of its central island position, for centuries it has been a refuge for seafarers and today one of the favorite sailing destination to seafarers sailing on the Adriatic.

Stari Grad is an ideal sailing destination, perfect for long walks. Taverns and restaurants with healthy homemade food and traditionally good island wines will provide you with a vacation you will not forget.

At the head of a four-mile-deep bay, the city port offers excellent shelter in all conditions except strong W and NW winds, which can create a dangerous surge. The town quay is equipped with around 60 mooring lines. Water and electricity are available all along the S quay. Alternatively, you can use one of 20 mooring buoys located around 50 meters off the N side of the port.

Jelsa

In the central part of the northern part of the islands lies Jelsa which is an important tourist destination with a long tourist tradition. Jelsa and its belonging area have a richly indented coastline with many coves and capes where every seafarer can find the right spot.  City port in Jelsa disposes of with 40 birth moorings, equipped with power and water.

Vrboska and Sućuraj
Vrboska

is the smallest town on island Hvar. It is the peculiar town due to its geographical location hidden in the deep bay, intact dense pine forests, cultural sights with features of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style, and architecture flanked by winding streets.   In the middle of the bay is a small islet, connected by the bridges, for which it is called ” Little Venice.  The church-fortress from which spreads the beautiful view of the surrounding and open sea is a unique monument. For active holiday lovers are ideal cycling tourists along the Starigrad Fields, stretching from Vrboska to Stari Grad. Also, popular routes are to the south side of the island and to villages Pitva, Vrbanj and Vrisnik. Although Vrboska is the smallest town on Hvar, it has the largest marina – ACI Marina Vrboska. Her location is at the bottom of the narrow long bay, which is why it is virtually the perfect harbor because it is protected from all winds.

Sućuraj

is a picturesque little fishing and tourist town and port on the eastern tip of the island of Hvar, just 5 km from the mainland. Untouched nature, lush vegetation, and many beaches are the main attractions.  The place abounds with palms, tamaris, pines, and other Mediterranean plants. Nearby are olive groves, vineyards and very dense forests. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides and has over 25 km of coastline with many beautiful and picturesque beaches.  In the center of the town is a port with berths/ moorings and protected from all winds. Berths are equipped with power and water, toilets/ showers.

 

Sailing around Island Vis and Biševo

Vis island is the middle Adriatic island and belongs to Split archipelago, 30 NM sailing from Split. Island surface is 89.72 km² and has a population of around 3600.  The traces of life on the islands date back to Neolithic Age.  Exceptional geographic position, accompanied by fertile fields in the middle of the island and abundance of fish in the surrounding sea, attracts people from the early ages.

In the 4th century BC, the tyrant of Greek town Syracuse, Dionysius the Elder has founded his colony, Issa. Issa soon became an independent town-state and coined its own money. Its citizens traded throughout the Mediterranean and the town soon began founding its own colonies.

Issa

Issa became especially famous in the ancient world thanks to the excellence of its wines. During the long history, islands were ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, French, British, and Austrians. Due to the role of a military base in socialist Yugoslavia, it was closed to visitors as a strategically important point for decades. These circumstances slowed the development of tourism on the island but protected the island from the uncontrolled construction of tourist facilities. Thanks to the interweaving of different cultures which ruled the island, on the island you will find a wealth of interesting monuments and buildings.

Two largest nautical centers on the island are the town of Vis on the northern and town of Komiža on the western side of the island.

Sailing around the island you will encounter several beautiful bays which is recognizable on the crystal clear sea such as Stončica, Zaglav, Srebrna, Mala Travna, Stiniva, Vela Smokova… To Vis island belongs few smaller islands in the surrounding Split archipelago: Biševo, Svetac, Brusnik, and Jabuka.

Vis town

Vis Town is located on the northeastern part of the island of Vis at the bottom of the deeply drawn and well protected cove. Vis is one of the most famous sailing destinations on the Adriatic.  The town of Vis is rich with a cultural and monumental heritage from the new era. There are several summer houses, forts and palaces.

Traditional local delicacies you can try in dozens of restaurants in the city or in one tavern that are located within the rural households around the city.  You should try local specialties of Vis bread and cake and pilchards from the grill. For active holiday lovers are available activities such as mountain climbing, cycling, or diving outside the town together with other divers in two diving-centers.

Nautical berths are located on a 300m long city waterfront with mooring, power and water connections. Within the reception area there are showers and sanitary facilities for boaters. In this part of the port are are 60 boat berths. On the other side of Vis harbor is Kut are also placed berths with moorings, power and water facilities for about 30 boats.  When mooring on the city waterfront, pay attention to leave a bigger distance from the sore. Namely, when ferry comes into the harbor it is possible that the waves will push you to the shore.

Komiža town

Komiza town is located in a deep bay on the western side of the island Vis  at the foothill of 600 meter high mountain Hum. It’s a typical Mediterranean fisherman village where fishing was born on the east side of the Adriatic Sea. Komiza has always been proud of the fisherman’s history, whose remains can be found in the Fisherman’s museum in the old Venetian tower on the promenade, the only one in Croatia.  At the world fair EXPO 1998 in Lisbon, a copy of the Komiza fishing boat gajeta falkusa represented the Croatian maritime heritage.  Every year on December 6th during the celebration of St. Nikola, the patron of travelers, seamen and fisherman a sacrifice boat is burned in front of the parish church of St. Nikola.

Active holidays on the island 

Active holidays lovers can choose between parachute-sailing, riding, walking in nature and diving. There are 20 locations in the depths of the sea with sunken planes, sailing-ships, submarines, and warships in the surrounding of Vis. Main tourist attractions are beautiful beaches, narrow roads and houses squeezed together around the harbor.  City harbor waterfront disposes of with berths equipped with moorings, power, electricity, and showers for 30 boats and buoys.

Island Biševo & Blue Cave

Biševo is the most remote inhabited Croatian island in the middle of the Split archipelago, 2.5 NM SW of the island of Vis. With the surface of 5.92 m2 and a population of 19  Archaeological findings confirms that the island has been inhabited since prehistoric times, during ancient Greek and ancient Roman times. There is no water and electricity supply on the island. Rainwater is the main source of water on the island. A boat line is the only connection with Vis island.  The coast is specific by mostly high cliffs, while in several coves you can enjoy the beautiful beaches. The most popular sandy beach is in Porat and pebble beach Salbunora in Mezuporat.

 

Modra (Blue)  and Medvidina ( Monk Seal) cave

Modra or Biševska cave and Medvidina are the most famous coastal coves in the Split archipelago. Cave Medvidina is on the southern coast of the island, below the highest peak of the island, the Straženice. Medvidina is 160 meters deep long cave that narrows down to the end where a small pebble beach is located. Mediterranean monk seal inhabited the cave, and the name comes after it. The entrance to the cave is 14 meters wide and 20 meters high. Blue Grotto – the blue cave of Biševo is on the eastern coast of the island Bisevo in the bay Balun. It comprises two halls, with a total length of 36 m. It was followed by waves and it is partly submerged. Through a natural opening below the sea level sunlight at mid-day penetrates to the white rocks on the bottom where they are reflected to illuminate the walls of the cave in blue and objects under the water in a silvery color. You can taste local food in several small restaurants.  In Mezoporat is a smaller port with 10 berths and protected from W and NW winds.

If you are interested in a day trip from Split or Trogir area to Blue Cave, please check our Blue Cave day trip from Split and Trogir