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Croatia, with its stunning Adriatic coastline and over a thousand islands, is a paradise for sailors. Known for its crystal-clear waters, picturesque coastal towns, and rich cultural heritage, this country offers an idyllic setting for sailing holidays that can satisfy any taste. Plus, the Mediterranean climate ensures warm, sunny weather and gentle breezes, making it perfect for experienced sailors and those new to the sport.

Split, located on the central Dalmatian coast, is one of the most popular starting points for Croatian sailing adventures. The city boasts a large and well-equipped marina, in which a wide range of our boats are located, ensuring you can find the perfect vessel for your journey. From Split, you can easily reach many of Croatia's most beautiful islands, each with unique charm and attractions. Whether you're interested in exploring ancient towns, relaxing on pristine beaches, or indulging in local cuisine, a sailing itinerary from Split offers endless possibilities.

Here are two of our favourite 7-day sailing itineraries from Split, showcasing the best of the nearby islands and coastal towns. Which will you choose for your next Croatian adventure? 

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The beach of Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) on Brač Island

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Itinerary 1: Southern Dalmatian Islands

Day 1: Split to Milna (Brač Island)

  • Nautical miles: 20 NM

  • Travel time: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: Milna is known for its deep bay and beautiful marina. Stroll through the town’s charming streets, visit the Church of Our Lady of Annunciation, and enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants. The sheltered harbour is perfect for a relaxed first night on the sailboat.

Zlatni Rat Beach is one of Croatia's most iconic beaches, known for its unique shape and crystal-clear waters. If you want to reach it from Milna, allow a sailing trip of approximately 2 hours and 10 NM.

By boat: Explore the secluded coves around Milna, such as Osibova Bay and Lučice Bay, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

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Day 2: Milna to Hvar Town (Hvar Island)

  • Nautical miles: 15 NM

  • Travel time:  approx. 3 hours

Highlights: Hvar Town is a bustling hub of activity, renowned for its nightlife and historic sites. Explore St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the 16th-century Spanjola Fortress, which offers panoramic views of the town and surrounding islands. Don’t miss the Franciscan Monastery and its beautiful collection of art and artefacts.

By boat: Sail around the Paklinski Islands, a beautiful archipelago near Hvar, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying lunch at a beachside restaurant.

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Day 3: Hvar Town to Vis Town (Vis Island)

  • Nautical miles: 13 NM

  • Travel time: approx. 2.5 hours

Highlights: Vis Town is a blend of ancient history and Mediterranean charm. Visit the Archaeological Museum housed in the old Austrian fort, and explore the Roman ruins scattered around the town. The local cuisine is exceptional, with fresh seafood being a highlight.

By boat: Visit Stiniva Bay, a stunning secluded cove on the southern coast of Vis, known for its dramatic cliffs and clear waters.

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Day 4: Vis Town to Komiža (Vis Island)

  • Nautical miles: 6 NM

  • Travel time: approx. 1.2 hours

Highlights: Komiža is a quaint fishing village with a rich maritime history. Visit the Fishermen's Museum in the old Venetian tower and take a boat trip to the Blue Cave on Biševo Island, a natural wonder with mesmerizing blue light.

By boat: Explore the nearby Green Cave on Ravnik Island and the Monk Seal Cave, both offering unique swimming experiences.

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Day 5: Komiža to Stari Grad (Hvar Island)

  • Nautical miles: 20 NM

  • Travel time: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the narrow streets, visit Tvrdalj Castle, the summer residence of the poet Petar Hektorović, and explore the local shops and cafes.

By boat: Anchor in the quiet coves of Stari Grad Bay, such as Tiha Bay, for a peaceful swim and relaxation.

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Day 6: Stari Grad to Split

  • Nautical miles: 25 NM

  • Travel time: approx. 5 hours

Highlights: Return to Split, a city rich in Roman history. Spend the evening exploring Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stroll along the Riva promenade. Enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

By boat: On the way back, stop by the Blue Lagoon near Drvenik Veli for a final swim in the turquoise waters.

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Day 7: Split

Wake up at the marina in Split. Spend the day visiting the bustling Green Market, explore the historic old town, and take in the vibrant atmosphere of the city before your departure.

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View of Hvar town and the Paklinski Islands 

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Itinerary 2: Central Dalmatian Islands

Day 1: Split to Supetar (Brač Island)

  • Nautical miles: 10 NM

  • Travel time: ~2 hours

Highlights: Supetar is the main town of Brač Island, offering a mix of cultural sights and beach relaxation. Visit the Church of the Annunciation with its stunning bell tower, and relax on the nearby beaches. The town's waterfront promenade is perfect for an evening stroll. 

By boat: Embark on an exploration of Brač's northern coast, where hidden gems like Lovrečina Bay await for serene swimming and delightful picnicking. 

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Day 2: Supetar to Bol (Brač Island)

  • Nautical miles: 15 NM

  • Travel time: ~3 hours

Highlights: Bol is renowned for Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia's best beaches, known for its unique shape and crystal-clear waters. Spend the day swimming and sunbathing at this iconic beach. Also, explore the historic Dominican Monastery and its museum. The town has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants.

By boat: Sail to the nearby coves such as Murvica and Farska for quieter beach experiences and snorkeling.

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Day 3: Bol to Jelsa (Hvar Island)

  • Nautical miles: 13 NM

  • Travel time: ~2.5 hours

Highlights: Jelsa is a lively town known for its picturesque harbour and friendly atmosphere. Visit the local wineries for some wine tasting, explore the old town with its charming squares, and relax at one of the cafes along the waterfront.

By boat: Discover the beautiful beaches and coves around Jelsa, such as Mina Beach and Grebišće Beach, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

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Day 4: Jelsa to Vrboska (Hvar Island)

  • Nautical miles: 5 NM

  • Travel time: ~1 hour

Highlights: Vrboska, often called "Little Venice," is famous for its network of small bridges and canals. Visit the Fisherman’s Museum, stroll through the narrow streets, and enjoy the peaceful ambience of this small town.

By boat: Visit the nearby Soline Bay and other secluded coves for a quiet and relaxing day on the water.

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Day 5: Vrboska to Maslinica (Šolta Island)

  • Nautical miles: 15 NM

  • Travel time: ~3 hours

Highlights: Maslinica is a serene village with a beautiful harbour. Visit the restored Marchi Castle, now a luxury hotel, and take a walk through the olive groves and vineyards surrounding the village. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

By boat: Explore the nearby islets of the Šolta archipelago, perfect for a day of island hopping and snorkelling.

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Day 6: Maslinica to Split

  • Nautical miles: 15 NM

  • Travel time: ~3 hours

Highlights: Return to Split and spend the evening enjoying the city's vibrant nightlife. Explore the local markets, visit the ancient ruins, and dine at a waterfront restaurant.

By boat: Stop by the Blue Lagoon near Drvenik Veli for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters before heading to Split.

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Day 7: Split

Wake up at the marina in Split. Use the day to explore any remaining sights in the city, shop for souvenirs, or relax at a cafe on the Riva promenade before your departure.

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Aerial view of Paklenski Islands

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These are just a few examples of sailing itineraries you can consider from Split, Croatia. Remember that weather conditions, your sailing experience, and the duration of your trip will play a role in determining the best itinerary for your adventure. Always check with your skipper or our travel experts for the latest information and to plan a safe and enjoyable trip.

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