7 Day South Cruise along Croatian Adriatic Coast
After setting sail from Marina Kaštela, head for the west coast of the island of Brač, to beautiful Milna, situated in the bay with a view to Splitska vrata (a passage between the islands of Brač and Šolta which leads to Split, therefore called Gates of Split).Milna is a small tourist place with a marina which provides 189 berths and offers a cosy harbour sheltered from winds. A few hotels, bars and restaurants with rich local food offer give a special charm to this little Dalmatian town’s atmosphere.
An islet called Mrduja is just 2,5 nM west from Milna. Mrduja is famous for one of the oldest European regattas which starts from Split and circles around this islet. The Mrduja regatta is held the first weekend in October.
After visiting the highest one of the Adriatic islands, it’s best to continue your sail to the longest and maybe even the most famous Croatian island, the island of Hvar.
We suggest you spend your first day on the island visiting the oldest Croatian town, Stari Grad (Old Town), situated in the middle part of the island. You will enjoy its traditional architecture surrounded by pine woods as you are being cooled down by a summer mistral. Absorb the calmness of this place, take a relaxing walk or go for a swim on the town beach, indulge yourself and taste the amazing food and wine offered in the Hvar taverns.
This is your third day of sailing the Adriatic, but the second day on the island of Hvar. Use this day to visit Hvar town, situated on the south side of this sunniest Croatian island. The anchorage is in the very town centre and against the Riva wall. If you decide to spend your night here, you will be in the centre of the merry atmosphere of this town, which in summer season is awake 24/7.
Palmižana, one of the islands of Pakleni islands archipelago, just in front of Hvar, is the oldest and the best known excursion site of the visitors and inhabitants of Hvar. Palmižana is also a nautical port, ACI Palmižana is one of the safest bays on the Adriatic and it is only 2,6 nM (4,8km) from Hvar town.
After partying hard on the island of Hvar, sail to a somewhat quieter landscape, to the south side of the island and through the Šćedro channel to the island of Šćedro.
With just a few inhabitants, it is the quietest island on the Adriatic which offers you marvellous views.
A special climate stimulates vegetation rich in aromatic herbs like sage, oregano and rosemary. While you’re sailing here you might even get to see dolphins as this is one of the habitats of common bottlenose dolphin (lat. Tursiops truncatus).
Going from Hvar to the island of Šćedro, you are already half way to the island of Korčula. The island of Korčula is situated in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, stretched in the west-east direction.
The three biggest settlements Vela Luka in the west, Blato inland and Korčula town in the east, as well as smaller settlements like Lumbarda, Pupnat, Žrnovo, Čara, Smokvica and Račište, will offer you wide panoramic views and clean sea.
Vela Luka is situated in the far west of the island of Korčula, at the end of a deep indented and spacious bay. It’s the second biggest settlement on the Adriatic islands and it is a safe harbour and anchorage. A quiet Mediterranean town has turned to traditional agriculture, fishing and tourism.
While you are in this area you should make sure you visit the island of Proizd. It is west from the island of Korčula, 4 nM north from the entrance to Vela Luka bay. Beautiful pebble beaches show the strength of the sea, sun and nature. Thanks to exceptional beauty of the sea, it has won the title of the most beautiful beach on the Croatian side of the Adriatic.
Before you go back to Kaštela, use this day to visit another amazing island, the island of Vis. In the west you will find a breath-taking town Komiža, a settlement with narrow streets, houses squeezed together around the port, numerous beaches…
The maritime zone of Komiža is rich in oily fish and big crabs, so the restaurants and taverns of this small place have an incredible offer of fresh and tasty Dalmatian specialties.
The whole east coast of Komiža Bay is full of pebble beaches with the fresh potable water springs: Gusarica, Nova pošta, Velo žalo…
Komiža – Kaštela
On your way back from Komiža to Marina Kaštela take your time to have another look at all the marvellous beauties of the Adriatic and its islands. Hopefully that would be enough to return again and visit these same, or different, islands, islets and coves that emit the spirit and attractiveness of the Mediterranean.