Itinerary Ideas from Split, Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast in Croatia is growing in popularity, so if you’re eager to see it before your Instagram friends, consider the itinerary below, leaving from Split.1 

While in Split (Croatia’s largest coastal city), take in the history. Visit the Palace of Diocletian and wander around historic Split. Stop by St. Duje’s Cathedral, which was built originally as a mausoleum and take a hike, either up to Marjan or to the top of the city’s Bell Tower.

Stop 1: Hvar Town

Logistics: Sail south between the islands of Brac and Solta to the island of Hvar. Remember: there are only about 20 mooring buoys, and you can only drop anchor outside of the bay.

What to see and do: 

  • Eat fresh produce and buy fresh flowers. Hvar is known for its lavender, and at certain times of year, you can smell the flowers from the water.
  • Walk up to the walled town. It’s a steep walk, but the decorated mansions and historic buildings of this pedestrian-only city are worth the trek.
  • Wander through St. Stephen’s Square: Once part of the bay, this central plaza is the largest in Dalmatia and the heart of Hvar Town.

Tip: Berthing on Hvar Town Quay is popular, so you’ll want to get there early to moor up. 

Stop 2: Korcula

Logistics: Sail southeast to Korcula Island. There are a number of marinas to choose from, or you can anchor near one of the smaller settlements. 

What to see and do:

  • Revel in the history: Korcula is the birthplace of Marco Polo, and there’s a museum honoring him in Korcula Town. 
  • Keep an eye out for quarried stone; this island was one of the biggest sources of stone when the region was under Venetian rule.
  • Sample the island’s wine (one of its main industries, along with olive oil) at a vineyard.

Tip: Not every anchorage has a facility nearby, so check ahead of time.

Stop 3: Lastovo

Logistics: Sail southeast once again, this time to the island of Lastovo. There is one main sheltered harbor (Luka Velji Lago) where you can tie onto the quay or anchor off. 

What to see and do:

  • Lastovo is a national park now, but it was previously a military island. For decades, visitors were not allowed.
  • Climb to the top of the fort (Kascel) for panoramic views of the island.
  • Scuba dive to one of the shipwrecks nearby. There are two scuba centers on the island.
  • Cycle or hike on any of the numerous paths

Tip: There are smaller anchorages on the north and south sides of the island as well.

Stop 4: Vis

Logistics: Sail northwest to the island of Vis. You can moor at Vis Town on the northwest side of the island or Kormiza on the west. 

What to see and do

  • Visit Tito’s Cave. Because Vis is halfway to Italy, Josip Broz Tito used it as a base during World War II. You can visit the site where he and his Partisans—often viewed as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe—strategized.
  • Head to the Blue Grotto. This underground cave is the place to be right before noon in the summer. At a certain point, the light hits the grotto at the right angle, flooding it with blue light. Keep in mind this cave gets very crowded in the summer, and with visits on a first-come, first-serve basis, a trip here can eat up a lot of your day.
  • Because Vis has little industry, its waters are very clear, making it an excellent island to scuba dive. There are plenty of shipwrecks to explore, and experienced divers can view a large Flying Fortress airplane, downed in 1944.
  • Hike to Mount Hum. This mountain offers the highest point on the island and great views.

Tip: If you’d prefer to drop anchor, there are a number of anchorages on the north of the island.

Stop 5: Stari Grad

Logistics: Sail northeast past Hvar to the neighboring town of Stari Grad. Tie up at town quay, Western or Ferry Jetty. You can also pick up one of the mooring buoys on the north side of the harbor.

What to see and do:

  • Explore the old cobblestone streets. Stari Grad is the oldest town in Croatia. Historians say the Greeks settled here as early as 385 B.C. It remained the island’s capital until 1278 when Hvar Town took over.
  • See the home of Croatian poet Peter Hektorovic, one of the most popular tourist stops.
  • Head to one of the many beaches along the coast. Paths extend north and south from the marina. 
  • Visit more of Tito’s Caves. Some tourists report these caves are less crowded than those in Vis. 

Tip: If you want to get an extra bit of sun, following the trail north along the Kabal Peninsula leads to a nude beach.

Stop 6: Solta

Logistics: Sail north from Stari Grad to the untouched island of Salta. There are three well-equipped marinas and plenty of sheltered spots around the island to anchor.

What to see and do:

  • Visit a local olive mill. The island is known for its olive oil, and many of the groves are run by families.
  • Learn about beekeeping from locals. In addition to olive oil, Solta is known for its honey. Add something sweet to the last day of your charter.
  • Visit the Stomorska Valley (Stomorska means of a hundred seas).

Tip: Try to spot a Cuvita owl. This bird is a bit of an island mascot and often shows up in souvenir trinkets and pottery.

On your final day, sail back to Split to continue exploring the city.

If you’re interested in exploring the Dalmatian Coast using this, or another itinerary, see what boats are available, crewed or bare, to take you there.

1 Everything in this article is accurate to our knowledge. If you find something isn’t as stated here, or discover new tips and trips to try, send us an email at info@enaviga.com.

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