Croatia Itinerary: Central Dalmation Route
- Day 1: Split-Milna (island Brač)
- Day 2: Milna – Hvar
- Day 3: Hvar – Vis
- Day 4: Vis- Korčula
- Day 5: Korčula- Jelsa
- Day 6: Jelsa – Pučišća
- Day 7: Pučišća – Omiš (or Split)
- Day 8: Omiš – Split
*IMPORTANT NOTE: this is a route suggestion, the route is always determined in communication with the Captain upon embarkation. The Captain always holds the right to change the route if the weather conditions do not allow for him to proceed according to your agreement.
Your embarkation is at 17:00 in Split
Day 1: Split-Milna (island Brač)
Your embarkation is at 17:00 in Split. After introducing with the crew and looking around the boat you will sail a little bit out of Split, to the beautiful little fishing town on island Brač called Milna. This first night you will have dinner served on boat, so you will be able to completely relax after your day of travel and spend your night in some beautiful bay without any contact with civilization. If this is not something you would prefer – you can choose to moor in town port or visit the town with the tender. Milna is typical small fishermen town located on the western side of island Brač. From the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian until today, Milna is well known as the safest harbor on the island Brač. It is also known for the beautiful bays that surround this village, an because of this – it is ideal place to spend the first night of this 7- day Adriatic cursing adventure. History lovers can find joy in wondering thought the beautiful narrow streets of Milna, with old stone houses all around you or can visit Baroque parish church with typical bell tower.
Day 2: Milna – Hvar
Today you will sail to the sunniest island on the Adriatic – island Hvar. On your way to Hvar there is possibility of stopping for a swim on the one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe – Zlatni Rat on the island Brač. Zlatni Rat when translated means „Golden Horn“. It is natural pebble beach made of small stones that are easy to walk on. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters, pine trees shade and unique shape: 500 m long peninsula whose tip rotates right or left depending on the winds and currents. This beach is protected as a geomorphological monument. Zlatni Rat is located in town called Bol.
After this short visit to Zlatni Rat you will sail a little bit more and spend your day in some beautiful bay on island Hvar: sunbath and relax, enjoy water sports and have lunch aboard surrounded with beautiful nature. In the afternoon, you will visit center of the island, town with the same name – Hvar. Town of Hvar is already well known to the most of the tourist coming to Croatia, as the night life paradise, but Hvar has so much more to offer. With a rich history, as Venetian center of the island, Hvar offers many historical attractions mostly dated in 16th and 17th century. Besides history, nature is something that will fascinate you on Hvar. From the magical lavender fields filled with enchanting scents, to fascinating vineyards on the south side of the island to the studding hidden bays and coves on the island chain of Pakleni islands that offer perfect anchoring spots. So, after spending evening in the busy town of Hvar you will be ready to fully enjoy peacefulness of night spent in some hidden bay on Pakleni islands.
Where to eat in Hvar:
- Ko doma
What to see in Hvar
- Fortress Fortica
- St Stephen cathedral
- Bishop’s Palace
- Arsenal and Theate
Day 3: Hvar – Vis
As it will be usual these days, after breakfast served in surrounding of untouched nature you will sail to your next location – island Vis. This magical island is well known to the sailors starting from the ancient times. Greeks formed their colony Issa on this location in 397 B.C and this was base for their colonization of the Adriatic Sea. Ruins of this colony can still be found on island: terms, ancient theater on Prirovo etc. This is why, Vis is well known as one of the oldest towns in Croatia. Well hidden in the deep Bay of St George, for centuries Vis was center of the island. Formed by connecting three villages into one (Luka, Kut and Gradina) Vis has so much to offer. Starting from ancient Greek ruins and British fortress in Gradina, to the renaissance villas and churches in Luka and Kut.
Besides town of Vis, Komiža, is also must-see location on Vis island. From this picturesque fishing town on the south side of the island you can make a trip to small island Biševo, famous for its Blue Cave. Vis has a large list of nature phenomenas that can be visited. Besides Blue Cave there is also Green cave, Stiniva beach, Zaglav beach etc… Also, many attractions, like sunken boats, can be found in the depths around Vis. This is why Vis will for sure leave you speechless.
From the time after Second World War Vis was important military base of the former Jugoslav army and whole island was closed for the tourist until 1990s. From this time many military underground tunnels and other objects can be found on the island and different military tours are offered starting from Vis or Komiža. In the last few years, Vis is mostly known among tourists as the location on which movie Mama Mia: Here We Go Again was filmed in 2017.
What to see in Vis
- Franciscan Church and Monastery
- Fort George
- Archeological Museum
- Blue Cave (island Biševo)
Where to eat in Vis
- Konoba & bar Lola
- Konoba Kantun
Day 4: Vis- Korčula
Today you will have a few extra hours of sailing in the morning but it will be worth it as you are going to visit town of Korčula on the island with the same name. Korčula is usually known as the birth town of famous explorer Marco Polo. You will be able to visit his birth house and from there enjoy a stunning view of the whole town. You will reach Korčula around lunch time and before visiting town, as usual, you will have a few hours to enjoy sea activities and relax in the nature of some beautiful bay. In the late afternoon the boat will moor near the town center. Korčula is also known as a small Dubrovnik and when arriving and looking from the distance of the seaside, you will see why this is so. Located on a small peninsula, surrounded with stone city walls and fortresses it really resembles Dubrovnik. Narrow streets and old town center with Renaissance-Gothic houses, palaces and churches just complete this impression.
Korčula is a really thrilling town: full of life, full of art, full of history. You can feel this everywhere: behind every little corner and on every littlesquare. And if you are lucky enough – in the evening you may witness the Moreška dance, traditional sword dance which probably has its origins in Spain and from there came to this part of Mediterranean. This is something that people from Korčula are really proud of, as it has a long tradition and today is performed only on this island. We assure you that, after the evening spent in this beautiful little town, you will for sure keep some special memories in your heart for the rest of your life.
What to see in Korčula
- St. Mark’s Cathedral
- Town Museum
- Marco Polo’s House
- The Memorial Collection of Maksimilijan Vanka
Where to eat in Korčula
- LD Restaurant
- Filippi Restaurant
- Konoba Maha
Day 5: Korčula- Jelsa
Today, after some longer ride from Korčula, you will anchor near the picturesque village of Jelsa. Situated in the middle of the northern side of island Hvar and surrounded with islands highest peaks, Jelsa is very popular touristic location. With a very rich history life that began in middle age when some ancient villae rusticae were built here, Jelsa has so much to offer. Local story says that the whole village was built around St. John’s Chapel and it’s square, a place that is still in some way cultural center of the town and where many events are being held during the summer. One of these events is festival named after Croatian classical composer Antun Dobronić, who was born here in Jelsa. Culture lowers can also visit Cross Bearer Square and learn all about this five centuries old tradition that has been included in UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage List. These processions called “Za krizem” which means Following the Cross, take place each year on Maundy Thursday before Easter. We also recommend you to visit town museum or beautiful local park created in 1870. Or you can just wander town’s old narrow streets, enter some of the wine cellars and look for a local superhero – Lavanderman. Nature lovers can visit some of the beautiful local beaches.
Jelsa, as being situated in the middle of the island, is also ideal starting point for many excursions: for example: Village of Humac, Grapčeva Cave, Greek Tower of Tor etc. This is why Jelsa Is one of Adriatic must see locations.
Where to eat in Jelsa
- Wine Bar & Restaurant Artichoke
- Me and Mrs Jones
What to see in Jelsa
- St. John’s Chapel & Square
- The Museum (Juraj Dobrovic Gallery)
- Jelsa Park
- The Cross Bearer Square
- Tor – A Greek Watchtower
Day 6: Jelsa – Pučišća
You will leave Jelsa around 9:00 AM just after the breakfast and find another beautiful bay to enjoy your day of relaxation. After lunch spent surrounded with untouched nature and few more hours of sunbathing and water activities, you will sail into stunning deep hidden bay of town Pučišća, picturesque village on northern side of island Brač. Known as the “Port of 13 towers”, Pučišća was for centuries ideally protected port, as it was both hidden and well-fortified. You can still find remains of few of these towers while walking around the village.
One thing that for sure describes Pučišća the best – is white limestone. And this is something that you will notice first while entering Pučišća bay – all the houses in this village are made from stone. Local quarry has certainly formed the lives of domestic population. For centuries, together with agriculture it was main source of local income. Stone from this query was used to build famous buildings in Croatia and abroad. One of them is Diocletian’s palace in Split. Local story says that this stone was even brought to Washington and it was used in the construction of the White House. Nevertheless, stone and stonemasons have always been significant part of history of Pučišća. Therefore, it is not surprising that a stonemason high school was founded right here in this town on island Brač. This school, unique in this part of Europe, has almost hundred years long tradition and has formed many generations of skilled craftsmen. Although the school is closed during the summer months, it can be visited at certain times during the day accompanied by one of the school professors. This stonemason school is certainly must-see location while visiting Pučišća. Culture lovers will also enjoy International summer music school, that takes place each year in period from July to September, when workshops and concerts are organized, during which the stone-paved streets echo the sounds of beautiful music.
Pučišća was recently listed in top 10 most beautiful towns in Europe and this fact only confirms that this little town is one of the undiscovered pearls of the Adriatic
Where to eat in Pučišća
- Puteus Palace Restaurant Brač
Day 7: Pučišća – Omiš (or Split)
Today you will visit Omiš, charming little town situated on the month of river Cetina into the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded with mountains, river and beautiful sandy beaches Omiš combines unique natural ambient with rich cultural heritage. Story about Omiš being “a pirate city” has a real history stronghold. In middle ages, pirates from Omiš, under the leadership of famous Kačić Familiy, controlled sea travel and trade from Omiš to Dubrovnik. All the ships that passed through this area had to pay a fee to them or risk their attack. In the attacks they used their uniquely shaped ships and were very successful, as they would quickly return and hide in the Cetina month. Fortress Mirabela was also important part of this history as it offers stunning view on the Adriatic Sea and it was perfect lookout for pirates. Much higher above the town there is another fortress – Starigrad (or Fortica). Fortica was built as a shelter for locals in the event of an attack on the city. Glory of this pirate tradition is still alive in Omiš, and few events during the summer are held in memory of it. One of them is famous Pirate battle. History lovers can also find a few other locations to visit (Old city cemetery, Turjun Fort, Eastern town door, Town Museum etc). If you decide to get out the town bustle, you can enjoy beautiful evening walks on the promenade by the river.
Omiš is also adrenaline paradise. On the long list of activities everyone can find the perfect option for themselves. You can go rafting or canyoning on river Cetina and enjoy untouched nature in its fullness. For those little braver zipline in Cetina canyon is for sure unforgettable experience. Paragliding, free climbing or just ordinary hiking are also available options.
Omiš is also famous for it’s a cappella singing festival that is held every year in July.
What to see in Omiš
- Church of St. Peter
- Parish church of St Michael with a bell tower
- The house of a happy man
- The fortress Mirabella
- The Fortress Starigrad
Where to eat in Omiš
- Cocopazzo Wine & Dine Restaurant
- Restaurant Pod Odrnom
- Restaurant Knez
Day 8: Omiš – Split
On the last day of your charter you will enjoy short ride from Omiš to Split during which usual breakfast will be served. Your embarkation is at 9:00 AM. If you have time, we advise you to visit Split town center. This second largest town in Croatia will for sure leave you speechless by offering a beautiful cocktail of history, culture, excellent food and beautiful views. This 1700-year-old town is one of the most see locations in Croatia. Wander through the old stone streets, visit palace and basements of Roman emperor Diocletian, climb the Marjan hill for studding view or just sit on the sea promenade and enjoy your coffee or lunch. In Split, there is something for everybody.
What to see in Split
- Diocletian’s Palace
- St. Duje’s Cathedral and Campanile
- Peristil Square
- Marjan hill
- Statue of Grgur Ninski
Where to eat in Split
- Zora bila