Yachting & sailing trip

Nature and small towns: Middle Dalmatian Islands route

The Middle Dalmatian Islands route is a fantastic sailing adventure, capturing the essence of Croatia's stunning coastal region. This journey lets you explore the unique blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and cultural vibrancy of the Dalmatian coast. Starting from Split, a city known for its ancient Diocletian's Palace and vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere, the route takes you through a series of charming towns and villages on the islands of Brač, Hvar, Vis, and Šolta.

Trip highlights

  • Marvel at Pučišća's limestone legacy
  • Discover Vrboska's serene beauty as the smallest town on Hvar Island
  • Experience the rich history of Stari Grad, one of Europe's oldest towns
  • Explore Komiža's unique fishing heritage and the Fisherman's Museum
  • Savor the famous Vis bread and grilled pilchards

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Sailing route Middle Dalmatia is the perfect way to get to know the traditional way of life on the islands, Brač, Hvar, Vis, Šolta. Enjoy the beautiful natural sights, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and taste the amazing local food and wine.

You can book sideways activities along this sailing route, such as cycling, kayaking, diving, wine tasting, historical tours, etc. To sail the archipelago of Middle Dalmatia, you can charter a sailboat, catamaran, motor yacht, or gullet from Split and Trogir marinas.

RealCroatia’s trip designer will help you decide on your boat and destinations and provide complete offers for the duration of the trip.  Every yachting and sailing adventure we craft is uniquely tailored to your preferences and desires, ensuring an exclusive and personalized experience. However, it's important to note that while we strive to adhere to your custom itinerary, we maintain a flexible approach due to the unpredictable nature of the weather. Rest assured, any modifications made are always in the interest of providing you with the safest and most enjoyable journey possible.

Embark on a captivating journey through the Middle Dalmatian Islands, where each destination offers its own unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

This itinerary is more than just a sailing route; it's an exploration of culture, history, and natural splendor, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Dalmatia.

Split: A Tapestry of History and Modernity

Split, the largest city on the Dalmatian Coast, is a unique blend of ancient and modern. It's renowned for Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which embodies the city's rich history dating back over 1,700 years. The city's name derives from a shrub with beautiful yellow flowers, known as the Spanish or weaver's broom. Split boasts the world's oldest Catholic Cathedral, St. Domnius, originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum. The city is also celebrated for its culinary heritage, vibrant shopping scene, and as a filming location for the TV series "Game of Thrones". With over 2800 hours of sunshine a year, Split's climate makes it an ideal vacation destination​​​​.

Pučišća (Brač): A Stone Mason's Dream

Pučišća, a charming village on Brač Island, is famed for its white limestone used in many significant buildings, including the United Nations building in New York. It is home to the only Stonemason's School in Croatia, adding to its unique architectural heritage.

Vrboska (Hvar): The Venice of Hvar

Vrboska, often referred to as the Venice of Hvar, is nestled along a curving fjord and surrounded by a lush pine forest. It's known for its largest marina, ACI Marina Vrboska, and its picturesque setting makes it a must-visit for nature and sailing enthusiasts.

Stari Grad (Hvar): Stepping into History

Stari Grad, one of Europe's oldest towns, offers a journey back in time. Its historical significance and beautiful setting provide a perfect blend for those seeking a mix of culture and relaxation.

Komiža (Vis): A Fisherman's Haven

Komiža, a town with a rich fisherman's history, is home to a unique Fisherman's Museum in an old Venetian tower. It's a testament to the town's deep connection with the sea and its traditions.

Vis Town: Unspoiled Beauty and Culinary Delights

Vis Town, known for its picturesque fishing settlement and as the warmest town on the Adriatic, is a haven for those seeking both beauty and culinary delights. Don't miss the local specialties like Vis bread and grilled pilchards.

Stomorska (Šolta): Mediterranean Charm

Stomorska, with its blend of old stone houses and modern cafes, captures the true Mediterranean spirit. This village is a perfect spot to experience the local way of life, maritime traditions, and natural beauty.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1 

Split - Brač (Pučišća)

Pučišća village is one of the prettiest villages in Europe. It is famous for its white limestone and beautiful architecture.

Stonemason's school in Pučišća is the only of that type in Croatia and one of the few in Europe. It was used in decorating the vestibule of the United Nations building in New York, which makes Brač’s people, together with all other Croats, very proud. It was said that parts of the White House in Washington were also built of Brač’s stone. Pučišća is also famous for its old olive groves, quality olive oil, and excellent wine from Pučišće vineyards.

Before docking your yachts in Pučišća, stop by at the beautiful sandy bay Lovrečina. Lovrečina is a wide, sandy beach, suitable for swimming stops.

Sailing distance: 16 nautical miles


Brač (Pučišća) - Hvar (Vrboska)

Sailing around the east coast of the island of Brac towards the central north coast of Hvar, you will discover the beautiful Vrboska. Along a narrow and curving fjord, surrounded by thick pine forest, lies the smallest but probably the most beautiful town on Hvar Island.

Although Vrboska is the smallest town on Hvar, it has the largest marina – ACI Marina Vrboska. Her location is at the bottom of the long narrow bay, which is why it is virtually the perfect harbor because of its protection from all winds.

From Jelsa, you can take a short trip to the nearby villages, Pitve, Vrbanj, Vrisnik, and Svirče. Cycling trails, along with the Starigrad Fields, stretching from Vrboska to Starigrad, are ideal for lovers of active holidays.

Sailing distance: 22 nautical miles


Hvar (Vrboska) - Hvar (Stari Grad)

The historic, pedestrian-only Stari Grad consists of stone, orange-tiled rooftop dwellings and narrow alleys that cluster around the quaint port.

Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe and the oldest in Croatia. Because of its central island position, for centuries, it has been a refuge for seafarers, and today, one of the favorite sailing destinations.

Stari Grad and its area are perfect for long walks and strolls. Taverns and restaurants with healthy homemade food and traditionally excellent island wines will provide you with a vacation you will not forget.

Sailing distance: 15 nautical miles

DAY 4 

Hvar (Stari Grad) - Vis (Komiža)

Komiza town is located in a deep bay on the western side of the island Vis at the foothill of 600 m high mountain Hum. 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. You can find a berth on the main breakwater or the mooring buoy in front of the harbor.

Sailing distance: 28 nautical miles

DAY 5 

Vis (Komiža) - Vis (Town)

Before sailing back towards the town of Vis, we suggest a visit to the island of Biševo and its natural phenomenon, Blue Cave, 5NM SE from Komiža.

Vis Town is on the northeastern part of the island of Vis at the bottom of the deep-drawn and well-protected cove. It is one of the most famous sailing destinations on the Adriatic. Vis is known as the warmest town on the Adriatic. It has a certain underlying charm that’s impossible to resist. It’s the most picturesque fishing settlement in Croatia.

Traditional local delicacies you can try in dozens of restaurants in the city taverns within the rural households around the city. Don`t miss trying local specialties of Vis bread and cake and pilchards from the grill.

Sailing distance: 16 nautical miles

DAY 6 

Vis - Šolta (Stomorska)

Stomorska is a village cozily nestled in the north-eastern part of the island of Šolta. It is known for its fishing and maritime tradition and has greatly contributed to the development of the island. Although fishing today is more of a hobby than a profession, the love of the sea is felt in all the pores of the everyday life of the inhabitants.

The place is a perfect blend of the old stone houses, sailing boats, and ‘kaići’ (small wooden fishing boats) docked only a few meters away from Dalmatian taverns and modern cafes. Stomorska is a place where you can experience a true Mediterranean way of life.

Sailing distance: 21 nautical miles

DAY 7 

Stomorska - Split

As a nice stop to spend the last day of your sailing week and before your return to the charter base, we suggest a visit to Nečujam and its numerous bays. There are several natural bays ideal for dropping the anchor. A shipwreck is a very interesting sight for snorkeling and swimming around.

Sailing distance: 8 nautical miles

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