Sail along the Croatian shoreline on the Adriatic Sea: From Split to Dubrovnik, ready your cameras for some fantastic photo opportunities around every corner!
Perfect beaches and clear turquoise water aren’t the only things luring travelers to the 350 km stretch of land that makes up the Dalmatian Coast. Over the past few years, Croatia has enjoyed a steady upsurge in tourism, even so, it’s still rather a low key when compared to other popular Mediterranean destinations.
But, thanks to a great network of marinas, the Dalmatian coast makes for an ideal sailing boat destination. Start off from the port city of Split, where old and new perfectly converge against the coastal mountains which act as a backdrop to this picturesque town. Visit Diocletian’s imposing palace and take a stroll on the promenade where you can enjoy a local meal. Then as you sail to the mainland city of Dubrovnik or rent a boat in Croatia, stop by some of the beautiful surrounding islands.
The Dalmatian coast is dotted with many islands, all of which are different from each other but remain quintessentially Croatian. Many of the islands are uninhabited, and a select few such as Silva have no cars, making them very desirable destinations. Vis is the furthest island from the coast. Having been used as a military base until 1989, it was largely unknown to tourists until very recently. If you’re looking to experience an authentic laid-back Dalmatian island lifestyle on boat, and a genuine cuisine reliant on simple yet delicious recipes, then a stop at Vis is definitely recommended.
If you’re a serious foodie, take a detour to mainland Mali Ston, a tiny village on the Pelješac peninsula. Located a kilometer away from its neighboring village Ston, this is the place to go to enjoy the freshest oysters and mussels, which have been farmed there since the days of the Roman Empire.
Finish off your sailing holiday with a visit to the walled city of Dubrovnik. A coastal city and a UNESCO world heritage site, this city have plenty to offer. It boasts magnificent Baroque churches, palaces, fortresses and fortifications, the latter of which have now become home to the popular television series Game of Thrones. And, if you’re looking for something unique, try out one of the two Buza Bars. Not easily found, these bars are located on a cliff, right outside the city walls, and are famous the world over for their amazing views.
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