Sailing in the Adriatic is a dream. With blue skies, clear blue waters, hot, sunny weather and mild winds ranging from 10-20 knots (and the occasional gust of Bora/Jugo/Maestral winds), what climate could be more ideal for a sailboat charter? Sail through the warm turquoise waters under the heat of the glowing sun, and relax with a glass of Croatian wine in hand, watching one of Split’s striking sunsets.
The islands around Split are diverse, beautiful and buzzing. Each has a different character and different appeal, so a sailboat charter here will be an exciting journey, with something for everyone. If you’re looking for a stylish crowd, with sleek waterfront bars and restaurants, head to Hvar: a place with more sunlight hours than anywhere else on the continent, the island attracts the rich and famous and has established a reputation for being chic and swanky.
If beaches are your pursuit, Brač will not disappoint. Home to the world-famous Zlatni Rat, as well as lush sands, secret coves, and forest-lined bays, the island has it all; so be sure to set sail and drop anchor near one of its impressive beaches. If you’re the active type, there’s no shortage of fun outdoor experiences on Brač island; you can go climbing, mountain biking, diving, windsurfing and sea kayaking!
If you’re after something more understated and secluded, start your sailboat charter from a base on the mainland, and navigate towards the island of Solta, which is one of the only islands not overcome by tourists, but is still covered in olive groves and small stone villages. The pace is slow and largely consists of fishing villages where people get on with their daily lives much as they would have done 50 years ago, though with a small swanky yacht marina for visiting boats!
For a dose of history and some added mystery, go and explore the island of Vis, which has only been open to tourists since 1989. Previously a military base up until this point, the island is less developed touristically, so has a more authentic, almost bohemian feel.
Croatia’s beautiful and rugged Dalmatian coastline is over 350km long and the city of Split lies at the heart of it! With stunning beaches, and vibrant islands to visit, it’s the perfect destination for sailboat charter as there is so much to see, and so much diversity! National parks such as Plitvice and Marjan are both easily accessed from the city centre, as well as an array of watersports activities in the glistening, blue waters.
The captivating history of Split and the surrounding areas makes it a truly unique destination for a sailboat charter. With the huge Diocletian’s Palace at the heart of the city, you can explore one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments; a UNESCO World Heritage site that covers over 38,000 sq meters. Split is also home to the Cathedral of St. Domnius, an impressive octagonal Roman building; one of the best preserved of its kind, and northeast of the city lies the remains of the ancient city of Salona, the most important archaeological site in Croatia. So, without a doubt, renting a boat from here will be an excellent choice, and will give you the chance to delve into Split’s intriguing heritage.
Croatia’s thousands of kilometers of coastline obviously correlates to its booming fishing industry, and when you’re sailing, what better to eat than produce fresh from the ocean! A sailboat charter in Split will give you access to the best, freshest seafood in the country, so set sail for Vis, where the fishing tradition is still a major livelihood for island residents, and eat in Pojoda where the produce is some of the finest around.
On mainland Split, Konoba Marjan is worth a visit, famed for its ‘brujet’ dish (cuttlefish stew), and located at the foot of Marjan Hill. Or Tavern Fetivi, which is a family-run restaurant specializing in traditional dishes prepared with freshly caught fish and seafood, and menus adapting according to seasonal availability of produce.
Split Airport is the second busiest airport in Croatia, located 24km from the city, in the town of Kaštela. If you wish, transfers from the airport to your sailboat charter base can be organized (at an extra cost).
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