Croatia is an idyllic Mediterranean destination in central and southeast Europe, with thousands of islands and unbelievably blue waters. With its rich biodiversity, the country’s vegetation ranges from its Alpine regions to its breathtaking coast and islands. If you are looking for secluded coves and fishing villages steeped in history, the Dalmatian coast is your destination in Croatia.
With departure and arrival in Split, this journey will allow you to discover some of the most astonishing islands and coastal towns. This central region shelters some of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. Gifted with a brimming natural and architectural beauty, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage.
Charter your boat and discover the wonders of the Dalmatian Islands with this one-week sailing itinerary in Croatia.
Climate and Temperatures
Croatia enjoys three types of climates, but we’re mainly interested in the coastal climate features. The Adriatic coast has a typical Mediterranean climate of cold, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfalls along the coast, are almost nonexistent in summer, but they tend to become more frequent in autumn and winter. Winter temperatures range from 5 ºC (41) to 10°C (50 ºF) in the coastal region. In summer, the sky is always blue and clean, and the temperature ranges from 26 – 30 º C.
Winds and Sailing Conditions
There are three dominant winds in Croatia: the Scirocco, the Bora and the Maestral.
- The Maestral is a pleasant summer wind blowing from the sea. Its natural force is approx. 16-20 knots and it usually starts early in the morning for then reaching its peak force in the early afternoon.
- The Scirocco is not a seasonal wind, as it can blow at any time of the year bring rough seas and prolonged rain with a thickly cloudy sky. On average it blows between 16-20 knots.
- From the mainland, the Bora blows, bringing dry air and cooler temperatures. Its strength may vary from light to more intense breezes.
Sailing Itinerary in Croatia
Route from Split with Nautical Miles
Day 1: Split – Milna, Brač (11 nm, 1h20′)
Let’s start this sailing itinerary in Croatia, from one of its beautiful coastal town: Split. Split is the second-largest town of Croatia. You will do the check-in its marina (Aci Marina Split), located in the port, and naturally protected from the sea and wind trades. The beautiful seafront boardwalk starts precisely from the marina. Thus, as soon as you arrive, you can have an idea of the vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere of this lovely urban centre. The Old Town has many wonderful landmarks to see, such as the famous Dioclecianus’ Palace (Dioklecijanova palača), one of the best-preserved buildings of the Roman Empire. You can choose to visit Split before embarking or at the end of your yacht charter.
After the boat briefing, set sails to Brač, the largest island in central Dalmatia. Here you can visit the village of Milna, with the Church of Saint Joseph (Crkva Sv. Josipa) standing out amongst its buildings. Or if you can’t wait to take a dip, head to Zlatni Rat’s beach, one of the most well-known and photographed beaches in Croatia.
Day 2: Milna, Brač – Hvar, Hvar (16 nm, 2h10′)
Drop the anchor in the morning to visit the coastal city of Hvar, on the namesake island. It displays an architectural heritage mixing both Gothic and Renaissance styles. In the afternoon, visit the Pakleni Islands (Pakleni Otoci), an attractive archipelago in which you can bathe with absolute calm, to then return to Hvar and taste some dalmatian fish specialities. If you want to spend more time around Hvar island you can, as there is no shortage of things to see: the village of Stari Grad and Vrboska with their cobbled streets and white-washing buildings, loads of empty beaches, or hiking through the fields of lavender and olive trees.
Day 3: Hvar, Hvar – Šolta Rogač (21 nm, 2h50′)
For the third day of your sailing itinerary in Croatia, navigate to the Island of Šolta Rogač. If you are looking for a quiet day to spend on the beach, this island will offer you what you seek. It is very lively during the day as many tourists sail to Šolta for boat excursions from Split, but it is very peaceful during the night.
Among all that there is to explore, don’t overlook Grohote, only half a mile away. This little town is an ideal point to spend the rest of the day before coming back. Grohote is the oldest and the largest village of the island, where apart from the possibility of doing your supply, you can admire their typical homes made by local stone.
Day 4: Šolta Rogač – Vinišće (10,5 nm, 1h20′)
On day 4 of your sailing itinerary in Croatia, drop the anchor in Vinišće. It is a coastal resort popular for its extraordinary crystalline sea that you can enjoy in a bay halfway between Rogoznica and Trogir. Like Šolta Rogač, this place stands out for its peaceful atmosphere. It has also earned a certain fame thanks to its gourmet restaurants on the waterfront that offer delicious seafood dishes.
The bay is located between a pristine inlet and lush greenery. It will make for the perfect surrounding for a stopover! At Vinišće, you can visit the unique Via Crucis Underwater Museum, a private project owned by Blue Nautica company that represents, as the name suggests, the Stations of the Cross.
Day 5: Vinišće – Rogoznica (14 nm, 1h50′)
Set sails to Rogoznica, toward the east. Small and charming in equal parts, the calmed ambience makes for the place in which one wants to spend the rest of their holidays. Moor in its famous marina, Frapa, 14 times awarded as the best Croatian marina.
The crystal-clear waters may be a delight to one’s eyes, but the experience is even more rewarding if you take the hidden paths among the woods. One can truly feel the essence of the Mediterranean vegetation this way. Make sure to visit the cultural heritage of the small city, but also the natural phenomena of the famous lake called “Dragon’s Eye.”
Day 6: Rogoznica – Trogir (17 nm, 2h30’)
During the sixth day, you will get to visit Trogir, named World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997. A bridge connects the old town with the mainland, and the historic city centre is the most famous place of interest, plenty of white houses and mazelike cobbled streets. It is a city steeped in history, with an ancient past dating back to 380 BC. The Trogir Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Lovre) stands out as the most important building. However, The St Peter’s Church (Crkva sv. Petra) and the Duke’s Palace (City Hall) are also stopovers you can’t miss.
Day 7: Trogir – Split (14 nm, 1h50′)
If you missed some spots the day before, you can visit them in the morning and then set sail to Split. In the afternoon, but if you want to end the journey, cruise in the morning to check-out early and visit the city.