Croatia Bareboat Sailboat and Catamaran Itinerary
Croatia Bareboat Itinerary - Split, Hvar & Vis
Croatia is home to crystal blue waters, red bricked roofs and stunning island archipelagos, making it a beautiful destination for a bareboat charter. Whether you wish to take a sailboat into the historic city of Hvar or a catamaran into the stunning caves of Biševo, Croatia is jam packed with fascinating destinations.
The island of Solta, nine nautical miles from Split, is a magical place to begin your Croatian yacht charter. You can be picked up from Split airport and transferred to the island in a speedboat, rock-star style to begin your yacht charter.
Board your yacht in the historic coastal town of Rogac, surrounded by pristine beaches and clear waters and head to the neighbouring island of Brac. Stipanska Bay on the west coast of the island is a perfect place to spend the first night on board; it is sheltered from all winds and unlike the barren North Coast is covered in thick forests. Drop anchor, dive into the crystal clear waters and watch the sun go down with a glass of crisp Croatian wine in hand!
After breakfast on deck, taking in the incredible scenery and tranquility of the island, head south along the Brac coast to Blaca Bay. If you feel like stretching your legs and exploring the fascinating local history, then visiting the 15th century Blaca Monastery is a must. After a steep climb through the forest for roughly an hour you will be rewarded by this historic and architectural treasure, settled by hermit monks.
Head back to the yacht and off to the town of Bol which is situated at the foot of the largest hill in the Adriatic and is home to a host of Baroque summer houses, palaces and many other buildings of historical importance. The beaches here are worth a visit; try Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape) if sunbathing and chilling is your thing. To end the day, sail to the next island of Hvar and find a peaceful spot to anchor in. You can stay on board and cook a fantastic meal under the stars or venture into Stari Grad, once known by the ancient name of Faros, and eat in one of the towns many taverns and restaurants.
The town of Hvar is one of the busiest in the area and renowned for its party atmosphere. If you would like to secure a berth in the marina then be sure to head off early from Stari Grad as it fills up fast in the summer months. Not to worry if you miss out, head over to Klement on the other side of the bay, moor in the Marina Palmizana and travel to Hvar by water taxi or use your dinghy. Explore the many historic buildings, including one of the oldest theatres in Europe. After a day of culture hit the bars and restaurants to soak up the festive atmosphere.
Sail to the island of Vis, around eight nautical miles from Hvar and Klement. This island is set apart from the other islands of the Adriatic by its wild beauty, steep shores and its rich history and culture. Visit the town of Komiža, with its streets, or 'kalas', which are lined on each side by narrow, stone houses reaching five stories high. Komiža is famous for its unbeatable food. Sample the korniska pogaca - a pastry topped tart of sardines, onions and tomatoes or go straight for the very popular local lobster.
Opposite Komiža bay, there are several islands belonging to the Vis archipelago with many natural wonders to discover. Biševo, with its famous Blue Cave, Svetac (a former habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal) and the volcanic islands of Jabuka and Brusnik. Sail to Biševo and take a swim in Spilja Cave which you can enter with a dinghy. The rays of sunshine entering the cave create a stunning blue hue and taint everything under the water with a silvery glow.
Arguably the most attractive bay in the Vis region is Stiniva, surrounded by stone cliffs up to 100m high. The bay is uninhabited and is a protected nature reserve. This is a fantastic spot for diving. With stunning caves, including the Green Cave on Ravnik islet and the beautiful lagoon of neighbouring Budikovac Island, there is no shortage of ways to spend the day in this natural paradise. In the evening, sail into the picturesque town of Vis or remain on board to make the most of the quiet beauty.
Head back towards the island of Solta and for the Bay of Sesula. Lush vegetation and pristine waters for swimming and snorkelling surround the bay. With six smaller islands facing the bay the outlook is very beautiful and there is good shelter here from any northern winds.
On the way back to Rogac, where you will spend your last night on board, explore the tiny islets of Mali and Veliki Drvenik. Berth in Krhnjasi Bay on the east coast of Veliki Drvenik and take advantage of the crystal clear waters for a swim and a picnic. Once safely tied up in Rogac marina, take some time to wander the streets of this beautiful and historic town before having a charter debrief over a cold glass of one of the many delicious Croatian beers or wines and enjoying your last meal in a local taverna!
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