7 DAYS SAILING ITINERARY SOUTH FROM SPLIT - 2
SPLIT – MASLINICA – VIS – LASTOVO – MLJET – KORČULA – HVAR – SPLIT
166 NM, on average 2-5 hours of sailing/motoring per day
Visit all the "main" islands between Split and Dubrovnik in seven days' time. The ambitious route sometimes requires to sail up to 5 hours to reach the next destination. It is for those who enjoy sailing and for those who would like to visit as many different islands as possible in a week's time.
DAY 1 - SATURDAY
SPLIT – MASLINICA – 14 NM
Our base is placed in the ACI MARINA SPLIT which is located in the most beautiful part of Split's port overlooking Riva, the most popular Lungomare promenade in Split. Walking from the center of Split, it will take you like 20 minutes to reach our office in the marina which is next to the pier D, last in line, while the boats are on the pier C and A. After finishing the formalities in the office, provided that your boat is ready and that you bought planned provisions, you can get on board and head towards your first destination, MASLINICA, a charming small village on the western side of the island of Šolta, famous for its breathtaking sunset and an archipelago of seven small islands. Witnessing the sun drowning in the sea behind the archipelago of seven small islands in front of the Maslinica would surely be the highlight of the visit to this place. For dining out, there is plenty of choice, as in Maslinica as on the island of Šolta. You can choose from fancy restaurants to taverns, konobas, or household farmings. You can spend the night safely moored in the beautiful marina MARTINIS - MARCHI placed in the village, or you can anchor in the neighboring bay Šešula where two restaurants offer their moorings (limited number) for free, provided that you eat there. From Šešula, the bay it is 10 minutes on feet till Maslinica.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: St. Nicholas church – nice view, Olive oil tastings
DAY 2 - SUNDAY
MASLINICA – VIS – 22NM
The town of VIS is located in the north-eastern part of the island of Vis at the foot of a well-protected bay. Vis is a stretched settlement grown out of the two settlements, Kut and Luka, which became one entity in the 16th century. After the Second World War till the beginning of the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995), Vis was closed for foreign tourists. It was a Yugoslav military base and the military remains witnessing this period are to be found all around Vis. Although the visitors, especially yachtsmen, are increasingly coming to Vis and the island is being changed daily, the authentic Mediterranean environment is still well preserved. For an overnight stay, you have the choice of mooring in the Vis port - harbor – town pier or Kut bay, or you could anchor in a bay, which is also charged.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: Vis Museum, Archeological sites: ancient remains of Issa, the first urban center in Croatia, Franciscan church and Conventual Franciscan monastery, biking, hiking, and other guided tours
DAY 3 - MONDAY
VIS – LASTOVO – 35NM
The island of Lastovo is a member of the south Dalmatian islands and the most distant inhabited island. Like pearls, there is a thread of 45 small islands and cliffs alongside Lastovo. All together - 46 beautiful and interesting islands. 70% of the island's surface is covered with forest. That is why it is also called the Green Island. Because of its remoteness and the fact that during communism, for 50 years, it was closed for tourists, Lastovo is well preserved. The entire archipelago, Lastovo, and all the islets were declared Park of Nature in order to preserve its beauty and untouched nature. For overnight, you can choose between mooring in marina Vela Lago in Pasadur or restaurants' moorings in Skrivena Luka or Zaklopatica bays. Good anchoring options are Jurjeva luka or Skrivena luka.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: town of Lastovo with its famous chimney- in the mainland, churches
DAY 4 - TUESDAY
LASTOVO – MLJET – 23NM
Mljet is one of the most beautiful and most forested islands in the Adriatic. Mljet National Park makes the most of the island. The park includes two deep bays which, due to their extremely narrow links with the sea, are regarded as and indeed named lakes: the Great Lake and the Small Lake. In the middle of the Great Lake, there is a small island with the Benedictine Monastery dating from the 12th century. You can access the National park from Pomena or Polače using footpaths or a bus. Mooring options: Pomena or Polače, on a jetty or restaurants' moorings. Anchoring options: Pomena or Polače bay.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO: a visit to National Park which also includes a visit to the Benedectine monastery, cycling, hiking...
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY
MLJET – KORČULA - 14NM
Korčula is a beautiful fortified town of Venetian origins. It sprung up on a small peninsula that was connected to the mainland with the stone stairways, nowadays one of the city's symbols. According to the legend, Marco Polo is said to be born here. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a fishbone pattern. This street plan allows free circulation of air but protects against strong winds. The best mooring option is the ACI marina in the town's center, although there are a few places on the town's pier.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: house of Marco Polo, the Town Museum, Moreška – a sword dance
DAY 6 - THURSDAY
KORČULA – HVAR – 35NM
The city of Hvar is certainly one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic coast, not only for its bespoke natural beauty and rich historical heritage but also for its nightlife offer. A group of 20 something islets and rocks situated in front of Hvar, by the name of Pakleni otoci - Hell Islands (or Hvar’s isles, as locals would refer to them) is unique and the most recognizable natural beauty of Hvar. St Klement island is the biggest island of the group. ACI marina is placed in the Palmižana bay on St Klement island Walking from Palmižana bay over the hill (10 minutes) through the botanical park, you reach Vinogradišće bay, a beautiful bay with a white sandy beach and turquoise color of the sea surrounded by the restaurants which terraces border the seafront. HVAR is to be reached by taxi boats operating till late in the night.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: Fortica fortress, Hvar's cathedral, Hvar's theatre, Franciscan monastery, Organised trips: hiking, walking, kayaking...
DAY 7 - FRIDAY
HVAR – SPLIT – 23NM
The town of SPLIT, the nowadays capital of Dalmatia, expanded from the Diocletian palace, the palace built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century. It is the world's best-preserved palace from late antiquity and on UNESCO's list since 1979, mostly for the reason that the palace continues to live a full life, it is not only a monument from the past. Moor in our base marina, ACI marina Split. See more info on what to see and where to eat on our blog here.
SIGHTS/THINGS TO DO/ATTRACTIONS: Diocletian palace, Marjan hill – nice view of Split, museums, art galleries...
DAY 8 - SATURDAY
SPLIT – CHECK-OUT
It is time to say GOODBYE ...... but only until next time, since we are sure you will like your week of sailing the Croatian islands so much that you will definitely come back!
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