Sailing in Split is the ideal way to explore the islands that surround central and northern Dalmatia. The coastline from Split to Dubrovnik spans over 230km wide, with a pristine collection of islands in between, waiting to be discovered. Split has an abundant set of marinas, followed by many ports and anchorages for your selected sailboat. You can directly contact the owners of the vessel for the ideal sailboat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat with a skipper--or without one, if you own a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise to Brac, Hvar, or Vis. You can also rent a sailboat for a day or two and visit further-reaching destinations, some of which include Korcula and Mljet. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat and visit Dubrovnik, taking your time to go island-hopping in the Adriatic Sea, for as many days as you wish.
One of the most fascinating and beautiful ports of the world is the city of Split, in Croatia. With the perfect combination of superb architecture, historical heritage, and splendid natural location Split is an unforgettable travel destination. The old town, developed around its majestic port, is well worth exploring. This is due to the countless monuments and experiences it can provide, including the famous Palace of Diocletian--part of the UNESCO World Heritage--as well as the stunning promenade, the museums, churches, and palaces. Nevertheless, after you discover all these treasures, there is still a once-in-a-lifetime experience that awaits. With a private sailing tour in Split, you can also explore the nearby Croatian islands. Among the most interesting destinations to include in a Split sailing itinerary are the islands of Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, and the towns of Dubrovnik and Trogir.
While being closer to the city of Split, the island of Brac is less known and popular compared to the neighboring islands, Hvar or Korcula. This authentic destination is mostly known for the world-renowned Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol; it’s a small outcrop of golden sand stretching into the turquoise sea and changing its shape with the currents. Other fascinating sights and experiences of Brac include the town of Supetar, the traditional villages and farms, and the small enchanting beaches. While on a sailing tour from Split, you have to visit the astonishing island of Hvar, famous for its two splendid towns and their incredible nightlife. Hvar Town and Stari Grad are located around splendid bays and feature beautiful Venetian mansions, old forts, interesting churches, and an extremely charming atmosphere. The sunniest island of Croatia is also a great destination, due to its mesmerizing beaches, including those of Malo Zarace, Dubovica, or Pokonji Dol. Other sights include Jelsa and Vrboska towns, the interior traditional villages, or the small Pakleni Islands.
Sailing farther away from the port of Split, you can encounter the paradise island of Vis, with its pristine natural beauty and quaint atmosphere. Known as the idyllic background for the second Mamma Mia movie, the island offers an authentic experience. You can explore unforgettable beaches, like Vela Smokova, Stiniva, Budikovac Island, and Stoncica; visit the superb Vis Town; try diving and snorkeling, or explore the natural marvels of the island. Another fascinating destination you can include to your sailing tours from Split is the island of Korcula, which is long and covered by dense forests. Korcula Town is also known as “Little Dubrovnik'', with a wealth of medieval heritage, including a walled old town, eight towers, many old palaces, monasteries, and churches. The other resort towns of the island are Vela Luka and Lumbarda, while the most beautiful beaches include Vela Przina, Pupnatska Luka, Bilin Zal, and many smaller ones in splendid remote coves.
Apart from the islands, by renting a sailboat from Split, you will be able to admire some fascinating destinations along the Croatian coast. A fairly nearby medieval jewel is the town of Trogir, included in the UNESCO World Heritage as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The small walled center is located on an island connected by two bridges to the mainland, featuring cobblestone streets, a Venetian cathedral, splendid architecture, and an imposing fortress. If you wish to venture further and discover the most famous city of Dalmatia, you will have to visit Dubrovnik, one of the most fascinating walled cities in the world. Inside the walls swept by the Adriatic Sea, there are countless historical and architectural treasures, including elegant palaces, Baroque churches, enchanting piazzas, several monasteries, interesting museums, and everything in between. Visiting Dubrovnik is the highlight of any sailing adventure in Croatia, offering a complete and unforgettable experience.
Below you will find some useful information regarding your sailboat rental in Split:
Sailboat rentals in Split depart from ACI Marina Split, which has 318 berths, or Marina Kaštela, which is only 7km away from Split Airport and was recently built to give easy access to the Adriatic Sea. The marina has a capacity of 420 berths for yachts up to 25 meters.
Lucica Spinut Marina: The marina has a capacity of 780 berths for yachts up to 25m. The marina has 24-hour security and is protected from the N and W winds. It is roughly a 15-minute walk from the main town of Split and is 20km away from Split Airport.
Marina Lav: Offers roughly 74 berths for boats up to 40m in length. Situated in a luxurious setting just 8km from the main town of Split. Some mega yachts moor here too, since the amenities include, hotel, casino, 24-hour security, restaurants, and Wi-Fi. These are all within your reach. It is also only 3km from the main harbor of Split if your vessel needs fuel. The marina is 25km away from the Split Airport.
Marina Milna, Brac: Offers 185 berths and can accommodate yachts up to 25. The marina has won a prestigious blue-flag award and has all the facilities and amenities you will need for your trip.
Brac Airport: It is close to the town of Bol and is only 40 min away from Milna Marina
ACI Marina Trogir: It is generally less crowded than Split Marina and can berth up to 174 yachts. The marina can be tight for yachts that surpass the 40ft range particularly for catamarans.
There are a plethora of restaurants and shops close to the marina.
Starigrad Marina, Hvar: Offers space for 100 berths. The closest fuel stations are in Hvar and
Vrboska. Starigrad is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia, but it offers excellent
Port Dubrovnik: Can berth up to 380 yachts with a 1200m long quay and is generally well
sheltered. Has great facilities and services and is a picturesque port, which
brings a lot of locals and tourists.
There are also catamaran ferries that run daily from Split to Hvar, Brac, or Vis, and a coastal ferry from June to October that runs twice per week from Split to Dubrovnik.
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