Split is the biggest city on the Adriatic. Over the years it has been home to many; the Romans, Venetians, Austrians, French, Italians and finally the Yugoslavs before ultimate independence for Croatia. There is much to see and do ranging from the Palace and the Old Town as a whole where many locals still live. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for tourists and locals alike.
Milna is on the west of the Brac Island. It has the most sheltered harbour on the Island and over the years, that has been something that many sailors have discovered. It was the base used by the Russian Fleet in 1807 and before that the Venetian fleet.
The oldest town on the Island is Bol and because of its lovely Zlatni Rat beach, it has developed as a summer resort. Zlatni Rat is rightly regarded as one of Croatia’s best beaches.
Jelsa on the bay in the North Coast of Central Hvar Island is a little town close to the two highest peaks on the Island; St. Nicolas to the West and Hum to the East. Jelsa has two main parts: Vela Banda in the Southern coast and Mala Banda In the North. It has become important for tourism with its oldest hotel, Jadran, over a century old. The town has been famous for many years for the quality of its red wine.
Lovište is a small town on Pelješac and sits on one of its most beautiful bays. There is a tarmac road connecting it to the other main resorts on the Island; Ston, Viganj and Kućište. The climate in Lovište is lovely with the main bay always having warm waters because of the long hours of sunshine.
Peljesac is the largest of Dalmatia’s peninsulas. Over many centuries, it has experienced a number of cultures, each of which have left their mark. The historical towns of Ston and Mali Ston (“little Ston”) are joined by the ancient Ston Walls, built as defence against attacks from the mainland. Ston is renowned for its oyster beds and the old salt quarry is still operational. The climate and soil of Pelješac together make it an agricultural heaven; the great tradition of winemaking survives, olive and olive oil production and wonderful fruit and vegetables. In any restaurant you will always find dried figs, the best quality olive oil as well as those famous oysters. Local wines such as Postup and Dingač are readily available to accompany every meal. The Bay of Kobaš, with a sandy shoreline and its own marina, has become very popular with the yachting community.
A green island covered in Mediterranean forest, Mljet possesses warm, clear waters teeming with marine life surroundings its sandy shoreline. Largely unspoilt despite the growth of tourists, Mljet is known for its wines, red and white, olives and goat cheese. It is a tranquil place with a National Park covering the whole of the North West of the Island.
Korčula gets a place in history as the birthplace of the legendary explorer, Marco Polo. It is known for its architecture and the layout of streets in the shape of fishbones. The style is a mixture of Renaissance and Gothic with arguably the most impressive landmark the Cathedral of St. Mark whose interior is home to the work of several famous Italian artists. In the modern day, Korčula is famous for its cuisine which uses the best of local fresh produce and seafood to produce some lovely dishes. The local wine such as Rukatac or Plavac compliments these dishes perfectly. Just a short distance away, visitors are certain to enjoy the small islet of Badija with Its stony shoreline and Franciscan Abbey. Similarly, there are other small islets, most covered in dense greenery.
Stari Grad, located in a bay on Hvar island offers moorings in the main harbour. There is a lovely town centre with old narrow alleyways inviting visitors to explore this mediaeval city. There are small shops with interesting contents while the local cuisine in available in any of the taverns on the waterfront. Red wine is locally produced, and well thought of by those that sample it. UNESCO has recognized the southern part of Stari Grad as a World Cultural Heritage Site because of its ancient Greek ruins. Add great beaches, vineyards and orchards and Stari Grad deserves a visit.
Solta Island is now almost a suburb of Split. It lies just a short distance away, and itself measures around 20 kms by 5 kms. With 24 bays on the Island, it is a paradise for yachtsmen with so many good places to anchor. The best bays are on the southern shores which are only really accessible from the sea. Divers will find great waters while those just enjoying lying on the beach will find few better places. Cyclists can explore the island and will enjoy the experience.
At the end of a charter holiday, and following a hearty breakfast, guests leave their charter yacht with wonderful memories of their time at sea. If you sailed out of Split without getting a chance to explore it, you must surely make time to do so after the end of your yacht charter.