Central Adriatic South

This is the most popular sailing region in Croatia because the major yacht charter bases at the Adriatic are situated in this area while good traffic connections allow the majority of the tourists to arrive. This area stretches alongside the coast from Primošten and Rogoznica at the NW almost to Dubrovnik and SE of Croatian coast. Apart of cities Trogir, Split, Omiš and Makarska, this region holds the record of visits especially thanks to island highlights such as Šolta, Vis, Hvar and Brač. Trogir, which is often called the museum-city because of medieval city core protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Split is probably the oldest town in this area, founded by Roman emperor Diocletian some 1700 years ago. Island Šolta found its place in decent yachtsmen route-plans as the marina in Maslinica became one of the hotspots of Central Dalmatia. Visitors of island Vis can enjoy not only a bit of hardcore sailing since it is pretty remote, but also the beauty of its beaches along with exquisite traditional food and wines. Small island Biševo, just across Komiža town (island Vis) hides Modra špilja, one of the most beautiful caves in the Mediterranean. The party never stops at Hvar town and Pakleni otoci archipelago just in front of it. Those who appreciate traditional cuisine and classy wine could enjoy it in medieval towns of Hvar island such as Starigrad, Vrboska or Jelsa while the coasts of Hvar hide numerous hidden coves and beaches for relaxed and peaceful swimming and snorkeling. Zlatni rat beach at Bol on the island Brač is one of the most famous beaches at the Adriatic with its golden pebbly tail penetrating into deep blue crystal clear waters. Islands Lastovo and Korčula belong to the border between central and south Dalmatia but are also in range of yachtsmen who departed from the base in Split region.

Prevailing summer winds in this area is westerly and north-westerly maestral – daily thermal wind that rises in the late morning and dies at the sunset. Extra care should be taken regarding maestral because it could turn into northerly tramontana, or raise rather high waves in the open sea. The antipode of maestral is the night burin, starting before the dawn and blowing basically from the mainland. Jugo, warm and humid southeasterly wind brings rather high waves, especially at the open sea. Even in summertime bura could surprise yachtsmen with its north-easterly gusts, especially in the channels and straits.


Suggested route


The following text is just a suggestion for your sailing trip and does not oblige you to sail suggested route. Every route planning should be done by the skipper, in line with current weather forecast, sea state and restrictions by official meteorological and maritime services. Distances stated in the following text refer to approximate ideal line while real distance sailed would rely on actual weather conditions, sailing style and skills of each skipper and his/her crew. For more information on local waters please refer to local waters pilot (onboard) or ask your charter agency’s base manager.

Split – Maslinica (island Šolta) – Komiža (island Vis) – Vis town – Hvar town – Vrboska – Milna – Split (Kaštela, Trogir)



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