Trogir - Split 7 days sailing route along Dalmatian coast (route 1)
Trogir - Nečujam (Island of Šolta) - Bol (Island of Brač) - Jelsa, Pakleni otoci, Town Hvar (Island of Hvar) - Komiža (Island of Vis) - Milna (Island of Brač) – Split
To start this route we suggest first visiting Trogir (to the north of Split), or Necujam on the island of Solta. Trogir is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved towns in Dalmatia. Some people say it is even more beautiful than Dubrovnik.
If you decide to start your route here, you should sail down the south side of the island of Čiovo and then through the middle of the Trogir’s channel towards the centre.
City of Trogir: The oldest part of the town is on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo. Sailing in on your left side you will see the famous fort, Kamerlengo, and on your right side the ACI marina Trogir.
If you decide to visit Nečujam your plan should be:
Sail to Nečujam which is nine nautical miles from Split. You can anchor the boat in the middle of the bay or on one of the knots on the sea front among all the other boats. At the end of the bay of Nečujam there are two smaller bays, Piškera and Maslinica, both worth visiting. But, be careful in the bay of Piškera. On the bottom of the sea there are the remains of the Diokletian’s old stone fish pond, which have been there for last seven centuries. They used to be well above the surface of the sea, but are now about a meter and a half underneath and can constitute something of a hazard.
Bol - Zlatni Rat: In the morning the wind should take us to Bol on the island of Brač. You should anchor next to one of the most famous beaches of the Adriatic, Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape). It can be done on the left or on the right side of the beach, depending of the wind. You may also find that on the charts it will be called Dugi Rat (the Long Cape), but the locals always called it Zlatni Rat and the name has stuck.
It is long pebbly beach of several hundred metres, extending straight out into the sea. You have probably seen pictures of it before, since it is constantly used in promotional pictures for Croatian tourism and is said to be one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. Still, a visit is highly recommended and very relaxing.
You could spend the night in Bol’s bay, but as the harbour is not well protected from winds we do recommend anchoring in Vrboska on the island of Hvar.
If you have decided to spend the night in Bol, in the morning we suggest visiting Jelsa or Vrboska on the island of Hvar. There are several lovely little bays ideal for swimming and sunbathing all day long. The evening can be spent in either of these two towns. Both have a number of good restaurant and bars.
Today we will be sailing towards the west cape of the island of Hvar called Pelegrina. You will pass some wonderful sights, such as the bay of Pribinja, Jagodna and other areas of outstanding natural beauty. After passing the cape of Pelegrina you will come to Pakleni Otoci near the island of Hvar. This archipelago consists of 21 small islands and little rocks. Be aware of the shallows and rocks under the surface.
On the archipelago there is also an ACI marina Palmižana where you could spend the night. For more romantic setting, there are a number of well-protected bays to provide shelter for the night.
Pakleni otoci: After a day of swimming and sunbathing on the Pakleni Otoci, in the late afternoon, you should head off towards the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar. You ought to find the knot (the place to anchor on the waterfront) before dark. If there is no room on the waterfront, you can always anchor in the middle of the bay as many other boats will be doing. But it is important to bear in mind that Hvar’s bay is not well protected from strong winds!
Town of Hvar: Hvar is a very beautiful place with a rich cultural heritage. It is most famous for one of the oldest public theatres in Europe, built in 1612. You can get a great sense of the history of the place just by walking through the streets and squares of the town. The evening can be pleasantly spent in one of the restaurants or bars.
From the island of Hvar we are now heading towards the island of Vis, to a town called Komiža. We will be sailing south of the Pakleni Archipelago towards the southern side of Vis and the islands of Budihovac and Ravnik. On the beautiful Budihovac you can sail into the Laguna where you will find an amazing pebbly beach, but bear in mind that there are some underwater rocks on one side of the Laguna and it is quite shallow.
Town of Komiža: After a swim, carry on to the bay of Komiža. In Komiža you can anchor in the middle of the bay or along the waterfront, which is well supplied with water and electricity. Komiža is one of the loveliest towns in Dalmatia, and has a long fishing tradition. Needless to say, it sports a number of excellent fish restaurants. The narrow old streets of the town are well worth having a look around.
In the morning sail towards the island of Biševo and one of the most famous sights of the Adriatic, Modra Spilja (the Blue Cave). It is only five nautical miles south-west of Komiza.
A word of advice: it is a good idea to sail early, before the tide. The main part of the cave is an open space under the sea which in combination with the third hole in its roof, about three meters above the sea, creates the most extraordinary and beautiful light effect.
After the wonderful “blue experience” you should start sailing along the south side of the island of Vis towards your next destination Milna on the island of Brač. Before entering the bay of Milna you could drop anchor and take a refreshing swim in one of the bays of Krvaca or Zavraće, nestling underneath the cape of Zaglav.
Bay of Milna and ACI marina Milna: Milna, also known as the bay of fisherman and sailors is one of the most beautiful places on the island of Brac. It has a well-equipped ACI marina, which is a good place to spend the night and affords excellent protection from any strong winds.
If you don’t want to spend the night in the marina there are other places to anchor on the sea front, below a beautiful baroque church, Gospa od Blagovijesti.
Sorry to disappoint you, but this will be the last day of your unforgettable cruise.
You should get up early in the morning and head towards the Split marina, the same one that you left on your first day.