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 unspoilt island of Vis is another gem in the Adriatic Sea off the Croatian Coast. It is the furthest away from the Coast and thus largely natural though tourist numbers have started to increase. Few beaches in the whole of Croatia can compete with its beaches while in the south visitors will find lovely bays and plenty of coves. The main town, also Vis, is one of the oldest in Dalmatia. It is located on the northern coast in a sheltered bay.
Croatia has a large number of offshore islands, the largest of which in the Central Dalmatian Archipelago is Hvar. It totals almost 300 square kilometres and as a place that receives many hours of sunshine during the year, it is extremely popular with the well-heeled. Its main town is also Hvar, known as a lively place with great nightlife, attracting youngsters from all over the world. With attractive beaches, lovely bays and a nearby chain of small islands, Hvar has great appeal.
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.
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.
Just 17 kilometres north west of Dubrovnik, the island of Sipan offers an unspoilt environment, beautiful and tranquil. Known as the ‘’Golden Island’’, visitors can expect to find a lovely coastal setting of beaches and warm seas. Some of Dubrovnik’s wealthy built palaces on the island in the 15th Century as a result. Its appeal has endured to this day with overseas tourists finding Sipan a great place for a quiet break.
Dubrovnik’s history and culture made it an obvious inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List and its recognition came in 1979. Often referred to as the ‘’Pearl of the Adriatic’’, the Old Town is completely surrounded by walls, almost 2 kilometres in length. It is not just the Old Town itself that appeals to visitors; there are beautiful beaches, a clear blue sea and water sports where tourists can spend time before heading for their quality accommodation and top quality restaurants.
If you sailed out of Dubrovnik without getting a chance to explore it, you must surely make time to do so after the end of your yacht charter. It is an old walled city with cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and a host of things to see. The restaurants are excellent and shopping is good. The city walls are well preserved and worth a walk but on a hot day ensure you have water with you. Between the walls and the sea, there are cliffs with small cafes available for refreshments.