Sailing area Split / Dalmatia - Sailing along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea

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Boats for rent in: Split Dalmatia County

Split Dalmatia County

The sailing area along the southern Dalmatian coast is easy to ride and is also suitable for less experienced yacht charter crews.

  • Good infrastructure
  • Modern Marinas
  • Easy navigation
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Sailing season: April to October

Southern Dalmatia is a coastal region in southern Croatia that extends from Split to Dubrovnik. The narrow coastal strip is bordered by the Biokovo nature park and the broad Adriatic Sea. As in northern Dalmatia, there are a number of offshore islands. There are relatively few but large islands, such as Brač and Hvar. Brač is the third largest island in the Adriatic Sea and has a jagged coastline with many bays, sandy and pebbly beaches. On Brač there is the "Golden Horn", a sandy peninsula that extends 400 m into the sea and is known as the most beautiful beach in Croatia. The island is hilly and partly karst, with many green, dense pine forests, vineyards and olive groves. Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic (778 m) is also on Brač. From Brela Gradac in the north to the south the Makarska Riviera extends for about 50 km. The coastline has miles of sand and pebbled beaches with crystal clear waters, and a number of picturesque towns to visit. The island of Hvar is nearby and attracts many visitors with its secluded and idyllic bays. The south Dalmatian coast has a lot to offer. Popular Yacht Charter Croatia locations are the port city of Trogir with the medieval old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Also in the Bay of Kastela there are seven impressive coastal forts. Split, the cultural capital of the region, boasts a beautiful old town and the famous Diocletian Palace. In Solin, at the mouth of Jadro, you can visit the ancient archaeological site of Salina. The 1,700 m high Biokovo near the coast is protected and has excellent hiking trails.

The sailing area in south Dalmatia is less popular than in other Croatian districts, and there are fewer ports and marinas. The port cities of Split and Trogir are the best places for charter and are both located either side of the International Airport. Split is an ideal base for exploring the south Dalmatian coast and the adjacent islands. Other ports are Agana, Vinisce, Marina Kastela, Solin, Baska Voda, Krvavica, Makarska, Tucepi. The islands offer a variety of idyllic coves and anchorages. There is a well-equipped marina in Milna at the end of a fjord-like bay on the island of Brač. This port is connected by ferry to Split and Hvar. Other ports are located in Supetar, Sumartin, Pučiška, Bol and Splitska. The bays Blaca Studena, Stipanska, Lucice and Luka provide additional anchorage. The island of Hvar has a port town, but it only has a few places for yachts and the town quay and bay are often very crowded. Directly across the water are the Pakleni Islands with the ACI Marina Palmizana, that have quieter anchorages. The Bay of Vela Garska offers good opportunities to anchor on the northwest shore. On Vis, you can anchor on the waterfront of the same name, as well as in Kut and Komiža. The island of Korcula offers a small, pleasant port in Vela Luka. On the island of Mljet there is the protected bay Luka Polace which is surrounded by wooded mountains on all sides. There can be up to 100 yachts here in high season. The area along the southern Dalmatian coast is very easy to sail. Sea conditions are good and navigation is not challenging. The waters are calm, tides have little influence and the currents are weak. This spot offers straightforward sailing opportunities and is suitable for beginners and less experienced yacht charter crews.

Route Suggestion

Rent or charter a boat in Croatia, sail south from Split to Dubrovnik and see many of the popular tourist destinations in Dalmatia. After a leisurely start from Split, it is definitely worth sailing to the nearby island of Solta where there are several berths in the Bay of Maslinica. Here you can visit an 18th century Venetian palace now used as a hotel. Dock with caution at the pier as it is a shallow 1.7m in depth. Hvar is a wonderful island to explore... more

Airports nearby Split Dalmatia County

  • Split Airport to ACI Marina Split: 27,5 km, 37 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Split Dalmatia County

In southern Dalmatia here is a typical Mediterranean climate. The sailing season begins in April and lasts until October or November. There are exceptional amounts of sunshine hours per year. Summers are long, warm, mostly dry but not too hot. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 23 °C. The water temperature hovers between 13 °C in February and 24 °C in August.