The route is perfect in the off-season because it takes you to all the most popular places without the excess crowds.
Route in brief
The best way to see the most popular places in Central Dalmatia is by boat.
It’s the perfect way to explore without the crowds and see the area at a slower pace. Small ports, picture-perfect coves, and medieval towns are just a few of the things you can discover on a romantic cruise down the coast of Croatia.
Split – Krknjasi (Drvenik Veli) – Maslinica (Solta) (15 Nm)
Sailing to Krknjasi, a beautiful blue lagoon that sets you in a romantic mood. You can admire the first breathtaking sunset here or head over early to overnight at Martinis Marchi (Maslinica, on the island of Solta).
Maslinica (Solta) – Komiza (Vis) (26 Nm)
Set sails for the island of Vis. Stop at Okljucna bay. The bay is well protected by a natural breakwater and severeal former fishing houses add to its charm. Head out to the final destination for the day – Komiza.
Komiza (Vis) – Bisevo Vis (Vis) (24 Nm)
Get to Bisevo to avoid crowds in high season (the visit to the cave is really short). Continue your tour de Vis.
Vis (Vis) – Palmizana (Pakleni islands)
Depart for Palmizana – a part of Pakleni islands. Anchor in Vinogradisce or Zdrilac bay if weather conditions allow it or ACI Palmizana to stay on the safe side.
Palmizana (Pakleni Islands) – Stari Grad (Hvar) (21 Nm)
Enjoy some skinny dipping, more snorkeling or sip coffe slowly in Hvar town before heading for Stari Grad.
Stari Grad (Hvar) – Bol (Brac) (10 Nm)
Head or the island of Brac and the amous beach in Bol. Zlatni rat – Golden Cape is a stunning white pebble beach that stretches into the Adriatic for two kilometres (approximately 1,2 miles). If weather conditions allow it overnight in Bol. If not, you can head off to Jelsa or Vrbovska that are just across the channel, on the island of Hvar.
Bol (Brac) – Blaca (Brac) (10 Nm) – Split (18 Nm)
Pustinja Blaca is right on your way back to Split and a perfect site to finish your romantic sailing adventure. After this retreat you can continue sailing towards Split and finish the day in our safe marina and explore the Diocletian’s palace that evolved into a city.
Places you’ll visit
Krknjasi (Drvenik Veli)
Located on the southeastern part of the island Drvenik Veli the cove has a nice pebble beach, sandy shoals, and many shades of blue. It is well protected from all directions except the S and SE.
The sunset in Maslinica is just as beautiful because of 7 islands just in front of the village that make a perfect „crown“ that surrounds the sun.
Taste some local cuisine in one of many restaurants. We recommend Taverns Bako (adorned in hydroarchealogical exhibits and fishing equipment) or Jastožera (a place famous for being the perfect spot for wedding proposals).
Palmizana (Pakleni islands)
Explore the islands on foot or on SUPs or snorkel your way through the underwater world. Find romance either in Meneghello or Toto’s restaurant owned by the same family but one is located within a private botanical garden and the other is special by the private art gallery exhibits gathered over the years.
Stari Grad (Hvar)
Visit the renaissance castle Tvrdalj built for Petar Hektorović that was constructed in the 1600s as a micro-cosmos with all living beings in it (humans, birds, fish, and herbs). If that isn’t romantic enough for you, then head over to Škor Square that resembles a theater stage. Or admire the Stari Grad Plain (a UNESCO site) – a cultured landscape formed 2400 years ago by the Greek colonists into rectangular plots of 180×900 m and fenced with drywall. The plain has kept its form throughout the centuries and is a stunning example of man’s collaboration with nature
The perfect combination of the white beach with the pine forest in the back and the impressive summit of Vidova Gora makes for a very romantic sight. Vidova Gora is also the highest peak of the Adriatic Archipelago with 770 m, approximately 2.560 feet, above sea level. While you’re admiring the view, add some fine local wine, lamb, and cheese to the experience.
Anchor in Popova vala (Priest’s cove) and hike away for 45 minutes to reach this pustinja. The word literally means desert in Croatian, but this is no desert with sand, dunes, and water deficiency. The term is used to denote seclusion and isolation so that the hermits could dedicate themselves to prayer and spiritual life. It was founded in the 16th century by the monks who were escaping the Ottoman invasions from the mainland. They started with a small cave and farming the lands and have eventually grown into a self-sustaining economy and educational center. This is now a museum and you can visit the church, monastery, astronomical observatory, library, and printing press from 9-17 in high season and 9-15 in the off-season, every day except on Mondays. Make sure to wear your walking shoes and take sufficient amounts of water as there are no shops nor cafés in the vicinity.
Boats for your island hooping
You can take any of our boats from split and go island hopping…