Discover South Dalmatia and Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Route in brief

When it comes to experiencing the beauty of Croatia, there’s no better way than to journey along the stunning South Dalmatia Route.

From the enchanting city of Dubrovnik to the stunning coastline of the Adriatic Sea and all its islands, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a relaxing escape, this route has it all. So pack your bags and get ready to experience one of the most incredible destinations in the world!

Day 1

Split (Nava marina) – Pakleni island (22 Nm)

Start your route in Split and drop your anchor at Pakleni islands.

This beautiful archipelago on Hvar Riviera is one of the most beautiful on the Adriatic.

Day 2

Pakleni islands – Lastovo (35 Nm)

Lastovo, the Imperial Island, is an island of dreamlike beauty, preserved landscape and unique Carnival tradition.

Discover, dive and taste one of Croatia’s youngest Nature Parks! Boaters find it especially interesting because here they enjoy the well-known beauties of the archipelago and its magnificent bays with fewer crowds.

Day 3

Lastovo- Mljet (25 Nm)

Mljet is definitely one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean.

Untouched nature, the island’s mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests are ideal to explore the rich flora and fauna and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings.

Day 4

Mljet – Ston (25 Nm)

Ston – its former value as a “salt city” gets confirmed even today in the plants of the oldest active salt-ponds in the world.

These salt evaporation ponds have remained faithful to the tradition and the natural way of salt production, which has not changed since ancient times.

Day 5

Ston – Dubrovnik (18 Nm)

On the very south of the Croatian coastline, at the point where a beautiful necklace interlaced by a thousand islands closes, lies the most beautiful pearl, the tourist Mecca of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik.

Mysterious and legendary, as if enchanted with fairy powder, Dubrovnik synthesizes all beauties and values of the Mediterranean.

Day 6

Dubrovnik – Korčula (50 Nm)

A quick industrial and tourist development is one of the reasons why the island of Korčula is the most inhabited island.

Whoever decides to sail around it, a 60 nm route is to be sailed. However, if you prefer sightseeing, do not miss to spend a night in Korčula, situated on the eastern side, or at Vela Luka, on the western side of the island.

Day 7

Korčula – Split (60 Nm)

Return back to your base in Split.

Total sailing distance: 210 Nm


Places you’ll visit

Zaklopatica (Lastovo)

Zaklopatica is situated on the north side of island and only 2 km from Lastovo village.

It offers a breathtaking view of the neighboring island Korčula. Here you can enjoy some sunbathing, swimming, leisurely walks and many restaurants that offer the best of Dalmatian cuisine. A beautiful and unique sunset is also what Zaklopatica is famous for.

Skrivena Luka (Lastovo)

Skrivena Luka, a bay situated on south side of island, is very well protected from strong winds and the rough sea, providing yachtsmen safe anchoring.

It got its name because it cannot be seen from the open sea – Skrivena luka in Croatian literally means “hidden port”. It’s also known as “Porto Rosso ”, as the Italians call it. In the middle of the southern side of the island of Lastovo, at the entrance to the bay of Skrivena Luka, lies the Cape of Struga where the lighthouse of the same name was built in 1839. The lighthouse lies at the height of 70 m, at the very edge of a steep cliff that offers a splendid view of the open sea. Its total capacity is 14 persons, divided in four apartments for 2-5 persons. The apartments are heated and open all year long. If you are adventurous, try some of the beautiful diving spots on Lastovo, as underwater diving will reveal the undiscovered world and beauty of the Adriatic Sea.

You’ll see corals, algae, fish and shell fish, old boat wrecks and amphora. Numerous bays, cliffs and an island group called Lastovnjaci on the eastern side are a real sub-marine “heaven” for divers. If you want to learn to dive, the island offers two diving schools (“Ancora” in Zaklopatica and “Diving Paradise – Lastovo” in Pasadur). Diving is allowed only if you are accompanied by a diving guide from an authorized diving center.

Some of the special locations for diving are:

  • islet Bijelac – underwater passage through the island;
  • islet Tajan – underwater cave;
  • cape Struga – vast walls of gorgonias reaching down to 80 m of depth.

National Park Mljet

Mljet National Park makes up most of the island.

There are several villages, two salt water lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero – and a Benedictine monastery on the island of sv. Marija (St. Mary).

Polace (Mljet)

Polače offers one of the best natural anchorages in the Adriatic.

Preserved from the Illyrian period, there are many fortifications and tombs, and the best preserved are those on the hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko Jezero and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice at Babino Polje. The Roman Palace, which is the third-largest complex from the Roman era in Croatia – after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula, is a part of the valuable heritage of the island of Mljet.

Ston

The gulf of Mali Ston with the places Mali Ston, Hodilje, Luka and Duba has a clean and natural environment.

It is legendary for its mussel and oysters-growing farms since the Roman times and the oysters from Ston (ostrea edulis; an acknowledged natural aphrodisiac) have made this region world-famous.

Not far from Ston is the beautiful Bay Prapratno with its centuries old olives trees, Mediterranean macchia thickets and clean sandy beaches, and the site of one of the loveliest camps in this region. The two small towns of Kobaš and Broce, protected from the wind in the Ston channel, are known to experienced yachtsmen. The Pelješac peninsula has, since ancient times, been adorned with grape vine plantations; wine production has a long tradition and it’s one of the most important commercial activities on the peninsula.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik attracts with its simple architecture, crowned with the city walls along which delighted tourists that take walks all year round.

At every corner of this city, regardless of the “skaline” (stairs) you take or whichever little street you choose, a memorable surprise awaits – be it a square to take a rest, a restaurant according to your taste, or a photo you would like to have in your photo album.

Its sun-lit square and Stradun, the longest promenade, are vivacious and attractive all year long, while the monumental fountains provide water to the lips thirsty for new memories.

Dubrovnik is the city which offers attractive programs to all generations and types of guests – guests who wish to have crazy fun, who just want to take a romantic stroll, as well as those who want to enjoy various cultural events taking place in the authentic historical ambiances under the open skies every evening during the course of summer.

Dubrovnik is the city of life, the fairytale city, the dream city.

Korcula

There is no town or island on the Adriatic which underwent so many battles, revolutions and changes as the city of Korčula did.

Even those who are not fond of history will surely be charmed once they have been captured the beauty within the ancient city walls. One of the most controversial theory goes that Marco Polo was born there.

Vela Luka (Korcula)

Vela Luka treasures some other values as it boasts a cave that has been inhabited for over 20.000 years.

A local cultural association exhibits the findings and you can also visit the site itself (hike, bike or arrange a transfer). The little restaurant “Pod bore” offers many specialties and provides an excellent service.

Split

The story of Split is 17 centuries old, dating to the time when the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula, near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life.

During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage.


Boats for your island hopping

You can take any of our boats from Split and go island hopping…


Route in pictures


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