There can be few islands in the world which can combine such on enviable offer of adrenaline sports, thousands of years of heritage, the finest beaches in one of the world’s cleanest seas, and all this just a one hour sailing from the Dalmatian capital of Split.
The area of the islands around Split is probably one of the most popular cruising regions in Croatia for a number of different reasons. The islands of Brač and Hvar are within easy reach of the mainland and are large enough to have good facilities all year round. Hvar Town has also become something of a celebrity hotspot, with prices to match. Just west of Hvar Town are the Pakleni Islands and another ACI marina, while south oh Hvar is the island of Šćedro. Further out to sea, the island of Vis is smaller and less developed than Brač and Hvar, but has two lovely towns – Vis and Komiža – as well as the adjacent islet of Biševo, famous for the blue cave, which glows fluorescently by virtue of trick of the sunlight. To the west of Brač, Šolta has some beautiful, unspoilt bays and seems relatively untouched by modern tourism. You could easily spend three or four days sailing around Brač and not get bored. Most of the settlements are on the north coast of Brač but Milna, on the west coast is pretty town with two marinas, and Bol on the south coast with its famous Zlatni Rat beach is a great place to visit and now has quay where visiting yacht can berth. From Bol, it’s a short trip to Jelsa or Vrbovska, on Hvar Island, which are well equipped for overnight stays. On the north coast, Supetar is a busy ferry and tourist port. Splitska is typical of a classic small Dalmatian island villages, Postira is run – down package holiday center and Pučišća is a real locals town with a thriving quarrying industry and streetlights made out of the local white stone. If you need to get away from it all, you’ll also find plenty of secluded bays, particularly on the west and north coast. Hvar Island is longer and thinner than Brač, with most of the settlements concentrated in the western half on the island. If you want to keep up with the jet set, then Hvar Town is for you. It’s a fascinating town archaeologically and historically. Next door to Jelsa is the smaller village of Vrbovska, which has an ACI marina, a good town harbor and plenty of charm. Marina are located on Brač at Milna, on Hvar at Vrbovska and just off Hvar Town on the Pakleni Islands. Fuel can be found on Šolta Island at Rogač, on Brač Island at Milna, Sumartin and Bol, on Hvar Islands at Hvar and Vrbovska and on Vis Island at Vis. If you like what you read its a right time to charter yacht in Croatia and sail with us.