A sailor’s guide to the Croatian islands

Last month I had the incredible opportunity to visit Croatia and spend a few days sailing the Adriatic Sea on a luxury yacht charter. Thanks to our flexible sailing itineraries you can sit down with your skipper on board the yacht and choose where to go, but how on earth do you decide? Here travel expert, Robyn, shares her guide on the various Croatian islands and what each one has to offer…

Brac is one of Croatia’s largest islands and has some of the country’s best beaches near the towns of Supetar and Bol. To escape the tourist crowds, moor at Milna on the west coast of the island where there are plenty of bars on the waterfront perfect for a pre-dinner drink with a view. Brac is popular with cyclists with some beautiful routes around the island where you’ll discover quaint fishing villages hidden among the pine forests.

Hvar is Croatia’s most well-known island, and Hvar Town is always lively throughout the summer. A visit to Hvar Town is certainly worthwhile, you should definitely moor nearby if you are keen to experience the island’s nightlife. I would recommend staying on the north coast in Stari Grad, a smaller, quieter town with winding, cobbled streets, as well as a number of churches, ruins and museums for those interested in history. With its beaches just a few minutes walk away, this is probably my favorite spot in Croatia!

The closest island to Split, Solta is a popular stop at the end of a sailing itinerary. Solta is a tranquil island so a great option for those looking to simply relax and soak up the atmosphere. Stop at Maslinica, which is a peaceful harbor on the west coast. There are a couple of beaches here and the area is great for fishing, so why not borrow a fishing rod from the yacht and see what you can catch?

St Clement is part of the Pakleni Islands and acts as a great alternative to Hvar, being just ten minutes away by water taxi. Moor at Palmizana Harbour to explore the island’s winding forest paths and discover its ancient ruins. A fantastic option for families would be to spend an afternoon in Hvar Town, then return to Palmizana for a peaceful evening in a more secluded harbor with a selection of rustic restaurants and bars at hand.

If you are looking to discover Croatia’s culture and history, Vis is a must on your sailing itinerary. The island was previously a Yugoslav military base until 1990, so its architecture and traditions remain practically untouched. Komiža is a quaint fishing village in the west, home to a 13th century monastery, while Vis Town dates back to the 4th century BC and houses a necropolis, an ancient Greek village and Roman ruins.

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