South Dalmatia route
DAY 1: Trogir – Pakleni Islands (Island of Hvar, ACI marina Palmižana, distance: 25 NM)
During the day there is swimming and enjoying the Pakleni Islands (Islands in front of Hvar). In many of the beautiful bays you can choose from, there is the possibility of berthing or anchoring. It is recommended to visit the restaurant “Zora” on Pakleni Islands in Vinogradišće bay. An overnight stay is recommended in ACI marina Palmižana which is located in a beautiful bay surrounded by pine trees and crystal-clear waters. Visiting the town of Hvar is done by a taxi boat from the marina (the ride takes approximately 5 minutes). The city of Hvar also has a gas station at your disposal.
DAY 2: Pakleni Islands – Korčula (Island of Korčula, distance: 35NM)
During the day swimming in front of the town of Korčula on the beautiful islands of Badija. Overnight stay in ACI marina Korčula (berth reservation required). The town of Korčula is enchanting with its timeless beauty; past times are imprinted in stone that tells a story. Korčula boasts of live traditions that are nurtured by all. Moreška, a knight dance with swords, the Korčulans have proudly played – “bate” for centuries, and Čara, Pupnat and Žrnovo also nurture “kumpanija” and “moštra” by transferring it from generation to generation for hundreds of years. Discover the stone city; discover the hidden “kale” by passing by the ornate facade of elegant palaces, walking the cobbled streets as the sun merges with the sea at sunset.
Attractions: Korčula Baroque Festival, the exhibition of Marco Polo, the house of Marco Polo, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Town Museum, Church of St. Mihovil and St. Glavica of St. Antun. A gas station is located in the city’s port.
DAY 3: Korčula – Dubrovnik (distance: 47 NM)
During the day there is swimming on the island of Šipan and a visit to the restaurant “Kod Marka” in Šipan Luka. This is followed by visiting the islands Lopud and Lokrum. Lokrum is a historic island where a monastery is built. It is really worth seeing the monastery, built originally in the Romanesque-Gothic style, and three centuries later, another unit was built in the Gothic-Renaissance style. Above the lintel of the cloister door is a timeless message that never loses its meaning: CONCORDIA.RES.PARUAE.CRESCUNT DISCORDIA.MAXIMAE.DILABUNTUR (“with concord small things increase, with discord the greatest things go to ruin”). The monastery has a rich botanical garden, which is also worth seeing. The small island is surrounded by crystal clear water and is full of beautiful coves for swimming and sunbathing, often visited by a group of peacocks, who are accustomed to visitors, and vice versa. Reportedly, in 1192 the first English king, Richard the Lionheart, landed in Lokrum after being caught in a storm on his return from the Third Crusade. In gratitude, he donated a larger amount of money to build a church on the site of his rescue. At the highest peak of Lokrum is the fortress “Fort Royal” in the form of a star, which was built for Marshal Marmont by Napoleon’s orders. In the evening, there is an overnight stay in ACI marina Dubrovnik which is located north of the city of Dubrovnik in Mokošica or in Gruž bay. Gas stations are located in both ports. In the evening, there is a visit to the city of Dubrovnik, one of the most historic Croatian tourist destinations. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
DAY 4: Dubrovnik – Pomena (Island of Mljet, distance: 20NM)
During the day there is swimming in the beautiful bay of Port Sapunara with the possibility of berthing to a buoy and an overnight stay on the same buoy which is owned by the restaurant and in case of bad weather in the port of Pomena, on the west side of the island. This is followed by a visit to the national park Mljet. Mljet is the eighth largest island in Croatia, one of the biggest Adriatic islands, and also the most south-eastern of the larger Croatian islands. On the island of Mljet, there are two world-famous legends of shipwrecks of Homer’s “Odyssey” and St. Paul, although they are attributed to the larger and more famous Malta. On the island of Mljet is the Odysseus cave and a rock of St. Paul, as well as a votive church in the eastern part of the island. Mljet is an island of colourful wildlife and is considered the most forested and greenest Croatian island whose western part is protected as Croatia’s first national park, Mljet National Park, and the eastern part as a reservation of natural values.
DAY 5: Pomena – Island of Lastovo (distance: 20NM)
Lastovo Island has been permanently inhabited for thousands of years. In the bay of Ubli (on the southwest coast), archaeological finds have been found from the Roman period and the early Middle Ages. There are 46 islets and reefs around the island of Lastovo. The island of Lastovo is the largest island in the Lastovo Archipelago. Along with Mljet, Lastovo is the greenest Croatian island with more than 70% wooded area. In 2007, Lastovo was proclaimed a nature park. During the day there is swimming in the many islets surrounding Lastovo. Overnight stays are possible in Ubli (gas station), Skrivena Luka, Zaklopatica. Overnight stays depend on weather conditions.
DAY 6: Island of Lastovo – Vis (distance: 30NM)
Sailing off is to the island of Vis, one of the cleanest ecological areas of the most desirable destinations in Europe. During the day there is a visit to the bay of Stončica, a tour of the island of Vis on its eastern side, a visit to the Budikovac islands, a visit to the Green Cave on the island of Ravnik. It is recommended to visit the Archaeological Museum in Vis along with the famous military tour around the island, and a perfect place to eat is the restaurant ”Pojoda”. There is the possibility of spending the night in the city port of Vis. The tour of the Štiniva bay is specific because of its shape and is the most desirable destination for site-seeing, swimming, and taking pictures. This is followed by going to the island of Biševo and visiting the Blue Cave, which is a natural phenomenon. Entering the cave requires a ticket and entrance is organized with a small boat. There is a possibility of an overnight stay in Komiža on the southwest side of Vis with one of the most beautiful sunsets. Our recommended dining places are Tavern “Bako” and Tavern “Jastožera“. We also recommend a visit to the Museum of Fishing and the Fish Industry.
DAY 7: Vis – Krknjaši bay (Blue Lagoon) – Maslinica (distance: 21NM)
During the day there is swimming in the Krknjaši bay (Blue Lagoon) on the island of Drvenik Veliki. Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful and the most popular lagoons in this area. It is known for its white sand and shallow depth. Return to the base in ACI Trogir is by 18h.