Island hopping in Croatia – A guide to sailing in Dalmatia

Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dalmatia is a paradise for those seeking sun-soaked beaches, historic charm, and vibrant local culture.

Croatia boasts an archipelago of over a thousand islands along its stunning Adriatic coast – the diversity of these islands makes Croatia a popular destination for sailing – from the historic town of Split (featured above) to the tranquil bays of Solta and the charming allure of Trogir and Vinisce, island hopping in Croatia promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Where to visit

With so many islands to explore, deciding on your route can be challenging, so we sat down with our Booking Advisors to discover their preferred destination stops and the reasons behind their choices. Here’s what they shared with us:

Split’s Ancient City: Start your journey in the heart of Dalmatia, Split. Roam the ancient corridors of Diocletian’s Palace, a living testament to the region’s rich history. As the sun sets over the Adriatic, embark to set sail for the islands that await…

Hvar – Lavish Nights and Lush Days: Your first stop, the glamorous island of Hvar, invites you to revel in its lavish nightlife and bask in the scent of lavender fields. Explore Hvar Town’s medieval streets and ascend to the Spanjola Fortress for panoramic views of the bay. Indulge in exquisite seafood at the port-side eateries.

Vis – Secluded Serenity: Escape to the tranquil island of Vis, a secluded haven with untouched beauty. Discover hidden coves like Stiniva Beach and enjoy the catch of the day at local taverns. Vis, once a military stronghold, now welcomes visitors with open arms, offering an authentic retreat.

Brac – Adventure’s Playground: Next, set sail for Brac, where adventure meets relaxation. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Zlatni Rat beach and embrace the thrill of water sports. The island’s vibrant energy and diverse landscapes make it a perfect stop for both adrenaline seekers and serenity seekers alike.

Solta – Hidden Gem of the Adriatic: Explore the serene island of Solta, a hidden gem off the beaten path. With its olive groves, vineyards, and charming villages, Solta offers an authentic Dalmatian experience. Relax on the secluded beaches or sample local olive oils and wines for a taste of true island life.

Korcula – Medieval Marvels: Continue your journey to Korcula, a medieval marvel often dubbed “Little Dubrovnik.” Lose yourself in narrow streets, visit Marco Polo’s birthplace, and indulge in local wines. The island’s historical richness and cultural heritage add a unique layer to your island-hopping adventure.

Trogir – Timeless Elegance: Discover the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir, where every cobblestone exudes timeless elegance. Marvel at well-preserved Romanesque and Renaissance architecture as you wander through its labyrinthine streets. Trogir is a living museum, a testament to centuries of history waiting to be explored.

Vinisce – Tranquil Harbour Retreat: Conclude your island-hopping adventure in the tranquil harbor of Vinisce. With its calm waters and authentic atmosphere, Vinisce provides the perfect setting for a relaxing finale. Immerse yourself in the local way of life, savor fresh seafood, and reflect on the memories made during your cruise in Croatia.

Suggested Itineraries

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for sailing in Croatia:

Panoramic circuit from Trogir

Coastal Tour of Split

When to visit

While summer is the most popular season for sailing in Croatia, it is of course also the busiest time for tourists. If you prefer a quieter experience with fewer crowds, late Spring and early Autumn offer pleasant weather (18 to 24 degrees C), though the sea is slightly cooler, and the cost of travel and port services may be considerably reduced.