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Beautiful, secluded coves and burnt orange sunsets are just two of the things that make for a great yacht charter. So in order to help you make the most of Croatia, check out the highlights from a returning customer who chartered from Rogoznica, near Split.
Rogoznica, Solta, Pakleni and Hvar
On Saturday evening we departed Rogoznica for Sesula cove on the island of Solta. There we stopped for the night taking one of the buoys for anchorage. The next morning we left for Hvar, mooring at Palmizana. From there we got a taxi boat to Hvar for €15 each and explored the citadel and bars in the port. The town is known as the Saint Tropez of Croatia for good reason and it is really worth the detour.
Korcula, Luka Polace and Mijet
On Monday we enjoyed a north westerly wind wind of 20 to 25 knots, which pushed us to another unmissable stopover, Korcula Town, with its medieval walls and impressive cathedral. Mijet became our target destination the next day, as we wanted to explore its breathtaking national park. The sun was high in the sky as we sailed on engine power to anchor at Lastovska cove. There we found a sign which warned us not to stop in this pretty creek, so we skirted the peninsula and headed to the large inlet at Luka Polace for a drink. We didn’t stay too long before setting sail for the Lumbrada marina back at Korcula.
Vis, Solta and Split
We sailed 45 nautical miles under a 25-knot wind and bright sunshine to Vis Town on Wednesday. It’s hard to describe the magic of this charming port and wonderful light. When we were there, the wharf was filled with boats preparing to start the Adriatic race. We watched them set off and headed north to Necujam cove on Solta island. We didn’t find much of interest there so changed our destination to Split for some exploring.
Trogir, Rogoznica and Sibenik
On Thursday we had another stopover at Trogir and we left on Friday to spend the night on the quay in Rogoznica and had a changeover of crew for our second week. With a 20 to 25 knots north easterly wind, we hesitated between heading for Tribunj and Krk or Sibenik. Despite the narrowness of the channel that connects Sibenik with the sea, we decided on adventure and sailed to the marina of Skradin for Saturday night.
Krka National Park, Krumaita and Ravni Zakan
The next morning we had fun visiting Krka National Park with its turquoise waterfalls and prepared to set off for Kornati at lunch time. We spent the night at the dock of the Piccolo restaurant on the island of Smorkiva, where we dined on fresh grilled fish on (see reviews here – https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1069855-d8463431-Reviews-Piccolo-Smokvica_Korcula_Island_Dubrovnik_Neretva_County_Dalmatia.html). In the morning we had fun sailing between the islands of Krumaita and Ravni Zakan, where we could have spent the night.
Milna, Zlatni Rat and Maslinica
We travelled on 55 nautical miles to Milna and after a tour of the city, we departed the next day for the anchorage in front of Zlatni Rat, the most beautiful beach in Croatia. It is located near Bol, on the south coast of Brac. We ended the night watching a beautiful sunset in the charming port of Stari Grad. Our top tip is to visit the shop Za Pod Zub, which sells a fantastic range of local products.
We hoisted sail the next morning in the bay and made our way back to Hvar with our new crew, where we visited the city and climbed the citadel to admire the superb viewpoint. We refuelled and left Hvar to navigate to Travna island for a swim. We spent our penultimate evening in Maslinica, enjoying our last narrow cove at Kranica Bay and then staying at Rogoznica’s Frapa marina for the final night. In the morning we were able to pay for fuel in the marina (open 8am to 8pm), checked out and booked our transfer taxi for for the 30km road trip. It cost €46 for a mini bus for seven.
It was an inspirational cruise without long navigation legs and we were taken aback at the infinite possibilities on offer due to the sheer number of islands in Croatia.