Split and Central Dalmatia: legendary islands and ancient cities

One of the most preferred areas for renting or chartering a yacht is Central Dalmatia, to the north of Rogoznica and south of Gradaca. A well developed nautical infrastructure, together with modern marinas in the largest cities of Split, Kastel, Gomilica, Trogir and Makarska are the main reasons its so popular.

From these starting points, you must make sure you visit the paradise island of Brac, where you will find wonderful beaches and coves, and Hvar, the island of lavender. Fantastic natural beauty, lots of sun, mild weather and strong winds all make this area perfect for cruising.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia and is located on the Adriatic coast. Over 1,700 years old, this city offers a wealth of attractions. Among other places of interest, you will find the UNESCO site, Diocletian’s Palace. Take a historic stroll through the city and be dazzled by its unique charm. Along the waterfront, in the centre of Split, you can try out tantalising Dalmatian delicacies. Freshly caught fish, squid, lobster and other mouthwatering delights can all be found on the menus of the local taverns, bars and restaurants.

You’ll also find magnificent beaches against historical backdrops. The cultural metropolis, Split, offers beautiful sand and pebble beaches not far from the historic centre. Boaters will love the hidden coves, offshore islands and safe havens, which can all be explored with sailing yachts or catamarans.

The area’s characteristics :

Wind & Weather: During summer you will usually encounter the Maestral.  And you often meet the pleasant Bora when the sky is blue. But the Bora on the other hand also indicates rain and bad weather fronts. The Sirocco usually blows outside the high season and from early fall you can expect high seas and bad weather conditions from southeast. A weather report is broadcast in the high season in several languages – including English – on channel 69. Midsummer can bring high temperatures, especially on land. The early season is characterized by moderate temperatures and fresh and cool nights. The preferred sailing season is from June to mid September. During the high season the ports can become quite crowded.

Difficulty: Fairly easy during the summer months. Otherwise, especially during the off-season, this cruising area should not be underestimated, primarily due to the strong Bora and Sirocco  winds.

Navigation: Basic knowledge of navigation is adequate. Night passages are usually not a problem, as the area is well marked. Be aware of strong currents in narrow passages during Spring time.

Ports and anchorages: In bays and harbours, the speed limit is 5 knots or less. There are 43 marinas, mostly belonging to the ACI Club. Anchors or buoys are available to rent. Marina Kremik in Primosten and Marina Frapa in Rogoznica are amongst the most popular.

The port of Hvar is one of the most beautiful on the entire Croatian coast. The picturesque town of Hvar from the port acts like a theatrical backdrop. However, the port doesn’t have many good berths. Smaller yachts often remain in the middle of the port tied to buoys.

Hvar has plenty of facilities: large supermarkets and a big market east of the main square. Shore power is supplied on the quayside. Water can be filled up at the wharf (the hose is managed by the port’s captain). A filling station for petrol and diesel can be found at a bay to the southeast (Krizna Luka), however, the water depths here are very low and numerous small boats linked up to mooring buoys make the journey difficult. Marina Palmizana is a good berth with a marina office, water and electricity connections, restaurants and mini-market. It also has a workshop for maintenance and repair.

Regulations : The port authorities require you to be in possession of an official helmsman certificate or sailing license as well as a valid VHF certificate.

Getting there: The international Croatian airports of Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik are served by various charter operators as well as scheduled airlines from most major European cities.

 Limitations: Limited availability of marina berths during high season – your galley should be well stocked.