Split Sailing Itinerary
The North Dalmatian Coast
Split Sailing Itinerary
Sail to the North Dalmatian Coast
There are over a thousand islands in Croatia, the exact number is varying by definitions. Dalmatia is a narrow belt of the east shore of the Adriatic Sea. The number of the main Dalmatian islands is 79 and there are about 500 islets. Northern Croatian islands are the most numerous and most developed islands of the Dalmatian coast. The mainland of those islands is full of olive trees, fig trees, vineyards and vast areas of green. Lots of waterfalls, hidden caves, lakes, stone buildings, castles and huge walls with extremely beauty are parts of those islands.
The best way to explore the area and visit all these beautiful places is of course by sailing. We have prepared a great Split Sailing Itinerary to the North Dalmatian Coast, which is mainly focused on exploring these amazing islands on board your private yacht, and visit the most remarkable of them.
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Croatia has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole world. Virgin natural beauties, which really worth it to be seen. The uniqueness of each island will make you feel blessed for your choice to sail all over them.
Our Split Sailing Itinerary suggestion for this time is a North Dalmatian Sailing in which is included a sailing route around Otok Kaprije, Vodice, Šibenik, Otok Kornati, Nature Park Telašćica, Iz, Ugljar, Zadar, Pašman, Murter, Žirje, Rogoznica, Drvenik Veli, Split (Marina Kastela).
The best way to get to Split and start with our Split Sailing Itinerary is by plane, as there is an International Airport, with regular flights from/to hundreds of destinations worldwide. If you travel from a European country, you can get there by car, or even take a bus or train. We can arrange your transfers from the airport/station to the base at an additional cost. (Prices start from approximately 20 EUR for 2 pax, per way).
Τhe Split Sailing Itinerary to the South Dalmatian Islands is an ideal sailing destination from May until September. The weather is very warm and sunny and the average temperature is 28° C- typical Mediterranean climate. Despite the warm and sunny weather during that period, if you don’t like the overcrowded places, we generally recommend that you avoid visiting the Dalmatian Islands in late July and early August when most of the tourists visit the area. October brings cloudier skies and the promise of some rain, still, it’s generally preferred by many sailors as an alternative period for their summer holidays. The average temperature drops down to 17° C.
In Croatia, there are many different marinas, where you can safely anchor. There’s a new application launched, called “mySea” (https://www.my-sea.com/en/login), which will be your “best buddy” for our Split Sailing Itinerary. With just a little search, you can find a safe and secure harbour or marina to moor and start your activities ashore. Also, you have the ability to reserve your berth in advance, so that you avoid waiting there. The mooring fees in Croatia can be very expensive sometimes, so we definitely suggest looking at the price lists before you pick a place to moor.
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Split (Marina Kastela) → Vodice → Šibenik (36 NM)
Vodice is a tourist center which is known for its age and the tradition it has. We start our Split Sailing Itinerary with Vodice because it has received “The Tourism Flower Award” due to its attractiveness to visitors. There are many churches and beautiful sights to see. You have to visit the church of Karmela and the church of the Holy Cross with its bell tower. It’s also an island full of sports activities such as scuba diving, fitness in the sea, cycling, beach volleyball.
Šibenik is also a city known for its tradition and its cultural heritage. It’s the oldest self-settled city in Croatia. Šibenik is an ideal destination during summer because of the summer festivals which take place every year during that period. You should also visit the monuments, the city walls and the church, which are the most characteristic buildings in the city.
Things to Do:
- Krka Waterfalls at Šibenik
- Visit: Pirate’s Candy Ship, store, Vodice
Šibenik →Kornati → Telašćica (33 NM)
On our alternative Split Sailing Itinerary to the North Dalmatian Coast, we want to encourage you to visit the Kornati Islands with the National Park and the Nature Park of Telašćica, which is only a few nautical miles away. Both of them are known worldwide for their magnificent natural beauty. In the parks, you will have the opportunity to see species of fauna and flora, hidden caves and beautiful waterfalls.
Things to Do:
- Kornati National Park
- Church of our Lady of Tarac, Kornati
- Telašćica Nature Park
Telašćica → Iz→ Ugljan → Zadar (17 NM)
On day 3 of our Split Sailing Itinerary, we suggest visiting Iž. It is an island separated in two little villages, Veli Iž and Mali Iž. The whole island is surrounded by olive gardens, fig trees, and vegetable plantations. Iž is well known for its long fishing tradition. What’s remarkable about Veli Iž is the pottery art that bloomed and was developed by the citizens of the village.
Another separated island is the Ugljan. Half of the island is covered with olive trees, fig trees, vineyards, dense bush, pine trees and other Mediterranean plantation, so it is called green part. The other half is stony and desolated. The island is connected with the fishing activity either.
End the day of your Split Sailing Itinerary in Zadar, also known as the southern Dubrovnik. Beautiful beaches, colourful sunrisings, history and always full of people. Zadar is home to around 70,000 people and it’s a joy to explore. In Zadar, you will experience something completely different. Its construction has taken place in the harbour area. Some stone steps immersed in the water. These have underwater pipes in them that sound musical notes when filled with water. This construction creates a harmonica effect that sounds as if each wave is gently sighing. This is called “The Sea Organ” and “Greeting to the Sun”.
Zadar has also a dramatic hinterland to explore; three national parks – Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes and Krka.
Things to Do:
- Paklenica National Park
- Kayak adventure
- Skydiving, Zemunik Donji 1, Zadar 23000, Croatia
Zadar → Pašman→ Murter (24 NM)
Pašman is another little paradise in Zadar Archipelago. It has almost 12 villages and the mainland is separated by the Pašman channel. What makes Pašman interesting and different from the other islands is that due to the sea current that constantly changes, (every six hours) its waters are considered to be among the cleanest waters in the Adriatic.
Murter is the next island of Split Sailing Itinerary to the North Dalmatia that we propose to you. It is located in the northwest of both the Šibenik archipelago and the Šibenik county. Murter is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Island Murter is famous for its sandy and gravel beaches, such as Slanica, Kosirina, Čigrađa, Podvršak, Lovišća. There is also a large number of small bays hidden from the large beaches.
Things to Do:
- Maltovac beach, Zdrelac, Pasman Island 23271, Croatia
- Podvrske beach, Murter, Murter Island, Croatia
- Beer bar Kantun, Ulica Hrvat. Vladara 6, Murter, Murter Island, 22243, Croatia
Murter → Žirje → Rogoznica (25,5 NM)
Žirje island is the furthest and the largest island in the Šibenik archipelago. It is known for its stony beaches like Stupica and Koromačna, which are seafarer destinations, the large fishing area, the natural beauty and the blue waters. Žirje is the perfect destination for a peaceful and relaxing vacation away from the city noise.
Rogoznica is another Mediterranean town connected to the mainland by an artificial mound. Most of the island is covered by forest and trees. Rogoznica, despite its size, has lots of monuments that must be seen. such as the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Heaven, the “Dragon’s Eye” salt-water lake, which was created after the last ice age. Also, make sure to attend one of the festivals which take place in almost every Dalmatian town, which are called “Fishermen’s Night”.
Things to Do:
- Dragon’s eye Lake, Rogoznica
- Dragon’s Cave, Rogoznica
Trogir → Šolta → Split (Marina Kastela) (20 NM)
We couldn’t exclude Trogir from our Split Sailing Itinerary, which is one of the oldest cities in Croatia. It is an ideal and relaxing destination to spend some moments with the family and take some rest. In summer, despite the city is relatively quiet during the day, when the night comes, the city floods by a mysterious and romantic essence.
Šolta is the ideal final stop for our Split Sailing itinerary, where you can relax and come closer to the Croatian landscape. It is small and ideal for walking and cycling. Main attractions are the half-forgotten, Kasbah-like villages of the interior and the two picturesque harbour villages of Maslinica and Stomorska.
Things to Do:
- Visit, Trogir Historic site
- Kayak in Trogir
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