Dalmatian Islands 14 Day Itinerary - Dubrovnik
Day 1 – Dubrovnik
This large medieval walled city is a magnificent port of call, being famously hailed as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ by George Bernard Shaw. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe and beauty when you set eyes on the Stradun never fades. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that have protected this civilised, sophisticated republic for five centuries.
Day 2 – Sipanska Luka
Sipan is the largest island in a chain lying two miles of the mainland coast. Most of the islands making up this chain are heavily forested and unspoilt. Sipanska Luka is the largest of the villages on the island and also serves as the main ferry terminal. You’ll find a couple of laid moorings here but you will most likely need to anchor.
Day 3 – Polace
Luka Polace is virtually landlocked and therefore very well protected. Polace is the best place to leave your yacht while you explore the two deep, forest-shrouded saltwater lakes of the National Park on land. It’s about a forty five minute walk over to the lakes via Montokuc hill. Alternatively you can hire a bicycle.
Day 4 – Korcula
Korčula is rich in vineyards, olive groves, small villages and hamlets. The island’s dense woods led the original Greek settlers to call the island Korkyra Melaina (Black Korčula). Its main settlement, Korčula Town, is a gorgeous grid of marble streets and impressive architecture. With a population of around 3000 inhabitants, Korcula Town is the largest settlement on the island, and is an absolute gem. It’s a beautiful walled town with narrow streets, old buildings, monuments, walls, towers, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Day 5 – Hvar
Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in the high season. It’s odd that they can all fit in the small bay town, where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets, but fit they do. Visitors wander along the main square, explore the sights on the winding stone streets, swim on the numerous beaches or pop off to the idyllic Pakleni Islands, but most of all they party at night.
Day 6 – Split
The largest city on the Adriatic Coast, seaside delight Split has been under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav control. There is an abundance of restaurants and wine cellars. The palace and the Split old town (Stari Grad) that was built around it still houses a large number of Croatian families and is a fine example of an old city centre that has not yet lost its character to invading tourists.
Day 7 – Trogir
Trogir – another jewel in Croatia’s crown. This beautiful UNESCO world heritage village offers everything Split can but in a charming little package. Located on its own little island Trogir is surrounded by large town walls which house cobble stone paths, family run restaurants and a surprising number of shops. We can’t recommend visiting enough!
Day 8 – Komiza
Komiza is located on the southwest coast of Vis and shares a friendly rivalry with its more upper class sister Vis Town. The people in Komiza are full of pirate tales and the village has a long fishing heritage. The village has plenty of little streets to wonder around all brining you back to the heart of the village, the port.
Day 9 – Vela Luka
Vela Luka, close to the western tip of Korčula, is a pretty little port set in a lovely natural harbour. There are coves for swimming but no beaches around town. There are two lovely idyllic offshore islands, named Proizd and Osjak, which are worth a visit.
Day 10 – Uble (Lastavo Island)
Lastavo is one of the less visited islands in the area, which is one of the reasons it’s worth visiting. The island is covered in thick forests and the coastline is no less dramatic. Due to being a five hour ferry ride from Split few tourists visit meaning you’ll certainly find a quiet spot or two!
Day 11 – Pomena
Pomena is a small village as well as a harbour located at the west end of Island of Mljet, about 2 km away from village of Govedari. Pomena has just over 50 permanent inhabitants. Being located on just over 15 minutes walk to Malo Jezero (Small Lake) of Mljet National Park, Pomena nowadays has its hotel, couple of restaurants, coffee bars and souvenir shops.
Day 12 – Sobra
The harbour of Sobra is at the end of a wide bay on the north east side of Mljet. With regular ferries to Dubrovnik and Korcula there are plenty of travel opportunities. Local restaurants have laid mooring lines meaning it’s easy to moor in the bay.
Day 13 – Slano
Slano acts as a fantastic stop over point for either the first or last night when sailing two and from Dubrovnik. You can either anchor at the top of the bay or on the village quay. There are a couple of good local restaurants and two good cafes/bars in the village.
Day 14 –Dubrovnik
If you didn’t have time or didn’t get the opportunity to visit Dubrovnik then it’s an absolute must. Inside the old town there is a maze of alleys and cobbled streets packed with small tourist shops and restaurants to explore. Definitely take the walk around the walls of the city, though do take a big bottle of water. We also recommend visiting the cafes nestled on the cliffs between the city walls and the sea, where you can enjoy the view and those more adventurous among you can even jump from the cliffs into the water below.