Dalmatian Islands 14 Day Itinerary Via Pakleni
This route can be sailed from Trogir or either of the Split Bases
Day 1 - Maslinica (Solta Island)
If you're luck enough to get out of the marina on your first night you can head here straight away. The village of Maslinica lies on the west coast of Solta and is sheltered by a group of six small islands. Protection from all but the strongest westerly winds is good thanks to a long breakwater extending from the southern shore. It’s worth getting here early as it’s a popular stop, laid moorings, water and electricity are all available. The small village is worth wondering around, you may also catch a lovely sunset depending on where you are.
Day 2 - Pakleni Islands
If you haven’t already visited the more northern Croatian islands (Kornati & Kvarner), the Pakleni archipelago gives you a good indication of what they’re like. This unique stretch of islands on the south coast of Hvar are a real treat to visit. We recommend you moor in the sheltered bay of Vinogradišće, as its quieter and just a short walk from Palmiziana where you can take a water taxi to bustling Hvar town.
Day 3 - Vis (Vis island)
The town of Vis is in the north-eastern part of Vis island and enjoys good protection from the surrounding bay. The furthest island from the Croatian coast, Vis was under Yugoslav military control for decades which only ended in 1989. As such it has retained much of its natural beauty which might explain why in 2018 it was chosen as the setting for the hit movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Viticulture has been a the most important form of agriculture here for over 2 millennia, and Vis even has its own grape variety. The vugava grape is comparable with a viognier and is rumoured to be the subject of the following quote from Agatharchides - "On the island of Vis is a wine produced that no other wine equals”.
Day 4 - Vela Luka (Korcula island)
Situated at the western end of Korcula Island and snuggled up in a deep bay, Vela Luka offers potential for some breath-taking sunsets, perhaps accompanied by a bottle of local red wine and a cheeseboard? Despite being the biggest town on the island Vela Luka is somewhat quieter and less expensive than Korcula town. A major draw here is the ancient Vela Spila or Great Cave, where you can explore the homes of your prehistoric ancestors. It is believed these caves were inhabited more than 20,000 years ago and archaeologists have made hordes of discoveries in recent years.
Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Sipanska Luka (Sipan Island)
Sipan is the largest island in a chain lying two miles off 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 8 - Dubrovnik (Mainland)
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 9 - Sobra (Mljet Island)
On the north coast of Mjlet Island, situated in an unusually wide bay you’ll find the town of Sobra, the main point of entry to the island. Sobra is a small fishing town which supplies the nearby Babino Polje. Here you’ll find the quiet rhythm of life you’d expect. Local restaurants have laid mooring lines meaning it’s easy to moor in the bay.
Day 10 - Korcula (Korcula Island)
Korcula 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 Korcula). Its main settlement, Korcula 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 11 - Hvar Town/Vinogradisce (Pakleni)
Not just another eponymous island town in Croatia, Hvar Town is estimated to draw around 20,000 people a day in high season, and for good reason too. On the south-western coast of the island you’ll find Hvar town gazing westward toward its own private archipelago, the Pakleni island group. This is a great place to moor up for the night and take a water taxi over to the town for a Night of Glitz and Glamour. Sunset drinks in Hula Hula bar followed by a meal in one of Hvar’s buzzing restaurants would be our choice, and for those non-stop party animals Croatia’s most famous club Carpe diem is a must!
Day 12 - Bol – Brac island
Look at almost any poster or guide book for tourism in Croatia and you’ll undoubtedly come across the iconic image of Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach. This lovely pebbly beach, which stretches out into the Adriatic, is the crowning jewel of the Dalmatian coast and has put the nearby town of Bol on the map. The town itself is made up of little stone houses and meandering streets and hosts a selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as supermarkets for provisioning. It’s worth noting that the harbour here is quite small and compact and yachts need to squeeze in wherever they can so we recommend arriving early to secure a spot.