Dalmatian Islands - 7 Day Sailing Itinerary Via Korcula
Day 1 - Pucisca Town (Brac)
Often listed as one of the prettiest villages in Europe, Pucisca is situated in a deep natural bay on the north coast of Brac island. Known for its striking white limestone Pucisca is home to Europe’s largest stone quarry and Croatia’s only school for stonemasonry. It’s even rumoured that stone from here was used to build the white house! Long before that, the same white stone was harvested by the slaves of fourth-century Roman Emperor Diocletian and transported to Split to build his palace. When you’ve had your fill of history on shore why not try your hand at Dubicigin, a new sport played in the sea and invented by the people of Pucisca.
Day 2 - Sucuraj (Hvar island)
For those who wish to enjoy a relaxing pace and escape the noise, crowds and hustle and bustle of everyday life, Sucuraj is the ideal spot. Located on the eastern point of Hvar island, Sucuraj enjoys the rare benefit of having both a northerly and southerly beach, (Bilina and Cesminica respectively), meaning that there are almost always calm seas to be had. On Bilina beach you can lie on the white stone mats and enjoy the impressive view of the mountain Biokovo and Makarska’s coast. It’s well worth a visit to the waterfront wine cellar of Vjeko Vujnovic for a tasting. They’re listed in the top 7 wine producers on Hvar
Day 3 - Korcula (Korcula island)
Nestled on the north eastern point of Korcula island in the Pelješac channel lies Korcula town. Often described as a mini Dubrovnik, Korcula town with its 3000 inhabitants is steeped in history. You’re instantly greeted with the quintessentially venetian terracotta rooves and cobblestone street which are so prevalent in this part of the world. The town is designed to reduce the effects of wind and sun and as such employs a kind of fish bone layout. It has been claimed, much to the dismay of the Venetians, that Korcula was the birthplace of Marco Polo. You can visit the purported building, which has a few displays but mostly stands out as having a great viewpoint to gaze over the rooftops to the sea.
Day 4 - Scedro Island
Located just off the south coast of Hvar Island, the small island of Scedro is a protected nature park of astounding beauty. The name, which derives from the ancient Slavic word štedri meaning generous/charitable, is thought to refer to the generous protection afforded by the many well sheltered bays found here. According to the British travel author Charles Arnold, of some 200 of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands described in his ‘Mediterranean Islands’ handbook, Scedro is the most peaceful. Why not take a trip back in time by visiting the old abandoned village of Nastane with its picturesque stone houses.
Day 5 - Vis town (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 6 - Hvar Island
Hvar Town /Vinogradisce (Pakleni islands)
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!
But Hvar needn't be all big nights and bright lights…
For a quieter experience why not take an early morning hike east from Hvar town towards Milna to Mekicevica bay (45mins), where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters before grabbing some lunch at a local konoba. In the afternoon, get caught up in the ‘purple haze’ that is Hvar’s calling card to the rest of the world, Lavender. Once responsible for 8% of the world’s total Lavender oil production you can imagine the sights that greet you during June and July, which is when they’re in bloom.