A brief introduction to Dubrovnik
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik is a world renowned tourist destination and one of the most popular places to visit in the whole of the Meditteranean. Beautiful architecture highlighted by the famous city walls creates a unique sight which leaves visitors in awe. Also known as Ragusa, the city of Dubrovnik was an important political and trade foothold on the Adriatic throughout its history. The city has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979.
The best way to get to Dubrovnik
The fastest way to Dubrovnik is a direct flight to the Dubrovnik Airport located some 20 km outside the city. There are plenty of direct flights to Dubrovnik from all over Europe, especially during peak season. There are also connecting flights from Zagreb giving you more options when organizing your visit. Alternatively, you can book a flight to Split and then take the bus to Dubrovnik which takes around 4 hours.
Embark on one of these dreamy Dubrovnik sailing routes
Dubrovnik enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers perfect for all kinds of summer activities. Below we’ve listed different itineraries suitable for all types of trips.
Option 1 - The beauty and tranquility of Elaphite islands and the National Park Mljet
Total sail distance: 60 NM
Things to see and do: Explore the natural beauty of the Elaphite islands and the National Park Mljet. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear sea before relaxing in many of the secluded bays and coves in the area.
Routes are perfect for: Families who enjoy summer activities, groups of friends seeking culture and fine dining and sailing enthusiasts searching for secluded spots to anchor, away from the crowds.
Best time of year for sailing: From mid April until the end of September.
Day 1: Koločep island
Set sail towards the island of Koločep located 5.5 nm west of Dubrovnik. The southernmost inhabited island in Croatia, Koločep, houses several historical structures, including a fort used for defending against pirate attacks. This small island is perfect for active families with plenty of activities to choose from, including jogging, hiking and cycling.
Day 2: Lopud island
The next island over is the Lopud island, located 7.5 nm away from Dubrovnik and is the second largest island of the Elaphite islands. When visiting Lopud be sure to anchor in the Šunj bay where you will find one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful sand beaches, perfect for families with children.
Day 3: Šipan island
The island of Šipan is the largest of the Elaphite islands and is most famous for its olive trees and olive oil production. Here you can enjoy historical architecture with a large number of summer villas once owned by the Dubrovnik elite. Once you soak up the culture, head over to Bova beach and enjoy the local cuisine in some of the nearby restaurants.
Day 4: Jakljan island
Jakljan island is also a part of the Elaphite islands, situated west of the island of Šipan, 8 nm from the town of Ston. Visiting this uninhabited island is the pinnacle of this sailing route where the goal is to get away from the crowds and commotion. The biggest man-made attraction on the island is the abandoned resort for children, built in the 1960s and closed as the war between Serbia and Croatia broke out. This is a perfect place to anchor and enjoy the silence and beauty of untouched nature.
Day 5: Saplunara (Mljet island)
Sailing away from the Elaphite islands, Saplunara cove on the southeastern coast of the island of Mljet is the next destination. The beach carrying the same name, Saplunara, holds a Blue Flag certification indicating crystal clear sea and a pristine natural environment. This is a perfect spot to spend the day enjoying the sea and sunshine. Worth having in mind that there are no restaurants or amenities in the area so plan accordingly.
Day 6: Okuklje bay (Mljet) - Polače bay (Mljet)
Sail along the northern coast of Mljet island towards Polače bay and the National Park Mljet, stopping at the Okuklje bay along the way. Hills surrounding Okuklje bay make it an ideal hiking destination offering spectacular views. Continue towards Polače bay, which is located within the National Park Mljet and acts as the main port for the National Park. Here you can visit one of the several restaurants and enjoy local cuisine and wine.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
Leave Mljet and set sail towards Dubrovnik, leaving you with more than enough time to explore the beauties of the city upon your arrival.
Option 2 - Explore islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula
Total sail distance: 150 NM
Things to see and do on these routes: A visit to the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula. An ideal mix of summer activities with a culinary tour of local delights will leave your body and soul fulfilled.
Routes are perfect for: Active families as well as groups of friends seeking thrills and fine dining. Those more concentrated on sailing will have plenty to discover as well.
Best time of year for sailing: From early May until the end of September.
Day 1: Kobaš - Pomena (Mljet)
Sail straight towards the island of Mljet where you can enjoy the beauty of the National Park.
Pomena is a small port village settled in the heart of the Mljet National Park. Located just a 15 - minute walk away from Malo Jezero (Small Lake) of the Mljet National Park, the village is the main entry point to the Park.
Day 2: Zaklopatica (Lastovo)
Zaklopatica, only one NM away from the town of Lastovo, is a cove on the north side of the island of Lastovo. It is heaven for divers and yachtsmen, offers a breathtaking view of the neighboring island Korčula and is home to a rare species of birds – called Kaukala. Lastovo offers both beautiful beaches and charming restaurants where you can taste some quality seafood.
Day 3: Vela Luka (Korčula)
Vela Luka is the biggest settlement on the island of Korčula. It is connected by a beautiful island road with the town of Korčula, making it perfect for renting a car or a bike and exploring the island’s interior. The town of Vela Luka is located at the end of a long bay, offering excellent shelter from the elements. The nearby hill of Hum offers spectacular views of the surrounding islands and is a perfect hiking destination.
Day 4: Town of Korčula
As you leave Vela Luka, sail along the northern coast of the island of Korčula until you reach the town of Korčula.The town of Korčula is a true gem of the Adriatic and one of the best preserved medieval cities on the Mediterranean. It is also the birthplace of well known merchant traveler Marco Polo. It is perfect for renting a bike and experiencing its natural and cultural beauty.
Day 5: Trstenik bay or Žuljana bay (Pelješac)
Trstenik is a small village situated on the southern part of the Pelješac peninsula. Here you can taste some of the most prestigious wines made in Croatia while families with children can relax on the charming pebble beach.
Day 6: Kobaš (Pelješac)
Uvala Kobaš is a small cove with many small piers located in the Stonski Kanal, increasingly popular lately by sailors. It offers private accommodation and a restaurant located on the beach.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
The final day of the route will see your return to Dubrovnik where you will have plenty of time to enjoy all the city has to offer.
Option 3 - a grand tour from Dubrovnik to Split
Total sail distance: 240 NM
Things to see and do on these routes: Stop at all of the most popular Dalmatian hotspots, including the islands of Hvar, Vis, Brač and the city of Split. Enjoy natural beauties, taste the local cuisine and experience the cultural heritage this region exudes.
Routes are perfect for: Families and groups of friends alike. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the route as well.
Best time of year for sailing: From May until the end of September.
Day 1: Skrivena Luka (Lastovo)
As you set sail from Dubrovnik, head towards the island of Lastovo. Here you will find Skrivena luka (hidden port), aptly named for its position and accessibility. The location is highlighted by a lighthouse located on a 70 metre cliff which nowadays houses 4 apartments available for rent.
Day 2: Biševo/Vis
Sailing west you will stumble upon the island of Biševo, home to one of the most breathtaking caves on the Adriatic - the Blue cave. There are daily excursions inside the cave where you can enjoy a unique dance of light and water. Not far away is the island of Vis, an ideal spot to spend the day. Sailing around the island, you can try and spot the old submarine bases carved into the cliffs. The mountain road connecting the towns of Komiža and Vis is ideal for renting a car or bike, offering spectacular views along the way.
Day 3: Palmižana
Palmižana is located on a group of 20 isles and reefs, known as the Pakleni otoci, off the southwestern coast of the island of Hvar. There is a botanical park which fills the air with intoxicating smells from its lush vegetation and exotic herbs. A perfect place to relax and get in touch with nature.
Day 4: Hvar
The island of Hvar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. The island is rich with history, represented in its beautiful architecture and town squares. As the sun sets, the streets are filled with tourists enjoying the vibrant nightlife, most present in the town of Hvar. Here you can enjoy the best restaurants in the Adriatic before you head to a night of dancing in the local nightclubs.
Day 5: Brač
Just a short sail away from Hvar is the island of Brač, the third largest island in the Adriatic. On Brač you should make sure to visit the town of Bol and its famous Zlatni rat pebble beach. Due to sea currents and winds, the beach constantly changes its shape making it a unique site every time you visit. It is worth mentioning that the marina in Bol is not the biggest so there may be some difficulties finding available berths.
Day 6: Split
Split is the penultimate stop on this tour after leaving Bol. The second biggest Croatian city offers plenty to see and experience. Arriving at the ACI Marina Split is the best option as it is situated very close to the town center. Visiting the antique Diocletian Palace is a must, as is a stroll along the winding streets of the old town. Here you can do your shopping, grab a couple of souvenirs or enjoy a quality meal.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
The distance between Split and Dubrovnik is some 110 NM so it will take most of the day to reach your final destination, the city of Dubrovnik. However, it should leave you with sufficient time to explore Dubrovnik city walls, take a stroll down Stradun or maybe enjoy the sunset from the cable car that will take you up or down the Srđ hill which towers above the city.