A brief introduction to Kaštel Gomilica
The small coastal town of Kaštel Gomilica is part of a unique cluster of villages located on the Croatian coast between the cities of Trogir and Split. Kaštel Gomilica is situated in the Bay of Kaštela and is the second settlement you will happen upon when heading from Split to Trogir.
The villages of Kaštela are divided into upper and lower Kaštela and consist of seven separate settlements: Štafilić, Novi, Stari, Lukšić, Kambelovac, Gomilica and Sućurac.
Kaštel Gomilica was founded by refugees fleeing the Ottoman invasion in the first half of the 16th century. In 1545, Benedictine nuns from Split finished the construction of the Kaštilac monastery on a reef called Gomilica. Kaštilac was also heavily fortified with high walls and a drawbridge to protect against any possible invasion. Today, almost 500 years later, those fortifications are still standing strong and attracting visitors.
The seven settlements of Kaštela stretch for 20km along the coast, running from east to west. This stretch of coastline is a vibrant area full of beaches, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
While the whole of Kaštel area is a popular summer destination for both domestic and foreign tourists, Kaštek Gomilica is an exceptionally beautiful area with lots of sandy beaches. Here you will also find the Marina Kaštela, a modern marina with 400 berths located on the east side of the Kaštela Bay. The construction of the marina started in 2002 and, while it is fully operational, is still being expanded and upgraded.
Proximity to several historic coastal towns like Split, Trogir and Šibenik and the islands of Brač, Hvar and Korčula make Kaštel Gomilica a perfect starting point for a magical sailing holiday.
Best way to get to Kaštel Gomilica
As Kaštel Gomilica is located just 7 km away from Split Airport, flying is the fastest and easiest way to get here. There are dozens of flights to Split Airport from all over Europe, with even more scheduled flights during the summer months. Buses depart regularly from Split Airport to coastal cities in Dalmatia, including Kaštel. Another option is to fly to Zadar Airport and then reach Kaštel by car or bus, which would take around 2 hours, depending on the traffic. You can also get to Kaštel Gomilica by train.
Kaštel Gomilica itinerary options
Option 1- West towards Kornati
Total sail distance: 135 NM
Things to see and do: Sail along the coast of Dalmatia towards the magnificent Kornati islands. Coastal towns will charm you with their architecture and rich history. Explore the untouched natural beauty of islands along the route and enjoy the crystal clear sea.
This route is perfect for: Groups of friends and families will equally enjoy visiting busy coastal cities as well as the untouched islands along the way. Sailing enthusiasts will eagerly set sail for the beautiful Kornati National Park, one of the most popular sailing destinations on the Mediterranean.
Best time of year for sailing: From early May until the end of September.
Day 1: Čiovo
As you leave Kaštel Gomilica, the island of Čiovo will be your first stop. The island is a popular summer destination for both local and foreign visitors. Sail along the northern coast of the island and visit the most popular beaches there, the Slatine beach and the Kava beach. Here you can enjoy the pristine sea and beautiful sandy and pebble beaches before you rest up in one of the local restaurants offering quality seafood.
Day 2: Rogoznica
Sailing north along the Dalmatian coast you will happen upon a small coastal town of Rogoznica. The old town of Rogoznica sits on a peninsula where old stone houses and narrow streets combine for an authentic Mediterranean atmosphere. Spend a day here, enjoying the perfect weather, relaxing on the beaches and indulging in delicious local cuisine.
Day 3: Šibenik
Šibenik is the third-largest city in the region of Dalmatia and a city of rich history. Spend the day exploring the impressive architecture of this beautiful city, including several medieval forts and churches. For those that wish to explore more of nature, book an excursion to the nearby Krka National Park and its majestic waterfalls.
Day 4: Kornati
Your next stop as you leave Šibenik is the Kornati National Park, a truly remarkable sight. Sailing among the islands of this national park, you will be greeted with untouched natural beauty and pristine blue sea. As you progress from the southern tip of the Kornat island north towards Dugi Otok, plenty of hidden coves and bays await you. Here you can anchor and spend the day swimming and snorkelling, or explore this fascinating landscape. To round off the perfect day, visit one of several restaurants located on the island and try the local specialities.
Day 5: Dugi Otok
Dugi Otok is an island adjacent to the island of Kornat, and home to the Telaščica Nature Park. The park is located in the Telaščica bay, on the southeastern coast of the island, surrounded by 13 islands and islets. This area is a top-rated sailing destination as it offers excellent protection from the elements and houses more than 25 stunning beaches. If you need supplies, visit the town of Sali on the eastern coast of the Dugi Otok island.
Day 6: Zlarin
Making your way back towards Kaštel Gomilica, make a stop at the island of Zlarin, near Šibenik. This small and quiet island is one of the sunniest places on the Adriatic with more than 2,700 sunlight hours per year. The main port on the island is a popular destination among sailors as it provides adequate protection from northern and southern winds. Enjoy the peace and quiet as there are no cars on the island and explore the rich culinary selection offered in the local restaurants and taverns.
Day 7: Trogir
Continuing east along the Croatian coast, the historic town of Trogir is the last stop on this route. The old town of Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo. Here you will find a high concentration of palaces, churches, and fortifications which led to the town’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
The town offers plenty of historical and cultural landmarks, ideal for a walk in the old town centre. Keep in mind that Trogir is a popular sailing destination and can get quite crowded during the peak tourist season.
Option 2 - East towards Split Archipelago
Total sail distance: 130 NM
Things to see and do: Visit the Split Archipelago and some of the most popular island destinations in the Adriatic. See for yourself why the islands of Hvar, Brač, Vis and Korčula are among the top sailing destinations on the Mediterranean.
This route is perfect for: Families and friends wanting to visit some of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. Beaches in this area are among the best on the Adriatic, perfect for a day out in the sun. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy sailing from island to island, discovering spectacular scenery along the way.
Best time of year for sailing: From late April to mid-September.
Day 1: Šolta
First stop as you leave Kaštel Gomilica is the charming little settlement of Maslinica, located on the western coast of the Šolta island. Arriving here you will find a small marina nestled in a well-protected bay. The village of Maslinica sprawled around the early 18th-century fort, built as a measure of protection against pirate attacks. Visit the nearby coves, take a swim on the beautiful pebble beach or spend the day biking and hiking around the beautiful interior of the island.
Day 2: Brač
Sail along the southern coast of Šolta all the way across to the island of Brač and the safe harbour of Milna. Located at the southeast part of Mlina harbour, ACI Marina Milna is a modern marina with 170 berths. In this small town, you can enjoy beautiful nature and delicious seafood, accompanied by ideal swimming and sailing conditions. Marina Milna boasts the prestigious Blue Flag award, a certificate that confirms the pristine natural beauty of the area.
Day 3: Hvar
The Croatian island of Hvar has the nickname “sunny” Hvar which tells you what to expect when visiting this popular summer destination. The town of Hvar, located on the southern coast of the island, is one of the busiest and most popular destinations on the Croatian part of the Adriatic. Take a stroll through the old town streets and discover the rich cultural heritage of the island. As the sun sets, experience the unique Hvar nightlife and visit the popular nightclubs and bars in town.
Day 4: Vis
As you pass the magical Paklinski otoci, set sail south towards the island of Vis. Home to some spectacular beaches like Stončica and Stiniva, Vis is an ideal place to get away from the crowds and enjoy the scenery. Deep blue sea, favourable winds and plenty of sunshine make Vis one of the most popular sailing destinations on the Adriatic. Be sure to visit one of the local restaurants and try delicious cuisine. If you have enough time, sail south towards the island of Biševo and visit the magnificent Blue cave.
Day 5: Korčula
Next stop on the route is the island of Korčula, due east from the island of Vis. Located on the western coast of the island, Vela Luka is the largest settlement on the island and is a safe anchorage and nautical harbour. Vela Luka is a place rich with cultural heritage, and here you will find several museums, art galleries and various cultural events taking place. Korčula is famous for its seafood and wine, so make sure to visit the local restaurants and try them for yourself.
Day 6: Makarska
The coastal city of Makarska sits on the Croatian mainland, nestled at the footsteps of the impressive Biokovo mountain. Makarska is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its beautiful beaches and warm weather. Here you can go for a hike at the Biokovo Nature Park and visit the Kotišina botanical garden, located on the hills of the Biokovo mountain.
Day 7: Split
Last stop on the route should be the historical city of Split. Located just a few km away from Kaštel Gomilica, Split is a perfect stop for your last day. ACI Marina Split is located near the city centre and is the ideal place to dock when visiting the city. Explore the city’s beautiful architecture and impressive archaeological sites like the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy an afternoon coffee on the Riva waterfront or just take in the sights and stroll around the city.