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Trogir Sailing Itinerary - A UNESCO World Heritage Treasure

A brief introduction to Trogir

Trogir is a coastal town in the Croatian region of Dalmatia, located just 30 km west from the city of Split. This historic city sits on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo, separated from the mainland by canals. 

Trogir was founded by Greek colonists from the island of Vis in the 3rd century BC. The Greeks were later succeeded by the Romans, who developed Trogir into an important port on the Adriatic. After several centuries of turmoil, Trogir came under the rule of the Venitian Republic, where it prospered for nearly 400 years. During that time, Trogir developed a strong economy and became one of the most important cities in the Adriatic. Under Venitian rule, Trogir created numerous works of Renaissance art and architecture, many of which can be seen today. Trogir’s high concentration of palaces, churches, and fortifications led to the city’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. 

Today, Trogir is a popular tourist destination, equally attracting families, sailing enthusiasts and culture-seeking tourists. Sailing enthusiasts visiting here will appreciate the well-protected marina and the proximity to famous Croatian islands of Hvar, Brač and Korčula.      

The best way to get to Trogir

The fastest and easiest way to reach the Trogir is by flying to Split Airport, located just 5 km away. There are plenty of flights, especially during summer, flying directly to Split from all over Europe. Additionally, there are connecting flights from Zagreb available, departing for Split every few days. 

Located just 30 km away from Split, Trogir is also easily reached by bus, train or car. There are daily bus departures to Trogir from all major Croatian cities. Due to the direct highway connection, driving from the Croatian capital of Zagreb will take around 4 hours. Keep in mind that, during the high season, traffic around Trogir can get quite congested.    

Chose from one of our favourite Trogir itinerary options

Option 1- Southern Dalmatia

Total sail distance: 200 NM

Things to see and do: Sail south along the Croatian coast, visiting some spectacular islands like Korčula and Mljet along the way. The grand finale of the route is a visit to Dubrovnik - one of the gems of the Mediterranean.  

This route is perfect for: Everyone. Friends and families that wish to experience sailing to the top travel destinations on the Croatian coast. The route provides a balance of both tranquil coves and busy tourist attractions. Those more focused on sailing will welcome fair winds and beautiful islands along the route.    

Best time of year for sailing: From early May until the end of September.

Day 1: Split

Located just a short sail away from Trogir, Split is the first stop on the route. Arriving in the ACI Marina Split, located near the city centre, will leave you with plenty of time to explore this ancient city. The famous Diocletian’s Palace is a must-see and will give you an insight into the city’s rich and long history. Split is a vibrant city with a busy nightlife, and here you will find plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes.  

Day 2: Omiš

As you leave Split, set sail southeast along the coast until you reach the small town of Omiš. Here you will find a town nestled on the spot where the Cetina river meets the Adriatic sea. Discover the town’s rich history and learn about the infamous pirates that used to reside here as they waged war against the Venetian Republic. Visit the Cetina river and cool off by taking a swim in the cold and clear river.

Day 3: Makarska

Sail further southeast to reach another popular destination on the Adriatic coast, the town of Makarska. Here you will find an abundance of quality restaurants, ideal for tasting some quality seafood. Be sure to visit the nearby Nugal beach, a beautiful pebble beach surrounded by cliffs and pine trees.

Day 4: Korčula

Sućuraj is a small settlement on the eastern coast of the island of Korčula. There are several beautiful beaches worth visiting in this area, like the Perna or Zidigova beach. Here you will find small, secluded coves and all the tranquillity you’ll want. Korčula is famous for its wine and delicious seafood, so make sure to make a stop at one of the local restaurants. 

Day 5: Mljet

Continuing south, around the Pelješac peninsula, you will happen upon the spectacular island of Mljet. On the western side of the island, you will find the magnificent Mljet National Park and its two saltwater lakes - Veliko and Malo jezero. A hike through the National Park is an ideal all-day activity for the whole family. 

Day 6: Dubrovnik

Your final destination before heading back to Trogir is the magical city of Dubrovnik. This historic city attracts visitors with its iconic walls, impressive architecture and rich cultural heritage. If you wish to cool off, head over to one of the beautiful beaches found in the city. As the night falls, take a stroll down Stradun and explore the nightlife in Dubrovnik.

Day 7: Trogir

Spend the rest of your last day casually sailing back towards Trogir. Depending on your time left, visit the remarkable Trogir Old town and explore its beautiful architecture. 

A boardwalk in Trogir to some docked boats

Option 2 - Split Archipelago

Total sail distance: 125 NM

Things to see and do: This route will take you on a tour of one of the most popular tourist areas in Croatia, the Split Archipelago. Sail to the islands of Vis, Korčua, Hvar and Brač and discover everything they have to offer.  

This route is perfect for: Families and groups of friends will enjoy visiting the spectacular beaches and charming coastal towns scattered across the islands in the area. Sailing enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to sail in the more open seas around the islands of Vis and Lastovo.      

Best time of year for sailing: From May until the end of September.

Day 1: Drvenik Veli 

The island of Drvenik Veli sits south of the town of Trogir and northwest from the island of Šolta. Here you will find a peaceful oasis, far away from the crowds, with plenty of secluded coves and sandy and pebble beaches. The Grabule cove offers protection from all winds and is the preferred destination of experienced sailors. The eastern coast of the island, near the Krknjaši islets, is an ideal anchoring spot. 

Day 2: Vis

Sail from Drvenik directly south towards the remote island of Vis. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the day on the open sea. Vis is an island of immense natural beauty and houses some of the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian part of the Adriatic. Fishing has a proud tradition on this island, so make sure to try some local delicacies.   

Day 3: Lastovo 

Continuing your journey away from the Croatian coast, head southeast towards the island of Lastovo. Located on the northern part of the island, only 2 km from Lastovo village, Zaklopatica bay is the favoured spot among sailors. Spend the day sunbathing, swimming or hiking and visit local restaurants offering the best of Dalmatian cuisine.

Day 4: Korčula 

Leave Lastovo and head north towards the island of Koručula. On the southern coast of the island, you will find the beautiful and broad Vela Prižba beach. After spending the day on the beach enjoying summer activities, head on to nearby restaurants, offering spectacular views of the sea and nearby islets. If you are looking for a safe harbour, sail northwest to the largest settlement on Korčula - Vela Luka. 

Day 5: Hvar

The town of Hvar, located on the island with the same name, is one of the top tourist destinations in Croatia. Here you can discover the island’s rich history and enjoy the town’s beautiful architecture and cultural heritage. As the town tends to get crowded during the peak tourist season, we recommend heading to the nearby Paklinski otoci islands and the modern ACI Marina Palmižana. Here you can enjoy the luxuries of this modern marina as well as the natural beauty of the island.   

Day 6: Brač

Your penultimate stop on this route is the Zlatni rat beach, located near the town of Bol on the island of Brač. Zlatni rat is a long pebble beach and one of Croatia’s most recognizable summer destinations. You can enjoy a wide selection of water-based activities here, including the most popular one - windsurfing. As the southern coast of Brač is exposed, sail towards the ACI Marina Milna, located in a well-protected bay on the western coast of the island. 

 

Day 7: Šolta

The last stop before returning to Trogir is the island of Šolta, located just west of Brač. Make a stop at the small little village of Stomorska on the northeastern part of the island. This quaint little village is an ideal place to unwind and charge your batteries before heading back. You will find everything you need here: a safe harbour, plenty of beautiful beaches, a shop and a couple of restaurants and cafes.

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