Explore the most famous places on the coast!

ZADAR

Zadar is the town with the most beautiful sunset in the world. That compliment came from none other than Alfred Hitchcock, who visited Zadar in 1964. And we all know he had a good eye for detail!
To tribute the town’s gorgeous sunsets, the famous installation Sun Salutation was built. Consisting of 300 multilayer glass panels supported by photovoltaic solar modules, Croatia’s most famous installation communicates with nature and emits light. In perfect synchrony with the most beautiful sunset in the world, light-emitting elements which are built-in into the circle get turned on, producing a beautiful light-wave spectacle, in the rhythm of the waves and the sound of another famous Zadar’s attraction – the Sea Organ. This amazing organ is made of 35 tubes of different lengths, diameters and inclines. The wave-suppressed air flows from the wider to the narrower profile in order to get acceleration and to produce sound in the tubes located beneath the promenade, from where that sound, through the holes in the stones, emerges out into the promenade. Just as the energy is unpredictable, so is the concert of the Sea Organ – unpredictable and unique with its countless musical variations. Zadar is also known for its Maraskino liquor, which was tasted by non-the-less but an array of famous faces: Casanova, Napoleon, Balzac, Hitchcock, king George IV and Russian tsar Nikolay. Not to forget, this town has a long tradition & history, dating all the way back to ancient times, and there are numerous monuments which are a treat for the eye and the soul to mark that long historical walk: Kalelarga, Church of St.Donat, St.Stošija’s Cathedral, City Walls, Zadar Archaeological Museum, People’s Square, Zadar University Building and many more.

Sea organ and sun salutation of Zadar

DUGI OTOK

Dugi otok is known in the sailing world for its many natural attractions. The Telašćica Nature Park is located on the southern part of the island, including a large salt lake, two charming periodic lakes, an absolutely stunning large sandy bay – Saharun, as well as the highest lighthouse on the Adriatic coast. With 42 m of height, it is just waiting for you to snap that perfect panoramic photo from its top. This beautiful island is full of natural contrast – apart from calm and sandy coves, the island offers steep cliffs up to 161 m of height and layers of ruins prehistoric and ancient times.

Slano Lake in National park Telascica
Saharun beach
Veli Rat, Dugi Otok Island

KORNATI

Kornati are part of one of the most famous national parks on the Adriatic. A total of eighty-nine islands, islets and sea cliffs, makes Kornati the most extensive archipelago in the Mediterranean. Oh and let’s not forget to mention that Kornati have only 25 inhabitants. So, look no further for your new sailing adventure – Kornati Islands are a true paradise for those who like to enjoy the serenity of the Adriatic as it once was and sail among these gorgeous islets. Many say that the rocky landscape of the islets reminds them of the footage from the Moon surface, so you might get carried away into outer space while slowly cruising around Kornati!

Sunset at National park Kornati

SKRADIN

Skradin according to Forbes magazine, this is Bill Gates’ favorite summer spot. Skradin is a small Adriatic town with an exceptionally long and rich history. You can get into the town by sailing through a beautiful canyon and passing under two bridges – while sailing beneath them, you will bend your head by reflex, as these bridges look like they are about to touch the tip of your mast. Once in harbor, your yacht will be welcomed by swans. Just in case you were not breathless from the sailing you have done so far. Skradin is also one of the entrances to National Park Krka. In hot summer months, you can swim in its divine waterfalls.

Visovac, Christian monastery
Aerial view of The Krka river
Waterfalls on National Park Krka
St. Nicholas Fortress, Šibenik

PRIMOŠTEN

Primošten was once an island where the inhabitants of the surrounding area used to hide from military attacks, and for that purpose, they built a defensive wall and a movable bridge to protect them. The islet was “primošten”, which stands for “connected by a bridge”, in Croatian language, and by such action, got its name – Primošten. The said bridge was later replaced by an embankment. This tiny town won the gold medal and the prestigious Golden Flower 2007 award for best in horticultural and urban design and is known for its large and beautiful vineyards. The photo of one of Primošten’s vineyards hangs on the wall of the UN headquarters building in New York. It is currently under consideration to include these vineyards on the UNESCO Heritage List.
In addition to the excellent historical and gastro-wine tours, this town hosts the largest and most popular discotheque in Dalmatia, where many famous DJs come to spin their tunes.

Primošten

SPLIT

Split is the largest city in Dalmatia, as well as the second largest in Croatia, with the population of about 180 000. Imagine this – the famous Roman emperor Diocletian, chose Split for his summer palace all the way back in the 4th century, making it a unique architectural gem on the Adriatic. Since 1979, it has been under UNESCO protection. Within the walls of this ancient palace now lies the cathedral of St.Dujam, considered to be the oldest Christian cathedral in the world. Split carries the title of the most sporty city in the world because of the highest number of Olympic medal winners in relation to the number of inhabitants. Split port is the second largest in Croatia and third largest on the Mediterranean, when it comes to numbers of passengers. The oldest European regatta, held every year, starts from Split -Mrdujska Regatta. When you get tired of sailing, you can get lost in time and wonder around numerous monuments, museums, galleries and panoramic point on Marjan Hill.  But, never forget that the richest part of Split’s culture is the mentality and spirit of its people. Anyone in Croatia will easily describe people from Split with 3 things: “splitska fjaka”, coffee on the promenade and the proverb “vrag odnija prišu”, meaning –  “let the Devil take the rush away” and keep on sitting on the main promenade, sipping on your coffee, doing nothing but relaxing and looking at the sea. So, even in the most exhausting day, you will feel positive energy and you will want to stay there forever.

Split

KRKNJAŠI ISLANDS

Krknjasi Islands are a popular swim spot for yachts and sailing boats, also known as blue lagoon. Check out the picture, what else do you need?

Blue lagoon, Krknjaši Islands

TROGIR

Trogir is considered to be the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. The castle and tower surrounded by defense walls form the core of Trogir. This Adriatic gem has numerous monuments, buildings and works of art representing the world’s cultural and artistic treasure, and since 1997 the entire core of the town has been protected by UNESCO.
It thrills its visitors with graceful monuments and small, stone-paved streets, as well as art collections with many masterpieces, of which Trogir Cathedral is the most significant one. The Cathedral represents a unique example of such architecture in the world, because of different styles of construction being blended all within one building. Due to all of these art & cultural values, it is best to visit Trogir while walking along an expert tourist guide.

Old town Trogir with Kamerlengo Castle in front

BRAČ

Brač is best known around the world for two things. One is high quality Brač stone, which was used to build, none the less, the pillars of the White House in Washington, and the second one – its Golden Horn beach, which changes its shape, position and length depending on the impact of wind and sea streams.
Brač is also the largest and highest island in Croatia. The view from the top of Brač offers a panorama all the way to Hvar, Paklinski Islands, Golden Horn beach and other surrounding islands. On very clear days, you can feast your eyes with the breathtaking view of the tops of Italian mountains and coast.

Zlatni rat beach in Bol, Brač Island

HVAR

Hvar has a particularly mild Mediterranean climate and because of the number of sunny hours per year, it is considered the sunniest island in Europe. Hvar is definitely one of the most popular islands. This island simply has it all! It is a blend of antique and modern, heavenly beaches, quiet hidden bays and lively nightlife … Hvar boasts with the world’s oldest boat painting, the oldest European public theater, the beautiful lavender fields and the Old Town plaza that UNESCO listed in 2008 as a World Heritage Site. And not to forget – top quality wine and olive oil. Ivan Vučetić, the founder of dactyloscopy, a well-known criminal technique, which is based on fingerprints, was born in Hvar. Hvar is also world famous for its younger population due to the nearby Marinkovac Island. The island has a night club and nothing else! Just to paint a more clear picture of Hvar’s reputation among famous people, here is a short list of who is who among its visitors: car Franjo Josip I., Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Jodie Foster, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Spacey, Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Gabriela Sabatini, David Beckham, Bernie Ecclestone, Eddie Jordan, Michael Schumacher, Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich, Beyonce, Paris Hilton …

Tomić winery
Hvar town and Paklinski Islands in the background
Jelsa town
Milna

VIS

Vis is the oldest city in Croatia, and thus has a very particular history. Numerous were the rulers which sailed around its waters. After the Second World War, it became an important military-naval base of the Yugoslav Army, and because of its strategic position, it had long been isolated and closed for visitors. The ban on entering the island was abolished only in 1989. The island was basically converted into a great military fort. On over 90 km2 of surface, there were more than 30 military facilities, including an underground military hospital and a naval shelter tunnel, which today is a real attraction for visitors. As much as the isolation of Vis was difficult for its inhabitants, on the other hand, thanks to it, the island preserved its traditional architecture, beautiful untouched nature, ecological agriculture, and most important – simple and peaceful life. Vis is the home of the first canned fish factory on the Mediterranean, the world famous Stiniva Bay and the Blue Cave on Biševo Islet. And brace yourselves, you Mamma Mia lovers, Vis plays the most important role in the upcoming sequel – the ambience of the entire movie!

Vis town
Stiniva beach, Vis Island
Blue cave, Biševo Island near Vis

KORČULA

Korčula, the birthplace of world’s most famous traveler Marco Polo, but also, the summer home of Sir Fitzroy MacLaine, the real man behind Fleming’s globally famous character – James Bond.  Korčula boasts with of the most beautiful medieval towns in Croatia – it is also one of the best preserved medieval towns on the Mediterranean. The medieval walls and towers surround the city and give it a special charm. Marco Polo and James Bond, in the middle of breathtaking stone-paved streets, need we say more?

Korčula
The nearby islands, Badija and Stupe are an inevitable place for sailors, divers and lovers of the clear and turquoise sea

PELJEŠAC

Pelješac  is the second largest peninsula in Croatia. There are about 250 registered wine makers in its 70-kilometer long range, so it is easy to claim that Pelješac is a true winemaking paradise. Of all the finest wineries, the world-famous winery belongs to Miljenko Grgić (Mike Grgich) who transferred his knowledge all the way to sunny California and in 1973, managed to de-throne the French as the best winemakers. Apart from wines, premium olive oils are produced on this lovely piece of land. At the prestigious New York International Olive Oil Competition, in 2013 and 2014, olive oil from Pelješac was awarded with a gold medal.

Adrenaline lovers will surely enjoy Pelješac. Viganj, along with Bol on Brač Island, is one of the most sought-after surfing destinations on the Adriatic. In the summer, if you sail across the Pelješac Canal, you will spot a large number of surfers and kitesurfers, looking like butterflies on a spring day, spread across the Adriatic waves. Pelješac is full of small, hidden sandy beaches – the most famous one among them is in Papratno, where yachts and yachts and sailboats arrive on a daily basis to enjoy in the turquoise waters.

Ston is the most famous town on Pelješac. It is home of Ston Walls, which are commonly known as the “European Wall of China”. This construction represents the longest preserved fortification system in the world, outside of, of course, the one in China. The wall is 5.5 kilometers long, with 41 towers and 6 fortresses, and it connects 2 locations – Veliki and Mali Ston. This impressive complex was built and re-built for nearly four hundred years. Its defensive role lasted until the beginning of the 19th century, and its architectural and cultural value has carved its stone lines in the history of human heritage.

The Walls were of great importance because they were defending salt farms in Ston from thieves. At that time, these famous salt farms had an annual profit of 15900 ducats for the Dubrovnik Republic, so their importance was, little to say, massive.

The salt farm at Ston is the oldest active salt farm in the world. The tradition of salt farming has been transmitted for 4,000 years and from then, up until today, the salt has been produced in the same way – only with the help of the mighty elements: the sea, the sun and the wind. The cultivation of shellfish on Pelješac is very developed and has a long tradition too. Due to ideal conditions for cultivation and exceptionally pure sea, filled with ​​salt and minerals, shellfish grown in this area are considered to be the best in the world, especially oysters. Although people from Ston claim that oysters can be prepared in eleven different ways, however, the best one is to savor the freshly picked oyster from the sea and sprinkle it with a few drops of lemon juice. Pelješac is also known for the oldest registered astrological schedule table in the world, which was widely reported by the US, UK and Russia media.

Vineyard at peninsula Pelješac
Delicacy from Ston

MLJET

Mljet is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world according to Time magazine. It is considered to be the greenest island in the Adriatic, with more than 70% of the area covered by forests. Within the area that belongs to the National Park, the coverage exceeds 90%. Mljet has 2 lakes. On the Great Lake there is a lovely islet of St.Mary, an example of a natural phenomenon of islands in an island. There, the forest goes down to the shores where many endemic plants can be seen. In the Small Lake there is a species of prehistoric jellyfish. This peaceful island is still world famous for something mythical. Legend has it that Odysseus has experienced shipwreck on a cliff that was flooded during high tide and strong winds. He swam to a cobblestone cove, where he hid from the storm. The island was ruled by the nymph Kalipso and Odysseus, of course, was completely lost to her charms, as well as the beauty of its island, which left him captured on the island for seven years when, upon the orders of gods, he had to be released by the nymph. The Odysseus cave creates a spectrum of colors in the summer months, especially interesting to tourists and fans of natural phenomena.

St. Mary's monastery near Mljet Island
National park Mljet
Lonely paradise

DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik is the star of many headlines in renowned world magazines and proudly carries the title of one of the most beautiful cities in the world – which is why numerous famous tourists visit it regularly: actors, musicians and other artists, members of royal families, world jet setters and all that blingy crowd. The constant circulation of sailing boats, large luxurious yachts and cruisers from all over the world tells us even more about its popularity. Its history, culture, monuments and sights are so interesting that you simply have to hire a tourist guide, wear comfortable shoes and save time for at least a day-long sightseeing tour of this incredible city. Dubrovnik was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979, and in modern times, it has played the background for many hyper-famous movies and TV series. Oh, and it happens to be the King’s Landing. No additional explanation needed!

Old town of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, UNESCO world heritage site