The region of Central Dalmatia stretches from Primošten in the north to just south of Makarska. The islands of Šolta, Brač, Hrvar and Vis are very popular with both sailors and motor boaters. The large marinas around Primošten/Rogoznica (Marina Frapa) and the marinas between Trogir and Split are the starting point for many sailing trips. Most charter yachts in Croatia are also stationed here. At times it can get quite full in Trogir Channel when the charter yachts return to their starting base on Fridays. And there is a lot of activity in front of the fuel station, too. The popularity of the region is no accident. Sailors will find a wonderfully beautiful area with a first-class nautical infrastructure, hidden bays, historic places and a wide range of culinary offerings. Anyone flying to the international airport in Split will be excited by the island world and the colourful splendour of the Adriatic Sea already from the air.
The largest town in the region is Split with its wonderful historic old town. ACI Marina Split is usually taken by charter yachts at the weekend, but you might be able to get a berth in the week. A boat shuttle runs regularly from the marina to the centre of Split, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 by UNESCO.
Slightly further to the north lies Trogir whose old town has also been a World Heritage Site since 1997. Three marinas have settled around Trogir: ACI Marina Trogir, SCT Marina Trogir and Marina Baotic in Seget Donji.
The islands Solta and Brac
The island of Šolta is located to the south of Trogir. There are two ports in Rogač and Stomorska, on the north side of the island, which offer berths with water and electricity. On the east side of the island lies Marina Maslinica. The berths here are often taken quickly on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays – the days the charter yachts are returned to the charter companies. There are a few bays on the south side of Šolta where buoys are brought out or you can simply moor.
To the east of Šolta lies the island of Brač, which with 400 km2 is the third largest Croatian island after Cres and Krk. The island is world-renowned mainly for its pebble beach, “Zlatni Rat” (Golden Cape), not far from the beach resort of Bol. The “nose” of the beach changes direction depending on the current. Brač has three marinas, which are all located in the village of Milna: ACI Marina Milna, Nautical Centre Milna and Marina Vlaska. The north of the island is completely exposed to the Bora. There are a few ports and bays here that offer protection such as Povaljski Zaljev. Lučice Bay in the southwest is also a popular destination for sailors on their way to the south or the north. Two buoy fields with attached restaurants compete for customers here.
Dream Destination Hvar and Vis
If you were to ask Adriatic sailors about their personal favourite, many would say: Hvar. In fact, the long island is perfect for water sports enthusiasts and has numerous bays, some of which are secluded even in the season. Hvar is also the main town on the island and has become increasingly popular with the international jet set in the last few years. The small but sophisticated port is often reserved for super yachts and mega yachts. Yachts up to 20 metres long usually moor in ACI Marina Palmižana on Sveti Klement. The only marina on Hvar is ACI Marina Vrboska on the north coast of the island.
Many crews sail from Hvar through the Pakleni islands to get to the more southerly island of Vis. There are no marinas on Vis. But the island has well-developed ports in Kut and Luka Vis in the north and Komiža in the west, all with beautiful places worth seeing. A few bays in the south of Vis provide protection from the Bora.