Top places to supply your boat in Split
As the boarding day approaches you are preparing for it. You have read our check-in blog and you know what to expect. You have read even our check-out blog to avoid any surprises and now you are wondering where you’ll buy all the stuff for your ever-hungry-and-thirsty crew! Even though our colleagues always show and point you in the right direction, it’s always good to be prepared. And while you are preparing, bring some of your own reusable grocery bags to avoid using single-use plastic bags. They won’t take up that much space in your luggage but you’ll feel good about yourself for doing this small thing to save the planet.
Keep in mind, you may also order bulkier stuff in advance (water, beer and soft drinks, milk, some fruits etc.) or even entire provisioning lists. We have a long-term partner that works with us and although this option is a bit pricier, you’ll certainly appreciate the fact that everything is already delivered, partly stored (in particular the fridge products) and waiting for you on board. Let us know if you need the provisioning list so we can prepare everything in advance.
Even if you order almost everything in advance, you are bound to need some additional products. Especially, if this is your first time in Split and you need help finding the best places for grocery shopping. Worry no more, Nava's team has prepared a list with the top 7 places to buy groceries close to Nava marina in Split.
Anyways, supply the boat for not more than 2 or 3 days in advance since storage and refrigerator space is limited. And here’s the list of shops (in order of vicinity)
#1 Bobis - bakery
Just around the corner of Nava's main office in Split Marina, there is this local bakery called Bobis. Here, you can find a variety of traditional bread and pastries that are convenient for a nice breakfast on board. The bakery is open every day from 6 am until 1 am. Like most other local businesses, Bobis only takes cash. The good news is that there are two ATM machines next to it so you won’t be missing kunas. Getting there from Nava's office is easy, you just have to go up to the main road and head towards Sustipan park and you will find it on the opposite side of the roundabout, all of this in less than 1 minutes’ walk.
Monday - Sunday 06.00 - 01:00
Bonus: next to BOBIS (on the left) is the post office (where you can exchange currencies - working hours are not so favorable: Monday - Friday 08.00 - 19.00 h and Saturday 08.00 - 12.00) and around the corner is a pharmacy (also with less favorable working hours: Monday - Friday 08.00 - 21.00 h and Saturday 07.00 - 14.30). If you really need the exchange office that has the longest working hours and is closest, it’s behind the Croatian National Theater and it works from 08.00 till 23.00 every day.
As for pharmacies in the city center, there are several that are open until evening but closed on Sundays, the closest pharmacy on call is the one in Lucac neighborhood and it is open 24/7.
If you want to explore your options before making a buy, just continue on the street on the right of Bobis, because at the end of it is our next supermarket on the list, Tommy. It’s not a big store but it takes credit cards for the payment, which is a really good thing for travelers.
Monday - Saturday 7.00 - 21:00
Sundays 7:00 - 20:00
If you are still looking for more products or were not satisfied with the selection, take the Tommy street upward and you’ll find the next shop on our list - Ribola. It’s only a 9-minutes’ walk from Nava, and a bit bigger than Tommy. It also accepts credit cards as a means of payment, making it possible to shop even when you don't have some kunas with you.
Monday - Sunday 7.00 - 21:00
Konzum is the biggest and closest supermarket to Nava marina. It should have pretty much all you are looking for in a supermarket, plus they accept credit cards as payment. They might even let you use their trolly as long as you leave a valid ID at the register as a guarantee that you will return it. To get to Konzum, just follow the west coast promenade in the direction of the city centre and after 5-10 minutes Konzum is across the street on the left (just opposite the boat fueling station).
Monday - Saturday 7.30 - 21:00
Sundays 8:00 - 13:00
Continuing the walk towards Split city historical center there’s another Tommy market. This is a good option if you want to have a look at how one small market operates in Croatia. Despite being a smaller store, this Tommy also offers all the basic items you’ll need during your charter in Croatia. Getting here from Nava's marina only takes about 15 minutes walk and you will be right in front of Matejuška, one of the best spots in town to have a good photo with the amazing view of the Diocletian's palace to set your background.
Monday - Saturday 7.00 - 21:30
Sundays 7:30 - 21:00
Our next shop is located in the middle of the medieval core of Split. Spar is the right choice for combining sight-seeing with grocery shopping. Here there’s a good variety of products in a Romanesque building. It is an amazing architectural mix, trust us. Getting there is a little bit tricky since it is in the middle of the old town of Split, you might have the impression of feeling lost, but don't worry, you will find it. Just head towards the Narodni trg or Pjaca, how the locals call it, and you will be in the right spot or just use our map.
Monday - Sunday 7.00 - 23:00
#7 Fish Market
To truly enjoy Split and Dalmatia one needs to taste it as well. So a trip to the local fish market is a must. The simplest meal may only consist of fried sardines or gavun (Mediterranean sand smelt). It works every day from 6 am until 3 pm, just make sure to get there as early as possible to get the best and the freshest seafood. You might also find it an interesting experience - to buy directly from local fishermen and women. Therefore, the only accepted currency is cash (preferably kuna, but even euros might be accepted). With plenty of ATM machines nearby you don't have to worry.
Important remark - once you get to Riva don’t be alarmed by the smell - it’s just sulfur (there are several springs in the bay), and actually that’s why there aren’t that many flies on the fish market.
Monday - Sunday 6.00 - 15:00 (depending on the supply)
Bonus Tip: Green Market
Our last item on the list is the amazing street market for vegetables and fruits. It is located on the other end of the Diocletian's Palace (it starts just off of the eastern gates). This place is worth going even if you are not interested in buying anything at all, it has a special milleu to it. Just as the fish market, this is a very traditional and local place, so get your kunas ready since rarely you will find a seller that takes a credit card. The working hours range from earlier in the morning until around 3 pm. In this spot, you can find numerous options to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and other local delicacies. It is only a half-hour walk from Nava Marina.
Monday - Sunday 6.00 - 15:00 (Depending on the supply)
If you have a car, than your selection is practically unlimited: starting with a 24-hour open Konzum at Sirobuja, or Kaufland that is on your way when entering Split, or LIDL a couple of hundred meters before the Marjan tunnel or the 2 Interspar supermarkets in the big shopping centers (Mall of Split and City Center One).
When it comes to shopping on the islands, you and your crew will definitely not stay hungry or thirsty, even the smallest village has a shop with basic products. We recommend also taking the effort to find a local green market and fish market (ask for instance the sailor that helped you dock the boat or at the harbor or marina reception). Apart from shops that are part of a bigger chain, cash is sometimes the only means of payment.
All things considered, you shall not lack anything while cruising Croatia. And there are always charming restaurants where you can dine or have lunch if you’ve run out of supplies or just don’t feel like cooking. We hope this guide helps you prepare better for your sailing vacation and if you have additional questions don’t hesitate to contact our charter team.
By Rafael & Jelena at 12 Jul 2019, 13:36 PM