Advanced sailing route with a visit to Dubrovnik
Day 1: Split (Nava marina) – Pakleni islands (22 NM)
Day 2: Pakleni islands – Lastovo (35 NM)
LASTOVO, the Imperial Island. An island of dreamlike beauty…preserved landscape and unique Carnival tradition…. discover, dive and taste Croatian youngest Nature park…Boaters find it is especially interesting because here they enjoy the well-known beauties of the archipelago and its magnificent bays with fewer crowds.
Zaklopatica, is situated on the north side of island and only 2 km from Lastovo village. It offers a breath taking view of the neighboring island Korcula. Here you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, leisurely walks and many restaurants offering the best of Dalmatian cuisine. Beautiful and unique sunset are also what Zaklopatica is famous for.
Skrivena Luka, bay situated on south side of island, is very well protected from strong winds and rough sea providing yachtsmen safe anchoring. It got its name because it cannot be seen from the open sea – Skrivena luka in Croatian literally means the hidden port. It is also known as Porto Rosso as the Italians call it.
In the middle of the southern side of the island of Lastovo, at the entrance to the bay of Skrivena Luka lies the Cape of Struga where the lighthouse of the same name was built in 1839.
The lighthouse lies at the height of 70 m, at the very edge of a steep cliff that offers a splendid view of the open sea. The total capacity is 14 persons divided in four apartments for 2-5 persons. The apartments are heated and open all year long.
If you are adventurous, try out some of beautiful diving spots on Lastovo as underwater diving will reveal the undiscovered world and beauty of the Adriatic sea. Diving in crystal blue water of Lastovo archipelago and discovering the enchanting, rich submarine world and the finest underwater beauty brings many fantastic memories. Seeing corals, algae, fish and shell fish, old boat wrecks and amphora gives great pleasure. Numerous bays, cliffs and an island group called Lastovnjaci on the eastern side are a real sub-marine “heaven” for divers. If you want to learn to dive, the island offers two diving schools (“Ancora” in Zaklopatica and “Diving Paradise – Lastovo” in Pasadur). Diving is allowed only if you are accompanied by a diving guide from an authorized diving center.
Some of the special locations for diving are:
– islet Bijelac – underwater passage through the island,
– islet Tajan – underwater cave,
– cape Struga – vast walls of gorgonias reaching even 80 meters of depth.
Day 3: Lastovo- Mljet (25 NM)
MLJET, is definitely one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean. Untouched nature, the island's mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests are ideal to explore the rich flora and fauna, and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings.
Mljet National Park makes up most of the island, and there are several villages, two salt water lakes - Veliko and Malo jezero, and a Benedictine monastery on the island of sv. Marija [St. Mary] . Polace offers some of the best natural anchorages in the Adriatic.
Preserved from the Illyrian period, there are many fortifications and tombs, and the best preserved are those on the hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko jezero and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice at Babino Polje. The Roman Palace, which is the largest after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula, is a part of the valuable heritage of the island of Mljet.
Day 4: Mljet – Ston (25 NM)
STON, its former value as a „salt city“ gets confirmed even today in the plants of the oldest active salt-ponds in the world. These salt evaporation ponds have remained faithful to the tradition and the natural way of salt production which has not changed since ancient times.
The gulf of Mali Ston with places Mali Ston, Hodilje, Luka, Duba has a clean and natural environment. It is legendary for its mussel and oysters-growing farms since Roman times, and the oysters from Ston (ostrea edulis),as an acknowledged natural aphrodisiac have made this region world-famous.
Not far from Ston is the beautiful Bay Prapratno with its centuries old olives trees, Mediterrean macchia thickets and clean sandy beaches and the site of one of the loveliest camps in this region.
Two small towns Kobas and Broce, protected from the wind in the Ston channel, they are known to experienced yachtsmen.
The Peljesac peninsula has, since ancient times, been adorned with grape vine plantations, and wine production has a long tradition and is one of the most important commercial activities on the peninsula.
Day 5: Ston – Dubrovnik (18 NM)
DUBROVNIK - at the very south of the Croatian coastline, at the point where a beautiful necklace interlaced by a thousand islands closes, lies the most beautiful pearl, the tourist Mecca of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik. Mysterious in its legend, as if enchanted with the fairy powder, Dubrovnik synthesizes all beauties and values of the Mediterranean.
Dubrovnik attracts with its simple architecture, crowned with the city walls along which the delighted tourists take walks all year round. And at every corner of this ancient city, regardless of the “skaline” you take, of whichever little street you choose, a memorable surprise awaits, be it a square to take a rest, restaurant according to your taste, or a photo you would like to have in your photo album. There is no beginning or end of the tourist season here.
Its sun–lit square and Stradun, the longest promenade, are vivacious and attractive all year long, while the monumental fountains provide water to the lips thirsty for new memories. Dubrovnik is the city which offers attractive programs to all generations and types of guests.
Guests who wish to have crazy fun, who just want to take a romantic stroll, as well as those who want to enjoy various cultural events taking place in the authentic historical ambiances under the open skies every evening during the course of summer.
Dubrovnik is the city of life, the fairytale city, the dream city.
Day 6: Dubrovnik – Korcula (50 NM)
Korcula - a quick industrial and tourist development is one of the reasons that the island of Korcula is the most inhabited island. Whoever decides to sail around it, a 60 n/m route is to be sailed. However, if you prefer sightseeing, do not miss to spend a night in Korcula, situated on the eastern side or at Vela Luka on the western side of the island. There is no town or island on the Adriatic which underwent so many battles, revolutions and changes as the city of Korcula did. Even those who are not fond of history, will be surely charmed once they have been captured with the beauty within the ancient city walls. One of the most controversial theory goes that Marco Polo was born there.
Vela Luka treasures some other, artistic values. Sculpture enthusiasts are going to be surprised on visiting a local museum and looking at a Henry Moore's sculpture who once, in the early 1960s, gave his contribution to a local artistic colony. The little restaurant "Pod bore" offers many specialties and provides an excellent service.
Day 7: Korcula – Split (60 NM)
The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time when the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage.
Total sailing distance: 210 NM
Here is a map to help you get a better idea of the distances and relations between destinations. PLEASE NOTE that this is just an informative itinerary suggestion and we advise you plan the exact route according to official navigational maps where you will find the information necessary for safe navigation (issued by Hrvatski hidrografski institut - Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia). You can find them aboard every one of our vessels.