What is there to say about Dubrovnik region in Croatia that has not been said before? Croatia, the land with more than 1000 islands, mild winds, and moderate temperatures is perfect for exploring these Mediterranean jewels from the luxury of your sailing boat (yacht, catamaran, motor boat or gulet).
Dive into the perfect calmness of pure and crystalline sea, enjoy being part of local life while living the life it was meant to be – stressless. Let us take you to our favorite sailing spots in Dubrovnik region.
After his trip to Dubrovnik, George Bernard Shaw compared it to heaven itself. If your question is WHY then you should really come and see it. This is the city where nature and man-made wonders stand next to each other. Dubrovnik is situated between mountains and the open sea and it represents so much more than just a world-famous holiday destination. For more than thousand years, different inhabitants populated its area and enriched it with its unique heritage. The evidence of these influences can be seen in every corner of the city and its surroundings.
The old town of Dubrovnik, which is built out of stone, is still to this day very well preserved and because of this it is under the UNESCO protection. The town itself is a home for 2 km of city walls with mighty fortresses, palaces, public and religious buildings. All through the city, you can find countless statues of city’s patron Saint Blaise.
But the exploration of this area does not end with the city of Dubrovnik, there are many spots around the city itself and through the archipelago that you should visit. Dubrovnik region provides the perfect spots for sailors who wish to escape from modern life stress and at the same time enjoy their freedom, magical beaches, hidden bays and villages where time seems to be on the standstill.
SIPAN ISLAND (ELAPHITI ISLANDS)
Sipan is the largest island in the Elaphiti group with more than 16 square kilometers in size and with two villages Sudurad and SipanskaLuka (eng. Sipanska Port) that are less than 5 km apart. The island holds many walking paths and bicycle tracks that will take you to spots where you can enjoy stunning views all over the island.
During your walk along the island, you can always decide to stop and enjoy yourselves in the secluded coves and rocky beaches.
Both villages contain bars, restaurants but Sipanska Port is the larger village of the two. It makes perfect sense since this is a favorite destination for yachts (sailing yachts, catamarans, motorboats and gulets) and the village offers a few more amenities than Sudurad.
Sipan is famous for its wine and typically a Dalmatian laid-back way of life. Olive trees, vineyards, and citrus groves are typical vegetation all around the island.
The beaches on the island are less exalted than Lopud, but with us at your side, you will not have a problem finding a nice place to enjoy your swim.
The Island of Mljet is the most captivating island of all Adriatic islands. This unspoiled island was a home to Odysseus for seven years during his mythical return home, to Itaka. We are sure that Kalypso was not the only reason why he delayed his return. This pristine oasis of peace holds on its western tip Mljet National Park, where you can enjoy lush vegetation, beautiful pine forests and amazing saltwater lakes.
Mljet National Park takes most of the island and there are several villages, saltwater lakes (Veliko and Malo Lake), a Benedictine monastery on the island of St. Mary.
Some of the best natural anchorages are located in Polace. Because it is secluded and sheltered by four small islands (Tajnik, Moracnik, Ovrata, and Kobrava) it is the safest bay. This feature also makes it the most popular destination for sailors who come here during their sailing holidays.
The other, smaller village, Pomena is located some 15 minutes walking distance from Malo Jezero (eng. Small Lake). In the past, this was just a small village inhabited by local people who lived off farming, fishing and in the modern day from tourism. Since the Hotel Odysseus was built, Pomena became a favorite spot for sailors. Nowadays it has a hotel, restaurants, coffee bars, and other touristic attractions. Just like Polace, Pomena is a bay and a very safe place to drop your anchor, since the tiny island of Pomestak shelters it from a bad weather.
Located south of the island of Korcula and west of Mljet, this little green island is one of the most remote and undeveloped of all Croatia’s inhabited islands. During the Yugoslav era Lastovo was used in the history as a military base. And just like Vis, it was closed to the public.
Since it opened to the outside world, Lastovo became a favorite destination for yachties who flock every year to its bays. Land lovers will not find a lot of interesting things to do there since there are no decent beaches and there is very little to do there.
Lastovo and its dozens of islets are now a part of Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park. Many sea corals, sponges, lobsters, dolphins, green turtles, rare sea snails found their home in this clear and translucent sea.
Only 2 kilometers from the Lastovo village, on the northern part of the island, lies islet “Zaklopatnica” where you can find rare bird species. Zaklopatnica is a favorite destination for sailors who love to explore beauties of the Lastovo archipelago and its bays. Here you can enjoy the magnificent view of the island of Korcula. At Zaklopatnica everybody can find something for themselves; from sunbathing, swimming, relaxing walks, beautiful sunsets, and many restaurants where locally grown and caught seafood is prepared the old Dalmatian way.
Stretching almost 47 kilometers in length Korcula is the sixth-largest island in the Adriatic Sea. The island is harboring an old town Korcula full of age-old traditions like old religious ceremonies, dances and folk music that are still performed in front of tourists every year.
For all wine lovers, they will be in paradise. One of the best white wines in Croatia is produced from posip (cro. pošip) grapes which are mostly grown on the island.
The old town is a stunning beauty. This citadel is full of history which can be seen in its Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The layout of the city streets resembles a fishbone that is giving its inhabitants both comfort and safety. Refreshing summer maestral wind can enter the city through the straight built western streets, while the force of strong wind bura is minimized through curved eastern streets.
Ston is a village situated on the Peljesac peninsula. He and his little brother Mali Ston sit on a strait that connects peninsula with the mainland. Since the Roman times,Ston was and still is an important salt-producing town. The walls of this little town are its greatest attraction. And rightfully so, since these walls are longer than those of Dubrovnik. They are 5,5 kilometers in length which makes them the longest opposing structure in Europe.
Both Ston and Mali Stone are major gastronomic destinations since they are known for large flat oysters and mussels that have been farmed here since Roman times.