Zadar - 14 days to the south
Day 1. Zadar - We invite you to the magic of the ancient Zadar, the big town in the very heart of the Adriatic, which is often called a "small Croatian Rome". Three thousand years of history, unique sacral buildings and a rich cultural heritage are responsible for this title. All this is completed with natural characteristics of the Zadar region which boasts the 1 200 kilometers long picturesque and clean sea shore and the conglomerate of about 300 islands and islets. You will be met in Zadar by hospitable people with whom you can drink a small glass of the authentic Zadar liqueur Maraskino or chat about basketball which has made Zadar famous all over the world!
For centuries the capital city of Dalmatia and today the centre of the region. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St. Donatus’ Church from the 9th century is the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city. The reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono´s Church from the 12th century and the St. Mary´s bell tower from the year 1105; the St. Anastasia´s Cathedral from the 13th century; the People´s Square with the City´s Lodge and Guardhouse from the 16th century, as well as the mighty fortification walls with first class Sea(farer´s) and Land gates from the 16th century followed by the Three and Five Wells Squares and many palaces, villas and other historic monuments. The City of Zadar is not only known for its historical and cultural monuments but also for its amply supplied vegetable and fish markets on the peninsula (a part of the old city).
Day 2. Biograd - Welcome to Biograd na moru, a very beautiful town of the Zadar Riviera within reach of the enchanting Kornati islands often called "the paradise for boaters" due to its diverse coves and beaches. The legends says that Kornati islands were created by ancient gods inspired by the beauty of the sea which washes them. Biograd is the work of the same master hands. It is no surprise that Croatian kings were crowned in this town of a rich historical heritage. It is situated on a peninsula with the view to the island of Pasman separated from it by a long channel ideal for windsurfing. Together with numerous sports and recreation facilities, there are here more than 20 tennis courts which make Biograd an ideal destination for those wishing active holidays. Thanks to its great location in the central part of Adriatic coast, and numerous of berths (more than 1000) in modern marinas («Kornati» and «Sangulin») and many organized regattas, Biograd has become nautical center and a favorite destination for many sailors.
Day 3. Skradin – Welcome to Skradin, pearl of nature, cultural and monumental inheritance. This, in world unique beauty is part of National Park Krka. Sisterly connected with Krka, surrounded by pine, juniper, cypress and olive-woods, Skradin has always been an oasis of peace and beauty, of great and turbulent history. Located on the right coast of river Krka, with its charm of a monument-city, Skradin is an attractive touristic destination, unavoidable maritime and continental destination. Skradin is an entrance in the National Park «Krka», and ACI marina Skradin is located in the bay, north-west from the Skradin harbor. Because of the fresh-water in the Marina, sailors gladly leave their boats here during the winter time. Marina provides 153 berths with water and power supply.
Day 4. Zlarin – Island of Zlarin as a part of Sibenik archipelago, is the closest to Sibenik. Not many Croatian citizens now much about this beautiful island. This true paradise, known for its corals (although, famous Zlarin corals are found around Kornati area) is yet to be discovered – by you!
Day 5. Drvenik – Drvenik is a typical touristic settlement in the Makarska Riviera, only 30 km from Makarska. Located between abrupt cliffs of mountain Rilic and the sea coast, Drvenik is divided into two parts, which are placed in two bays – Donja Vala and Gornja Vala. Today, Drvenik is completely a touristic place and an important traffic center – with its ferryboat dock, as a connection between island Hvar and the Adriatic coast. With its plentiful gastronomy offer of many Dalmatian taverns and irresistible beaches in a pine shadows, Drvenik becomes more and more attractive to the tourists from all over the world.
Day 6. Split - Welcome to Split - a 1700-year-old city located in the heart of Central Dalmatia! The Roman Cesar Diocletian ruled the world from this city, leaving an inheritance of architecture that takes ones breath away. Aside from that, Split will impress you with the southern temperament of its citizens and its excellent tourist offerings. Of interest to sports enthusiasts, along with the many sporting venues, is the fact that Split has given the American NBA three basketball players! Come and convince yourself that Split´s charm is irresistible!
ACI marina Split is located in the southwestern part of city port, has 364 berth and 60 boat places on the ground, and it is open all year ground.
Day 7. Lucice (island of Brac) – Isalnd of Brac is the biggest and tallest Dalmatian island, known from the ancient times. Olive oil, honey, vine and lavender are one of the trade marks of this island. Today, it is a favorite touristic destination. Zlatni rat is a one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, that one should visit, as well as numerous of monasteries. Bay Lucice is located in the south-eastern part of Brac, closer to Milna. It is also the biggest bay on this part of the island.
Day 8. Jelsa (island of Hvar) – Located in the central part of the island of Hvar, clean, friendly and most important architectural beautiful, Jelsa is an important touristic center on the northern coast of a center part of this island. This charming town, surrounded by pines, beautiful beaches, vineyards and olive-yards, give Jelsa an attractive power. Jelsa used to be one of the biggest and most important maritime, ship-building and commercial centers on the Adriatic sea. All transatlantic sailing-boats, loaded with best wines, olive-oil and salted fish began their sailing from Jelsa, a harbor of aknowledged sailors (captain Niko Dubokovic). Jelsa is first mentioned in 14th century, but some archeological discoveries testify about its long history.
Day 9. Korcula - The island of Korcula is one of the biggest and most populated island of Dalmatia, the Mediterranean region situated in the Adriatic sea. It is the southern island of the Adriatic Middle-Dalmatian islands, and as so is the whole region part of the State territory of the Republic of Croatia. It has a surface of 276 square km, is 46,8 km long with the wides part being 7,8 km. The east side of the island is only 1270 m far from the land and peninsula Peljesac, whilst the west side ranges deeply into the Adriatic Sea. Along its shore there are 50 smaller islets. The island is built from lime-stone with its highest peak of 568 m (Klupca). The majority of inhabitants live off tourism and agriculture (vines, olive-trees, vegetables and citrus fruits). A minor part makes a living by sailing around the seas of the world (maritime and shipbuilding are traditions of the whole region and by other activities.
Day 10. Vis (island of Vis) – this charming town on the island of the same name, where one culture followed the other, was known in ancient Greek and roman time as Issa. Today, Vis is a real nautical paradise. For all culture lovers, during a season time, Vis offers you numerous concerts as a part of Vis musical evenings. Archaeological museum located in a 19th century fortress gives you a pleasure to enjoy the treasures of antique Issa. Numerous restaurants and taverns will offer you some of the best fish specialties in this part of Dalmatia. Enjoy!
Day 11. Palmizana (island of Hvar) – Palmizana is a small island, near-by Hvar, in the southern part of the Adriatic sea. This area hides a great wealth of antique ship-wrecks and amphores, and sea is rich with fish, corals and intact, extremely clean underworld.
ACI marina Palmizana is located in the bay of the same name, in the northeastern coast of St. Clements island. Marina provides 160 berths and it is open from April to October.
Day 12. Trogir – Trogir is an ideal place to continue your cruise. This Dalmatian, with medieval walls surrounded charming town will give you your best, first experience with the Dalmatian culture, customs and food.
ACI marina Trogir is located in the northern coast of island Ciovo. Marina has 162 berths and 35 boat places on the ground and it is open all year round.
Day 13. Primosten – Sailors named this town «suha punta» (dry port) because of its long-lasting dry periods, nad its inhabitants called it Primosten. Located on an island, surrounded by seven islets, Primosten is a true gift from nature. Once a fishermen place, today Primosten has grown into a true touristic paradise. It is hard to resist a charm that Primosten has to offer. Enjoy the true spirit of Dalmatia.
Day 14. Piskera (Kornati) – Kornati, one of the most beautiful archipelago in the world, are true nautical adventure. Because of its remarkable landscape, interesting geomorphology and rich flora, in 1980. Kornati were declared as a National Park. As a part of Kornati, Piskera is one of the most interesting and most beautiful island of this archipelago, because of its pure and magnificent nature.
ACI marina Piskera is located between islands Piskera and Panitula vela, and offers a great wind protection. The marina has 120 berths. Water and stream provision is limited.