Trekr is excited to return to Croatia. Our first trip there was filled with unforgettable experiences, from enjoying a night socializing in Trogir before the sail, to visiting the beautiful Krka National Park with its beautiful water falls, having a wine tasting at a local winery to the islands we sailed to and their endless beauty. This is a trip that is not to be missed.
With thousands of years of history, the Dalmatian islands are on the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia. It is comprised of thousands of islets and we will visit some of the best of them. The mediterranean climate makes for a warm visit and lush green vegetation everywhere you go. The beautiful blue water of the Adriatic makes it a popular destination for sailors of all stripes. Our itinerary includes some of the most popular destinations as well as some remarkable islands off of the radar of most of the seasonal tourists. While the Croatian cost is being hailed as the new hot destination in Europe, Trekr will offer an unparalleled experience that preserves the historic culture and beauty of the Dalmatian Coast.
Maximize your time in Croatia by joining Trekr on excursions before and after the sail. More information here: www.trekr.org/croatiaexcursions.
June 30, 2018 -July 7 2018
The Sailing Adventure
When we depart from the Agana Marina in Split Croatia, we will set off on an adventure you will never forget. Each day will be filled with beautiful scenery, lovely people, delicious food and a mix of exciting adventures and soul-pleasing relaxation. Every island we visit has its own distinct character while retaining the friendly culture that is making the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia a much sought after destination for travelers worldwide.
Maslinica sailing brings you into the heart of the central Dalmatian Islands just to the south of the busy port of Split on the mainland. This small harbor on the isle of Solta is known for its beauty and quiet ambience, its olive groves and its fine beaches. In fact, its name is derived from the word maslina, which means olive. Once reliant solely on fishing, Maslinica has in recent years begun catering to tourists who come for the serenity, the delicious food in the taverns, and to relax on the beach.
Destination: Pakleni Otoci
Pakleni Otoci, known also as "Hell Islands", are believed by some to be the prettiest part of the whole Croatian riviera. It is a playful chain of woody isles dipped in a clear, azure sea, a few resorts and swimming areas, a number of little, hidden away beaches with stone terraces facing sun, and beautiful deserted lagoons. Palmižana is a spacious lagoon with shallow and sandy beach and a popular marina. It is surrounded by the thick, pine forest, fragrant heather and rosemary bushes and various, exotic plants. It provides plenty of options for restaurants as well as multiple beaches around the island, some of which are clothing optional.
Hvar Island is rich in history and lush with abundant stands of pine. Lavender is a major crop and fields of heather are common. The Venetians played a prominent role in the island’s history and the architecture of the small and large towns reflects it. The picturesque village of Vrboska, for example, looks like a little Venice. It’s a remarkably beautiful waterfront town, a must-see when you go sailing in Hvar waters. On the south side of the island is chic Hvar Town, a major tourist destination in Croatia often likened to St. Tropez on the French Riviera.
Sailing in Vis Town waters takes you 24 nautical miles off the coast of Croatia, with the large islands of Brac and Hvar to the northeast and lovely Korcula due east. Situated at the northeastern end of the isle of Vis, Vis Town is the oldest settlement in Dalmatia. It dates back to 397 B.C. when the ruler of Sicily at the time, Dionysius, established a town on the site of the present-day port that spreads out along the shores of a wide bay with pine forests climbing the slopes beyond. The southern portion of Vis Town has its share of beautiful stone buildings built in the 16th and 17th centuries, including Garibaldi Palace. The historic nature of Vis Town is sure to fascinate you, and its shops and restaurants are pleasing as well. In short, Vis Town sailing introduces you to one of the jewels of the Dalmatian Islands.
The isle of Vis has many towns of differing ambience and appeal. There’s the ancient and yet modernly urban settlement of Vis Town, and then there are the picturesque and distinctly rural fishing villages such as Komiza. Vis was for many years a Yugoslav military base closed to tourism. It only opened after Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia, bringing back the tourists starting in 1990. As a consequence, Vis has remained much as it was for centuries, with lush forests of pine, groves of olive, mandarin orange, and carob trees, vast vineyards, and an abundance of wild herbs such as rosemary and sage. The picturesque village of Komiza is a fine example of Old World Vis. Sailing in Vis waters leads you into the small bay with forested Hum Hill in the background. There are pleasant shops, restaurants, a selection of beaches, and a very popular nightclub a short distance from the village center on Kamencia Beach.
Destination: Stari Grad
Stari Grad literally means “old city”. Formerly known as Faros, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and here, everything is 100% organic! The story of Faros began in 384 BC when the ancient Greeks from the island of Paros sailed into Stari Grad Bay and founded the town. In 2016 Stari Grad celebrated and important anniversary - 2400 years! It is a charming town with restaurants, cafes and friendly town residents. The island's best agricultural land opens up to the east of Stari Grad town. This fertile plain has been farmed since pre-historic times, and the Greek field layout is still largely intact, thanks to continuing maintenance over the years of its dry stone walls. In 2008, the Stari Grad Plain became a UNESCO protected world heritage site.