The Adriatic Sailing Trip of Your Dreams
Irish writer, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik.” The culture hub of Croatia and film set of Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is a travel magnet for those who enjoy spectacular medieval architecture on the coast and paradisiac island hopping. Here is a 7-day sailing route in Dubrovnik especially for you, enjoy!
Day 1: Discover Dubrovnik
If architecture is your thing, Dubrovnik is the one for you. Visit one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies (1317) in the Franciscan monastery and observe the Dubrovnik warrior legend at Orlando’s Column. If this isn’t enough, the Prince’s Palace and Lovrijenac Fortress are also brilliant specimens of Venetian and medieval architecture design. In July and August, there are also special performing arts festivals at the fortress.
Devour a local delicacy dish such as black risotto or some scrumptious seafood before heading back to your boat rental for the evening. Or if you’re a bit of a party animal, experience Dubrovnik’s vibrant nightlife. Just be wary that you don’t want to be too hungover at sea tomorrow!
Tip: We recommend stocking up on fuel and supplies here before you set off on your boat charter. It’s always a good idea to write a checklist beforehand, so you don’t forget anything!
Day 2: Sail to Suđurađ (10 nm)
On day 2, a short sail takes you to the largest Elaphiti Island, Šipan. Suđurađ has the largest port on the island, enabling you to find sufficient docking space.
This peaceful village is home to a small island castle, Skočibuha Palace, built in the 16th century by a wealthy Dubrovnik Family. This is the perfect day to absorb your tranquil and stunning surroundings and maybe take a stroll around the harbour to see what you encounter.
If you fancy eating out, we suggest paying a visit to Trisestre, a cozy, slightly off the beaten track, restaurant with delicious dishes and wonderful ambience.
Day 3: Trstenik (28 nm)
Revel in waking up in paradise on day 3 and prepare for your sail to Trstenik. Pick up some supplies if you need anything and set sail for the Pelješac Peninsula, which at first glance looks an island, though in actual fact is connected to mainland southern Dalmatia.
The rolling Pelješac hills create the most scenic backdrop to this picturesque seaside village. For those who enjoy a glass of wine (or two!), this region produces its own wine, thought to be among Croatia’s finest. Try the notorious postup for a full-bodied red wine which is sublime with a fish or red meat dish.
Our top restaurant recommendation for Trstenik is Vitaceae, a top seafood restaurant with a flawless view.
Day 4: Lumbarda (11 nm)
For day 4, our sailing route takes you next door to the island of Korčula. Moor in Lumbarda, where you can still adore the view of the spectacular Pelješac hills from afar.
This area of the island is surrounded by red soil terrains, perfect for growing grapes and producing wine. Along the east coast, you will encounter many coves and also sandy beaches such as Lumbarda beach, where you can relax in the crystalline clear water and go snorkelling. Near the harbour, Prvi Žal Beach is also a great location for relaxing on the coast, with a beach bar open during the summer. Find some respite from the sun under the bar’s palm leaf umbrellas.
Day 5: Free Sailing Day
Feel free to sail, sit or swim wherever you like on day 5, this day is all yours. Nearby Korčula is definitely worth a visit with its own enchanting Old Town. Tour the cathedral or town museum for some historical insight on the greek heritage of the island.
The Škoji island archipelago lies between Lumbarda and Korčula, ideal for some island hopping on the way to Korčula. Although unpopulated, the largest island Badija is situated close to the coast of Korčula. Escape civilisation and sail here to explore the ancient buildings and ruins of the island.
Don’t let us ruin your plans if you already had something in mind! These are merely ideas to spark inspiration.
Day 6: Pomena
Wakey wakey, rise and shine! Day 6 is your last day for exploring! Where better to explore than Mljet’s Pomena. This whole end of the island serves as Mljet’s national park and Pomena is a fantastic place for anchorage as the miniature island Pomestak shields the harbour.
Get your walking shoes on, or even rent a bike to explore this luscious landscape. Have a restful picnic by the lakeside amongst the flora and fauna and end your day watching the sunset from a restaurant on the harbour. Recommendable restaurants are Konoba Herc and Konoba Ribar for exquisite seafood and pasta dishes.
Day 7: Dubrovnik Base (37 nm)
Day 7 is unfortunately your last day! Soak up the last of the sea air on your sail back to Dubrovnik. We would love to hear about your sailing adventures so don’t forget to tag us on instagram to show us your Croatian experiences!
If you are interested in other sailing routes, take a look at our destinations and routes blog page for more.