Last week we had the wonderful experience of sailing around the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia with MedSailors. 8 girls, one boat, one amazing skipper and 7 days of crystal-clear waters and sunshine… hellooo perfect summer adventure!
We left the port in Split Saturday afternoon to embark on this epic experience. Almost instantly, we became best friends with everyone on board – our boat was full of several hilarious and sweet Americans, Brits and Kiwis! Everyone was so relaxed, we all had a blast living on a little boat and chipping in to keep things tidy (and to restock the Prosecco supply ;) !). We would advise travellers to just pack extra light!
Our days were spent sailing the clear Croatian waters, anchoring in secluded coves for swim stops and exploring the charming old towns where we were docked for the night. Our skipper taught us a few basic tricks of sailing and cooked the most delicious breakfasts and lunches on board (all included in the price of the tour). In the evenings, we had dinner with the rest of the guests in our fleet (around 12 boats in total) at the best local restaurants and danced the night away at some super fun bars! We spent the night in Stomorska, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad and Milna. The Croatian people were some of the nicest we have ever met! Their welcoming smiles and friendliness blew us away. We loved getting to snorkel and paddle board everyday in the Adriatic Sea along with renting scooters to explore the coastal towns. Every night we watched a breathtaking sunset unfold from the different ports where we were staying for the night.
Some of our favorite highlights:
The island and town of Hvar was probably our favorite stop. One night, we went out in the Old Town area to Hula Hula Beach Bar for sunset drinks and got some of the best sushi we’ve ever had at Rozeta Sushi & Oyster Bar. There are lots of fun bar/clubs in Old Town for dancing after dinner, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous you can take a 10 minute water taxi to Carpe Diem (a famous beach bar on its own island!). Don’t forget to hike up to the Spanjola Fortress for sprawling views of Hvar town.
Another favorite evening was in the town called Stari Grad. A bus picked us up and drove up into the hills above the sea where we had dinner with the whole MedSailors fleet at Hora, a family-run organic vineyard and farm. We explored the grounds in between courses (rosé in hand, of course) and snapped photos of the freely roaming chickens, donkeys and ducks. We also had a front row seat to a gorgeous sunset! For just 200 Kuna ($30) we enjoyed an olive oil and wine tasting along with Peka for the main course, a traditional Croatian dish served in a giant pan filled with lamb and veggies.
The MedSailors route we took was the Croatia Discovery Route, which started and ended in Split. At the end of our sailing adventure, we booked the optional transfer to Dubrovnik for a few more days in Croatia because we just couldn’t get enough. They also offer an alternate route, Croatia Voyager, which starts in Split, ends in Dubrovnik and offers a whole myriad of different islands to visit. Either way, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure!