Split sailing region
Split is the heart of central Dalmatia.
Split is situated on a peninsula between the eastern part of the Gulf of Kaštela and the Split Channel. It is the most popular sailing region in Croatia, maybe because you can reach most islands from here, or because it’s called UNESCO Region. Split has three marinas in which catamaran charterers can hire all sorts of yachts. Plus there are two more marinas in Trogir and Kaštela harboring even more vessels and catamaran types.
Split Airport, also known as Resnik Airport, is the international airport serving the city of Split, Croatia. It is located 24 km (15 mi) from Split, on the west side of Kaštela Bay, in the town of Kaštela, and extending into the adjacent town of Trogir. It is an important hub offering flights to European cities, such as Athens, Frankfurt, London and Paris.
Split offers a wide variety of concerts, festivals and exhibitions that will satisfy even the most fastidious. The lively bustle of the city you feel on Pazar – the main town market. Take a walk along the ‘’Riva’’, waterfront promenade of central Split, proceed to Diocletian Palace or charter a catamaran and explore the surrounding islands.
Split has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by dry and very hot summers and cool, but moderate and humid winters. The average temperature of the warmest month of the year is 22°C, and the coldest 4°C.
From the town of Primosten and towards the southwest, Dalmatia’s landscape varies. There are larger islands which are quite far apart from each other and are rich in vegetation. With the islands being so far apart, the maestral wind blows quite strongly through the canals in between the islands and, as a result, the waves get quite rough. Islands in this area are bigger compared to ones in the North Dalmatia, but they have interesting towns and villages. It’s also important to mention thatyou can rent a catamaran charter for a one-way sailing trip from Split to Dubrovnik. These are quite an interesting routes and are easier to organize from this area than from the Northern Dalmatia.
Hvar, Brac, Vis, Pakleni Islands, Korcula… those are only few amazing destinations on your sailing holiday in Central Dalmatia. These are the islands of rich history and tradition, unique beauty and natural phenomena. One of them is the sea cave Modra špilja on the island of Biševo, where the sunrays break turning the sea into blue silver. Central Dalmatia stretches from the river Krke in the northwest down to Makarska.
The islands of Central Dalmatia differ from one another. For example, the island of Šolta is small and quiet and lies right across from the city of Split. Island of Brac is the largest island in Central Dalmatia as well as one of the most developed in regards to tourism. Some of the main tourist spots on the island are Bol, Supetar, and Mline as well as many others. Island of Hvar is also a well-known tourist destination and has the cities of Hvar, Stari Grad (Old City), Jelsa, Vrbovska, and Sucuraj. Vis, with its many coves, inlets and untouched nature, is leaning more and more towards tourism. The town of Komiza is one of the better-known fishing towns in Central Dalmatia. The island of Bisevo is unique because of its dark caves which are considered an unbelievable natural phenomenon. On the mainland, along the coastline, there is the city of Split and its surrounding towns and villages. Split is the most populated and it is the center of this region’s economy as well as the largest maritime destination in Croatia. In Central Dalmatia there are two sites which are under the protection of UNESCO: Diocletian’s palace in Split and the old town in the heart of Trogir. Split is the center of the Split–Dalmatian County which makes the city a major and central tourist destination in Central Dalmatia
In AD 305, the world’s most powerful man, Emperor Diocletian, was faced with the decision on where to spend the rest of his days. Of all of the known world, he chose to build his home in the heart of the region of Dalmatia,setting the first stones in place for the future city of Split.Follow in his footsteps by exploring Diocletian’s Palace and a region filled with islands, stunning natural landscapes (Biokovo Mountain and Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brač) wealth of culture that will defy your expectations.
Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor’s Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa – summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor’s apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard – the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.
In Split, try the famous “Dalmatinska Pašticada” [Dalmatian stew], a meat dish that takes two days to prepare. If you want some simpler tastes then there are the aromatic Viška, Forska and Komiška “pogača”, savoury cakes which go wonderfully with a glass of wine from Vugava and Plančić from the island of Hvar. Afcourse you can rent a catamaran charter and go and see the vineyards for your self.
If you need extra invigoration then drink a glass of Brač or Hvar “smutiče” – red wine that is mixed either with sheep or goats milk. In the regions of Cetina and Sinj, asides from the stew made out of river crabs, there are the famous “Luganige” sausages as well as “Arambašić” from Sinj – small cabbage rolls filled with mutton.
Black risotto is another Dalmatian meal that is a must try dish. It is a delicacy, whose main ingredient is the cuttlefish. The dark “tinta” gives this cuisine featured a Mediterranean flavor. For the perfect pleasure sprinkle black risotto with a little grated hard cheese. This risotto is easy to make and you can make it on your catamaran charter as well.