Where North meets South
A captivating pearl on Adriatic Coast - Central Dalmatia has a rich maritime history and tradition.
However, for many people, what makes Central Dalmatia so special are the islands. Islands make a huge part of Croatian geographical and national identity.
The nearest, Brač, most often recognized for its famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) beach is an island of exceptional beauty that will leave you with a lasting impression. West of Brač lays the island of Šolta. Although there is little of cultural interest here, those lucky enough to be sailing along the south side of the island will find several idyllic bays that are accessible only by sea. South of Brač rises the island of Hvar, home to Central Dalmatia's most exclusive party destination, Hvar Town.. Farther out to sea still lies wild, windswept Vis, Croatia's most distant inhabited island. There are only two real settlements here: Vis Town and Komiža, the latter making the best starting point for a day trip to Modra Spilja (Blue Cave) on the island of Biševo.
FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF ISLANDS HISTORY
Powerful ancient nations and the later great conquerors, those who made the pages of history, have not only left a mark on the Dalmatian mainland but also on the islands. The first signs of civilization in the islands date back thousands of years to the dwellings of the Illyrians. Then the Greeks appeared, as can be seen in the name of the islands of Hvar and Vis - Pharos and Issa, while Brač was a turning point in their commerce. The following peoples who made their mark in the field of culture, architecture and religion were the Romans, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians, and the French. Monuments and remains witness the great transformations from one culture to another. These transformations are evident in every aspect of life, and shaped the people and culture of today. (Source: dalmatia.hr)
Tourism on Brac started in 1923 in Bol. Bol has, with Dubrovnik, and Opatija, one of the longest tourism history in Croatia. And along with few other destinations, like Rovinj, Split, Plitvice, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, Bol remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia (Don’t tell me you’ve thought it was the off the beaten path destination).
The most famous beach, not only on the Brac island, but in all Croatia, is Zlatni Rat beach located in Bol. Other popular beaches on the island inlcudes: sandy beach Lovrecine, then Paklina on the east end of Bol, Murvica, and Vela Farska west of Bol, Ticja luka and Ratac in Povlja, Lucice and Osibova Bay near Milna.
U. Lucice is a multi-branched inlet a mile due S of the harbour of Milna (although a trip of some five miles round the headland separating it). The best shelter is in the westernmost branch of the inlet, where there is a restaurant and several mooring buoys for visiting yachts. Alternatively anchor with a line ashore in this or the next branch to the E. Depths are 10-12 metres and the holding is good in sand and weed. The anchorage becomes uncomfortable with fresh to strong S winds.
The anchorage of U. Studena is situated at the SE end of the island, a mile or so SW of the port of Sumartin. It offers good shelter in all but S winds. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 – 8.0 metres, preferably with a line ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed.
U. Rasotica lies at the extreme E tip of the island and consists of a narrow cleft that offers good shelter from all directions in the tiny cove at its head. Anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres and take a line ashore to one of the stone bollards around the cove. Holding is moderate in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
U. Luka is the westernmost part of a multi-branched inlet at the NE end of the island, in the easternmost part of which is the harbour of Povlja. U. Luka reaches inland for almost a mile and is perfectly sheltered at its head. Anchor in one of the three coves at the head in 4.0 – 6.0 metres and take a line ashore if preferred. The holding is good in sand. There is a restaurant on the S side of the westernmost cove with its own quay and laid moorings in 4.0 metres. Obviously if you moor here you are expected to eat in the restaurant.
The island of Vis, with its indented coastline, its numerous islands and cliffs, its hidden bays, sandy beaches and sea caves, is one of the most attractive destinations in the Adriatic.
Vis Island is the westernmost of the group of islands lying off the mainland coast of Croatia beween Split and Dubrovnik. Situated around 94 miles from the nearest point on the coast of Italy, the harbour of Pescara, and 32 miles from the Croatian coast, Vis is a popular summer port of entry for yachts arriving in the country from Italy.
The island’s distance from the mainland means that it is less overwhelmed by tourism than some of the other islands and it remains relatively unspoilt. It was a base for Tito’s partisans during World War II as well as a British special forces unit and there are a number of relics of that conflict around the island, including a cave which was Tito’s wartime HQ.
Today Vis is most noted for its wines and the centre of the island is green with vineyards. Visiting yachts mainly make for the harbours of Vis Town on the N coast or Komiza on the W coast, although there are also several good anchorages around the coastline.
The small cove of U. Stonca lies about half a mile NNE of the main harbour of Vis Town. It offers a quiet (except in July and August) anchorage with shelter almost as good as Vis Town itself and only becomes uncomfortable in strong S or E winds. Anchor towards the head of the cove in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
The anchorage of U. Rogacic is located a mile N of Vis Town round the peninsula and small island on the W side of the entrance. The passage between the island, Otok Host, and the coast of Vis has depths of just over 11 metres and can be used if arriving from Vis Town. The best position is tucked into the NW end of the bay, where there is good shelter from all directions except E. Anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand. No facilities ashore.
U. Stoncica is situated at the NE tip of the island, in a deep inlet extending around half a mile inland. It offers good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 – 8.0 metres, with a line ashore. If preferred. Holding is good in sand and weed. There is a restaurant at the head of the inlet.
From the gossip pages to the travel magazines, HVAR has long been the global media’s favourite Croatian island, a status it shows no sign of losing. As well as being the summertime haunt of celebrities, yacht-travellers and cocktail sippers of all descriptions, it also remains robustly popular with those who want a piece of the Mediterranean that is family-oriented, unspoiled and affordable. It is certainly well endowed with natural beauty: a slim, purple-grey slice of land punctured by jagged inlets and pebbly coves, with lavender plantations, vineyards and half-abandoned stone villages clinging to its steep central ridge.
Milna is a popular beach resort spread across two sandy bays, with the main part of the village in the E bay. It is difficult to get sufficiently close in to anchor as the beaches are buoyed off and the best option is to pick up one of the restaurant buoys in the bay. Shelter is good except with anything S in the wind.
U. Zub od Zaraca
The anchorage of U. Zub od Zaraca is a small cove protected from W and SW by a natural rock breakwater. Depths here are too great to anchor, but there are several restaurant buoys which can be picked up by visiting yachts. Shelter is good except in S or SE winds.
The bay of U. Dobovica is a pleasant cove with a sandy beach at its head. Anchor off the beach in 6.0 – 8.0 metres. The holding is moderate in sand and shingle. Alternatively moor bows or stern-top using your anchor on the quay on the W side of the bay (if there is space). Depths at the quay are 3.0 – 4.0 metres. Shelter in the bay is good except with anything S in the wind.
U. Duboka is a totally undeveloped anchorage offering good shelter in all but S winds. Anchor towards the head of the inlet in depths of 4.0 – 6.0 metres, taking a line ashore in view of the narrowness of the inlet. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
U. Kozja, the next inlet E of U. Doboka, offers good shelter in all but S winds. Anchor at the top of the inlet in 8.0 – 10 metres. Holding is good in sand and mud. There are no facilities ashore.
The main anchorages along the N coast of the island from Sucuraj to Stari Grad are as follows
U. Pokrivenik is a large bay with several coves where a yacht can find good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Anchor in your choice of cove in 5.0 – 8.0 metres. The holding is generally good in sand and weed. Some of the coves have restaurants open during the season.
U. Vela Stiniva
U. Vela Stiniva is a U-shaped cove hemmed in by steep cliffs and affording good shelter in all conditions except northerly winds. Its small harbour is invariably filled with local boats, so anchor off in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. There is a stone bollard on the W side of the bay to which it is possible to take a line. Basic café/bar ashore.
The small islet of O. Zecevo offers a good anchorage on its S side in settled weather only. Anchor in 4.0 – 5.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. The bay is excellent for swimming but a yacht should not risk an overnight stay unless the forecast is very settled. No facilities ashore.
The anchorage of U.Maslinica is just half a mile W of Otok Zecevo and offers better protection for an overnight stay. Note that there are shoal patches extending off the headlands on both sides of the entrance. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 – 8.0 metres, with a line ashore if preferred. Holding is good in sand and weed. Shelter is good in all but N and NE winds. No facilities ashore.
U. Basina is a triple-branched inlet which offers good shelter in one or other of its branches from all but NE winds. Note that the coasts both N and S of the inlet have shoals extending over 200 metres offshore. The northernmost branch of the inlet is the most developed and offers the best shelter, whereas the other two branches are more deserted. Anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres wherever convenient. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
The anchorage of U. Zukova has good shelter from all but N and NE winds. There are several coves around its shores where a yacht can anchor in 5.0 – 8.0 metres, taking a line ashore if desired. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
Luka Vlaska is a long inlet, still largely undeveloped, with several coves where a yacht can find good shelter in all but NW winds. Anchor in 4.0 – 6.0 metres wherever there is space. Holding is good in sand and weed. There is a fish farm on the W side of the inlet. No facilities ashore.
U. Glavna offers good shelter in all but N and NW winds and is largely undeveloped. Anchor at the head of the inlet in 6.0 – 8.0 metres, taking a line ashore if possible to bollards on either side. Holding is good in sand and weed, but poor in shingle right at the head. No facilities ashore.
Luka Tiha is a large and popular anchorage on the N side of the entrance to Starogradski Zaljev, the gulf at the head of which lies the harbour of Stari Grad. Shelter is good in all but SW and S winds. Note that there is dangerous rock about 200 metres off the headland on the W side of the entrance. Anchor in one of the numerous branches, depending on wind direction. Depths for anchoring are mostly 8.0 – 12.0 metres unless you go close in and take a line ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
The anchorage of Luka Zavala is a mile NW of Stari Grad and offers good shelter at the head of the inlet in all but SW winds. Anchor in 8.0 – 10.0 metres, with a line ashore if possible in view of the narrowness of the inlet. Holding is good in sand and weed. Café/bar ashore but no other facilities.
The main anchorages along the N and W coasts of the island from Stari Grad to Hvar Town are as follows
U. Parja lies just over a mile E of Rt Pelegrin, the headland at the extreme W tip of Hvar Island. It offers good shelter in all but N and NE winds. Note that there is a dangerous reef extending for around 200 metres off the headland on the W side of the entrance. The two heads of the inlet are occupied by local boats and moorings, but it is possible to anchor in 6.0 – 8.0 metres outside the moorings and take a line ashore. The holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
U. Vela Garska
U. Vela Garska is a quiet anchorage on the N side of the approaches to Hvar Town offering good shelter in all but S winds. Depths are substantial, but it is possible to tuck into one of the three coves at the head of the inlet in 8.0 – 1.0 metres and take a line ashore. Holding is good in sand and weed. No facilities ashore.
U. Mala Garska
U. Mala Garska is a busy anchorage about a mile NW of Hvar Town and offers good shelter in all but W and SW winds. Anchor in 6.0 – 8.0 metres clear of the numerous moorings in the bay. Holding is good in sand and weed. Large hotel and café/bar ashore.
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