6 Beaches to Visit on a Central Dalmatian Sailing Route
Summer is fast approaching; you have booked your sailing holiday and now it is time to start
planning your sailing itinerary. Even though the point of a sailing holiday is to spend time on your
yacht, it is still good to know where to find some of the best beaches on your central Dalmatian
sailing route – especially if you have kids who want to stretch their legs and run around.
Zlatni Rat, island Brač
It’s almost impossible not to start a “best beaches” list without first mentioning Zlatni Rat beach.
Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) is easily one of the most photographed and photogenic beaches in Croatia.
Thanks to its unique formation and brilliant turquoise waters, Zlatni Rat has found itself on the cover
of many magazines and is a must-visit beach for travellers and sailors alike. Don’t be fooled by the
picture or “golden horn” though, it is a fine-pebbled beach, not sandy. Zlatni Rat is particularly busy
and is also famous for kite surfing and windsurfing; so, pay attention when sailing by. However, it is a
perfect beach for children – especially with the water park and various water-sport activities on
Velika Plaža, Omiš
Omiš is an old town nestled at the foot of two mountain ranges and alongside the lush green Cetina
River. Omiš is a lesser-known destination and because it is on the mainland, many overlook it as a
destination on a sailing holiday. However, it could be a perfect stop for a day or afternoon,
particularly for families. Velika Plaža (big beach) is a 700 m long sandy beach, with water-sports
available, a few bars and volleyball nets; it could be just the break from boating a family need. There
is also an array of activities to do around Omiš (fun for the whole family), like white water rafting,
cycling and zip-lining… but we'll write more about that another day.
This recommendation isn’t so much about one beach but rather the island. The entire coast of island
Šolta is indented and hides numerous bays and oases perfect for peace and relaxation. Coves and
beaches are surrounded by idyllic untouched nature, Mediterranean herbs and vegetation, and
more importantly for yachties – good anchorages. Small pebble-stone beaches surrounded by azure
blue and turquoise waters await you in these bays. But, just so we name at least one beach,
Stracinska is a gorgeous bay with a quaint beach and crystal-clear waters that give the appearance
boats are floating.
Dubovica is a picturesque bay tucked away on the southern coast of island Hvar between Hvar town
and Stari Grad. While this is a pebble-stoned beach, it is a gorgeous and secluded bay with crystal-
clear water. There is also a traditional konoba here where you can enjoy fresh-caught fish and local
wine. Enjoy a slow and relaxed afternoon here.
Sveta Nedjelja, island Hvar
Sveta Nedjelja is a small village located on the south side of island Hvar, just 12 km east of Hvar town
and resting beneath Sveti Nikola – the highest peak of the island. This coastline of the island is
dotted with numerous coves and fine pebble beaches where you can find peace and privacy. The
southern slopes of Hvar are also famous for their wineries and exceptional wines. Be sure to try
wines from this region or even consider doing a wine tasting tour while you’re in the area.
Stiniva, island Vis
Stiniva is located on the south side of island Vis and is barely visible from the sea thanks to the high
cliff walls that protect the beach like two guardians. Stiniva was voted the best beach in Europe in
2016 which instantly launched it to stardom, making it a bucket-list item for anyone visiting or sailing
in Croatia. As we know, fame comes at a price – Stiniva bay is now extremely busy during peak
season but arrive early or visit during the shoulder season (May, June, September, October) and you
may get lucky and have this piece of paradise to yourself.
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