South Dalmatia is an exquisite region of Croatia located along the country’s coastline. Stretching from Bacina Lakes to Cavtat, Konavle, and Prevlaka, this area is famous for its stunning natural beauty and diverse culture. South Dalmatia is a popular tourist destination with a lot to see and do.

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Climate and Best Time to Visit

With its mild Mediterranean climate, South Dalmatia offers a perfect setting for a yacht charter holiday. South Dalmatia is an all-year-round destination with long, hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature during the summer months, from June to August, is around 81°F. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water activities.

If you prefer milder weather and quieter ports, the best time to visit is in May and September. During these months, temperatures are around 68°F, with fewer crowds. Fewer crowds mean you can explore the region’s highlights comfortably.

Another excellent time to visit South Dalmatia is in the spring, from March to May. Then, nature is in bloom, and the Adriatic Sea is calm. Temperatures during these months range from 55°F to 68°F.

City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the crown of medieval Dalmatian architecture, once was the heart and soul of the old Dubrovnik Republic. The city, to this day called Grad, was a significant Mediterranean merchant harbor with a fleet of over 700 sailing ships.

While strolling the main Dubrovnik polished stone street of Stradun, you experience its glorious history and magnificent architecture. Nearby, the walls of Fort Lovrijenac stand on a steep gorge thirty-seven meters above the sea. 

Dubrovnik was recently a film set for the well-known Game of Thrones show.

Peljesac Peninsula

This stunning peninsula has over 350 square kilometers of green landscape connected to the mainland with the Peljesac bridge. Peljesac offers unforgettable landscapes and the best varieties of world-recognized wine from the traditional Dingac and Postup grapes. The best locations for the grape vineyards of Peljesac wines are the southern slopes of the peninsula, east of Orebic.

Another attraction of the Peljesac peninsula is the small town of Ston. It’s famous for breeding mussels and the traditional salt-making process, similar to Nin near Zadar. There you can easily taste fresh and salty mussels and enjoy the gastronomic delicates of the area combined with exquisite wines.


Travel to the green island of Korcula, densely populated with more than 17,000 people living and working there. There are daily ferries to SplitDubrovnik, and other ports. Korcula’s old center has a movie-like medieval setting, again rich with history carved in every corner and paved with every stone.

Its port and the old walls proudly greet sailors sailing into the busy Korcula Marina. Korcula City is known as the birthplace of the great traveler Marco Polo. During the summer, you can witness traditional performances of Moreska, originating from North Africa.

Locals of Korcula say that even during the busy season, the sea is so clear and clean one can enjoy its benefits and swim under the old walls on a city beach just after morning coffee.

Mljet Island

The National Park of Mljet Island is twenty-four miles southwest of Dubrovnik. It is green and wild and has two saltwater lakes, dense pine forests, and a Benedictine monastery on St. Mary’s Island in the center of the Park.

Legend says that the Greek hero Odysseus fell under the spell of the nymph Calypso and lived there for several years. Expect profound peace, quiet and unbelievable beauty when sailing into Mljet National Park, a precious green stone of South Dalmatia.

Elafiti Islands

The Elafiti Islands consist of 13 islands, but only three of them are inhabited: Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. Each island offers something unique, from sandy beaches to historical sites and natural wonders.


South Dalmatia is famous for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables and fruits are the stars of every dish.

The region’s traditional cuisine includes many seafood delicacies like octopus, squid, mussels, and different types of fish. Black risotto or ‘crni rizot’ is a must-try dish. It’s a unique and delicious combination of cuttlefish, squid ink, garlic, onion, olive oil, and Arborio rice.

One of the most popular appetizers in South Dalmatia is ‘brudet,’ a fish stew made with various fish, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and white wine. It’s usually served with polenta or bread. ‘Pašticada’ is another popular meat dish with beef, red wine, and prunes. It’s usually served with gnocchi or homemade pasta.

For dessert, you must try ‘rozata,’ a local version of creme caramel. It’s made with eggs, milk, sugar, lemon peel, and sweet liqueur. Another famous dessert is ‘fritule,’ small fried dough balls usually served with powdered sugar and liqueur.

To enjoy the local cuisine, you can visit some of the many family-run restaurants in South Dalmatia. These places usually have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and serve authentic local dishes made with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to pair your meal with delicious local wines like Dingac and Postup.

Sample 11-Day South Dalmatia Itinerary

An 8-day or longer itinerary allows you to truly experience all that South Dalmatia offers. Note that this is only a sample. We will work with you to craft a personalized itinerary based on your interests and desires. All itineraries are subject to change.

Day 1 | Split

Upon arriving at the marina, you will be warmly greeted by your captain and crew. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as you tour the yacht – your home away from home for your exciting journey.

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The captain will review important safety information, including emergency protocols and guidelines for a smooth sailing experience. Once you are settled, set sail for Trogir.

Day 2 | Trogir (12 NM)

Arrive at Trogir, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture. Wander through the old town’s narrow streets and visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Relax in one of the waterfront cafes and soak up the picturesque atmosphere.

Overnight in Trogir.

Day 3 | Solta (11 NM)

Awake to the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Review the plans for the day and then cruise to the tranquil island of Solta.

Anchor in one of the secluded bays and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Taste local olive oil and traditional Dalmatian cuisine in a traditional konoba (tavern).

Day 4 | Hvar (13 NM)

Sail to the glamorous island of Hvar, famous for its vibrant nightlife and stunning landscapes. Explore the historic Hvar town, visit the impressive Hvar Fortress, and enjoy panoramic views. Relax on the beach or kayak through the hidden coves and bays around the island.

Day 5 | Vis (18 NM)

Cruise to the island of Vis, known for its unspoiled natural beauty and rich history. Visit the stunning Blue Cave on the nearby island of Bisevo, famous for its mesmerizing blue glow. Explore the charming fishing village of Komiza and relax on the beautiful Stiniva Beach.

Day 6 | Lastovo (30 NM)

Journey to the remote island of Lastovo, a hidden gem of the Adriatic. Enjoy the tranquility of this untouched nature reserve and explore its pristine bays and coves. Visit the charming Lastovo village and discover the local way of life.

Day 7 | Korcula (30 NM)

Cruise to the island of Korcula, known for its medieval town and Marco Polo’s birthplace. Explore the narrow streets of the old town and admire the Venetian architecture. Enjoy a wine-tasting experience at a local winery.

Day 8 | Mljet (20 NM)

Sail to the beautiful island of Mljet, known for its stunning national park. Explore the saltwater lakes and take a boat ride to the picturesque St. Mary’s Island with its 12th-century monastery. Enjoy hiking or cycling through the island’s lush forests.

Day 9 | Dubrovnik (30 NM)

Cruise to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, walk along the ancient city walls, and soak in the breathtaking views. Indulge in a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10 | Cavtat (12 NM)

Sail to the charming coastal town of Cavtat. Stroll along the waterfront promenade and explore the quaint streets lined with historic buildings.

Day 11 | Return to Split (25 NM)

Head back to Split, where your journey began. Enjoy your final day exploring the city, shopping for souvenirs, or relaxing in a waterfront cafe. Bid farewell to the stunning Dalmatian coast with memories of an unforgettable yacht charter experience.

Note: The nautical mile (NM) distances mentioned are approximate and may vary based on the chosen route and weather conditions.

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