Marina Kremik – Šolta, Maslenica
We arrive to Šolta, island near Split, teeming with magical coves, beautiful beaches and mild and healthy Mediterranean climate. It is an ideal destination for those looking for a little peace and tranquility. We will visit some of local wine cellars and olive mills to taste award winning olive oil and local Dobričić wine.
Tonight our dinner will focus on sea food, perhaps a black risotto. Known in Italy as Risotto Nero di Sepie, black risotto uses the meat and ink of the cuttlefish which lends the characteristic black color and silken texture to the broth. Fresh greens from a local farmer and a traditional dessert such as fresh figs sprinkled with lemon juice will round out the meal.
Šolta, Maslenica – Brač, Bol
This morning we continue our cruise towards our next destination – the island of Brač, more precisely to the town of Bol, a typical Dalmatian fishermen’s village. Bol is known for its famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon that with its specific form dominates the other beaches of Bol. A walk along the promenade (approximately 2 hours) from Bol you can reach the highest peak of all Adriatic islands – Vidova gora, under which the town lies.
“Vinski podrum” (wine cellar) is a must go to place if you ever find yourself in Bol. Huge wine barrels are set in a grand stone room with high ceilings. You can taste the aroma of Brač, purchase quality wines and traditional local rakija. There is an outdoor seating area beautifully lit where you can have your octopus salad just few meters from the tumbling sea.
Brač, Bol – Hvar, Jelsa – Hvar,Stari grad
After leaving Bol, our next stop is a port of Jelsa. There we can visit the local winemakers that can offer a pallet of intense colors and aromas, and take you along the winemaking roads of Hvar. They pay particular attention to the production of Prošek – the original Dalmatian desert wine made from selected and dried grapes of local varieties.
Afterwards, we sail and dock in Stari grad. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets and small squares around the harbor. Vineyards and olive trees surround the town. Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Perhaps tonight we’ll taste our first Prsut – a smoked ham that is home-cured in the bora, a dry winter wind that blows from the mountains to the sea.
Hvar, Stari grad – Pakleni otoci – Hvar, Hvar
Today we cruise the Pakleni islands. The tiny archipelago (of about twenty islets) extends along the south side of Hvar. The islands are covered in pine trees known to local fisherman as ‘paklina’ (melted pine resin) used for ‘water proofing’ boat decking. The islands also offer crystal clear waters and secluded beaches. We can take some time to relax and enjoy refreshment in clear, crystal blue sea.
After Pakleni islands we are heading to the town of Hvar. Flower-filled gardens, palms, lemon and orange groves add a fragrance lovely enough to match the visual appeal of this sun-drenched island beauty. There are many local fish still found in the Adriatic and each night we’ll be able to sample a different one. The names don’t translate well, but the flavors are memorable. You can try gregada – fish stew prepared with several kinds of white fish, potatoes, white wine, garlic and spices. Some variations also include grapes! The most famous gregada comes from the island of Hvar. Again, some of best local wines (like at famous Tomić winery) can be at our disposal.
Hvar – Vis, Komiža
Finally, the time has come to visit Vis. It is about a two-hour sail from Hvar and we can make a swim stop en route. Our cruise may take us to the town of Vis, or direct to the beautiful blue grotto on the island Bisevo, just a few miles off Vis.
Because of this isolation, Vis has a special charm – ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. We spend the night moored up by this town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. There are many fantastic little places to enjoy some authentic Croatian dishes. Perfect for a romantic meal is “Villa Kaliopa”, a stylish restaurant set amongst palm trees where you can enjoy the freshly caught fruits of the sea and Vis wine.
Vis, Komiža – Korčula, Vela luka
Vela Luka is surrounded by the richness and beauty of Nature. It is the 2nd largest settlement on the Adriatic islands, a safe harbor for seafarers. At the very entrance to the Vela Luka bay, lies the island of Proizd – one of the true pearls of the Adriatic. Nature abundantly bestowed upon it its most precious gifts: crystal clear sea, sparkling white pebbles and air rich in the soothing fragrance of Mediterranean vegetation.
Korčula, Vela luka – Šćedro, Mostir
This morning we sail to the little island of Scedro for a dip in the crystal clear waters. Since the Ancient times Šćedro coves have been known as good places for anchorage and safe harbors, quite possibly one of the most epic battles like the one between Pompeius and Caesar in 49 B.C., might have happened here as numerous discoveries in the depths around Šćedro attest to. Visit to some of the local taverns will surely be productive. A wonderful big fish on the grill, potato salad and a glass of homemade white wine will be a perfect ending of a perfect day.
Šćedro – Pelješac, Orebić
After breakfast we say an early farewell to the island and set off to Pelješac, or to be more exact to Orebić – a town of sea-captains. It is a beginning of exploration of the Peljesac Peninsula. We’ll taste superbly fresh fish from grill and then move on to some of the finest wines that Dalmatia can offer us.
Dingač and Postup, the first two Croatian protected wines, are a high-quality dry red wine of controlled designation of origin from confined areas of the Pelješac peninsula. In the end we’ll satisfy our taste buds with a dinner in a family restaurant where on the menu can be found lobster, monkfish and grouper stew.
Pelješac, Orebić – Mljet (nacionalni park)
We continue cruising towards one of the greenest Adriatic islands – the island of Mljet, where we will take time to enjoy its natural beauties. Half the island is National Park and is stunningly beautiful with thick green forests of Aleppo pine encircling the two inland salt water lakes. The lakes, Malo Jezero (small lake) and Veliko Jezero (big lake), are interlinked and connect to the sea by a shallow tidal canal. At dinner time we will try one of the many seafood kavarnas (taverns) along the waterfront and enjoy a scrumptious Captain’s Dinner.
Mljet – Pelješac, Ston
Ston has no big resorts or luxury hotels but it has good restaurants, old architecture, stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. Ston is also well known for its oyster production as well as for it’s salten in the near vicinity that produce sea salt for centuries. As the sun sets, the world is your oyster, explore the day’s port of call at leisure and sample Croatia’s incredible cuisine like young roast lamb on a spit with fresh salad can be just the beginning, and don’t forget to taste some oysters.
Pelješac, Ston – Šipan
In the early morning hours we depart towards Šipan Island, which is historically very interesting. During the 15th century it was a chic summer getaway for the very best Dubrovnik families, many of whom built palaces on the island. Šipan’s beaches are never overcrowded so you’ll have no trouble finding a pleasant place to leap into the clear sea. Again, there are waterfront restaurants dishing up all seafood imaginable. Here the choice of restaurants is limited but the quality is not.
Šipan – Trsteno – Lopud
The name of this village situated some twenty kilometers west of Dubrovnik comes from the Croatian word trstika (cane), which grows in the area thanks to a large quantity of water. The greatest attraction in the village is the magnificent Trsteno Arboretum, the only one on the Croatian Adriatic coast, which combines the rich cultural and natural heritage.
Afterwards, we set off to an island in the Elafiti group – Lopud. The mild Mediterranean climate, the lush Mediterranean and sub-tropical vegetation – cypress, lemon, orange, pine and palm trees, the numerous beautiful beaches (Sunj), and the possibility of pleasant walks along the shoreline, make Lopud and exceptionally attractive destination.
Day 13, 14
Trsteno – Lokrum – Dubrovnik
The last stop on our trip to the most beautiful Mediterranean city is a special forestry reserve under UNESCO protection. Lokrum, a favorite bat
You can try gregada – fish stew prepared with several kinds of white fish, potatoes, white wine, garlic and spices
— Croatia & More Team