Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Dalmatia's Top Five Destinations

The Croatia Cruising Companion, covering the Dalmatian Coast and Islands, includes over 300 marinas, ports and anchorages so you can imagine that picking a top five is not an easy task.

Whether you prefer well equipped marinas, sheltered ports in traditional Dalmatian villages, or the peace and tranquillity of anchoring in an idyllic bay with a rustic restaurant, Dalmatia offers an abundance of choices. Below are five are our favourites.

Opat, Kornat Island – For It’s Stark Wilderness
At the south east end of Kornat island in the Kornati National Park. Easy moorings.

Two rustic sea food restaurants, in a lunar landscape setting, in an otherwise deserted bay. An energetic walk up a signed path to the top of the nearby hills gives you a spectacular view of the surrounding islands.

Uvala Vinogradišće, Sv Klement Island – Idyllic Bay
On the south coast of Sv Klement Island, a short sail from Hvar town. Anchorage.

A scenic anchorage with some great restaurants. You can walk over the hill to the marina, on the north side of the narrow island, and get a boat taxi into Hvar town, avoiding the hustle and bustle of Hvar’s busy town marina.

Pučišća, Brač Island – Prosperous Unspoilt Stone Quarrying Town
At the head of a deep bay on the north coast of Brač island. Well equipped town harbour.

Pučišća is a prosperous quarrying town where even the street lights are made from the white Brač stone, famous for its use in the construction of the White House in America. The village economy does not depend on tourism and therefore provides a taste of real Croatia.

Polače, Mljet – Lush Vegetation and Spectacular Scenery
At the west end of the north coast of Mljet Island. Anchorage.

A spacious safe anchorage on one of the moist unspoilt Dalmatian islands, with easy access to the salt water lakes and the magnificent scenery of the National Park.

Lopud, Lopud Island – Sandy Unspoilt Beaches
Lopud is one of the Elaphite Islands lying off Dubrovnik and the Pelješac Peninsula. Anchorage.

The village has cobbled back streets, a great sandy beach and provides a reasonably well sheltered anchorage, but is virtually untouched by tourism. Even better, cars aren’t generally allowed on the island!

Today's photo is of Polače on Mljet Island.

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