South Dalmatia is the southernmost region in Croatia. It is best known for its magnificent port city, Dubrovnik. Protected by impressive fortifications, Dubrovnik was once a wealthy independent republic. Nowadays, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also starred as the film set for Game of Thrones.
Dubrovnik is the ideal starting point for a luxury yacht charter. From here, you can sail around the islands of South Dalmatia. Firstly, you might visit Mljet, home to the salt-water lakes and pine forests of Mljet National Park. Secondly, head for Korcula, known as the birthplace of Marco Polo and the producer of some of Dalmatia’s best white wines.
In contrast, opposite Korcula, the Peljesac peninsula produces Croatia’s best red wines.
Dubrovnik | Stunning City of Stone
Dubrovnik, Croatia's best-known and most glamorous tourist destination, lies in South Dalmatia on the Adriatic Sea. Formerly a wealthy independent republic, today Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, tens of thousands of tourists visit its Old Town. Above all, they come to see Dubrovnik's beautifully preserved historic buildings. Aerial photo of Dubrovnik's old town. Starting your yacht charter from Dubrovnik and ending in Split allows you to enjoy the busy city first. Afterward, take in the relaxed island atmosphere. Likewise, you can start in Split and end in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik | Places to see City Walls. Dubrovnik's medieval city walls are among the best-preserved fortifications systems in Europe. They are 1940 meters (1.2 miles) long, with five forts, sixteen towers, and bastions. Dubrovnik's city walls stand as a magnificent testament to the city's rich history and architectural prowess. Lokrum Islet. This tiny green uninhabited islet lies in...
The green, rocky, car-free Elafiti Islands in South Dalmatia include a dozen islets. The inhabited islands are Šipan, Lopud, and Koločep. You can explore the Elafiti Islands on your Croatia Yacht Charter or on a day trip from Dubrovnik. However, if you'd like more time to relax and explore, visit the islands one at a time. Elafiti Islands Climate The weather in the Elaphiti Islands is very similar to Dubrovnik’s weather. Spring and autumns are mild while summers are hot. Temperatures are much lower in winter, early spring, and late autumn (November to March). Elafiti Islands | Things to See and Do Lopud Island Sunj Beach. Lopud Island is famous for Sunj Beach, a pristine stretch of sandy shoreline surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Indulge in various water activities, such as swimming and beach volleyball. The beach's tranquil atmosphere and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit destination. Franciscan Monastery Ruins. Explore...
Korcula Island, part of South Dalmatia, lies approximately halfway between Split and Dubrovnik. Indeed, Korcula is steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. The main settlement, Korcula Town, sits on a small peninsula protected by medieval fortifications. This lovely town is often called "Little Dubrovnik." The second town, Vela Luka, lies in a deep, sheltered bay on the island's west coast. ACI Marina Korcula Climate and Weather in Korcula Korcula has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers. Average high temperatures range from 82°F to 90°F from June to August. Winters are mild, with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 59°F from December to February. Spring and autumn offer milder weather, making them ideal for a visit. Rainfall is minimal in summer. Korcula is quite beautiful and has an easily accessible coastline. Sailing down the windy sea channel between the island and Peljesac is especially exciting. Things to See and Do...
Lastovo Island is the most remote island in South Dalmatia. It is an excellent Croatia Yacht Charter destination for those who love unspoiled nature and old stone buildings. The sole permanent settlement, Lastovo Town, is not on the coast but lies hidden away, facing inland. This is because, when it was founded, pirates were a threat to waterside dwellings. Lastovo Island was an imperial estate, a getaway for the emperor, his family, and nobility seeking respite from city life's pressures. It was here where they found solace in their private retreat, surrounded by natural beauty and thriving nature. With olive trees around every turn, it's a magical place worthy of a stop on your Croatia yacht charter. Struga Lighthouse in Lastovo, Croatia Lastovo Island | Things See and Do Nestled in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, Lastovo Island is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its pristine...
Mljet is an unspoiled green island in South Dalmatia in, Croatia. Mljet National Park makes up approximately one-third of the island. It encompasses two interconnected saltwater lakes immersed in dense woodland. The island is home to several small villages. Tourism is not significantly developed in Mljet. Most visitors arrive on day trips from Dubrovnik. This means that the island is wonderfully peaceful after the last tour boat has departed. Mljet Climate The island of Mljet has a Mediterranean climate. It has dry, hot summers and rainy but mild winters, with most rainfall in late autumn and early winter. Places to See on Mljet Island Mljet National Park The crown jewel of Mljet, the National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers. Two interconnected saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero, are surrounded by dense forests and dotted with islets. A monastery on St. Mary's Island adds a touch of history...
The Peljesac Peninsula in South Dalmatia is a 44-mile-long mountainous peninsula. This stunning region is famous for its excellent local wines, quaint villages, and pebble beaches. The two main towns are Orebic and Ston. Peljesac Peninsula Peljesac's vineyards grow the Plavac Mali grape variety. Moreover, the sun-soaked grapes from the steep seaward vineyards near Potomje produce Dingac, Croatia's top red wine. Climate Like most of the Dalmatian Coast, Peljesac has a consistently mild climate. Temperatures reach their peak in July and August. Plenty of sunshine certainly means lots of perfect beach days. Places to See on the Peljesac Peninsula Ston Defensive Walls Walk the These 14th-century walls connect the twin towns of Ston and Mali Ston, thus dividing Peljesac from the mainland. This is one of the world's longest-preserved fortification systems. If you're into forts and castle walls, you've got to check this place out. The massive wall goes all...
Ston and Mali Ston | A Taste of History and the Sea
The small towns of Ston and Mali Ston lie at the very beginning of the Peljesac Peninsula in southern Dalmatia. Medieval walls connect the two towns. They lie about 34 miles northwest of Dubrovnik. Many things make this area special, including its beautiful town walls, saltworks, and mussels. Town of Ston and historic walls aerial view, Peljesac peninsula, Dalmatia region of Croatia Ston and Mali Ston | Places to See The Ston Walls These fortifications, built in 1358 mainly to protect the valuable salt pans, connect Ston and Mali Ston. Prapratno Beach Prapratno Beach, with calm shallow water, is perfect for children. The beach has several amenities, including a volleyball area, paddle boats, and a restaurant. Stop by the fruit, vegetable, olive oil, and wine stands next to the parking lot. Churches and Monasteries Beyond the bustling oyster farms and historical walls, Ston and Mali Ston boast a rich tapestry...
Southern Dalmatia gets about 250 sunny days per year, resulting in a wide variety of subtropical plants and flowers. The average annual temperature is about 63 °F. The hottest month is July, with an average of 81 °F. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature o just 48 °F. The most rain falls in November, and the windiest month is March.
South Dalmatia | Places to see
The mainland and islands of South Dalmatia offer many places to see. Following are just a few examples. For more in-depth information, click on the individual destinations above.
Mljet National Park on Mljet island.
Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island
Town of Korcula
Korcula city. Known as a small Dubrovnik, it’s famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Rača Cave, Lastovo, where evidence of man's existence on the island date to the fourth millennium BC.
South Dalmatia | Things to do
There are countless activities to do while on your yacht charter. Following are a few ideas. Please click on the individual destinations above for more ideas about what to do.
The narrow sea channel between Korcula and Peljesac is a top venue for windsurfing.
In Ston, marvel at the town's walls. They are even longer than the walls in Dubrovnik.
Go on a tour of a winery and taste the local wine.
Visit Dubrovnik's old town. Wander the maze of streets and browse the many shops and art galleries.
Food in Southern Dalmatia is simple and delicious. Fresh fish, vegetables, olive oil, garlic, and wine are featured in many dishes. One particular specialty to try is pašticada. It is usually served during holidays and other festive occasions like weddings.
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