Dubrovnik is a large medieval walled city once described by the famous author, George Bernard Shaw as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. It is impossible to tire of the City, no matter how many times you have visited. The marble streets, baroque buildings and the beauty of the Adriatic combine to make Dubrovnik a stunning location. It has a glorious history which you will feel as you walk around.
The Island of Lopud is on the route back to Dubrovnik on the last day of your yacht charter. It forms part of the Elafiti Islands and offers a last chance for a swim. The monasteries and churches on the Island date back to the 16th Century when the locals were heavily involved in the sea. Even today, the exotic gardens and stone houses are an attraction in themselves.
Luka Polače is almost completely landlocked and as a result is very well protected. Polace is the favoured place to leave a yacht if you want to explore the two deep saltwater lakes of the National Park on land. The walk over to the lakes takes around 45 minutes via Montokuc Hill although there is the option of hiring a bicycle.
Lastovo is a rarely visited island in the area which is precisely the reason you should do so. It is covered in dense forest and the coastline is equally dramatic. The ferry trip from Split takes 5 hours so you are unlikely to come across crowds.
Korčula gets a place in history as the birthplace of the legendary explorer, Marco Polo. It is known for its architecture and the layout of streets in the shape of fishbones. The style is a mixture of Renaissance and Gothic with arguably the most impressive landmark the Cathedral of St. Mark whose interior is home to the work of several famous Italian artists. In the modern day, Korčula is famous for its cuisine which uses the best of local fresh produce and seafood to produce some lovely dishes. The local wine such as Rukatac or Plavac compliments these dishes perfectly. Just a short distance away, visitors are certain to enjoy the small islet of Badija with Its stony shoreline and Franciscan Abbey. Similarly, there are other small islets, most covered in dense greenery.
Sobra Harbour is situated on the end of a wide bay on Mljet Island. Its position is on the north east of the Island. Ferries link it to Dubrovnik and Korcula so it is easily accessible. Yachts can moor close to local restaurants who are delighted to offer their local cuisine to all.
Sipan is the biggest island of a chain just two miles off the mainland. Most of the islands are covered in forest and largely unaffected by the growth of tourism. Sipanska Luka is the main village on the island and this is where the main ferry terminal is located. There are a couple of laid moorings here but you are more likely to need to anchor.
Cavtat is 20 kilometres south of Dubrovnik, the southernmost settlement in Croatia. It is located on a little peninsula where there are beaches on one side and the Renaissance town on the other, separated by a cypress pine forest. The modern harbour has plenty of bars and restaurants along the wide promenade while remnants of its 1,000-year-old history can still be seen.
If you sailed out of Dubrovnik without getting a chance to explore it, you must surely make time to do so after the end of your yacht charter. It is an old walled city with cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and a host of things to see. The restaurants are excellent and shopping is good. The city walls are well preserved and worth a walk but on a hot day ensure you have water with you. Between the walls and the sea, there are cliffs with small cafes available for refreshments.