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sailing holiday in Croatia-Split area, help


I am planning a sailing holiday for 10 days in Croatia this summer from 25th august till the 5st September with my husband and two daughters 15 and 18 years old.
We have booked a lovely sailing boat for a week Saturday to Saturday (25/8-1/9) from Split.
I need to plan the itinerary for the sailing week and what to do in 4 days we have left (Sunday 2/9 till 4/9 Tuesday).

I have never been in Croatia and I am not a sailer myself, we love mountains usually go walking instead. There are so many lovely things to see and do that I really don't know where to start. We love sightseeing, hiking, discovering new places, markets and possibly avoiding crowds. But I appreciate we are travelling in high season.

Any suggestions and recommendations most welcomed



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You say you're not a sailor (note spelling ;) ). Is your husband (or daughters)? Or does your boat rental come with a crew to do all the work? If not, I'd be concerned about safety and handling the boat first.

For an itinerary, I would imagine that any sailboat rental company would have info available on typical itineraries for their boats - have you checked with them? Otherwise...lots of popular coastal cities and towns to pick from.

As for the rest of your time (the other 4 days you have) may have had enough of the coastal towns by then, so consider something that would contrast with that. Plitvice seems like a good option for a couple days. Maybe rent a car, head to Plitvice and Zagreb?

Logistics would depend on how/where you will be entering/leaving Croatia...

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my husband can sail the boat luckily and my daughters a little too. We chartered a boat in Greece a few years ago and we were ok, I just do what I am told, at least when we are sailing, but I will have some freedom on the choice of places to visit. I would like to sail to villages and islands where we could touch land and see something picturesque and interesting. There are lots of options on which route to take, just hard to pick one. If heading north to smaller islands or south towards Hvar.

We fly in and out of Split, and are flexible on hiring a car or travelling by bus/boat.

I have read that Plitvice is very busy and overcrowded in August and Krka national park too. I like the idea of going inland and do some walking but not sure if it will be too hot and too busy. Where is the best place to go to?

I have read that Korcula is very nice, would it be more of the same I will see while sailing?

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Thanks for adding that important info!
I would include Vis in your sailing itinerary, then hear north toward the Kornati islands. Everywhere will be crowded in August, but maybe early September will offer some relief.
If you decide to head south instead, Lastovo is very nice.

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Anywhere that can be easily reached will be crowded in August. Yes, that includes Plitvice, but also very much includes Split and Hvar. The sailboat gives you an option that 99.9% of tourists won't have, so I would take full advantage of that by going to places not easily reached by the crowds.

Personally I loved Korcula (and didn't care much for Hvar). But Korcula is easily reached by ferry and will have some crowds.

To mitigate the crowds in Plitvice, I would go there at the end of your trip - in September. I suspect the worst of the crowds will drop off noticeably after September 1.

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The island of Vis has a very nice harbor and picturesque sights plus good hiking. There is a main harbor, where the ferries and yachts dock. On the other side of the island is a town called Komiza, which is even more picturesque. There are fishing boats moored there but I'm not sure if sailboats are allowed. It would be worth checking this out.

The town of Cavtat, south of Dubrovnik, also has a lovely harbor and would be a great place to visit. On our last trip to Croatia (non-sailing), we noticed a particularly large yacht in Vis that "followed" us to Cavtat a few days later.