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The largest of the islands of the Split Archipelago is Brač, known worldwide as the island of stone and wind. Island of stone, because the finest quality stone has been quarried here for centurise by the highly skilled and hard working local stone masons. It has been used to build not only the local cathedrals and other grand edifices, but also a number of other prestigious buildings. Brač is also known at the island of wind. Nowhere else in the Adriatic, surfers tell us, does such a magnificent landward breeze blow as in the channel between Brač and Hvar, particulary at the beach known as Zlatni rat, whose shape actually changes depending on the direction of the wind and waves. You could easily spend three or four days sailing around Brač and not get bored. Most of the settlements are on the north coast of Brač but Milna, on the west coast is pretty town with two marinas. From Bol, it’s a short trip to Jelsa or Vrbovska, on Hvar Island, which are well equipped for overnight stays. On the north coast, Supetar is a busy ferry and tourist port. Splitska is typical of a classic small Dalmatian island villages, Postira is run – down package holiday center and Pučišća is a real locals town with a thriving quarrying industry and streetlights made out of the local white stone. If you need to get away from it all, you’ll also find plenty of secluded bays, particularly on the west and north coast
On the largest and longest Croatian islands is best known for plentitude of sunny days and that is the reason why it is called „sunny Hvar“. During the last few decades, Hvar has become the synonym for Croatian nautic tourism and desirable destination for numerous visitors. Thanks to the mild climate and rich Mediterranean vegetation which are especially characteristic for the south side of the island, tourism on the island is flourishing during the whole year. Hvar is an island of sun-washed shores, adorned to the southwest by the archipelago of the Paklinski islands (Hell’s Islands), while almost at the foot of the tall Mount of Hum lies the solitary Šćedro. We set course for Cape Pelegrin and slowly sail into the Pakleni Channel. When sailing around Hvar, the images and landscapes change down the length of its eighty nautical miles.The main waterfront in town of Hvar has been taken by big yachts.Those slightly smaller jostle for space, mooring to buoys in the middle of the harbour or tying on at the west side of the waterfront.
Vis is the most outpost island among large island of the south Adriatic. The archipelago of Vis encompasses islands like Biševo, Svetac, Ravnik and Budikovac. The island of Vis sparesly populated. Becouse of military reasons, it wasbanned for the tourist visits for decades. The largest settlements on Vis are Vis and Komiža. Vis is the old ancient town, while Komiža is large fishing harbor. Vis is especially attractive becouse of many bays and pebbly beaches. In the inland of the island, there is the large field covered with vineyards producing quality wine. There are also several family restaurants in the inland, where you can try the wine and delicious homemade meals. Having left your vessel in the safety of St.George harbour, abandon yourself to enjoying Vis, a town with a rare atmosphere, wandering through its narrow streets and strolling alongthe harbour waterfront, tour the cemetery on the headland of Prirova where life and death meet in the midst of a large bay, enjoy the peace of cypress trees and the commotion of beaches and swimming areas. Tour the remains of ancient Issa and the thermal baths, the English and Austro»Hungarian fortifications, tour the museums, visit the pubs to sample the local bugava and plovac wines and enjoy what is possibly the greatest concentration of first class culinary delights. The southern side of the island is unique in its unspoilt beauty. One cove follows another, Stoncica with the lighthouse on the headland facing it, Smokova, Milna, Zaglav, the fishing village of Rukavac, then Srebrena, and in the waters around them the islets of Greben, Parianj Veliki and Parianj Mali, and the rocks Pupak, Zuberka and Pločica, Budihovac (Budikovac) Veli and Budihovac Mali and Ravnik which encircle them and protect them, feeding their fishermen with still bountiful catches. Budihovac, the islet with one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Adriatic, and Ravnik with its Zelena spilja (Green cave) in which the light seeps through an opening at the top and refracts in the sea, are all tales unto themselves. The coves come one after another, each with its own history — Ruda, Velika Travna and Mala Travna alternate with rows of stone slabs set one against the other — as if laid down by the hand of some gigantic builder. There is Stiniva too. The fishermen of Komiža are to this day renowned for their fishing knowledge, boldness and catches. Their fleet is anchored in the harbour, and days of glory are recalled by the fishing museum in the tower and a replica of the falkusa type gajeta (a single-masted fishing boat) gently rocking in the waters of the port. If your route brings you here in late autumn, you will witness the ancient tradition of burning an old boat on the feast of St. Nicholas, to ensure safety and calm forthose who sail and fish, and the favour and protection of the honourable Bishop of Myra.