Šolta is famed for its olive groves and olive oil produce that forms a part of the island's tradition. Olive groves date back to antiquity and it was probably the Greeks who first brought olives to Šolta. We find olive trees that are older than 1000 years here. Olives have been an important staple here for centuries. Produce was transported from here across the Mediterranean by boat. Olive groves are owned by local families that devote their time to caring for olives and pressing and processing olive oil. The olives grown on Šolta are of the Šoltanka or the Levantinka variety.
Šolta is, of course, not known only for the olive groves. The island is full of Dalmatian architecture examples and numerous bays and coves that offer refuge to sailors in the shade of pine tree forests. A high-end modern port was built in the coastal town of Maslenica that offers not only shelter to sailors, but also an upscale restaurant with hotel rooms in a renovated medieval fort.
The world-renowned Brač stone, which is only quarried in Brač quarries, was used to build the Blaca Monasterylocatedon the southern part of Brač as well as numerous opulent houses, which includes the White House in Washington.
Bol na Braču is a magnificent, authentic stone-built town located on the south side of the island and facing Hvar Island.The globally renowned Zlatni Rat gravel beach is located here. It is one of the best known destinations for surfing and kiteboarding in the Adriatic. Bol is also a port town with berths for smaller vessels. The town also provides anchor buoys.
Hvar Island is the sunniest island in Croatia and a favourite destination for people from all over the world which is mainly due to its authentic, preserved nature, calm bays, clear sea as well as good food and fun. Over the course of its long history, they built numerous churches, palaces and villas, and they also managed to preserve the winegrowing tradition, olive oil production and lavender cultivation practices.
The town of Hvar located on the south side of the island is an example of authentic mediaeval architecture featuring a large square, port for larger vessels and a bay where numerous vessels anchor during high season.
PakleniIslands were inhabited already in Roman times, which is attested by the many Roman finds. They comprise around 20 islets with a diverse rocky shore. They got their name for the special type of resin that was produced on the islands for shipbuilding purposes. The biggest island is St. Clement where the port village of Palmižana with an ACI marina also caters to larger sailing yachts.
Palmižana is a charming little village surrounded by pine trees. As soon as we disembark, we will be enveloped in the magical scents of sage, wormwood, rosemary, chamomile, fennel and other aromatic Mediterranean plants. After a short walk towards the top of the island of St. Clement, we will reach the restaurants with excellent local cuisine where we will dine in the gardens and enjoy the unspoilt environment and local delicacies.
It is also worth taking a stroll along the narrow paths of this island. You can see the whole island in less than an hour and enjoy the genuine beauty of the isolated corners of this pearl of the Adriatic.
Vis Island is a beautiful island in central Dalmatia located 80 km from the mainland. The island has two towns and more than 10 villages. It has a specific Mediterranean climate because of its distance from the other islands. Vis is known for magnificent sand and gravel beaches and numerous bay and coves that offer an oasis of tranquillity to visitors. The two main centres on the island are the towns of Vis in the north and Komiža in the south.
Vis is known for large palms and lemon plantations. These are unique to the island.
The town of Vis is located on the north-east side of the island in a naturally protected bay. Vis was created when old settlements of Kut and Luka were connected. There are numerous archaeological remains on the island that tell stories of the town's development. You can see many ancient works of art such as the brass head of goddess Artemis, ceramic vases, a head of a man and woman, a collection of amphorae found in the sea and many other items. The town also has a rich cultural heritage and numerous villas, summer residences, palaces and forts. The most valuable sacral monument is the pre-Romance Church of St. George (patron saint of Vis), Church of Saint Mary in Podselje and Church of our Lady of Spilica connecting Kut and Luka. Numerous events are organised throughout the year, while the most popular summer events is the Vis Cultural Summer featuring many concerts and celebrations.
Only around 2000 people live in the town of Vis, while the population of the entire island is 3500 people. Many visitors, including seasoned sailors, keep coming back to Vis. The island became synonymous with an escape of the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Vis is one of the most remote island characterised by charming small towns of Komiža and Vis featuring old stone-built centres, beaches and pine trees. At the fisheries museum, you can view traditional wooden boats that were used for fishing a remote destinations. Five nautical miles from Vis, we find Biševo Island with the Blue Cave, a truly special experience with a natural phenomenon where we can enjoy the magnificent turquoise colour of the sea at certain hours of the day. Blue Cave is accessible by boat so we will anchor the sailing yacht in the nearby bay.