WHERE WE SAIL
Want to know a little bit more about where we sail and what to look forward to during your Koda Sail adventure...then read on friends!
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With a population of close to 200,000 Split comes in as the second biggest city in Croatia next to the capital of Zagreb. being on the water, it is by far the most dominant city of the Dalmatian coast with major port for ferries to Italy and the starting point for most people on the sailing tours.
Often called the soul of Dalmatian coast, it's where the locals live, work and party, wedged between the Biokovo mountains and the palm lined Adriatic coast and home to the luxurious ancient palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian.
Your tour starts and finishes here. Make sure you join your Koda Sail rep for a guided walk around the Palace before your final dinner and drinks in the old town.
The 'Pearl of the Adriatic' is for many people the highlight of Croatia. This historic town that was ravaged by war in 1991 leaves very little noticeable damage to the limestone and marble streets and squares. With the most complete set of medieval fortified walls in the world, this city is drenched in history and a bit of Hollywood these days with the filming of the HBO series 'Game fo Thrones'.
The city walls stretch almost 2000m around, offering stunning views over the Adriatic and the traditional red roof tops, this is deservedly, a UNESCO World Heritage city.
We dock up around lunchtime at 'Gruž' aka the New Port, and jump on a bus to the Pile gate where the adventure begins as we check out the old town. Have a wander down the broad medieval paved Stradun high street. Explore the city streets, local shops and walk the walls before finding yourself a bit of beach to swim the afternoon away. A visit to 'Buža' bar this afternoon is highly recommended. Grab a chilled beer, a suntan and maybe a swim before resetting for a big night out on the old town
With a population of around 4000, Korčula oldtown is the highlight of the island of Korčula. Its little medieval walled town is reminiscent of a mini Dubrovnik. The island itself is famed for its expert stone masonry, jewellery making, shipbuilding and its most famous ex-resident, Venetian traveller Marco Polo who was born in Korčula (when under Venetian rule).
He was one of the first Europeans to travel out to China and Mongolia back in the 13th Century way before Columbus, Tasman and Cook ventured out East. He was captured by the Genoese in Korčula during a huge naval battle back in 1298 that gets proudly re-enacted every summer in the town with big celebrations.
During his imprisonment in Genoa he wrote one of the most famous travel books of all time about his journeys 'Il Milione'. Columbus kept and annotated his own copy, hundreds of years later for his own travels, pretty much making it the original Lonely Planet guide!
On the mainland, situated between Split and Makarska is the famous old pirate town of Omiš. Between the 13th and 15th Centuries the local sea Captains weren't too happy about paying out taxes to the rich Venetians so they took it upon themselves to 'supervise' navigation of all the Venetian trading vessels. When Omiš was under the rule of the powerful pirate Dukes of Kacic it enjoyed considerable prosperity and was well known to be a dangerous nest of pirates.
Omiš was a thorn in the side of Venice's medieval naval supremacy, and between the rocky rapids of the river Cetina, the Mirabel Pirate fortress in the old town, and the watchful eye of the Stari Grad Fortress up in the mountains, the pirates had this place pretty well protected!
At about 80km long the island of Hvar is the longest in the Dalmatian coast and second in total size only to its neighbour Brač.
It's also the sunniest place in Croatia with an average of 2724 hours of sun per year!
Lush vineyards amongst the rugged mountains, rolling fields of lavender, tiny inlets and secluded coves, not to mention the pumping nightlife of the medieval streets of Hvar town, make it a must see. On arrival into the port, our boats get a great view of the old town and Spanola fortress up on the hill.
One of the most famous and beautiful national parks in Croatia is found in Mljet. The salt-water lakes of Mljet on the northwest part of the island are amazing. Check out Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake) which are only a short walk from the town in the middle of the island. Sheltered and surrounded by pine forests, the nature here is stunning!
Formed 10,000 years ago by rising sea levels they were originally freshwater lakes until the Benedictine Monks came here back in the 12th Century and dug out a channel to the sea. You can still find their peaceful medieval monastery on the island of St. Mary in the big lake (an island in a lake on an island!).
The largest seaside town along the Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is home to close to 200,000 people. During the Summer months, the marina is bustling with holiday-makers here to soak up the unlimited sunshine. The average temp over the Summer is a perfect 32c / 90f!
Just 2 miles south of the marina is the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured). The view from the top is amazing and you have the opportunity to see it from above on a tandem paraglide.
Voted as one of the worlds top places to paraglide, you'll no doubt agree as you soar like an eagle above this beautiful coastline.
St Nicks TURKEY
St Nicholas island (also known as Gemiler Island) is said to be home to the original tomb of St Nicholas. Yes, that St Nick (Ho Ho Ho!).
This island is visited by many, not only because of it's rich Byzantine history, but also because this island has one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the world.
Take a mini hike up to the top of St Nicholas Island after an afternoon of swimming in the bay for the most magical sunset you will ever see!