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The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula

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  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
  • Photo of The Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik to Korcula
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This is Odyssey country: Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast have long been the stuff of sailor’s dreams, but they’re especially suited to a holiday sailor with clear, clean looking waters and lots of islands of varying sizes to mess around and about, as well as regular, predictable breezes in May and June (after that it gets a bit still. And hot.), and great local food and drink.

Most people plan trips between Dubrovnik and Korcula, the largest and most populated of the Dalmatian Islands, stopping off at the smaller islands along the way through. Wooded Mjet is supposedly the island of Calypso from the Odyssey, and around half of it is a national park, so its pretty coastline is well protected and au naturale, except for the inhabited areas, which had some of the best seafood restaurants of the trip.

Okuklje and Pomena are nice towns on the island, with mooring ports and facilities, from there you can get to the lakes which are apparently the island’s pride and joy. We saw a lot of bike hire places, and the kids were wishing they had brought their bikes, but we didn’t really have time for a proper tour of Mjet.

Sipan is the other large island in the area, closer to Dubrovnik it’s got two limestone ridges and in the trough between grow fig, olives, almonds, grapes and oranges and palm trees. Closer to Dubrovnik you’d think it might be more touristy, but it’s not that bad and this was a surprising highlight of our trip, maybe because we knew to expect Mjet and Korcula to be beautifully traditional with golden sands and what we think of as old fashioned buildings. Korcula’s main town was especially beautiful, it has a medieval wall around it and cobbled streets with interesting cafes and restaurants which made a nice change from the secluded golden coves we’d been stopping over in on the smaller islands.

Our trip was a bit of a fly by the seat of your pants affair on our own boat, but most people spend between 7 and 14 days getting from Dubrovnik to Korcula and back. There are plenty of ports, these are all fishing villages remember, the only thing I would stress is to make sure you have cash with you, plastic wasn’t popular with the locals on many of the smaller islands, and quite rightly. Apart from that bring your snorkel, and get it out around Mjet and Sipan at least, and try plenty of the local wine.

Written by  Kenneth Hope.

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