Cannonball into the balmy Adriatic. Bite into Europe’s unsung culinary hero. And wander medieval cities and posh ports. All on our annual Croatia: Dalmatia Coast Lesbian Cruise.
Below you’ll find an introduction to the aforementioned cities and ports we’ll enjoy on this extraordinary voyage. And if by blog’s-end we’ve piqued your interest, swim over to Stays that Slay for a deep visual dive into the Black Swan—the private yacht we’ll indulge in for the length of our stay.
Our cruise kicks off in none other than the undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, aka ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the old town—with its terracotta tiled roofs and stone buildings—remains as charming as ever. Extensive restoration has taken place to return it to its original splendour, and even today repairs are still being undertaken. Dubrovnik has made headlines as a major filming location for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Sleepy Šipan is our second stop on our glorious cruise and there’s little doubt you won’t fall in love with its tranquil vibe. The entire island’s population is less than 500, and life seems to have stopped in time. Beyond it’s two quaint villages, the island is famous for its plentiful palm trees.
Bookworms may recall gorgeous Mljet from The Odyssey. According to legend, this tranquil island was ruled by the nymph Calypso, who seduced Odysseus into staying in her cave for seven full years. While some historians believe Malta (not Mljet) was the inspiration for the fantasy epic, we can’t help but point to the island’s gorgeous national park as evidence to the contrary. Use your free time to explore the park either by bike, kayak or standup paddle board.
Trstenik is a small village situated on the peninsula of Peljesac. It is one of the few places on earth where travellers can still see a village co-existing with nature close to its purest and unspoiled form. Be sure to swing by Saints Hills Winery for a taste of old Europe’s finest vintages (the vineyards are pictured above!).
An Out Adventures’ favourite, Korčula is full of stories, legends, monuments, and history. Greeks settled here in the 6th-Century BC (they called the island Black Korčula), but the town was also occupied by the Romans and the Slavs before its longest period of rule under the Venetians between 1420 and 1797—even Napoleon was ruler for a while. Given all these influences, Korčula has a stunning old town that’s both romantic and evocative.
Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, with a population of about 4,000. The island’s two largest settlements are the town of Vis on the eastern side, and Komiža, on its western coast. Once known for its fishing, present-day industries on the island are agriculture and tourism.
Bisevo & The Blue Cave
Modra spilja (the Blue Cave) is one of the best known natural beauties on the Adriatic Coast, offering a mesmerizing glow from the water at certain times of day. The cave itself is 24 meters long, 10–12 meters deep and up to 15 meters high. If conditions allow, we’ll enter the cave to appreciate its gemstone hues and shimmering surface.
Hvar has an air of Venice about it and is known as the ‘Queen of the Dalmatian Islands’. It was under Venetian rule that Hvar’s citizens developed stone-carving skills that resulted in a profusion of beautifully ornamented buildings. Hvar’s wide harbour extends its open arms to the sea while a long seaside promenade, dotted with small rocky beaches, stretches from end to end. We highly recommend using your free time here to climb to Fort Fortica (or locally known, Španjola) to appreciate the stunning view.
Bol & Zlatni Rat
While the town of Bol oozes charm, it’s the nearby white pebble beach called Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) that attracts most tourists. The shape of the beach shifts with the changes in tide, currents and wind. A reliable afternoon westerly wind, known as a Maestral, together with clear and somewhat cool water make the beach a popular destination for windsurfers.
Our final stop on our unforgettable cruise is sensational Split. It is situated in the Mediterranean Basin on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. With a population around 200,000, it is the largest Dalmatian city by far and the second-largest city in Croatia. Split’s most famous attraction is the ancient Diocletian Palace, built for Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. After taking in the city’s splendour, let loose at LGBT-welcoming Academia Ghetto Club.
Join us in Croatia
Our all-women’s Croatia cruise is the perfect way to unwind and relax, while still appreciating the country’s history and culture. The annual departure sets sail in July. Are you coming?
All photos courtesy of Katarina Line except the two vineyard pictures which are courtesy of Saints Hills Winery.