This summer we followed the Pirate routes along the Dalmatian coast – among the inexhaustible inlets of the Pakleni Islands, through the hidden bays of Brac and down among the protected coves of Korcula to the Merchant capital of Dubrovnik.
The pirates of the Adriatic raided merchant vessels passing through the shipping routes from the Levant to Europe, particularly those headed to Venice. The narrow channels, numerous bays and safe harbors of the islands off the Dalmatian coast make it simple to hide and escape pursuers. Easy ambushes and enthusiastic cooperation from the Dalmatian islanders made it an enriching business from the 1st all the way to the mid 17th centuries.
Today, you can visit the merchant villages along the coast and the oldest villages inland, where the steep hills and high vantage points offer expansive views of the coastline all the way to Italy, made for good protection from the marauders.
We made an unforgettable family holiday on a Sun Odyssey 509 to celebrate our daughter’s graduation, sailing from Split through Splitska Vrata (Gateway to Split), then along the south coast of Brac, around the southeast coast of Hvar to Korcula. On the way back we sailed around the south side of Hvar then on to Vis and returned to Split. We made stops along the way to visit the wineries on Hvar, Peljesac & Korcula islands, hike on beautiful Mljet island and visit Tito’s caves on Vis island.
A memorable 10 day adventure with everything – the hot Croatian sun, midnight swims in hidden bays, wine tasting and a glimpse of medieval culture and historic sites, including a visit to the birthplace Marko Polo, who has been an inspiration in my life since I can remember.