- North Adriatic, also known as Hrvatsko Primorje consist of three main regions: Istria, Kvarner and Islands which are further divided into Counties according to their administrative centres.
Please note that Istria and Kvarner have less choices on yacht charter boats comparing with Central Dalmatia, but it doesn’t mean you will not be able to find enough sailing possibilities with our assistance.
All in all, a perfect area for people who like to dine and wine, and simultaneously explore charming coastal cities in combination with visiting islands with rich flora and fauna. Please take our advice, and if you are planning to visit Istria, combine boat charter with at least a weekend on shore visiting charming inland cities, discover some of Croatian history and indulge yourself with wine tasting and gourmet delicacies which are hiding on the slopes of green peninsula.
When it comes to Kvarner enjoy in natural beauties and less crowded islands with nice, secluded bays in combination with touristic centres on land like Opatija, Crikvenica, Rabac and Rijeka as main administrative centre for this region. It is good to know that Rijeka this year represent European Capital of Culture and offer numerous art exhibitions, concerts and all kind of performances at open spaces and in other art institutions.
We will help you customise your itinerary according to your preferences and charter duration so you could live the best sailing experience ever.
In order to give you most adequate service, please answer following questions (these questions can also be your guide when considering which area to visit and how to plan your sailing route):
- How many guests will be travelling with you i.e. you are small group renting one boat, or you are larger group planning to rent several boats and sail in group (flotilla)?
- Does your group consist of families with children, or young people seeking for adrenaline and parties, or you are all couples or singles and you are interested in more quiet areas, or you want to visit as many as possible cultural or historical sites and museums, or your group is mixture of all mentioned elements? Think about it before you start to plan your holiday!
- Have you already booked your flights? Are you ready to travel more to get to the area meeting your needs, or you want to explore the region of your incoming destination?
- How long do you want to stay in Croatia and are you combining land stay with sailing or you only want to stay on board and travel by boat?
The choice of the sailing area and sailing route depends completely on your wishes and preferences but keep in mind current weather condition for the dates in question, because sometimes it would be necessary to slightly modify your plan to maintain safety and comfort of your sailing trip. We bring you here just highlights for each area in Croatian Adriatic in order to make your decision easier
Istria - incoming destination Pula
A perfect area for people who like to dine and wine, and simultaneously explore charming coastal cities in combination with visiting islands with rich flora and fauna.
What to see and where?
- City of Pula – a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is known for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Settled in the prehistoric era and valued for its strategic location, Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times.Made a trace in all tourist books with famous Arena, antic monuments, secret underworld, many marinas and reach culural and night life.
During its history, Pula was encircled by walls, from the Antiquity until recently, when they were knocked down due to the expansion of the town core. There were about ten gates providing the entrance into the town, of which the Twin Gates and a part of the walls connecting them to Giardin square are still visible today.
The history of Istria is intertwined with stories of people possessing supernatural height and power – giants who lived in Istria once upon a time. Today, after many centuries, giants have once again appeared in Istria, silent, dignified and warmly welcomed. These new Istrian giants have taken on modern shapes, transforming the cranes of Uljanik Shipyard, a symbol of the town of Pula, into colour-lit colossuses.
Of course it is impossible not to visit Arena well known Roman Amphitheater with underground museum and also popular venue for many cultural events and concerts.
During your walk through the city, you will pass by Arch of Sergie remains of a historic Roman arch and Temple of Augustus situated on the main square just next to the Town hall.
Zerostrasse – extensive system of subterranean tunnel & galleries that stretch below almost entire Pula. They were built during the WW1 for sheltering people in case of air raids.
- Brijuni National Park – group of 14 islands and islets, real piece of paradise for boaters. Veliki Brijun is the largest and most visited. Arriving by boat you can dock in Veli Brijun port or anchor in St. Nicholas’ Bay on Mali Brijun. Port or mooring fee is charged according to vessel’s size and include entrance for certain number of passengers as determined by the price list.
Brijuni National Park is an oasis of the magnificent harmony between man, animal and plant life. There are almost 700 plant species and about 250 bird species on the islands, whereas the mild Mediterranean climate makes it a pleasant health resort. After leaving Fažana-Fasana, the line of green islands viewed from the boat, transforms into Veliki Brijun, the largest of the 14 islands.
The traces of dinosaurs, remains of Antiquity and later periods, achievements of modern times are all present in this area, whose development as an exclusive resort starts in 1893 thanks to the “old Austrian”, the industrialist Paul Kupelwieser, owner of the Brijuni Islands. This fashionable seaside resort and one of the leading health resorts started developing and gaining popularity all over Europe and worldwide, but this unfortunately ended with the beginning of World War I.
From then on Brijuni were mostly known for the political activities of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the president of former Yugoslavia, who arrived on Brijuni for the first time in 1947. The usual, short introduction to Brijuni is a tour by tourist train that takes visitors through all the different natural beauties; through the safari park, by the Byzantine castrum, Roman residential villa in Verige Bay and many other interesting sights. Right by the harbor, close to hotels “Istra”, “Neptun” and “Karmen” is the church of St. German from the 15th century which houses an exhibit of Istrian frescoes and copies of Glagolitic monuments.
Nearby is the natural science exhibit, archaeological museum and exhibition “Tito on Brijuni”.
- City of Rovinj, champion of tourism in 2019 and another Croatian pearl is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in the world. Perfect sightseeing choice with its endless and winding cobblestone streets and low traffic volume of motor vehicles. Do not miss church of St. Euphemia, city museum and charming “Batana” Ecomuseum. Or just relax and enjoy city atmosphere on one of the terraces on city squares, take a walk over the gorgeous promenade by the sea, with a view of Monte Mulini and Montravo quarters.
There are 22 islets in the Rovinj archipelago, of which St. Andrew (Sv. Andrija) and St. Catherine (Sv. Katarina) are the largest and the most beautiful. The list of protected natural monuments and special reserves in the Rovinj area includes the islands and the coastal area from the islet of St. John (Sv. Ivan) to Two Sisters Islet (Dvije sestrice), the sea and the undersea world of the Lim Channel and part of Lim Bay, the park-forest Punta Corrente forest park, the Palud marshes, Romuald’s Cave, and the Cave di Monfiorenzo quarry.
Every summer since 1967 Rovinj has been the venue of a unique open-air art exhibition and the town’s most iconic cultural event – the Grisia. Named after the street that, like a backbone, connects the main town square and the Church of St. Euphemia, Grisia is an open-air artists’ studio and what makes it truly unique is the fact that works of amateurs, including children, are exhibited side by side with works of formally trained artists.
- City of Umag – Umag-Umago, small town and port on the north-western coast of Istria, presents ‘Croatia’s gateway to Europe’. It also has the reputation of the Istrian sports centre, since as the host of the ATP tournament for many years now, it attracts numerous top world tennis players.
If you have a chance and time, pay a visit to one of the biggest lighthouse Savudrija situated on the main land.
Here, the Mediterranean air combines with the alpine air, and it is never hot and humid. Savudrija is located near Pineta Camping Village, not far from Savudrija Apartments, 9 kilometers from the center of Umag and a few minutes from the Slovenian and Italian border
- City of Poreč, with well known Euphrasian Basilica. The town is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbour protected from the sea by the small island of Sveti Nikola/San Nicola (Saint Nicholas).
- Vrsar, is a tourist town in west istria, located 9 km south of Porec. It was known as Ostera in the past and has been inhabited since the ancient history and main export harbour for Istraian rock. The town preserves its Mediterranena atmospher with its narrow streets which lead to small intimates squares.
In front of Vrsar, there is a tempting archipelago with 18 uninhabited islets, perfect for discovering by boat. On an extended charter holiday, sailing further south past Rovinj are the 14 enchanting islands of the Rovinj archipelago.
- *Lim channel, sometimes called the “Lim Fjord“, “Limski Bay“, “Limski Kanal” or “Limska Draga“, this 9km-long sea inlet cuts into the west coast of Istria between Rovinj and Porec.
Although many call it a fjord, the Lim Channel is actually a submerged karst canyon. Once upon a time, the imposing sea bay was a valley through which the Pazinčica River flowed, running to the sea. Turbulent geological history has run its course – the sea penetrated the valley and completely changed the landscape. Many inhabitants of Istria still mistakenly call this bay a fjord? The answer is simple – The Vikings, a hit film from the fifties, in which the main characters were played by the legendary Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, was filmed here. The plot is based on the sagas about the legendary Scandinavian hero Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons. The same sagas inspired the popular History Channel series Vikings that is enjoyed by today’s audiences
- Fažana, is a picturesque fishing town on southwestern coast of the Istrian peninsula situated near the ancient town of Pula ideal for relaxation and recreation. It is also the port from where you can reach the Brijuni Islands National Park, the well-known Earth’s paradise.
- *Motovun, is a village and a municipality in central Istria, Croatia. In ancient times, both Celts and Illyrians built their fortresses at the location of present-day Motovun. The name of the village is also of Celtic origin, derived from word Montona, that means “a town in the hills”
- Livade, a home of Istrian truffles or centre of the world of truffles… all these are designations for the small village underneath Motovun – Livade. In the past, when the river traffic reached the village from the mouth of river Mirna, Livade were an important traffic and trade centre for export from this part of Istria. When the river traffic ceased, its importance vanished as well. All until Giancarlo Zigante found the biggest white truffle in the world in the nearby Motovun forest, and so Livade became famous as the centre of adventures related to Istrian truffles.
- *Hum with its 30 (2011 Population Census)inhabitants is formally listed as the smallest town in the world. It is located in the center of Istria region, near the town of Buzet, know as a “town of truffles”. The city which is only 100 meters long and 30 meters wide holds so much of history. According to the legend, Hum was created by accident when the Giants did not have many stones left when building the cities in the valley of the Mirna River, so they decided to build this miniature city.
- *Raša is the youngest town in Istra. On the personal initiative of Mussolini, the town construction started in the middle of 1936.
The town square is dominated by St. Barbara church, the patron of all miners. The church itself is shaped like an upturned coal-mine cart, while the church tower reminds of a coal mine lamp. Church arcades resemble coal mine galleries as well.
- Today, Rabac is a well-known tourist resort. By the middle of the 19th century, it was a small fishermen village with hardly ten houses. Due to the beautiful bay and splendid, tame surroundings, it soon attracted first visitors. In 1876, Richard Francis Burton, an English writer and a passionate traveler, was among the first tourists who stayed in Rabac. Having seen Rabac and other places on the Istrian coast, he wrote a book of the same title ‘The Istrian coast’, describing, among other things, the beauties and charm of Rabac.
Kvarner - incoming destination Rijeka (Airport is located on island Krk)
Natural beauties and less crowded islands with nice, secluded bays in combination with touristic centres on land like Opatija, Crikvenica, Rabac and Rijeka as main administrative centre for this region. It is good to know that Rijeka this year represent European Capital of Culture and offer numerous art exhibitions, concerts and all kind of performances at open spaces and in other art institutions.
What to see and where?
- Rijeka is a city of rich history and dynamic present, new perspectives and the joy of life. Alongside its newly acquired benefits as a tourist centre that has escaped from its former image of a port and industrial city, it adds old ones as well – excellent connections by road, boat, rail or plane, both as a means of arrival and as a starting point for new journeys.
The city of Rijeka and the eight tourist destinations that make up the Rijeka Ring have it all. Here you can enjoy a great selection of theatre shows, exhibitions, concerts … but also take a stroll, go hiking, ride a bicycle, ride horses, sail, dive and enjoy the beauty of untouched nature or admire the persistence of man in building dry walls.
Rijeka is reflected in Korzo, at Korzo you can read Rijeka. Anyone who, at least once, had a coffee at one of the terraces of numerous and picturesque café bars lined along this unusual promenade, would agree.
City Tower, a symbol of Rijeka, is a good example of a typical round tower access-point, which lead into the fortified town.
Upon passing below the City Tower, a walk-through tower of the former main city gate and the entrance to the medieval Rijeka from the coast, you will arrive in the Old Town of Rijeka. The main city market – Placa was once located in the area of today’s Kobler Square, at the time a much smaller and narrower surface area of the communal centre of the medieval walled town.
The main city market was built at the end of the 19th century by the sea shore. No supermarket can replace the charm of the personal contact with the vendor of the excitement of the unpredictable purchase at the main Rijeka market – Placa.
Whilst in Rijeka, Trsat is a must-see place – a part of the city situated on a hill above Rijeka that offers a spectacular view of the entire Kvarner. Trsat Castle represents a strategically embossed gazebo on a hill 138 meters above sea level that dominates Rijeka. Bear in mind that the gastronomic offer of Trsat is excellent, so be sure to conclude your walk and sightseeing tour by some delicious food.
- Senj- is an old settlement which was founded on the hill Kuk, east of the town more than 3000 years ago. In the pre-historic times under the fortificated settlement, on the place where the brook flows into the sea bay, there was a port and a trade centre, a place where people coming from different directions (inland, islands and the coast) could exchange their goods
- Opatija- a magnificent coastal town on the Adriatic Sea and a well-known 19th-century health resort, is today a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. Opatija, has many fantastic locations, impressive monuments, well-manicured parks and magnificent villas that are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy discovering the enchanting town of Opatija with its churches, villas and well-tended parks. Visit the Croatian Walk of Fame and the small harbour known locally as Portić, and take a picture with the famous statue of the Girl with the Seagull. Another natural resort that is worth visiting is Mount as an ideal place for relaxation and recreational activities such as hiking. The view from its highest peak is definitely something not to be missed.
- Mošćenička Draga- was formed in the 19th century when inhabitants of Moscenice, a medieval town situated on a hilltop above, decided to move closer to the sea and develop a new community. Founded as a fishing village, today Moscenicka Draga has a small marina, a symbol of what the city was established upon. It has a true Mediterranean atmosphere from the architecture to the everyday way of life. Visit recently opened Croatian-Slovenian joined project of Mytical park in the woods of Trebišće with thematics from the old history of Mošćenička Draga. By climbing this path, you will learn more about who the Slavs actually are, where they came from, and what their beliefs and mythology were.
Part of project is also Eco Museum in the town that shows traditional crafts of ship building
- Crikvenica – is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodolcoastal area, Croatia, and developed on the site of Roman era settlement and military base called Ad Turres. In the last twenty years, due to urban expansion of Crikvenica itself and expansion of the nearby town of Selce, the two were merged into a mini-conglomerate. Nowadays the Crikvenica Riviera is one of the most scenic parts of the Adriatic coast. It is a meeting point of the sea, the green hinterland of the Vinodol valley.
- Novi Vinodolski – The Novi Vinodolski Riviera is located in the central part of the Northern Croatian Littoral. And in the middle of this riviera is the town of Novi Vinodolski, which grew up from the old fort of Novigrad that used to belong to the noble Frankopan family.
- Bakar-13 kilometres from Rijeka, is one of the oldest townsin the northern Adriatic and was granted the status of royal town by Maria Theresa in 1779. It was built like an amphitheatre on a hill and its historical nucleus was declared a cultural monument in 1968.
- Island Krk – is the largest and the most populous Croatian island and it is connected to the mainland by the bridge. While on its northern part, in Omisalj, is located International Rijeka Airport and an oil terminal representing a part of the Port of Rijeka and petrochemical plant, on the opposite south side you will encounter many interesting places which played an important role in Croatian history and famous white beaches accessible only by boat.Here are some interesting facts about island Krk, which will give you a better picture of this well interesting island with some nice beaches and historical sites
- the island of Krk even in ancient times was known as the “golden island” thanks to its natural characteristics
- In 1100 the Croatian birth certificate – the tablet was created on the island of Krk.
- The island’s number of destiny is seven: it was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, it survived pirate attacks seven times, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk and today the island has seven principal centres.
- At the height of their rule, the Frankopan family, owned territory equal to half of today’s Croatia
- The final resting place of Katarina Frankopan, one of the most famous members of Krk’s noble family is situated on the small island of Košljun
- The Krk folklore festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Croatia (founded in 1938)
- The average life expectancy on the island of Krk is usually over the national average.
- 15 blue flags fly over beaches on the island of Krk.
- Marina Punat has won the blue flag continuously since 1998.
- Around 1400 species of land plants-almost half of the total flora in Croatia grow on the island of Krk
- The unique plant the “Barbašova lazarkinja” (Asperula Borbasiana) is a world endemic species: grows exclusively in the Baška bay
- 300 km of walking and cycling path extend across the island of Krk.
- The 45th parallell runs through the island of Krk
- Healing mud can be found on the island of Krk, more precisely on the west side of the Klimno bay. The seawater is shallow and for that reason suitable for families with children. The interesting fact is that you can walk in the seawater for a few hundred metres, and the sea only reaches your knees. Precisely for this reason, it is favoured by young people. It offers the possibility of good fun…from picigin (a sports game played by several players in a circle who pass a small ball around, keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible) to beach volleyball. In fact, the beach has two volleyball courts, and a futsal court. Many people gain great satisfaction from the efficiency of the healing mud and so willingly come back to this resort. This particular type of healing mud is used for curing gout.
- An ornithology reserve (on the island of Prvić and the north-eastern, steeper part of the coast of the island of Krk) is the most northern habitat of Griffon vultures in the coastal zone. The Griffon vulture is a rare species of local fauna, which reaches sexual maturity when it is five or six years old, and the female only lays one or two eggs.
- Island Rab – located in Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic, is a true paradise for nature lovers and guests who want to enjoy its authentic atmosphere.The town of Rab, with its four Romanesque bell towers and three main streets – Gornja, Srednja and Donja (upper, middle and lower) – is also home to precious medieval churches and patrician palaces. The town of Rab has a long history as a cultural and historical center. It was mentioned 10 years before Christ in an old Roman document by which the Roman emperor Oktavian Augustus proclaims municipium and gives it independence. The city earned the title Felix (happy), which means that it was already developed and civilized. The old part of town is surrounded by medieval stone walls built back in the 12th and 13 century that mostly stand to this day.
- Island Cres – one of the longest Croatian island and actually has the same surface as Krk. Those facts are given in order to give you an idea of great potential hidden on this unique island. Lonely planet journalist has nicely described it as an island with wild, natural allure that’s intoxicating and inspiring. Just to mention most known attractions, do not miss Lubenice beach, Beli visitor centre – sanctuary for the last juvenile griffons and art centre in Cres town with traditional souvenirs made of wool weaving and felting.
- Island Losinj and Mali Losinj – connected to island Cres by a rotating bridge in small village and port Osor. Islands known for their unspoiled nature, picturesque fishermen villages like Nerezine and Veli Losinj, and town Mali Losinj with recently built and very modern Museum of Apoxyomen.
- Unije island – the largest of the islands surrounding Losinj, was populated through all historic periods due to its favourable traffic position at the entrance of Kvarner. Now there are 88 inhabitants on this island with no vehicle traffic and only basic facilities like post office, grocery store, bakery and some restaurants in the main settlement. Boaters should rather use western part of island for anchoring in a bay called Maracol, where the sea is deepest.
- Susak – unique islands both by its genesis and appearance. The ancient winds deposited thick layer of yellowish sand, while the people living there started to plant reeds whose roots, through the time penetrated deep into ground creating unusual scenery for Adriatic. This is another island which is declared as a pedestrian zone, so all vehicles are forbidden and main means of transport are tractors and wheelbarrows. Population of Susak counts 151 inhabitants, who have still preserved their specific traditional female clothing practice signified by colourful and very short skirts made of several layers.