The town of Umag is only 5nm located from the Slovenian border (Portoroz). It is often the first harbor for boats arriving in Croatia from the Italian northeast coast or Slovenia. There are no hills or other notable landmarks. The easiest way to recognize Umag is by its breakwater, which protrudes far into the sea. Regarding berths in Umag, you can find a berth in ACI Marina Umag on the northwest side of the harbor of Umag. There are 495 water berths and the marina is modern and well equipped. The port of Umag is opposite the ACI Marina, but it is mostly reserved for the local fishing boats. The best option to explore the town is to take a 20-minute walk along the beach promenade from the marina to the town.
Umag was founded by the Romans and named Humagum. In mid-13th century, it was under Venetian rule and became an important port. Umag resembles a small resort town and does not have so many sights, thus, today there are many 15th and 16th century stone houses. Umag is best described as a seaside resort with numerous hotels, great restaurants and sports centers, most famous for the tennis tournaments which are held here.
8nm from Umag towards south, you'll find the town of Novigrad. Novigrad is a small town, beautifully settled with a long promenade that invites you for a stroll. Originally it was a Greek colony and later a Roman one, named Aemonia. In the 6th century, it was named Neopolis „New Town“. The name is still preserved but in Croatian language. Doing a tour through the city, you can't miss the remains of the old wall. Until the 13th century, Novigrad was completely surrounded by a defensive wall. In 1687, the town was partially destroyed by a Turkish attack.
Artifacts from the Roman and medieval periods can be seen in the town museum, located in the Urizzi Palace. Other sights are the Palacio Rigo from the middle of the 18th century, Venetian city palace with an art gallery, the town hall and local campanile are located on the main town square. The basilica next to the campanile dates from the 6th century but was practically rebuilt at the end of the 19th century.
In the new Marina Nautica, you can find 365 berths with mooring lines for yachts from 10 to 40m length, the marina is situated in a natural, sheltered bay northwest of Novigrad. It is very luxury equipped. In the old marina there are 70 berths for smaller yachts, most of which are occupied by locals.
If you prefer crowds, bustle and action, you are in the right place in Porec. It is a tourist town and usually crowded during the summer months due to its resorts, party scene, and proximity to beaches. The old house front on the northern shore of the bay is particularly picturesque. In front of the town center, there is a nice palm-lined promenade. Small, winding and narrow streets lead again and again into the old town. The old town itself offers beautiful views of the preserved outer facades. Beside the famous Euphrasian Basilica from 6th century, the town has a handful of attractions. Porec was a Roman town that, after centuries was attacked by the Goths. In 539 it was conquered by the Byzantines; later it became part of the Franks. In 1267, it got under Venetian rule and acquired a Venetian appearance. In the 14th century, it was attacked and destroyed by the Genoese and later plague, pirates and long wars greatly reduced the population. Later, the Austrians rebuilt the city and it became an important shipyard.
Marina Porec is relatively close to the city center and offers 130 berths. There are around 30 mooring buoys for yachts up to a maximum length of 20 meters in front of the marina. There are also a few berths in the old town on the quay wall west of the small pier. The old center is sheltered by rocks and the island of St. Nicholas in front.
This unique city it is not called the pearl of Istria without reason. A walk through the old town is definitely a must. The old town stretches along the sea and culminates at the cathedral of Sveta Eufemija which dominates the town. From there, visitors have a fantastic view of the sea and the coast. The houses in the old town nestle tightly against the hill.Sometimes the streets are so narrow that two people can hardly walk next to each other.
Originally, Rovinj was an island port built by the Romans. In 1763, it was added to the coast by filling in the channel. It was ruled by the Byzantines and the Franks, from 1283 until 1797 it was under Venetian control.
Rovinj has a very luxurious-designed ACI Marina with 195 berths, providing a high standard of nautical services. The luxurious ambience offers not only numerous restaurants but also elegant boutiques and shops. From the marina there is a magnificent view of the old town and the tower of the Church of St. Euphemia. The city port of Rovinj is not suitable for charter boats.
The capital of Istrian peninsula is the beautiful town of Pula. If you start your sailing vacation from our charter base in Pomer, don't forget to visit Pula, which is only 8 kilometers away. Pula is well known for its ancient monuments from the Roman era, Byzantine, Venetian and Austrians.
The biggest attraction is the Pula amphitheater, built between 27 BC and 68 AD. The amphitheatre is Croatia’s best preserved ancient monument and the only remaining amphitheatre to have four side towers. In the Roman era, it was used for gladiator fights. Today, it’s mostly used for concerts and film festivals. You can climb its stone remains and visit the underground spaces.
The cathedral, which was built in the fifth century after Pula became an episcopal seat, is another famous Pula attraction.St. Mary of Formosa Chapel, a small Byzantine chapel with mosaics from the sixth century.The Temple of August was built in the 1st century AD. The Sergians' Arch was built in the first century BC on the orders of Salvia Postuma Sergia to honor three brothers who held important positions in the Roman Empire.
Besides the ancient and historical part, Pula is a lively coastal town with a lot of shops, good restaurants and bars. Our charter base in Pomer is the ideal base for exploring the natural, cultural and gastronomic offers of the Istrian Peninsula.
Brijuni National Park
Just outside of Pula is the archipelago of Brijuni National Park. It is an absolute hot spot in front of Istrian peninsula. The National Park consists of fourteen islands. Visitors can visit two of the islands, small Mali Brijun and larger Veli Brijun, which are home to ancient ruins, rich wildlife and lush vegetation. Brijuni was the holiday home of Marshal Tito from 1950 to 1979, before it was declared as a National Park in 1983. On the main island of Veli Brijuni, a bike tour invites you to explore the island. Bicycles and electric golf-cars can be rented on the island.
The protected sea area within the national park may be approached by boat only to the small port of Veli Brijuni on the east side or the bay of St. Nicholas on Mali Brijuni in the south of the island. When mooring in the marina, the entrance fee for the National Park is included in the berth fee. The marina has around 20 berths, so before arrival, it should be checked whether berths are available. In the bay of “St. Nicholas” on the island of Mali Brijuni there are around 10 mooring buoys and you can enjoy the peace and solitude of the archipelago.
Until the arrival of the Croatians, Cres was inhabited by Liburnians, but there are also traces of Greek, Roman and Byzantine presence. This is the largest of the Adriatic islands. Most of the eastern coast is steep and uninhabited; the northwestern part is very similar.
The most interesting part of the island for sailors stretches from the town of Cres to Osor and further south to the bays of Punta Kriza. Here are some very nice bays, like Kolorat, Majiska, Ul and Vrc. The Cres town nestles in a sheltered bay where you also find a port and an ACI Marina. For boaters, the best option is to find a berth in the ACI Marina, which is approx. 10 min. by foot away from the center of Cres. In Cres, you can visit the Benedictine monastery with its icon collection from the 15th century and the Franciscan monastery with the church of St. Francis from the 14th century.
Also, the Cres Museum offers interesting finds from the Illyrian and Roman periods, and the early Middle Ages. Take a walk and explore the narrow streets, visit the green market and enjoy the view from one of the restaurants or cafes.
Susak is a special island, because, unlike the most inhabited islands in the Croatian Adriatic, it is not rocky, but consists of sand. Vines grow well in the soil and all the locals have vineyards. Until the mid-1960s the island was very populated. Today there are around 150 permanent residents, who mainly in the summer live from tourism. If you have luck in the summer during some of the manifestations, you can see their traditional and brightly colored women’s costumes.
The best option for a berth is in the small port of Susak or the neighbouring bay „Bok“. The port is quite narrow and mostly occupied by local boats; the bay Bok offers around 30 mooring buoys. The bay is well protected from the south and west winds, but exposed to the north. More information about the beautiful island of Susak can be found in our blog.
Krk is the second largest island in the Adriatic and it is connected by a bridge to the mainland. It is a very popular island, especially among German and Austrian tourists. The eastern coast is marked by the white rocks swept by the NE wind Bura. The western part of the island offers a better picture with rich and lush vegetation and better protected bays.
The most popular bay is Puntarska Draga. The bay offers great protection and it is a popular bathing resort. Inside the bay, you can either stay at anchor or find a berth in the large Marina Punat, which is very modern and well equipped. Inside the bay is a small islet called Kosljun, best known for its Franciscan Monastery.
Around 2nm away from there is the town of Krk, which was developed in the Middle Ages, built on the ancient Roman settlement “Curicum”. The wall and three Venetian city gates are still visible.
Further beautiful anchorage spots close to the town of Krk are Sveti Juraj and Lagdimor. For the wine lovers, we recommend tasting the famous white wine “Vrbnicka Zlahtina”. Vrbnik is a town on the eastern coast of the island of Krk that is well-known for its vineyards.
The island of Rab owes its name to the Illyrians, who called the island Arba, which means dark, because of the dense dark green forests of evergreen oak that covered the island in ancient times.
The island Rab is located parallel to the Velebit mountain, creating a channel that sailors feared due to the strong NE Bura that blows on the island's eastern side.
Rab is a cultural and historical gem in northern Croatia. Already in the Roman era, the city was important as a base of Roman power and a trading center on the coast, but most of the building remains that impress us today, especially the four famous bell towers, date from 12th to 15th centuries.
The interior of the island of Rab is just as impressive as the coast. Rab is considered the second greenest Croatian island after Mljet. You can find a berth in the ACI Marina Rab, next to the town of Rab, or stay at anchor in the Sv. Eufemija bay. Two popular anchorage bays are Cifnata and Gozinka, which are around 2 nm away from Rab. Another ACI Marina is in the bay, Supetarska Draga in the north-western part of the island. More about the island of Rab you can find in our blog.
The island Losinj is 75m² big. In the past, Cres and Losinj were a single island, but in ancient times, the Romans built a channel at the town of Osor (Cres) and divided it in order to shorten the route to the open sea. Today, Losinj and Cres are connected by a narrow channel with a moveable bridge, also called Osor-Bridge. Depths in the channel are variable, depending on tides. The bridge opens every day at 9am and 5pm, vessels coming from the south have priority. In case of strong wind, the bridge may be closed due to dangerous currents and waves. The most important towns are Veli and Mali Losinj. The main town is Mali Losinj and much more famous and attractive, despite the fact that “mali” means small and “veli” means big. Veli Losinj is smaller and quieter than Mali Losinj.
The main attractions in Mali Losinj are the Museum of the Apoxyomenos, based in a 19th century palace, and the nearby Losinj Museum, also Fragrant Island Graden, with indigenous herbs and medicinal plants.
Losinj has been known as a health resort since the end of the 19th century, in addition to its cultural heritage of ancient ruins, numerous churches, and monasteries.
The island Ilovik is a small island on the south side of Losinj. On the island, there are around 170 people. Ilovik is also known as a “flower island” because of the roses, oleanders and other types of flowers which grow in front yards of every house. There is no car traffic on the island. Ilovik is a charming village, with a particularly nautical atmosphere during the summer season. Nearby is the uninhabited island of St. Peter, where there are the ruins of a Benedictine monastery and a graveyard.
The channel between the island Ilovik and island St. Peter is one of the best known and very popular anchorage in the northern Adriatic. You can find 80 mooring buoys on the east side of the channel closer to the island of St. Peter. Another option is to moor in the port of Ilovik island.