Discover the beauties of Istrian peninsula and sail through the impressive Kvarner islands on a week-long yacht trip from Pula. Feel the genuine heartbeat of Croatia on a remarkable adventure across unspoiled northern Adriatic. A unique flora and fauna, the fragrant landscapes and intact nature will leave you breathless.
Most of the region was a part of Italy until 1947. It is no coincidence that Istria is called "Croatian Tuscany" since these landscapes very much resemble to Tuscany's valleys and vineyards. The world-famous Istrian Cuisine guarantees extraordinary culinary wonders which are an amazing mixture of Italian flavour with Mediterranean twist.
You will have the excellent chance to witness monumental Venetian architecture, walk the narrow stony streets of secluded villages and bear witness to pristine nature of Brioni and Kamenjak wildlife parks. A 7-day relaxing sailing cruise is the most unique way to explore this little gem and find tranquillity and serenity in the embrace of secluded islands surrounded with emerald coves.
Upon arriving to base marina, you will probably have some extra time to spend, before your tour begins. You might want to explore the ancient Pula downtown, well know of Roman arena from the 1.st century or use this time for shopping to fill the boat lockers. Maybe have a snack in one of town restaurants before your departure.
Your skipper will be waiting at the marina pier at 15:00. He will help you accommodate aboard and hold a short briefing with some basic safety directions, before setting the sails. Early afternoon cruise along the western Istrian peninsula is perfect for getting acquainted with the gentle Adriatic waves.
A great chance, to swim or snorkel in a natural surrounding will be our stop at the cape Kamenjak. Only the brave ones can dive from alluring cliffs into the crystal-clear sea. A refreshing cocktail in a »safari bar« nearby is a must. First evening will be perfect to enjoy in a nice glass of Istrian Malvazija wine and try famous truffle dishes.
Leaving Istria behind, we will be crossing Kvarner channel, which curves into the mainland all the way to the port of Rijeka. There are swarms of dolphins in the channel, and if you are lucky, you can spot some.
Early in the afternoon we'll reach the largest island in Croatia, Cres. Of course you will have planty of time to take a swim in one of its many secluded coves before we dock in the heart of this colorful town.
Overnight in a picturesque Cres town port, where vibrant ancient streets meet modern architecture. Here, you will have the chance to discover the nightlife and visit one of the many seaside restaurants and bars. Island lamb »under the bell« is one of the traditional culinary highlights and a must-try. Don't forget to buy the famous island's olive oil and fragrant lavender products.
After the morning coffee in the town square, we'll set sails to the south of the island Cres, then take a break to swim in a turquoise water on an isolated island along our route. Here you can actually see that isolated Kvarner islands really have one of the cleanest seas in the planet.
Overnight in the ancient village Osor, founded by Greeks millenniums ago. Couple of centuries back in history, a large seaborne trade post with 20.000 residents, today a small town on the shore banks of a narrow channel between the island Lošinj and Cres.
The bridge connecting the islands opens only twice a day for the passing yachts and it is a sight to see. You can dine in one of the local taverns and try freshly caught fish, prepared on a traditional grill. Later take a walk along the historic route of this city-museum.
In the morning you can ascend on a ridge, elevating over the town to catch the early sunrise. Sailing along the aromatic green forests of Lošinj island, we will soon reach the “island of flowers” Ilovik.
With only 300 inhabitants this tiny island attracts mostly nautical guests. The main reason is its position. Almost forgotten island is the juncture of main course routes between Kvarner and Dalmatia. It is a charming fishing village with typical island heartbeat, small-run local restaurants, lovely sandy beaches and amazing flora.
It is a special place to explore and mingle with the sailors from all over the world. This little isle will leave you the impression of how unique a private sailing tour really is. Don't forget to try the amazing food in a restaurant by the sea and enjoy the culinary wonders from Kvarner.
To buy some warm, home baked bread in Ilovik would be a good choice. The morning route will take us to the scenic sandy beaches of the island Susak, formed by an ancient river with accumulation of the sand from mainland and is geologically entirely covered in sandstone. Jump in the clear water and maybe take a refreshment in a local bar.
We overnight in Mali Lošinj, the largest town of all the Kvarner islands. Here you can take a stroll between the colorful painted house fronts and have one of the best ice creams in the area. Live music playing on the vivid streets is almost traditional in this town. And your best chance to have a taste of the island nightlife within your sailing week. Lošinj is besides the popular Hvar, one of the sunniest places in Europe. Don't forget to check out well-stocked fish market in the morning and have a coffee on the vivid town square.
As you approach Unije island, you will soon meet the scent of rosemary and lavender. Emerald crystalline waters surrounding this place are inviting enough to snorkel or swim in a well-protected bay “Maracol”. Before evening, you stretch your legs and hike to spectacular cliffs, carvd through the millions of years by forces of the sea.
This remote colorful village with charming narrow streets and is simply a must-visit on your Pula sailing trip and discover how Mediterranean once was.
Community of 150 settlers, mostly fishermen and farmers, is nowadays leading typical laid-back island life. Fell free to have a beer or an ice cream in a local tavern, and feel the heartbeat of Croatian islands.
With its white stone houses and blue window shutters, Unije makes an impressive site. One of the most irresistible places to visit and enjoy in a quiet picturesque setting of densely forested surrounding hills.
Our last day aboard we'll sail up north to our home port and have one last chance for a quick swim in one of the many bays at the south peak of Istrian peninsula.
We'll dock late afternoon in the base marina.
If you didn't get the chance to visit Pula you should check the vivid city streets and the 1.st century Roman amphitheater. A great opportunity to taste the nightlife of this historic capital of Istria.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye and hope to see you next year for another amazing adventure from another beautiful destination at the croatian coast.
With no large cities in the area, no heavy maritime traffic or industry nearby, this is one of the most remote and isolated areas in Croatia. Surrounded with aromatic pine forests, turquoise sea swarming with fish, you will find tranquility and serenity under the warm Mediterranean sun. Your itinerary is completely flexible and can be adjusted with your skipper at embarkation.
Local skippers, always prepared to offer you best tips on your route are friendly and sociable. He/she will be more than happy and introduce you to the intriguing beauty of living at sea and give you some great tips for your route.
A skippered or crewed sailing cruise from Pula will elevate your Croatia sailing experience to a completely different level. Istria-Kvarner sailing itinerary is best for Activity Sailing Holidays or family sailing holidays.
Prices to charter a bareboat yacht in Pula mostly depend on these factors: sailboat type, age, length and the sailing season in Croatia. Average cost on a 50-foot comfortable Bavaria 51 cruiser in peak season (July and August) is 4.500€/week. In the off-season May, early June, late September between 2.500 - 4.000€/week. That covers the vessel, transit log, end cleaning, bedding, handling fees and dingy with outboard motor.
A private sailing trip with local skipper is probably the most genuine and exciting way to discover Istrian peninsula for couples, families or various groups. Explore the beauties of Pula region on a short 3-7day sailig cruises along this picturesque coast. There are many places along the north Adriatic coast where you can rent a yacht. Best places for boat rentals are in beautiful Istrian marinas Veruda, Pomer, Vrsar Funtana, and island Krk where you can embark for your sailing adventure.
To really feel the true heartbeat of Istria and Kvarner islands, a 7-day sailing trip on a private sailboat is Not only most exciting way to travel through these stunning landscapes, but also your best opportunity to explore most of the secluded treasures of the impressive Croatian coast.
Hire a skippered yacht charter in Pula or Poreč for a gentle and relaxed cruise across the calm glittering north Adriatic. Discover vibrant cities, ancient towns, magnificent islands and find serenity in secluded bays with the people you cherish most.
Pula catamaran rental in 3 simple steps:
We will be happy to offer suitable catamaran and guide you through the whole booking procedure. A private catamaran trip is secured when 50% deposit is paid. Balance should be covered 4 weeks before the charter starts.
To rent a comfortable 40-foot sailing yacht, registered for max. 6 persons in early June or late September from Pula lies at 1.500€. Peak season (July, August) 2.300€/week. Cost for a 46-foot premiere line sailboat in the off season lies at 2.200€ in peak season 3.500€/week.
Croatia in general, is one of the safest countries in the world. Overall crimes in Croatia, compared to other European countries, are quite low making it extremely safe to travel around. By land, or at sea. This Mediterranean gem is the cradle of sailing holidays and a true paradise for sailing inclined. With warm and calm Adriatic sea, fair weather, abundance of sunshine, moderate winds and warm local people is the perfect destination for couples, families, or a place to reunite with your friends.
When visiting Pula, the capital of Istria region to the north Adriatic, be sure not to miss out:
Overall, Croatia has moderate prices compared to other European countries. The prices, however vary between the coast and inland. Locals say that prices at Croatian coast rise as you travel from north to south. Seaside places and Dalmatian islands can be considerable expensive, while the northern regions Istria and Kvarner still keep their prices comparable to the inland. Remember to rather eat and drink local then imported.
Some prices at the coast:
Total trip cost really depends on where and how you choose to spend your money and your travelling habits. Yacht charter prices in Croatia are still 10-15% cheaper then in Italy, Greece or Spain. On a sailing trip you can easily get around on daily budget app. 30-40€/person/day.
The perfect blend of Italian creativity, typical Mediterranean flavor and a pinch of distinctive continental simplicity created a top-notch cuisine in Istria. There are some culinary works of art you simply can’t miss out when taking your sailing holiday in Pula. Combined with choice wines merlot or cabernet sauvignon and the famous Istrian Malvazija, produced from indigenous white grapes.
A local custom is to start and finish your courses with special aperitif called “rakija” based on honey, mistletoe or various herbs
In these uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is hard to think of a better vacation then renting a private yacht. Taking a relaxed sailing trip with your close ones to explore hundreds, mostly uninhabited Croatian islands is at the moment probably the safest sailing holiday. Staying aboard, isolated from busy mainland cities in the fresh air, absorbing pleasant sunbeams in the company of the people that are close to you, is best way to reduce the chance of getting infected with Coronavirus.
A leisurely Mediterranean-style sailing trip in Croatia usually takes 7 days. Within main season (July, August), yacht charters in Croatia start and end Saturdays. However, in shoulder season (September, May, October and June) short sailing trips are also possible. To explore best coastal places and visit the most beautiful Croatian islands, at least 1-week tour is recommended.
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. Climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. For sailing trips in summer, bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe. It is highly recommended to bring a soft handbag a duffel bag instead of a plastic suitcase and remember to pack light
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