Chartering a private yacht in Pula is best kept secret of Croatia sailing itineraries and a wonderful opportunity to discover alternative charter routes of Adriatic. Experience a unique diversity of northern Croatia, navigate your boat along heart-shaped Istrian peninsula and sail into remote Kvarner gulf. Here you will find seclusion surrounded with peaceful bays, remote island villages and picturesque coastal promenades where you can explore superb food delicacies and best Croatian wines.
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 Tuscan valleys and vineyards. Local culinary delights with a pinch of Italian twist, monumental Venetian architecture of historic towns, and unspoiled nature of marine Croatian national parks make northern Adriatic ideal location for the ultimate yachting escape. Rent a sailboat or catamaran charter in Pula with our local skipper for a genuine cruising adventure at the sky-blue Adriatic sea.
Upon arriving to Pula yacht charter base, 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 try some culinary delights in one of the city restaurants.
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 you set sail. Early afternoon cruise along the western Istrian peninsula is perfect for getting acquainted with the gentle Adriatic waves.
Soon you will get the chance, to anchor in tranquil Kamenjak park. Only the brave ones will dare to dive from the impressive cliffs into the crystal-clear sea. Having a cocktail in a »safari bar« within the wildlife resort Kamenjak is a must. This evening is ideal to enjoy and relax in a glass of Malvazija wine and local delicacies on a traditional Istrian farm.
Leaving Istria behind, we will be crossing Kvarner channel, curving into the mainland all the way to the port of Rijeka. If you pay attention, you can easily spot swarms of playful dolphins in this remote area.
Early in the afternoon you reach the largest island in Croatia, Cres. Of course you will have plenty of time to take a swim in one of its many secluded coves before docking in the heart of this colourful town.
Overnight in a picturesque Cres town port, where vibrant ancient streets meet modern architecture. Here, you will have the chance to walk the buzzing promenades and taste the very best of Kvarner cuisine. Island lamb »under the bell« or grilled fish is one of the traditional delicacies. Don't forget to taste the famous island's olive oil.
Morning coffee in a town square is a must before setting sail. Western part of Cres hides some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia where you can stop for a quick swim. Alluring emerald waters are ideal for some morning activities. 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 ancient Greeks 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 attracting masses of viewers, so don't forget to wave. You can dine in one of the local taverns and try traditionally prepared fish and one of the local original local dishes - the famous Kvarner shrimps.
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 Dalmatian islands. It is a charming fishing village with typical island heartbeat, small-run local restaurants, lovely sandy beaches and magnificent flora.
It is a special place to explore and share you sailing adventures with sailors from all over the world that met here. This little isle will leave you the impression of how unique a private sailing experience really is. Dig into freshly baked octopus, lamb or veggies while you sip on delicious local Malvazija wines and cheers to another unforgettable day at sea.
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 the county.
Here you can take a stroll between the colourful painted house fronts and have one of the best ice creams around. Live music playing on the streets of this town adds a unique bohemian charm to this " island of Croatian Captains". This is a great opportunity to taste the nightlife during your yacht charter week in Croatia. Lošinj is besides popular Hvar, one of the sunniest places in Europe. Don't forget to visit local market in the morning and have a coffee on a lively 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".
A short distance walk to this amazing village before evening will reward you with spectacular scenery and views across peaceful Kvarner gulf.
This remote colorful village is simply a must-visit during sailing trip and experience a laid-back pulse of the Mediterranean.
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 true island life.
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 take one night off to to taste the nightlife of this historic capital of Istria and blend into its buzzing streets. No1. attraction is definitively the impressive 1.st century Roman amphitheater.
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 yacht charter destination in Croatia. Surrounded by aromatic pine forests, lush-green hill tops, turquoise seas and remote island villages, northern Adriatic hides some of the most remarkable sailing grounds of Croatia. Peaceful bays ideal for a daily swim, short distances between the islands allowing easy and safe island hopping and vibrant island ports ideal for some food exploration, make this area a great location for a family yacht charter.
Renting a sailing boat in Pula with our local skipper to guide you through the week will elevate holiday cruise to a higher level. He will gladly share his knowledge and provide best itinerary tips that will make your holiday moments among the Adriatic treasures a unforgettable vacation experience. Our skippers know best hidden spots, safe anchorages and top restaurant locations where you can eat fresh, local and tasty Kvarner delicacies.
The cost to charter a bareboat yacht in Pula basically depends on the yacht type, age, length and the sailing season. 50-foot sailing yacht comfortable registered for 8 in summer season is around 5.000 euros per week. In off-season (May, June, September between 2.800 and 4.000€. That covers the vessel, transit log, end cleaning, bedding, handling fees and dinghy with outboard motor.
Follow the original Pula sailing itinerary and experience northern Adriatic at its best.
DAY 1 (Saturday) Pula - Cres island, Martinscica village
DAY 2 (Sunday) Cres - Osor bridge - Ilovik island
DAY 3 (Monday) Ilovik - Silba island anchoring
DAY 4 (Tuesday) Silba - Ist or Molat island
DAY 5 (Wednesday) Ist - Mali Lošinj village
DAY 6 (Thursday) Mali lošinj - Unije island
DAY 7 (Friday) Unije - Wildlife park Kamenjak - Pula base
DAY 8 (Saturday) Pula Disembarkation
7-day sailing trip on a private sailboat is the ultimate way to experience Croatian islands at your own pace and feel the true pulse of Istria and Kvarner islands. Hire skippered yacht in Pula or Poreč for gentle cruise across the calm glittering north Adriatic. Visit vibrant cities, ancient towns, magnificent islands and find serenity in hidden bays with the people you cherish most. Skippered sailing holiday in Croatia is suitable for couples, family yacht charters or various groups.
The cost to charter a catamaran in Pula Croatia during the summer season varies between 4.900 and 6.500 euros per week. In September and June average 4.500€.
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 Croatia catamaran trip is secured when 50% deposit is paid. Balance should be covered 4 weeks before the charter starts.
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 the 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 than imported.
Some prices at the coast:
a 7-day Sailing trip in Croatia 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 Croatian 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.
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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