The coast of the Adriatic Sea ranging from the western point of the Istrian peninsula to the southernmost point of Dalmatia hides many miracles s of nature due to its specific location. This beauty with a thousand faces is a favourite destination for lovers of the sea. The 54 marinas offer you the safest mooring and protection. As they are located proportionally, they are only a few hours from each other, and they lie in a wonderful Mediterranean environment and in a direct neighbourhood of towns full of historical and cultural values. It can also be attractive that you can meet sailors from all around the world here. This is a destination you should not miss if you are a sailor who wants versatility and adventures.
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Neighbouring Croatia is the oasis of calmness. Evergreen forests, vineyards, pleasant sunshine, the rivers Drava and Mura and beautiful nature will expect you. In this region, you can be sure to find silence and calmness of the countryside.
Location of Kvarner Bay
Kvarner bay is a region of Croatia that is int the heart of the country. This territory includes Gorski Kotar, Lika and Hrvatsko Zagorje. All these areas are continental areas with hills and mountains.
History of Kvarner Bay
This territory has been inhabited since ancient times. Before the Romans, many Illyrian tribes got settled here. The Kingdom of Croatia was created in the 10th century, then Hungary’s influence got stronger by the beginning of the 12th century. Eventually, Croats had fights with the Ottoman Empire and joined the Habsburg Monarchy. This territory played an outstanding role in the wars of the Ottoman Empire, the most important cities were Karlovac and Sisak. The capital of the region was first Varaždin, then Zagreb, which is also the capital of Croatia today. National identity became gradually stronger in the 19th century when regions of Croatia got connected to each other and this was confirmed by the unification of Međimurje during the battles of the Second World War. This process was even more strengthened by the liberation war of Croatia in 1991.
Beaches in Kvarner Bay
The unique feature of this region is the mixture of beaches, islands, mountains and forests. This is a region that charms you with the magic of the past through Venetian-style villas and exotic gardens. On the other hand, it also offers you a fantastic experience with its clean mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, flora and fauna as well as Plitvice lakes as a crown jewel. This region boasts of historic cities, picturesque villages and the most beautiful beaches of Croatia.
Moscenicka Draga beach:
Moscenicka Draga is a small town on the coast in the outskirts of Opatija, which has been famous for its wonderful beach with pebbles and calm environment. It can be found at the beautiful Kvarner-bay. The town has a two-kilometre long beach with pebbles that locals call Sipar. Many people think that the most attractive beaches in the region can be found here. Follow the pebbles and look for hidden bays and rocks or rent a boat and this way you can surely find the fullness of calm feelings.
Baska beach is located in a large, hidden bay. The bay is approximately 1, 800 metres long and it is well protected from strong sea winds. The beach has pebbles all way long and the seawater is crystal clear. The most famous beach in Baska beaches is the big beach (Vela plaza in Croatian). This long and big beach lies in front of the city and has won the blue flag decoration since 1999, which means that the seawater is extremely clean here. This beach is very well equipped and you can find everything here that you need for superb swimming in the sea in the summer.
The beaches of island Rab:
Rab is a Croatian island that is also known as the „happy island”. Rab is one of the greenest islands of Croatia with dense pine forests in the south-west and it also has about 30 beaches with sand. Rajska plaža, that is Paradise beach is 2 kilometres long. The beach has a shallow sea about one kilometre long, which is ideal for kids and families. Rajska plaža has everything available from beach volleyball to slides, but you can also find many cafés and restaurants here.
Main sights in Kvarner Bay
The capital, Zagreb is very close to the region of Kvarner bay and the region expects visitors with romantic towns from the Middle Ages, such as Koprivnica and Varaždin. You can admire the castles of the countryside, e.g. Trakošćan castle and explore thermal baths that are perfect to restore your energies and fill you up with life. Don’t hesitate to discover magic in Hrvatsko Zagorje which is the northwestern region of Croatia, where you can find small hills with forests, churches, romantic castles and cultivated vineyards. This region is one of the regions in Europe that has the most castles. Explore the charming beauty of Plitvice lakes, walk on the coastal promenades and enjoy the colourful gardens of Opatija. If you sail to amazing Lošinj-islands, you can try wonderful meals.
Weather in Kvarner Bay
Mediterranean climate is typical along the Adriatic Sea with much sunshine, dry and hot summers and a mild and humid winter.
Rent a boat in Kvarner Bay
Marina Novi is a well-equipped small port. The maximum length of the boats anchored here is 60 metres, and the depth is 5 metres. You can reach Vinodol Riviera by boat and plane as well. The closest airport is only 30 kilometres away from the island of Krk. Information about sailing in Novi Vinodolski, or rent a boat in Novi Vinodolski.
Port of Lopar
Lopar is located at the northern tip on the island of Rab. The port is small, but it has the essential equipment you might need. The port is protected from winds. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres, the maximum length is 60 metres.
Marina Mali Losinj
This marina is located on the West of the Losinj island. The bay is protected by the North and East winds. 80 transit ships have free space here in total with a maximum length of 18 metres. If you want to rent a berth, book it well in advance because this part of the Kvarner bay is quite popular in the summer season. There are water and electricity supply and many local restaurants and bars nearby with astonishing views of the bay. Information about sailing in Mali Losinj, or yachtcharter in Mali Losinj
ACI Marina Pomer
Marina Pomer can be found in Medulin bay. It has a capacity for over 300 ships. It is fairly modern, and clean and there is free WiFi access. Moreover, you can book a table in an exclusive spacious restaurant on the shore. Boatmen can find all facilities here. There is also a warehouse for storing equipment like a bicycle or a surfboard. Information about sailing in Medulin, or rent a boat in Medulin
Port of Rabac
It lies in a natural bay at the foot of Labin on the Eastern shore of Istria. The Port of Rabac is armed by a 450-metre natural coastal wall that protects it from the northern and eastern winds, unfortunately from the southern winds not. A new shore has just opened in the port and they are constantly improving the infrastructure. Furthermore, the electricity and the water-supply system have also been renewed. Information about sailing in Rabac, or rent a boat in Rabac
Marina Admiral of Opatija
The Marina Admiral on the North of the Adriatic Sea is one of the best starting-off points to an unforgettable sailing tour. The Marina Admiral is, actually, a part of the Admiral hotel complex; therefore, all equipment and facilities of the hotel are available for boatmen. There are 160 berths in the marina with a maximum length of 20 m and 40 dry docks. Smaller yachts should go to the Abbazia Port. The hotel received four anchors which by this means is a five-star hotel. Every berth has its own electricity and water supply. Other services are healthcare, 24-hour surveillance and safety, rent a warehouse, welcome service, ecological waste management, and laundry. The marina is also accessible to handicapped people. Read more about what to do in Opatija or Opatija sailing. Check our boats: rent a boat in Opatija
Port of Rijeka
During the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy, it was Hungary’s after it has become Croatia’s largest port. Any type of watercraft and cargo are allowed to enter the port. Today it also plays a significant role in the Far-East and Middle-European markets. The number of available berths is 58 plus 2 oil ports. Of course, it is fully-equipped with diverse services; not to mention its outstanding safety.
Port of Crikvenica
However, the Port of Crikvenica is not too large; you can find all the important facilities. It has three parts accepting transit ships up to 24. There is a gas station as well near the port. It provides electricity and water.
These areas of Croatia are popular destinations for tourists, especially for those who don’t prefer beaches, but rather go for breathtaking mountain views, walks, hikes, winter skiing as well as visits to many baroque towns and castles. Read about Kvarner bay sailing routes or choose another yacht charter in Croatia
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Kvarner Bay. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Kvarner Bay shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Kvarner Bay shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Pag sailing itinerary
Day 1. Novalja – Rab 26, 41 km (16, 41 mi), Day 2. Rab – Krk 38, 64 km (24, 01 mi), Day 3. Krk – Rijeka 43, 85 km (27, 25 mi), Day 4. Rijeka – Rabac 36, 36 km (22, 59 mi), Day 5. Rabac – Pula 65, 13 km (40, 47 mi), Day 6. Pula – Mali Losinj 72, 26 km (44, 90 mi), Day 7. Mali Losinj – Ilovik – Novalja 14, 76 km (9, 17 mi) – 29, 07 km (18, 06 mi)
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Novi Vinodolski sailing itinerary
Day 1. Novi Vinodolski – Vrbnik 9.57 km (5.95 mi), Day 2. Vrbnik – Baska 24.45 km (15.19 mi), Day 3. Baska – Krk 23.59 km (14.66 mi), Day 4. Krk – Malinska 28.66 km (17.81 mi), Day 5. Malinska – Omisalj 15.49 km (9.62 mi), Day 6. Omisalj – Biserujka – Soline 14.64 km (9.09 mi) – 5.98 km (3.71 mi), Day 7. Soline – Silo Novi Vinodolski 5.67 km (3.52 mi) – 11.27 km (7.00 mi).
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Opatija sailing itinerary
Day 1. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 2. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi), Day 3. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 4. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 5. Baska – Lopar (Rab) 19.66 km (12.22 mi), Day 6. Lopar – Punat 23.41 km (14.55 mi), Day 7. Punat – Cres Island – Opatija 50.96 km (31.67 mi)
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Mali Losinj sailing itinerary
Day 1. Mali Losinj – Susak 15, 20 km (9, 44 mi), Day 2. Susak – Unije, Day 3. Unije – Cres town 44, 76 km (27, 81 mi), Day 4. Cres – Rabac 24, 54 km (15, 25 mi), Day 5. Rabac – Trget 32, 92 km (20, 46 mi), Day 6. Trget – Medulin 34, 83 km (21, 64 mi), Day 7. Medulin – Vele Srakane – Mali Losinj 55, 99 km (34, 79 mi).
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Punat sailing itinerary
Day 1. Punat – Malinska 31.42 km (19.52 mi), Day 2. Malinska – Opatija 29.15 km (18.11 mi), Day 3. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 4. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi), Day 5. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 6. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 7. Baska – Lopar – Punat 38.29 km (23.79 mi).