Porec is located in the middle of the famous Istrian Riviera. It is a true holiday resort with a short segment that is more than 30 kilometres long. Thanks to its location, you can easily explore the other towns of Istria and even conquer the Italian shores from here. This article provides you with 7 days sailing itinerary going through the most important cities in the area. Get ready for a magical trip!
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Weather on the west coast of Istria
- Ports and islands around Istria
- Sail in Porec! Porec sailing itineraries
- Sailing in Porec: 7 days tour (shorter)
- 7 days Porec sailing itinerary (longer)
- Marine gas near Porec, boat gas stations around Istria
The local climate on the western shores of Istria is fairly moderate, cooled by the sea breeze. The warmest period is July with a temperature of up to 30° Celsius combined with an enjoyable, low level of humidity. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 6° Celsius. We can enjoy more than 10 hours of pleasant sunshine during summer days. The temperature of the sea can get as high as 28° Celsius, which is higher than what you experience on the Southern Croatian shores. The Bora wind brings cold northern weather in winter while the presence of the Jugo, coming from the south, results in a warmer temperature. In the summer, the Maestral provides a pleasant breeze. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Poreč.
Marina of Poreč
This small port in Porec can accept 120 boats; the depth of water here is 3.5 metres. It has an ideal, well-protected location. They built the port directly next to downtown, so we can find anything we may need nearby. The port is equipped well, and there is a pharmacy, a supermarket as well as many souvenir shops here. Information about sailing in Poreč, or rent a boat in Poreč.
Marina Nautica port of Novigrad
There are berths for 365 boats overall with a maximum length of 50 metres. The port in Novigrad is world-class, and there is also a 4-star hotel here where we can require maintenance for our boat and charge our batteries as well in the form of relaxing wellness.
ACI Marina Umag
Small towns deserve huge ports – the depth of water here is around 5 metres, and they offer app. 480 berths for boats of all sizes. They can even accept 40-metre-long mega yachts. The port is clean, the staff is friendly and the restaurant is excellent. There is also free Wi-Fi, a charging station and a currency exchanger. It is near the centre of Umag. A few minutes from the port there is a railway offering sightseeing tours. It is a wonderful milieu, stranded from the noisy city.
Marina San Giusto port of Triest
The port, which used to belong to the Monarch, is among the most modern and comfortable docking spots for tourists and business people today. The main building has it all: service, reception, information office, restaurants, shops and cosy bars. There are currently 245 berths in the port where the water is 5–14 metres deep.
Marina Lepanto port of Monfalcone
The Marina Lepanto can be found in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the town of Monfalcone. Ships with a length of up to 15 metres can dock here; there are 220 berths altogether. The depth of the water is 5 metres. The marina is located at the end of an app. 3 kilometre-long channel, and is protected from all directions. It is a favoured spot among tourists and of course families with small children. It is a modern and well-equipped port with all the necessary services provided including boat service and a crane. There is also an excellent restaurant and a hotel with a swimming pool in the garden here.
Marina Punta Faro port of Lignano Sabbiadoro
The port of Marina Punta Faro can be found in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Northern Italy. It is a giant port that can accept 1200 boats with an allowed draft of 3.5 meters and length of 35 metres. Thanks to its large size and modern equipment, the port attracts a massive amount of tourists every year. Beside all the important services, there is also a diving centre in the port. They have boat service and a crane as well. You can find a drugstore, grocery stores, restaurants and cafés in the near vicinity, too. Rent a boat Lignano Sabbiadoro
Vento di Venezia
There are of course many ports in Venice. Depending on what you need, you will definitely find the right one for you. Vento di Venezia – Venezia Certosa Marina – is a great choice. It is perfectly equipped and has a wonderful atmosphere. The water at this rustic port is 7 metres deep, and they accept 300 boats up to 60 metres long. It is perfect for tourists, as it can be easily accessed from St Mark’s Square. Venice boat rentals.
Day 1. Poreč – Novigrad
13.19 km (8.20 mi)
Novigrad can be found in the northeastern part of Croatia, on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Similarly to Rovinj, it was built on a small peninsula. Most sights to see are in the old city. This part of the town is located behind giant castle walls that are still in great shape. The walls have been intact since the 13th century. The inhabitants of the town established them to protect themselves from the Venetians. The Main Square is located at the end of the old city; the Church of St Pelagius and its bell tower can be found here. They started building the tower in 1883, based on the design of St Mark’s Campanile (bell tower) in Venice.
We can find a well-established and fenced off the beach with a concrete base on the shores of Novigrad. There is a separated section for children with a bouncy castle, a water polo field and a slide. The town itself is not crowded with tourists, it is a rather quiet little place. We should definitely taste the flavourful and world-famous local wines and olive oils. The Gnam-gnam Fest is a special local event organised in the summer. Fishermen row out at dawn to catch fish and return to the town in the morning. They prepare and then sell delicious local dishes made from the freshly-caught fish and frutti di mare. You can encounter all kinds of Croatian and Istrian flavours.
Day 2. Novigrad – Umag
16.00 km (9.94 mi)
Every road leads to the old town in Umag. All the main sights are located here, such as the St. Mary of the Assumption Church and the statue of St. Peregrin to its right. Another interesting sight is the Church of St. Roch and the houses decorated with crests, representing the architectural characteristics of the Renaissance. They organise the Umag Roman Days every summer, commemorating the ancient Roman times. You can see people dressed in authentic clothes, and you can try the typical dishes of ancient cuisine. They have other events as well such as music festivals and an Advent celebration in the winter. You should definitely check the programs in advance.
Day 3. Umag – Trieste
35.96 km (22.35 mi)
It is the most popular tourist destination in the easternmost region of Italy. Its largest and most developed port is located near the Piazza Venezia. The place is filled with beautiful yachts, sailboats and fishing boats. Due to the fact that it is located near the other nations and regions, Triest has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations. Thanks to the many nationalities and versatile history, the town is a cultural masterpiece today. We can see a mixture of wonderful historic buildings, such as the Castello di Miramare and its breathtaking park. There are churches like the Chiesa Serbo Ortodossa di San Spiridione, squares such as the Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia and interesting museums as the Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba and the Revoltella Museum here.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the excellent beaches, for instance, the Golfo di Triest and other natural areas like the Riserva Naturale della Val Rosandra.
Day 4. Trieste – Monfalcone
24.64 km (15.31 mi)
Monfalcone is an important industrial town in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in Northern Italy. They manufacture boats, aircraft, textiles, chemicals and refined oil here. Beside its industrial role, the town also has many historical sights to offer, including the church of Our Lady Marcelliana. Another interesting sight is the palaeontology museum where we can admire 500-million-year-old findings. The Theme Park of the Great War, the open-air museum of the protected area Dolina dei Bersaglieri, as well as two further open-air museums, the San Martino del Carso and the Monte San Michele are also located nearby.
Day 5. Monfalcone – Riserva Naturale Regionale della Foce dell’Isonzo Isola della Cona – Lignano Sabbiadoro
11.17 km (6.94 mi) – 35.80 km (22.25 mi)
The Riserva Naturale Regionale is a natural preserve of the Isonzo River, located in the eastern part of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The reserve has been open for visitors since 1996. We can find the best birdwatching spot in Italy here. The territory of Grado is more than 2 hectares, the half of which is situated in maritime areas. The mouth of the river is a perfect habitat for several animal species. The entire area is governed by freshwater swamps, large saltwater habitats, reeds and forests. We can choose from many interesting things to do. They offer guided tours, horse programmes, canoe tours and other events during the year.
We can take a break halfway between Venice and Trieste, in Lignano Sabbiadoro. This is among the most frequently visited towns in Northern Italy and on the Adriatic Sea. We can find the largest marina in not only Italy but the whole of Europe here, offering over 5, 000 moorings. The city is divided into three zones. Lignano Sabbiadoro is the city centre filled with shops and restaurants; Lignano Pineta has beautiful green land including gardens and parks; the shores of Lignano Riviera are rich in the salty sea air and coastal pines. It is a neat and interesting city. We can do exciting outdoor sports here. It is worth visiting the Aquasplash park, the UNICEF adventure park or the Punta Verde zoo. A city is definitely an ideal place for active recreation.
Day 6. Lignano Sabbiadoro – Venice
81.32 km (50.53 mi)
The city of Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It might be a little time-worn today, but it is still one of the most romantic cities and important tourist destinations in Italy. Due to its location, Venice has always been a significant commercial centre and a busy port on the Adriatic Sea. Its magic lies in the bridge – connecting 118 smaller islands – and channel system. The most famous bridge in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs. Legend has it that if two people in love kiss each other under the bridge on a gondola at sunset, they will always be in love and remain happy forever. Of course, we must also mention St Mark’s Square and the Basilica. This has been the most frequently visited spot in the city for centuries.
Day 7. Venice – Saint Nicolas Island – Porec
104.91 km (65.19 mi)
St. Nicola Island is located opposite the port of Poreč. We can find beaches of several sizes here. The atmosphere on the island is particularly relaxing. Tourists can enjoy sophisticated restaurants with a unique service and view. The sea is beautiful, but you should be careful on the western coast as it is quite deep there. The shores are surrounded by rocks and gorgeous oaks. It is an ideal environment for a pleasant walk or a relaxing swim.
Upon your return to Porec, you must go on a walk around Marafor Square and to the street of Decumanus Maximus. Admire the beautiful antique houses and enjoy the pleasant breeze of the sea. Read more about what to do in Poreč
In the second itinerary, we highlighted the Italian towns. It is a longer trip, but we can assure you that it is more than worth the extra kilometres. Italy offers several natural reserves and marvellous architectural treasures. Enjoy the smell of freshly washed clothes and the authentic Italian atmosphere while sipping spritz on the narrow cobblestone streets.
Day 1. Porec – Venice 105.75 km (65.71 mi), Day 2. Venice – Chioggia 23.86 km (14.83 mi), Day 3. Chioggia – Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po – Ravenna 24.61 km (15.29 mi) – 80.49 km (50.02 mi), Day 4. Ravenna – Rimini 51.03 km (31.71 mi), Day 5. Rimini – Pula 135.44 km (84.16 mi), Day 6. Pula – Rovinj 30.79 km (19.13 mi), Day 7. Rovinj – Lim Fjord – Porec 7.14 km (4.43 mi) – 13.18 km (8.19 mi),
- Gas station POREC: Depth: 2, 5m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.227658, 13.589683
- Gas station NOVIGRAD: Depth: 4, 5 m, Working time: 01.10.-31.03.: 7-21; 01.04.-30.09.: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 45.317846, 13.560966
- Gas station UMAG: Depth: 3m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.440123, 13.518894
- ACI Marina PULA: , VHF: 17, GPS Coordinates: 44.872863, 13.845137
- Gas station PULA – Marina Veruda: Depth: 2, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 44.8749, 13.84651
- Gas station ROVINJ: Depth: 7 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.079886, 13.636453
- Socogar gas station MUGGIA: Draft: 11 m, Working time: Monday, Saturday, Sunday: closed, tuesday-thursday: 8-15.30, GPS Coordinates: 45° 36, 621, 13° 45, 155
- TRIESTE – BACINO SACCHETTA: Depth: 7 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.079886, 13.636453
- San Marco Petroli gas station GRADO: Depth: 3-6 m, Working time: Monday – Saturday 9-12.30; 14-17, Sunday: closed GPS Coordinates: 45.6852778, 13.385833333333332
- AF Petroli gas station LIGNANO SABBIADORO: Draft: 3 m, Working time: everyday: 09.00 – 14.00, GPS Coordinates: 45.6988, 13.1453
- Pompa Bianca gas station MARINA DEL CAVALLINO: Depth: 3-6 m, Working time: 0-24, Berths: 400, GPS Coordinates:45.4843674, 12.5816574,
- Gas station CHIOGGIA: Penzo D e figli Sas Depth: 2-4 m, Working time: Monday-Friday: 8:00–12:30 & 14:30–18:00, Saturday: 8-12, Sunday: closed GPS Coordinates: 45.21897382383504, 12.275168694299717
- PORTO BARRICATA: Depth: 2-3 m, Working time:8:30-18, GPS Coordinates: 44.847704431019594, 12.463708417445675,
- PB Nautico gas station RIMINI: Depth: 3, 8, Working time: 8.30-19, GPS Coordinates: 44.0747579, 12.5700993
In this article, we have listed some beautiful towns that are easily accessible from the wonderful city of Poreč. Don’t hesitate – explore the most popular spots of the Adriatic Sea yourself! Find more Istria sailing destinationsHELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT