Rovinj is not only world-famous for its calm beaches but for its unique history and establishment as well. It is a perfect starting point when exploring the Adriatic Sea. You can discover the beautiful Croatian towns and conquer the shores of Italy from here at the same time.
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- The best time for sailing in Rovinj
- Ports around Rovinj
- Sail in Rovinj! Rovinj sailing itineraries:
- 7-days Rovinj sailing trip
- Sailing in Rovinj: 1-week sailing plan (longer)
- Marine gas around Rovinj, boat gas stations around Istria
The best time for sailing in Rovinj
The Mediterranean climate provides suitable sailing conditions from the pleasant days in May to the end of September. We can feel the harmony of the cool Bora and warm Jugo winds mainly at the beginning and at the end of the season. The average water temperature is 15-16 degrees.
Ports around Rovinj
ACI Marina Rovinj
It is a modern and cosy port with a wonderful view. Thanks to a 20-million-Euro investment, it is among the largest ports in Croatia. Everything is clean and in very good condition. They have excellent healthcare service. The port is divided into two parts. One of them is reserved for transit vessels, and the other was established for yachts stationing there during the whole year. 416 boats with a maximum length of 50 metres are allowed altogether.
Marina of Vrsar
Vrsar can be found in a bay perfectly protected by the surrounding islands. It is among the ports in the best condition on the western shores of Istria. They can accept 200 boats in the port where the water is 14-metre-deep; the maximum allowed size of boats is 40 metres. Healthcare facilities, restrooms and showers are all in great condition and are very clean. There are nice restaurants right next to the port with delicious meals and amazing service.
Marina of Porec
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.
There are berths for 36 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.
Port of Trieste – Marina San Giusto
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.
ACI Marina Pula
The port of Pula had a significant role in the life of the town as early as in ancient times. It is located in a giant natural bay. They have 200 berths for mega yachts as long as 40 metres. It is perfectly equipped. They have laundry, ATM and currency exchange. There is also a petrol station nearby, and we can rent a car, too. At night, there is a wonderful view of the sea and the wonderfully illuminated dockyard.
ACI Marina Pomer
The port of Pomer can be found in Medulin Bay. They can accept more than 300 boats. It is a modern port with free Wi-Fi. There is a fine spacious restaurant on the beach. The port offers everything that sailors may need. There is even a storehouse where they can keep their equipment such as bicycles or surfboards.
This is one of the best bays when it comes to docking. It has been awarded the Blue Flag 15 times. There is always a buzzing life in this newly established port in the summer. The water here is about 4 metres deep, and they have 630 berths for boats up to 40 metres long. They have a wide variety of services. There is even a sailor shop here, as well as bars, pubs and a market. They also offer medical and technical service.
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.
7 days Rovinj sailing trip
Day 1. Rovinj – Lim Fjord – Vrsar
12.50 km (7.77 mi) – 11.97 km (7.44 mi)
On the road towards the wonderful town of Vrsar, the first sight you may see is Lim Fjord. It can be found the app. 13 kilometres from Rovinj. You can even dock here for a while and go on a nice walk in the beautiful nature. Towards the centre of the channel along the beach, you will find the Jama Piratov bar. You can admire the unspoiled beauty of this fascinating land. there are beautiful forests, mountains and hills to be admired during the trip. In the evening, you can relax in Vrsar. Unlike in other towns, they started the building on the hill instead of the port. The main sight there, on the main square, is the Church of Saint Anthony.
It is special as you can see Porec and even Rovinj from here in nice weather. There are dozens of tiny islands near the town. If you sail around the area, you will definitely find a quiet and hidden beach where you can enjoy the rest of the day.
Day 2. Vrsar – Funtana – Porec
4.22 km (2.62 mi) – 6.01 km (3.73 mi)
If you get hungry during your trip or would like to have a cold beer, dock at the shores of Fontana. This small resort is located along the route between Vrsar and Porec. The enchanting neighbourhood has become famous among sailors for its classic pebbly beaches and cosy catering facilities.
Porec is located app. 13 kilometres to the north from Vrsar. The first fishing village in the area used to be standing in the place of the current town. The ancient Roman quarters and streets can still be seen in this historic gem. The streets Decumanus Maximus and Cardo Maximus have preserved their name and divide the downtown into 4 parts of perfectly similar sizes. After a nice dinner, the best thing to do is to walk these streets and breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air.
Day 3. Porec – Novigrad
11.80 km (7.33 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 4. Novigrad – Umag
14.86 km (9.23 mi)
Every road leads to the old town in Umag. The main sights can all be found here, for instance, 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. It is a good idea to check the programmes in advance…
Day 5. Umag – Triest
35.56 km (22.10 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 6. Triest – Venice
115.35 km (71.67 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 – Red Island – Rovinj
110.07 km (68.40 mi) – 2.71 km (1.69 mi)
The bay of Rovinj is protected by a wall of several tiny islands, the largest of which is Red Island. The two separate parts are St Andrews Island and Maskin Island. They are only connected by a thin neck of land that we can use to walk across. This small town has become famous as a resort island. Due to the fact that the two shore segments and the bridge connecting them are very close, we can swim with the fish in a giant area in shallow, crystal-clear water. It is perfect if we want to enjoy the sunshine or go on a nice walk. We should be careful about discovering the hidden bays though, as we might end up at the nudist beach!
If you can see the Church of Saint Euphemia, you have arrived. Go on a pleasant walk on the cobblestone streets, which will be a perfect warm-down at the end of the week. Follow the traces of the Venetian rule and enjoy the amazing panorama. Rovinj is a must-see destination that reminds us of a little town from a fairy-tale with its picturesque cityscape.
Sailing in Rovinj: 1-week sailing plan (longer)
Day 1. Rovinj – Umag 43.17 km (26.82 mi), Day 2. Umag – Triest 34.24 km (21.28 mi), Day 3. Triest – Lignano Sabbiadoro 50.09 km (31.12 mi), Day 4. Lignano Sabbiadoro – Venice 71.98 km (44.73 mi), Day 5. Venice – Chioggia 24.97 km (15.52 mi), Day 6. Chioggia – Pula 129.03 km (80.18 mi), Day 7. Pula – Brijuni National Park – Rovinj 6.97 km (4.33 mi) – 21.08 km (13.10 mi)
Marine gas around Rovinj, boat gas stations around Istria
- ROVINJ: , Depth: 7 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.079886, 13.636453
- POREC: , Depth: 2,5m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.227658, 13.589683
- 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
- UMAG: , Depth: 3m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.440123, 13.518894
- PULA – Marina Veruda: , Depth: 2,5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 44.8749, 13.84651
- MARINA DI LIO GRANDO: Depth: 1,5 – 5 m, Working time:0-23:30, GPS Coordinates:45.450481481140855, 12.42957559286725
- TRIESTE – BACINO SACCHETTA: , Depth: 7 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.079886, 13.636453
- MARINA DEL CAVALLINO: Depth: 3-6 m, Working time: 0-24, Berths: 400, GPS Coordinates:45.4843674, 12.5816574,
- MARINA DI CORTELLAZZO: Depth: 3 – 6 m, Working time: Monday: 10:00–12:30, Tuesday: closed, Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00–12:30,14:30–17:00, Sunday: closed, GPS Coordinates:45.53710115110771, 12.721850171074832
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