Rabac is a perfect resort town, an excellent starting-off point to explore the Adriatic Sea. Besides, there are breath-taking pebble-stoned beaches in the bay, four of them also possess the “Blue Flag” award. The Istrian region is typical of the wild and untouched flora. It is beloved by families as the inhabitants of Rabac awaits them with entertaining programmes all year round.
The main points of the article are the following:
- Weather in Rabac
- Ports and islands around Rabac
- Sail in Rabac! Rabac sailing holidays
- Sailing in Rabac: 1-week sailing plan around Rabac
- A 7-day Rabac sailing itinerary (longer)
- Marine gas around Rabac, boat gas stations around Istria
Weather in Rabac
Like on every part of Istria Rabac has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are sunny and dry whereas winters are mild and wet. Western winds prevail throughout the whole year that provides excellent conditions for boatmen. The sea temperature is mild all year, it rarely drops below 14ºC. The best sailing time for yachts is between late spring and the middle of October. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Rabac.
Ports and islands around Rabac
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
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
Cres port is in the middle of the Adriatic islands’ largest and sparsely populated island. The lovers of sailing and untouched nature love this amazing destination. The huge bay is 6-metre deep accepting 458 yachts into 120 dry piers. It is fully-equipped meeting all boatmen’s needs.
This marina located in a natural bay is perfectly protected by the winds. Its depth is 3 m with a capacity of 300 yachts. The maximum length of yachts is 50 m. All in all, it is a busy, well-equipped marina. There are many facilities including maintenance and yacht repair. Information about sailing in Punat, or charter in Punat.
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.
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.
The Marina Admiral on the North of the Adriatic Sea is one of the best starting-off points for 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
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
Sail in Rabac! Rabac sailing holidays
Sailing in Rabac: 1-week sailing plan around Rabac
Day 1. Rabac – Medulin
44, 05 km (27, 37 mi)
If you love sandy beaches, you must visit this place! Medulin’s well-known coast is called Bijeca beach. This popular coastline has gained fame for the region. The port has developed a lot to provide a buzzing life for youngsters. In addition, there are three islets in the bay. These are Ceja, Brodulas and Levan. The latter is a natural sandy islet. The restaurant here is well worth a visit if you want to experience the perfect harmony of tastes and romantic. Read more about what to do in Medulin or Medulin sailing. Check our boats: boat rental in Medulin
Day 2. Medulin – Cres
45, 50 km (28, 27 mi)
The relatively untouched Cres is the largest island of the Adriatic that was previously connected to Losinj. The two islands and the thirty islets in the surrounding make the Adriatic’s largest island group. The most typical features of the landscape are the wealth of vegetation and steep cliffs. There are oak trees on the North whereas tiny bushes and olive trees grown on the South. The most important bird here is the griffon vulture. These are European protected species lay eggs here every year then migrate with the baby birds further.
As a matter of fact, one of the oldest and most popular villages in Beli. According to a legend, Béla IV escaped here, its name also derives from him. Another town with a long history is Lubenic. There is a beautiful cave here called Blue Cave. The motto of your holiday on the island of Cres is relaxation accompanied by harmony.
Day 3. Cres – Krk
63, 70 km (39, 58 mi)
Krk is the second-largest island of Croatia and the Adriatic Sea. Its western side is hilly whereas the eastern side is steep with high cliffs and broad-leaved forests. The town of Krk in the bay is the island’s centre and largest settlement. The world’s longest concrete bridge, the Krk Bridge, by Craljevica connects the island with the land. Krk is a real fortress surrounded by the town walls. By the way, the town has four entrances; its main sights are the Frankopan Castle and the Bastion of Vilnius City Wall that is an important part of the town’s promenade. The Krk Cathedral is the most well-known motive of the town. The local beach is also in the bay that offers excellent relaxation programmes for everyone.
Day 4. Krk – Glavine (Mala Luka) – Crikvenica
31, 63 km (19, 65 mi) – 19, 76 km (12, 28 mi)
If you are crazy about hiking and love fascinating landscapes, you need to come here! You can explore two cosy beaches around Baska, Mala Luka and Vela Luka. During the tour, you can get to know the area’s flora and fauna. You can have a magnificent view of the sea and sheep will follow you on your path. The path will lead you first to the Vela Luka bay then, about one-kilometre away you will find Mala Luka. You can refresh yourself and enjoy the sunshine on these enchanting beaches of the island of Krk.
Crikvenica in the evening, though, awaits you with a buzzing nightlife. It does not matter whenever you visit the town, there are about 250 festivals held annually on the Riviera. Thus, entertainment is guaranteed. If you happen to sail here, look for a romantic scenery for a secret kiss with your loved one. Both the town and its inhabitants are proud of this famous meeting points that are also popular amongst tourists.
Day 5. Crikvenica – Rijeka (Fiume)
26, 24 km (16, 30 mi)
Rijeka lies on the coast of the Kvarner Bay on the East from Rabac. Actually, this is Croatia’s third-biggest city. It is not a well-known destination for tourists; therefore, this is a perfect place for a summer holiday. The town’s heart is the Corso that is a long and wide promenade. During your stroll here you can marvel at the fascinating Baroque buildings, exclusive restaurants and the buzzing nightlife. There are Neoclassical palaces and theatres too. It resembles a Central-European city that is full of boutiques and coffee shops. Another interesting program is when you go to the central market. The Fish Hall is another marvellous Art Nouveau building. The farmers always sell fresh products to the customers. If you want to go to the beach, choose the Blue beaches, Ploce or Kostanj.
Day 6. Rijeka – Opatija (Abbazia)
10, 97 km (6, 82 mi)
Opatija is Croatia’s small jewellery box. This is a small town where the number of sights is quite high. Take a stroll on the Walk of Fame that has commemorated those who have gained fame in i.e. Culture, art, science or sport since 2005. You can see such names like Nicola Tesla or Miroslav Radman. Another must-see is the Villa Angiolina and its park. The flora of the park is so diverse as flowers were transported here from all parts of the world. The villa used to be the summer residence of Iginio Scarpa. He welcomed his wealthy guests here who contributed to the booming of tourism of Opatija. Besides, there are many other museums and churches in the town. You should not forget the wonderful coastline and the Lungonare promenade. All in all, Opatija is a cosy town, an excellent destination.
Day 7. Abbazia – Plomin – Rabac
28, 41 km (17, 65 mi) – 9, 82 km (6, 10 mi)
At the end of the route steer towards Plomin. You will find this really tiny region at the end of the funnel. You do not need much time to walk around, but during this time you can see such a breath-taking landscape with untouched nature, and in the middle, there is this tiny village. Among the nice stone houses, you can hike to the highest point of the region where you can marvel at the breath-taking Croatian landscape.
If you happen to have a bit of time, put on your bikini and go to the famous Four Elements Beach. The coastline is covered by white limestone pebbles, the sea is crystal-clear and there are lots of rows of oak trees in the bay. For active tourists diving or a visit to the adventure park or a tour between Labin and Rabac are recommended.
A 7-day Rabac sailing itinerary (longer)
Day 1. Rabac – Pula 71, 55 km (44, 46 mi), Day 2. Pula – Martinscica 63, 36 km (39, 37 mi), Day 3. Martinscica – Mali Losinj 38, 87 km (24, 15 mi), Day 4. Mali Losinj – Rab 33, 27 km (20, 67 mi), Day 5. Rab – Baska 44, 35 km (27, 56 mi), Day 6. Baska – Beli 43, 66 km (27, 13 mi), Day 7. Beli – Brseč – Rabac 16, 72 km (10, 39 mi) – 14, 62 km (9, 09 mi)
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Marine gas around Rabac, boat gas stations around Istria
- ACI Marina CRES: , VHF: 17, Depth: 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 44.947991, 14.416325
- KRK: Depth: 2, 2 – 3, 5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.025306, 14.575191
- RAB: Depth: 2.5 m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 44.75828, 14.762634
- NOVI VINODOLSKI: Depth: 3 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.127495, 14.785789
- CRIKVENICA: Depth: 3 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.170357, 14.696294
- ABBAZIA – Marina Opatija: Depth: 4 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 45.327236, 14.300592
- ACI Marina Pula: VHF: 17, GPS Coordinates: 44.872863, 13.845137
- PULA – Marina Veruda: Depth: 2.5 m, Working time: 6-22, GPS Coordinates: 44.8749, 13.84651
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