The Kvarner region of the Adriatic Sea is a pleasant area for sailing due to its location. It’s the largest inner water area in Croatia. Surrounded by mountains from three sides it involves the most popular islands. Ports here offer the safest mooring and shelter. Compared to other Adriatic regions the distances between islands are smaller and there are more sandy beaches. They lie in the wonderful Mediterranean natural environment on the shores of towns full of historical and cultural treasures. Everyone finds an ideal site in this colourful region. Those who like vivid social life should choose the milling seaside. For those who wish for intimacy and silence, we recommend tiny fisher villages, mountain hiking routes, and lonely gulfs. Families with children will also find well-equipped beaches and playgrounds. The Losinj island and Mali Losinj both offer numerous opportunities for sailors.
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- Losinj island and the town of Mali Losinj
- Ports around Mali Losinj
- Sail in Mali Losinj! Mali Losinj sailing itineraries
- Sailing in Mali Losinj: A one-week sailing route suggestion from Mali Losinj in the Gulf of Kvarner
- 7 days Mali Losinj sailing tour (shorter)
The Losinj island is among the most interesting sites of Croatia and the sunniest places in Europe. It has an outstandingly rich, subtropical vegetation, and inner, untouched areas of nature. It’s more exciting than many other islands in the region. It has a lot of herbs. The air is very healthy and especially good for those with respiratory problems and allergies. The island has numerous wonderful sections of shore. One of them is on the online top list of the best Croatian beaches. It’s Veli Zal Beach which is in the Suncana Uvala (Sunny Gulf) only one kilometre southwest from Mali Losinj.
Mali Losinj is the largest settlement and tourist centre of the island. It has a long, wide promenade. There are several sights on its narrow, cobbled streets. These are just a few steps from the port. In the evenings the town is still lively, many people walk around searching for a good restaurant, or staring at the sunset above the small fisher boats. You can shop in two shopping centres and numerous vegetable and fruit shops. Nearby, you’ll find the first bottlenose dolphin reservation of the Adriatic Sea with a population of 120 dolphins. Mountain bikers can enjoy a 30 km long bikeway of medium difficulty.
Port of Mali Losinj
Mali Losinj is the most significant centre of the Croatian archipelago. It’s a cosy Mediterranean town in a fantastic location. Its port is a picturesque view with terrace inns and cafes all around. The >port is on the northern side of the gulf right next to the Privlaka alley. There are 150 anchoring places with available water and electricity for each, petrol station, water block, laundry, a service department, diving centre, and a sailors’ shop with a variety of products only 500 metres away. The season lasts from April to October, but the port is open all year. Yacht charter Mali Losinj.
The port of Cres is located in the centre of one of the largest but least inhabited islands. It is a popular destination among those who love the unspoiled nature and sailing. The giant bay has 6-meter-deep waters, it can accept 458 boats and they offer 120 dry docks here as well. It is perfectly equipped and has everything you may need.
Marina of Punat
You will find everything in one place at Marina Punta. The port is equipped perfectly, and always provides those who sail in the area with a relaxation opportunity. The port has 14 piers with berths of great quality, for boats with a length of up to 40 metres. There are restaurants, a hotel and a wellness resort nearby. Further services include yacht service, medical help, and equipment storage. They have also important services such as drinking water connection, electrical connection, video surveillance of the port and the entrance, Wi-Fi, currency exchange, information desk, weather forecast, meteorological station, Internet café, playground for kids and laundry services. Information about sailing in Punat, or charter in Punat.
ACI Marina Rab
The marina lies on the North of Rab Island. The ACI Marina provides modern and high-quality services in Rab. There is a gas station close to the marina. If your yacht needs repairing or maintenance or you need to purchase any necessary equipment, you can all do these here in one place. There are 142 wet berths. The maximum draught is 5 m and the top length of yachts can be 20 m. There are free Wi-Fi, bathrooms and showers. In the neighbourhood, pleasant restaurants and cafés attract hungry visitors.
The Marina Novalja is located on the northern part of the island of Pag in the Adriatic Sea. The depth of the water in the largest marina of this wondrous touristic centre is 5 m with 100 berths for yachts with a length of up to 20 m. There are countless touristic and leisure activities with an amazing view and many seashore restaurants nearby. Information about sailing in Novalja or boat hire Novalja
Marina Veli Rat
The Marina Veli Rat is on the North-West side of the Dugi Otok Island by Croatia. It lies about 30 km from Zadar, the Dalmatian capital city. There are 207 berths in the calm marina for yachts with a length of 20 m, the maximum depth is 3.5 m. Although it is a small town the marina is quite modern and clean. You can use free Wi-Fi, clean and modern bathrooms and showers. Moreover, you can book a table in nice bars and restaurants nearby.
Sali Marina lies on the south-eastern part of the Dugi Otok Island, in about 20 km from Zadar. There are 90 berths, all supplied with electricity and water. The maximum length of yachts is 70 m, the depth of the water is 4 m. Regarding facilities, you can find bathrooms and showers here and emergency services, dentist and post office in the town.
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 by the northern and eastern winds, unfortunately from the southern winds not. A new shore has been just opened in the port and they constantly improve 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 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 with a length of up to 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. Information about sailing in Pula, or yachtcharter in Pula At night, there is a wonderful view of the sea and the wonderfully illuminated dockyard. Yachtcharter in Pula .
The recommended route is a round trip, thus, you can start in either direction depending on the wind.
Day 1. Mali Losinj – Unije
25,43 km (15,80 mi)
It’s the largest inhabited island in Mali Losinj’s vicinity. The island of silence, peace, and sunlight. It’s known for the Vnetak lighthouse. Don’t forget to rent diving gear, the water is very clear in the gulfs. The island has a huge, long spreading, pebbly beach, it’s the most famous one here. Spend the night in the port of Susak island.
Day 2. Unije – Susak
17,01 km (10,57 mi)
The island has only one small village called Susak. Here you can find beautiful shores with smooth sand, just like on the other parts of the island. Since Susak is a sand island, the wine here has a unique taste completely different from wines made of grape grown in stony soil. Islanders speak their own dialect that even Croatians don’t understand, and they wear a traditional costume at festivities. Most tourists don’t know about the island, so don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden gem yourself!
Day 3. Susak – Opatija (Pag)
47,17 km (29,31 mi)
The capital of Pag Island, Pag, would only be accessible from the notorious Velebit canal which has the danger of bora in one-third of the year. On Pag’s western side only Novalja is suitable for mooring. Novalja has a great nightlife full of parties, it’s the favourite place for young people. For those who like diving, the peak of Pag could be interesting. Spend the night in the town’s port.
Day 4. Novalja – Lopar (Rab-island)
44,00 km (27,34 mi)
Many call it the most beautiful island in the Gulf of Kvarner. It’s full of picturesque gulfs and gorgeous beaches. Try diving near the Cape of Sorinj, where you can view the cargo of a sunk ancient amfore boat. Enjoy the charming, rich greenery and pine forests of the island. You can meet deer and mouflons as well. Several small islands are near to Rab such as the Golits and Grgur. It’s a huge experience to discover them.
Day 5. Lopar – Punat (Krk-island)
23,03 km (14,31 mi)
Krk is the second-largest settlement on the island. It has a charming view with little houses built closely together. It’s a Mecca for lovers of watersports and sailors. They usually explore other sights of Krk island from here. Spend the night in the town’s port.
Day 6. Punat – Cres (town)
66,78 km (41,50 mi)
The island of Cres has quite indented with many hidden gulfs and pebbly beaches. Besides numerous diving centres, jet-ski rental and skydiving are also available. Lubenice is famous for the Blue Cave. You can swim in wonderland from the sea.
Day 7. Cres – Martinšćica (Cres-island) – Mali Losinj
63,42 km (39,41 mi)
If we still have some time after returning our boat, we should take a look around Mali Losinj.
7 days Mali Losinj sailing tour (shorter)
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).
Explore stunning wonders of nature in the Gulf of Kvarner. The lovers of the sea and boating can engage in their passion in a safe environment. At the same time wherever they land, they can enjoy the opportunities of the dry land: vegetation, Mediterranean atmosphere, historical small towns, cultural treasures. Come and try it yourself! You’ll leave with lifelong memories. Find more Kvarner bay sailing destinations
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