If you are looking for great challenges in the North-Adriatic region, there is no better starting-off point than Venice. From here you can easily reach the towns of the northern Croatian shore. If you are in love with exciting and challenging cruises, definitely explore the Northern edge of the Adriatic Sea! Our article includes all important information about the marinas, the forecasted weather and a few interesting sights.
Our article gives you an overview of the following topics:
Weather on the northern part of the Adriatic Sea
The summer begins in May on the Mediterranean Adriatic Sea. At this time, the average temperature is above 20 degrees. I believe, just brave ones jump into the 19-degree cold water. The hottest period is in July and August with an average temperature of over 30 degrees. So, you can take a pleasant swim in-the 24-degree sea, you won’t feel it cold. There are variable winds on the Adriatic Sea: the bora blows from north-north-east in spring and autumn whereas the southern Jugo brings warm spells. You can expect more rain accompanied by storms in the northern part that could impede your sailing. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Croatia or sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Italy
What costs to count with?
As Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are all EU-member states, you should exchange Euro. The official currency of Italy and Slovenia is Euro, in Croatia kuna is used. However, a few catering facilities accept the Euro, it is better to bring with you kuna as well. Therefore, upon your arrival in Croatia, exchange your Euro to kuna in a local bank or money exchange office. It is good to know that the Adriatic Italian ports are much more expensive in the peak season than any other ports in the region. The mooring costs vary between 90-180 Euros. This can be lower, 60-130 Euros, in the low seasons. By sailing with a catamaran, you should multiply the above prices with 1.5 times.
What to see in Venice?
Venice considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world consists of 118 tiny islands. It is by no coincidence that it is called the Queen of the Adriatic; its marvellous century-old buildings and its unique cityscape made it so popular. By bus from the airport, you can easily get to the city’s western, still dry end. You can walk even 2-3 km towards most of the ports. Thus, it is advisable to take the waterbus leaving from the airport that stops in many places. Meanwhile getting closer to the yacht port you can see fabulous bridges. Moreover, there are also a lot of amazing buildings and squares to see. Saint Mark’s Square is a must, for instance, by tourists. And if you still have some time, take part in a guided tour in the Doge’s Palace.
One-way or round trip?
It depends a lot how far you would like to sail. During a one-way trip, you can visit Croatia’s coastline and islands. So if you want to take this challenge, it can last 2-3 weeks depending on the number of destinations. After handing over your yacht, you can get to Venice by bus, ferry or train. The route can vary from each Croatian town, in many cases, there are more stops needed to get back to the city. Therefore, always consider travelling facilities during the planning phase. Besides, it is easier to choose the direct flights from Split and Dubrovnik to Venice. By our longer cruise, you need to hand over your yacht in Dubrovnik.
Although by visiting the towns of the Istrian Peninsula, we recommend the shorter round sailing cruise. The only obstacle could be the Meltemi wind blowing against you in the summer.
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 ships up to 60 metres long. It is perfect for tourists, as it can be easily accessed from St Mark’s Square. Venice boat rentals
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
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, 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.
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. Information about sailing in Pula, or yachtcharter in Pula
ACI Marina Pomer
The port of Pomer can be found in Medulin Bay. They can accept more than 300 ships. 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. Read more about sailing in Medulin, or rent a boat in Medulin
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 ships 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 services.
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 services. 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 ships with a maximum length of 50 metres are allowed altogether. Information about sailing in Rovinj, or rent a boat in Rovinj
You can complete this cruise within a week. Actually, you sail from Venice to Trieste then head to south to visit the Croatian towns of the Istrian Peninsula. Finally, you return back to Venice on a longer route.
Day 1 Venice(Marina di Lio Grando) – Cortellazzo
30, 10 km (18, 71 mi)
You sail from Venice to north-east towards the Cortellazzo marina. In the summer you easily arrive before getting dark. Basically, this calm marina lying in the Piave river estuary is ideal for closing the first day’s short route. The local restaurants bake delicious pizza, do not miss it out!
Day 2 Cortellazzo – Grado
54, 50 km (33, 87 mi)
Then you head to north-east by the shore and arrive in Grado. The marina of the town is quite busy with fishermen coming and leaving by boats all day long. After mooring, you can visit many sights in the town. Pay a visit in the Basilica of Saint Euphemia erected in the 6th century where you can also find the traits of an even older building. Travelling on a boat in the lagoon is a must. If you love playing golf, do not forget to book a ticket in the golf course surrounded by lagoons, dunes and the Adriatic Sea. Or you want to swim in a special place, go to the Thermal Aquapark!
Day 3 Grado – Trieste
31, 22 km (19, 40 mi)
Your next is Trieste on the east. There are many old buildings from the Habsburg era recalling the atmosphere of the Monarchy. If you are interested in the contemporary interior design, definitely visit the Miramare Castle built for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. You can come here by a local bus that stops directly by the gate. There is a magnificent view from the castle wall of the Castello di San Giusto, you can even see Miramare in good weather. When you have entered the castle, do not miss the museum and the stone collection. Walking on the coast could mean a sheer pleasure. Here in the summer, it is not unusual when somebody takes off his clothes and jumps into the water.
Day 4 Trieste Izola – Umag
38, 72 km (24, 06 mi)
Sailing towards the south, you can visit Izola, Slovenia’s popular town with its port. This town is, by the way, calmer and more silent than Koper or Pran. If you are interested in the life of old boatmen, visit the Muzej Parenzana Museum. Here you can read facts about the old local railway and shipping. The museum offers interactive programmes as well during which you can steer old ships and make a sailor’s knot. The Madonna di Alieto Church built together with the Town Hall is also worth visiting on the square next to the port.
Leaving Izola to the south-south-west by the shore you can see plenty of smaller Slovenian and Croatian towns. After entering the Croatian water, Umag is going to be your first port city. Owing to tourism, it has developed a lot in recent years. The town famous for its wine-growing and olive oil hides numerous great restaurants. In the summer there are many festivals held in the town. If you arrive at the right time, you can participate in the event of Roman Days. This programme commemorates the old Roman times. Dancers put on Roman dresses, and of course, you can try ancient Roman dishes in most restaurants.
Day 5 Umag – Porec
25, 15 km (15, 63 mi)
Moving to the south, you arrive in Porec. The city possessing a regular layout since the old Roman times can be visited within a day. You can find the ruins of the old Roman castle wall in many spots, there are three large bastions around the old town. The ruins of the ancient Neptun temple can be found on the Marafor square. Or you can visit the Euphrasian Basilica that is actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the old town, you can go to a special aquarium to watch different sea fishes.
Day 6 Porec – Rovinj
17, 97 km (11, 16 mi)
Rovinj is the last-visited town. Its most-visited tourist sight is the Church of St. Euphemia. Its point of interest is the Saint Euphemia statue on the bell tower that is visible also far on the sea. Compared to other similar statues, it does not turn towards the sanctuary but shows the typical wind direction. The large market is on the square beside the port where there is a separate fish section. The Clock Tower on the main square still conceals the city’s crest. The exhibition of Mini Croatia displaying Croatia’s special buildings can be found about 3 kilometres on north-east from the Port of Rovinj.
Day 7 Rovinj – Venice
105, 90 km (65, 80 mi)
Sail back to Venice to the direction of the north-west. It is going to be a long route, so have a rest before that. Upon your arrival in Venice, enjoy the rest of the late afternoon. The sunset is fairly fabulous in the city. You can have dinner in countless great restaurants and walk over spectacular bridges.
As a matter of fact, this is a much longer cruise compared to the one-way one. During sailing, you travel past nearly all seashore towns in Croatia. In the summer, the Meltemi wind blowing from north-east could facilitate your steering during heading towards the south-east direction.
Day 1. Venice (Marina di Lio Grando) – Cortellazzo 30, 10 km (18, 71 mi), Day 2. Cortellazzo – Grado 54, 50 km (33, 87 mi), Day 3. Grado – Triest 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 4. Triest – Umag 35, 63 km (22, 14 mi), Day 5. Umag – Novigrad – Porec 26, 04 km (16, 18 mi), Day 6. Porec – Rovinj 17, 73 km (11, 02 mi), Day 7. Rovinj – Pula 30, 69 km (19, 07 mi), Day 8. Pula – Losinj (Nerezine) 64, 41 km (40, 02 mi), Day 9. Losinj – Zára 88, 50 km (54, 99 mi), Day 10. Zadar – Sibenik 75, 75 km (47, 07 mi), Day 11. Sibenik – Split 64, 38 km (40, 01 mi), Day 12. Split – Hvar 42, 83 km (26, 61 mi), Day 13. Hvar – Korcula 62, 45 km (38, 81 mi), Day 14. Korcula – Dubrovnik (ACI Marina Dubrovnik) 88, 54 km (55, 02 mi).
Marine gas near Venice
- 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
Bat gas stations in Istria/Croatia
- 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
Upon exploring the North Adriatic shore or even the whole Croatian coastline, choose these cruises. Countless new experiences await you during your cruise touching the shores of even three countries that will make your holiday unforgettable. Find more Croatia sailing destinations or Croatia sailing routes