Unmissable Adriatic Towns for Sailors
Unmissable Adriatic Towns for Sailors
The lure of the Croatian coast is inextricably linked to the spirit of small island towns, the urban centres of life by the sea. Rich historical and cultural heritage is visible on every corner, carved in the stoned houses, squares and streets filled with Mediterranean serenity. Their trademark is the hospitality of the hosts which is essentially a way of life in the Mediterranean. Our recommendations spanning from the southern to the northern Adriatic include the most popular small towns which, apart from their beauty, offer safe berth and have become must-see locations for sailors.
Šipanska Luka, once the favourite destination of noblemen from Dubrovnik, has managed to preserve its recognisable natural harmony, despite its rising popularity. Located at the end of a deep indented cove filled with lush indigenous vegetation, Šipanska Luka is a safe berth filled with dazzling summer villas, playful architecture and exquisite culinary offer. These are just some of the reasons why this fishing harbour has become a must-see destination.
Korčula, a town surrounded by impressive fortifications and tall towers, interwoven with cobbled streets and houses that have witnessed numerous historical events, has been dubbed as ”Little Dubrovnikˮ for its undeniable similarity to the famous city. The birthplace of Marco Polo where the traditional sword dance Moreška is performed, along with klapa, the unmissable a cappella singing style. Situated between the Split and Dubrovnik maritime zone, it is a popular destination for numerous sailors.
Komiža is the oldest fishing village in the Adriatic and a favourite sailing destination of many marine dream seekers. Located at the far end of a large bay, underneath steep mountain cliffs, it has the most picturesque Adriatic harbour, whose perfect order, colourful surroundings and harmonious architecture make Komiža one of the most beautiful gems not just in the Adriatic sea, but in the whole world.
Hvar, also known as the Croatian Saint-Tropez, is one of the most beautiful island towns in the Adriatic. A spectacular view of winding stone allies, a photogenic town harbour, long promenades along the coast and turquoise lagoons from the intertwining Pakleni islands, can be found from the hill above the town where the symbol of Hvar is located, the Fortress of Fortica overlooking the town from above and containing, among other things, the oldest theatre in the world. It is equally magical to approach Hvar from the sea while sailing virtuosos – the barkarijoli of Hvar – are masterfully going around you. This is just a short preview of the atmosphere and beauty of the town recognised by many sailors, celebrities and night-life enthusiasts.
At the mouth of the river Krka, where 2000 years ago ancient Romans used to moor their galleys, lies the picturesque town of Skradin, where the simultaneous sounds of crickets and frogs best describe what a magical natural place this is. The old town of this fairytale-like place has been declared a protected cultural monument, and Skradin, the favourite meeting location of yachtsmen, also stands as the “maritime” entrance to another natural wonder – the nearby Krka National Park.
Cres is a peaceful town symbolised by its small medieval port, usually occupied by local fishing boats, and the town centre is filled with typical tall narrow houses leaning on each other and forming a labyrinth made of stone. Situated at the deep end of an indented cove and surrounded by green slopes, the town of Cres gives off an almost lacustrine feel to its visitors. The big marina by the town makes it a particularly favourable point of departure for sailing across the Kvarner Bay.
The town of Rab rightly deserves the title of the most beautiful jewel of the northern Adriatic. Encircled by fortifications and decorated with four bell towers, it strongly reminds one of an anchored sail boat with four tall masts. The town itself has risen out of innovative architectural harmony, one of the most beautiful parks in the Adriatic and a deeply indented and popular town harbour. Events such as the festival Rapska fjera and medieval tournaments on Rab are an additional reason to visit this magical place with its beautiful marina for sailors.