Adriatic Nautical Gems

An authentic urban and architectual identity of the settlements and the indented coast of Cres Island and the surrounding archipelago, with plenty of natural anchorages off the main nautical routes, are the ideal features of a beloved nautical destination. The town of Cres, dominated by medieval Mandracchio along with Gothic and Renaissance churches, is becoming an increasingly important point on the "sea wanderers" maps, thanks to its ACI Marina in the south - east corner of a well - protected bay. The mountainous landscapes of the central and northern part of this big island, homes to the griffon vulture, are not only a natural attraction- this area is a famous sheep herding region, so the famous Cres lamb is the basis of the island's rich gastronomy offer.

The Brijuni archipelago is a stage showing five millennia of human labour in a relatively small area, with around one hundred recorded findings of archaeological, cultural and historic value - from the first Neolithic settlement to the conststruction of elite summer resort in the beginning of the 20th century - and after that, the presidential summer residence visited during the 25th "Tito's years" by numerous third world statesmen, is truly a unique place. Brijuni islands gained their fame thanks to the amazing blend of natural, cultural and historic features. This "sleeping beauty" is now awakened, attracting rich yachtsmen allowed to dock in the St. Nicolas harbour (Mali Brijun) without having to first sail into the Brijuni port.

Up the St. Anthony channel, Lake Prokljansko and Krka River, the 20km inland drawn Skradin is reached. Surrounded  by green pine, fir and spruce forests, Skradin is a genuine oasis of peace. This little town of rich and turbulent past, provides safe haven for the boaters: at anchor as well as in the ACI Marina. The wide selection of traditional foods can impress any gourmet, and most of them are sure to return. To nature lovers, sailing by the ancient town Sibenik is a unique opportunity to reach another Dalmatian gem by sea and  through magnificent canyons - the Krka National Park.

Today's town of Vis encompasses two old island villages, Kut and Luka. St. Jurje situated in the south - east part of the Vis bay, Kut has long been recognized as a perfect location for Hvar aristocracy summer mansions, which are now part of the town dominated by Renaissance - Baroque houses and the most popular restaurants on the Island of Vis. With their rich and high quality gastronomic offer, they attract the world jet - set. The seafront promenade includes boat moorings with water and electricity connections, and the town of Vis is also a seasonal maritime border crossing.

This is one of the most preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean, and the local legend says it is Marco Polo's birth place. Encircled by defensive walls, and of ingenious urban organization in harmony with the Pelješac channel micro - climate, Korcula is an ideal combination of natural and building elements - as if it has emerged from the sea on its tiny peninsula. Its dramatic past still lives in the tradition of sward dances, so Korcula has a many as seven Moreska associations. This heritage is celebrated every July and August in the international Festival of Knight Games by these hard - working and ingenious people who reach perfection in everything they do - whether it is shipbuilding or stonecutting, vine or olive growing, fishing or a capella singing....
The boaters have at their disposal an ACI Marina east of the old town, and it is also possible to find a mooring by the seafront promenade at the west coast of the peninsula, although it is often exposed to strong mistral.

These islands laying along the Dubrovnik coast, from Daksa in front of the port of Gruz, to Mljet - are places of perfect peace and quite. Sailing the Elafiti and watching their thick pine forests, olive groves, vineyards, rocky shores and sand beaches in deep inlets....will make you feel that life has somehow slowed down. Kolocep Island is closest to Dubrovnik, it is an island of fishermen and coral divers; followed by (to the north - west) Lopud, the island of seafarers with the gorgeous Sunj sand beach; Jakljan covered in pine forests; and the most attractive of all - Sipan, the island of unspoiled nature, valuable cottage architecture and reach gastronomic offer - so its two marinas are often visited by respectable guests, from prime ministers to wealthy industrialists.

The pearl of Istria. The beauty of nature and historic monuments in this small town, along with rich entertainment programs for all generations as well as excellent cuisine, deservingly put Rovinj among the top nautical - tourist destinations of the entire Mediterranean. From a hill on the peninsula where the old town is located with the bell tower of St. Euphemia watching over it, you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the twenty islets of the Rovinj archipelago, and the biggest and most beautiful is St. Andrew and St. Catherine. The exciting night life offered by countless seafront clubs and cafes will prove a real challenge for party lovers.

The urban centre of Rab island has grown from a medieval town on the peninsula, its walls still surrounding it. The old town is dominated by four Romanic bell towers, and you will experience pleasant moments at many musical and theatrical events in the open, but also indoors; while a lot of interesting museums, galleries and streets are turned into summer studios and art shops. Rab has long ago recognized the possibilities of nautical tourism; the island has two ACI Marinas, one in the town harbour, and the other is Supetarska Draga on the north side of the island; and in the town of Rab there is a high quality boat service as well as nautical equipment stores.

An important maritime, trading and shipbuilding centre through history is today an increasingly significant nautical - touris point in the north Adriatic, especially to those sailing from Istria to Dalmatia or vice versa. The small town is set in the largest protected bay of the Cres - Losinj archipelago and provides shelter to yachtsmen in the port and the marinas. Along with various services, boaters can get fuel or take care of the formalities at the border crossing. A drawbridge in Osor connects Mali Losinj with Cres, and by that with the entire Kvarner region. The town is filled with monuments in honour of seafarers and their protectors; its eno-gastronmic offer will satisfy any taste; and there are often various night events and famous concerts in Osor and nearby Lubenice on Cres.

For centuries the capital of Dalmatia, today also a vital regional centre, the town has a rich historic heritage. The Romanic church of St. Donat is trademark of the old town, still partially surrounded by mighty bastions with the impressive Port and Mainland Gates. The atmosphere at the green market and fish market creates a feel of a small town from another time, while the wide selection and its quality vouch for excellent menus of numerous restaurants. A night strool through the old town, with the unforgettable visit to a unique attraction - the sea organ and the "landed sun" - is an experience which will undoubtedly last in your memory; and the ambiance will be completed by the rich night life of Zadar. Part of Zadar's attractiveness is also the vicinity of four national parks; Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka and Kornati.

"Little Venice" has for years been one of the most interesting Croatian nautical destinations. By the waterfront promenade always packed with yachts, from family boats to really big ones, it gets almost impossible to find a spot in July and August - and smaller boats only find mooring after charter agency boats leave the ACI Marina. If you cannot find a berth in the marina or by the promenade, you can anchor your boat in the front of the ancient Kamerlengo tower. Many international celebrities can be met on the streets as they too are in love with the splendid Trogir architecture from the Venetian times. The narrow stone paved streets abound in good restaurants, and there is plenty of nights entertainment and concerts so Trogir is ideal for those who do not want a quiet (i.e. boring) night.

"Croatian Ibiza" crowded with tanned bodies in July and August, jams in the harbour and restarants... this is Hvar - where you absolutely must be seen. In the recent years the night life is flourishing but a number of elite yachtsmen is out off by lack of infrastructure: Hvar offers very little to the boaters. The harbour is unsafe, and due to too much traffic and yachts searching for mooring, often dangerous too... but once you anchor and get out on the shore, all your troubles are forgotten.

Ignored until recently for its certain isolation, Makarska is now discovered by the boaters when escaping from overcrowded classical routes. Unfortunately there is no real marinas yet, but there are berths and water and electricity connections as well as fuel supply possibilities - while the town is compesating for its disadvantages at sea by the advantages of rich tourist offer. Moreover the landscape is truly fascinating: whichever way you approach Makarska, the monumentality of Biokovo Mountain rising up to precipitous heights, virtually from the sea, leaves everyone in awe.

For over a century now Dubrovnik is popular with world elite and aristocracy, so there you can see super - yachts although the town has so far not been adequately equipped to take in these vessels; the ACI Marina Komolac offers standard services in a beautiful setting, the heart of which is the impressive summer residence of the Sorkočević family. Old Dubrovnik surrounded by monumental walls, with its unique architecture and countless cultural events, has a special place in global tourism and it is no surprise that it is no surprise that it hosts the most important people of the world.