Region of Istra is the largest peninsula in Croatia. The North Adriatic is an attractive sailing destination. It is known for its harbours, natural bays, idyllic fishing villages, rich cultural heritage, truffles and quality wines. Famous yachting destinations in Istria are Umag, Novigrad, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Brijuni islands and the Kvarner islands of Krk, Lošinj, Rab and Pag.
You can moore your sailing yacht, motor yacht or catamaran at their waterfronts and enjoy walking through narrow and crowded streets, discovering many hidden treasures and secrets. Marinas and bases in Istria are ACI Marina Umag, Marina Novigrad, Marina Červar Porat, Marina Parentium, Marina Funtana, Marina Vrsar, ACI Marina Rovinj, ACI Marina Pula, Marina Veruda, ACI Marina Pomer, Marina Rabac, Marina Medulin and Marina Bunarina.
The only national park in Istria, Brijuni, with its 14 islands, covers an area of 736 square hectares and presents a unique blend of animal species and rare and rich flora. In Istria there are also many remains of ancient Roman empire. The most famous is well preserved amphitheater in Pula, standing there for two millenniums. Kvarner is a name for extensive North-Adriatic gulf between eastern coast of Istria and Velebit mountain, including five bigger and quite a few smaller islands. Those five are Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Pag, similar in many characteristics but different in their essence. Novigrad has become a compelling touristic and yachting destination. Novigrad, little fishing town, was built on an island near the coast. Novigrad is also one of the top Istrian gourmet destinations where one can taste many gastronomic extravagance of the Mediterranean food.
Sailing in Istria is nothing more than easy, but there are few facts that you should know in order to enjoy. West coast of Istria is much more accessible for the sailors than east coast of this large peninsula, furthermore it is more populated, with more towns, marinas and places where you could moore or anchor your luxury yacht, gulet or small boat. Sea there is more shallow too, with large number of coves ideal for day at anchor. East coast is more steep and intact, with fewer marinas and moorings, sea is deeper.
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