Route from Rovinj to Pula, Brijuni Park, Medulin and the islands of the Kvarner Bay: Unije, Silba, Ilovik, Cres.
Day 1: Rovinj – Pula (18 NM)
Rovinj is a wonderful place to start your trip over Croatia. On the first day, you’ll have an opportunity to see the best-known sights of the city, but arrival at the marina will be the main event. Be sure to discuss the route with the manager and check the weather forecast.
Day 2: Pula – Cres (40 NM)
The city of Cres is located in the northeast of a wide gulf, which has been a reliable protection from storms from ancient times. This was the reason for arrangement of a large, state-of-the-art marina with numerous berths to the south of the city. The main architectural and historical sights of the island are located conveniently in Cres, for example, the Valun plate, the oldest monument of the Glagolitic writing system, is kept in the local Lapidarium museum. Cres competes with Krk for the title of the biggest island of the Kvarner archipelago. The island was already inhabited in ancient times and was subjected to influence of various periods and cultures: Ancient Rome, Byzantium, Venice, Austria. The main cities of the island are Osor, Lubenice and Cres, with a sizable yacht pier located not far from it. The rich history of the island gave tourists numerous cultural and architectural monuments: the triple city gates, the Lapidarium museum, the Arsan-Patrice palace. Especially noteworthy is fresh water Lake Vrana (Vransko) – the source of drinking water for residents of the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Diving fans won’t be left without entertainment either – one can see what is left of the shipwrecked Lina by Cres shores.
Day 3: Cres – Unije – Susak (35 NM)
The “olive island” of Unije is the region of tranquility. Low hills overgrown with Mediterranean vegetation come directly to the coastline; Illyrian forts and an Ancient Roman villa seem to invite you to walk along old walls; pebble beaches are washed by azure water of the Adriatic Sea. You’ll find a couple of delightful konobas in the village of Unije – home-style restaurants ready to bring you joy with excellent regional dishes.
Day 4: Susak – Silba - Ilovik (31 NM)
Silba is one of the greenest islands in Croatia, and will be liked by beach vacation fans. Sheltered harbours, tiny bays, and sandy coast will be well-suited for families with children. There are neither cars, nor hotels and noisy late-night parties here, only fresh air, turquoise-coloured water, mild climate, and an ideal location for water sports.
Day 5: Ilovik – Medulin (37 NM)
Medulin city-archipelago is located on the southern end of the Istria peninsular. The irregular coast with numerous bays of various kinds and grottoes attract a lot of tourists and yacht owners. The city itself is small and there are just a few medieval architectural ensembles. Medulin is appreciated for its beaches – pebble, rocky, sandy, well-equipped, wild and always in shade of pine trees. There is the Vižula archeological monument on a small peninsular within the limits of the city. Its main sight is the Roman villa of the 1-2 centuries A.D. Many years ago the view of the sea opened from the veranda of the villa, floors were decorated with bright-coloured mosaics, and there was a swimming pool and a pier. Now, research is being carried out, and once finished, a proper archeological park will appear.
Day 6: Medulin – Brijuni –Fažana (18 NM)
The picturesque National nature park is located on the 14 islands of the Brijuni archipelago. Nature here is virgin and primordial with fresh air and crystal clean sea, blooming meadows and parks, and oak and laurel groves. Many subtropical plants have taken root here: bamboo, eucalyptus, sequoia, and palm tree. Especially amazing is the long-lived olive tree, which has been growing on the island for more than 16 centuries. There is a safari park in the northern part of Veli (Big) Brijun, where elephants from Asia, South-American camels, zebras, antelopes and even Indian holy cows walk freely. All of them arrived in the park thanks to the President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, who was given exotic presents by high-ranking guests. The residence of this former leader still stands on the archipelago, today it’s a museum and worth a visit.
Day 7: Fažana – Rovinj (13 NM)
Your voyage is coming to an end. Prepare the yacht for transferring back over to the charter company, assess the equipment’s operation, and resupply water and fuel. After handing the vessel over successfully, take leisurely walk through Rovinj and don’t forget to pick up souvenirs for your friends.