Pula and the exploration of Istria.
When renting a catamaran charter in Croatia, your are not renting just a vessel. You are renting an experience. There for we have several routes prepared for you along with all the links necessary to get even more information about places to visit. Normally you charter a catamaran from Saturday to Saturday.
This route takes you from the ancient city of Pula to it’s neighboring islands.
DAY 1: PULA – POMER
When your check-in is complete you can set sail to the village of Pomer. It’s on the northwestern side of the Medulin bay which opens up between Cape Kamenjak and Cape Marlera. Due to numerous reefs and shoals, it is advisable to approach through the main channel, passing east of Fenera Islet and then between Ceja and Bodulaš Islands. The sea is much shallower around Bodulaš Island so it is safer to sail along Ceja Island.
Pomer is rich with roman remains and it is a well-known for raising and breeding of fish and mollusks. Therefor excellent seafood restaurants are a must do. If you like biking there are some bicycling routes available. One is called ”Orchidea” and it takes around Dolnji Kamenjak.
ACI marina Pomer.
DAY2: POMER – RABAC
Today a well-known tourist resort was once a small fishing village. Tourism in Rabac began to develop during the sixties, when this small resort, due to its natural beauty, got the flattering name of ‘The Pearl of the Kvarner Bay’. To add to all that beauty there are some events thru the summer that you just can’t miss. Like Summer Carnival in Rabac in June, Labin Jazz Festival in July and The “City of Labin day” in August.
Because Romans liked good food and excellent wine, so do the Istrians. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and you can take a wine road to experience the ancient proverb ”The bread is for the flesh and wine is for the soul.”
DAY 3: RABAC – OPATIJA
Opatija can boast itself with very attractive geographic position, lush green scenery and a pleasant climate. Well known illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the “Lungomare” and well-kept beaches and fountains. When visiting make sure you stay for the carnivals and festivals. Also it is a good opportunitie for shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions to the Plitvice Lakes or Risnjak National Park. You will never go hungry when you are in Opatija. Its ideal position at the juncture between sea and mainland is reflected in its gastronomy.
Famous ”Lungomare” promenade.
DAY 4: OPATIJA – CRES
Cres is the biggest Adriatic island with several climate and vegetation zones. The richness of flora is accompanied by the richness of fauna. Both plant and animal wealth poses a real challenge to nature lovers. History has also left an indelible imprint on the island. Cultural, architectural and sociological settings of the island is almost exceptional.
Dishes are prepared according to the old traditional recipes, seasoned with local aromatic plants and olive oil are typical of Cres cuisine. One should definitely end the meal with a glass of homemade brandy with aromatic herbs.
You can moor your catamaran in Port of Cres, ACI Marina Cres or you just anchor in one of many well protected bays.
The city of Cres.
DAY 5: CRES – MALI LOŠINJ
Mali Lošinj or Island of vitality is ideal for physical and mental rest. Due to it’s clean air and mild Mediterranean climate it became known as a medical tourist destination. Active holiday seekers are able to use the 220 km long laid-out pathways. The pathways and promenades wend their way through diverse and sweet-smelling tracts of nature and can lead you to hidden hamlets and picturesque places.
When sailing around Lošinj and Cres you will most likly bounce into the community of bottlenose dolphins that colonize the sea around the islands. Today these dolphins are one of the best-explored groups in the whole Mediterranean. Its size is estimated at 180 individuals.
Historically the city of Mali Lošinj had 6 shipyards in the 19.century. Thanks to them, Mali Lošinj was once a number two ship building superpower in Austro Hungarian Empire.
A couple of dolphins around Mali Lošinj.
DAY 6: MALI LOŠINJ – PULA
Since this will be the longest and most demanding sea voyage on your trip, due to mostly open sea navigation, it is recommended to reach Pula during the daylight. Along the way there are almost no possibilities to stop in a bay and take a rest. Plus to approach Pulas harbour is tricky in bad weather conditions or in the night.
Still when you reach your destination you can take a long walk in Pulas streets, visit the Roman amphitheater, Triumphal Arch of the Sergii, temple of Rome and Augustus, the Gate of Hercules and Twin gates. Arena – Amphitheater is the most famous and important monument and home to the venue for many different events – Pula Film Festival to name the best one.
DAY 7: PULA
Check out in the marina. Still you have a full day to explore Pula and it’s surroundings. Don’t miss anything 🙂
Pulas marina with amfitheater.