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Croatia is the finest fantasy location for a sailing trip because of its 1,244 islands, clear blue water, reefs, and rocks that make up the Adriatic. Croatian islands provide a significant challenge with practically optimal separations between them of little more than 10 nautical miles along a coastline that stretches up to 5,835.00 km from Dubrovnik to Istria. The Croatian Adriatic is the greatest region for sailing and motorboat cruising with a power boat or a luxury mega yacht since it has more than 1500 coves, ports, and bays on the mainland and islands where you can find everything you need like drop anchor, stop overnight, or berth.

From little coves on Croatia’s islands to sprawling cities along the coast, marinas are nearly always found in superbly safe settings. The marinas provide superb Croatian culinary delicacies and local beverages in addition to servicing and maintenance, and they also include restaurants, bars, showers, and swimming pools. Along the whole coast of Croatia, from Dubrovnik Gru to Hvar and Vis, to Korcula and Trogir and Murter to Primosten up to Loinj, Biograd on the Sea to Opatia in Istria, you may find quiet, little ports in the center of small coastal villages.

 

Istria

Istria sailing area itinerary

The aroma of excellent wine and truffles is in the air!

“Terra Magica” is the name given to Istria.
It is a genuine cultural arboretum, with influences from the Histriians, Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, and even the Austro-Hungarian Empire!
Istria is a place of genuine marvels, regardless of where you begin, whether it be in Pula with its beautiful Roman amphitheatre, Rovinj, known as the “little Venice,” Porec’s Euphrasius, Dvigrad, a town of ghosts, Motovun’s loveliness, or possibly the artists’ community of Gronjan in the interior.
The first and, as of this writing, the only dinosaur bones discovered in the whole Mediterranean region were discovered 15 years ago on the seabed near Bale.

Kvarner

Kvarner sailing area itinerary

Unique island experience!

Kvarner has the legendary Absytrus islands as well as the world-famous rivieras of Opatija, Crikvenica, Vinodol, and Rijeka.
In addition to being well-known as the prestigious summer residence of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, this location includes the seaside city of Rijeka.
But the Kvarner islands are a very other matter.
The islands of Krk, Cres, and Loinj, sometimes known as the Absytrus islands after Medea’s brother Absytrus, have a rich ancient and medieval history.
The Apoxiomen, a well-known bronze statue of an athlete created by the Greek artist Lizip in the fourth century B.C., should unquestionably be included here. It was discovered in the water near Loinj in 1999.
On the island of Krk, in 1100, the Baka tablet was discovered. It was the earliest sculptured monument in the Croatian language.

Šibenik

Sibenik sailing area itinerary

 

Where some say the Adriatic starts!

Ibenik is the county seat of Ibenik-Knin, which covers 2994 km2. The city of Ibenik has 38 000 residents. Among the Adriatic cities, Ibenik has a unique location. In contrast to Solin, Trogir, Hvar, and Vis, which were originally Greek, Roman, and Byzantine before becoming Croatian settlements, Sibenik was created as a counterbalance to Byzantine Dalmatia. Sibenik is the oldest Croatian and Slavic city on the Adriatic, despite the fact that there aren’t many remnants of a town from the era of Croatian immigration. During the Croatian King Petar Kresimir 1V’s visit to the city in 1066, the city was originally referred to as “Castrum Sebenici.” The Croatian state of the Middle Ages was at its most powerful during this period. Gibenik, however, only remained a separate Croatian kingdom for 50 years after that since, in 1102, Croatia allied with Hungary. Ibenik was a part of Croatia-Hungary for 243 years after that point (1105-1116, 1124, 1133-1168, 1180-1322 and 1358-1412). It acquired the title of city and the privileges of a municipality at this period (1167), as well as the center of a diocese (1298), giving it the legal and political foundations it needed to flourish as an economic, political, and cultural hub in the 14th century.

In 1441, Juraj Dalmatinac traveled from Venice to ibenik at the invitation of Bishop Luraj Sizgoric. Numerous clues point to his collaboration with the Bon brothers on the Doge’s palace entryway in Venice (Porta clella Carta). He worked in Ancona when the cathedral at Ibenik was being built in addition to Venice, and in 1451 he created the Merchants Loggia (Loggia dei Mercati) and the doorway of the S. Francesco delle Scale church. His work in his own nation comprises defensive, residential, and religious structures (Minceta in Dubrovnik). He also engaged in urban planning (Pag). The subtle intricacies of superb moulded plastic work were never disregarded as he realized remarkable and harmonious architectural designs. He was a master of the Gothic movement but transitioned to the Renaissance and included characteristics of the Baroque in several of his compositions and figures. He was a professor. Andrija Budicic and Andrija Alesi were among his students. Ivan Mestrovic, the best Croatian sculptor of the first half of the 20th century, who was from the region of ibenik (see Drni) and died in ibenik in 1473, made his monument. During the Venetian era, the City Council met at the City Loggia. Between 1533 and l542 it was constructed. It was completely damaged by bombing during the Second World War, although it was later rebuilt. With its outstanding harmony, pillars, lions’ heads, and balustrade, the structure is regarded to be the finest loggia in Dalmatia and is aesthetically representative of the Sanmichelli school (Verona 1484-1559). The dome of the church is supported by four enormous, well spaced columns. The builder embellished the capitals and made plans with the aristocrats who would finance the chapel construction, on the stipulation that they would be able to choose their own builders. Luraj Dalmatinac integrated the architectural and decorative aspects of the late Gothic and the Renaissance to form a cohesive whole with incredible mastery.

ln 1477 the building work was taken over by Nikola Firentinac (?- Sibenik 1505), a foreigner from the Donatello school of sculpture, who developed as a sculptor and builder in Dalmatia and who is considered to be a Croatian artist. He was left with the task of completing the extensive galleries, building the vault in the central nave, placing the dome on the four completed columns and covering it with stone tiles. Master Nikola freely interpreted Juraj Dalmatinac’s plans, in the style of the Tuscan Renaissance. Although the dome of Sibenik Cathedral was built after the dome in Florence, Nikola Firentinac used an octagonal drum in its construction, before Bramante and Michelangelo, in its original function as the transition from the square base to the circular dome. The execution of the cupola was one of the supreme achievements of Renaissance architecture. Around the dome he placed statues of saints, which are his own work. The cathedral was not completed even in his lifetime, but finally by Bartolomeo da Mestre and his son Giacomo in 1536. Inside the cathedral, in the first chapel on the right-hand side, there is the sarcophagus of the bishop, humanist and writer Iuraj giigoric (c.1420-1509) which is the work of Andrija Alesi based on a design by Juraj Dalmatinac. Alesi also created the statue of St. Elijah which stands behind the bishop’s throne. On the left-hand side is the sarcophagus of Bishop Ivan gtafilié, during whose life the cathedral was completed.

Zadar

Abundance of national parks!

Zadar is located 44° 8’ N, 15° 13’ E; centre of the zadar county, which extends over 3 643 km and has a population of 165 700. Population of the city is 72 000. Mean January temperatures: air 6.3 °c, sea 11 °c. Mean July temperatures: air 24 °c, sea 22.8 °c.

The City Gates and Fortress

Zadar sailing area itinerary

Despite being a fortified city during the Roman era, only the towers and gates from the 15th and 16th centuries can still be seen today in Zadar. The Turks, who at the time controlled the majority of Croatia’s interior, were able to approach the city’s gates and threaten Venetian Zadar from behind these fortifications. Only two of the original four city gates remain intact and functional. The most exquisite Renaissance structure in Zadar is the Mainland Gate (Kopnena vrata, Porta Terraferma). Michele Sammicheli, a renowned architect from Verona, constructed it in 1543. The city coat of arms, which depicts St. Chrysogonus (Sveti Krsevan) on a horse and the lion of St. Mark, is etched above the main entrance. A drawbridge spanning the Fosa canal formerly stood in front of the gate. The Port Gate (Lucka vrata, Porta Marina) was constructed in 1573; it contains a Venetian lion sculpture on its outside and a piece of a Roman triumphal arch on its inside. The city’s shield of arms also has a plaque commemorating the triumph of the Christians against the Turkish navy at Lepanto in 1571 carved on the upper Renaissance portion. The Great Fortress, the Five-Corner Bastion, and the Five-Sided Tower on the Five-Well Square are among the defensive buildings that still survive on the land side next to the Mainland Gate (Trg pet bunara). On the location of the former suburbs, where there had also once been an amphitheatre under Roman rule, the Great Fortress (Velika tvrdava) was erected in 1560. The outside wall has the coat of arms of its builder, Sforza Pallavicino. A park with exotic and Mediterranean plants was established around the fortification between 1880 and 1890. Despite being constructed in 1574, the Five-Cornered Bastion (Peterokutni bastion) is still suited for contemporary weaponry due to its construction.

St. Donat

The best illustration of Old Croatian Dalmatian architecture is said to be (Sveti Donat). It was constructed at the start of the ninth century and is preromanesque in style. This church was constructed during the eighth and ninth century, according to the bishop and diplomat Donat of Zadar. This cathedral resembles Charles the Great’s royal chapels, particularly the one in Aachen, since he led the delegation of the Dalmatian towns to Byzantium. It was constructed on top of a Roman forum using supplies from Roman structures. The 27-foot-tall chapel is primitive in its design and simple in its simplicity. Overall, it conveys a sense of rnonurnental power and has so established itself as Zadar’s indisputable icon. Throughout its existence, it has been used for a variety of purposes. It served as a storehouse under Venetian and Turkish administration, as well as during the French and Austrian occupations. Due to its exceptional acoustics, it was briefly an archaeological museum after the liberation before being used as a concert hall.

Split

The heart of Dalmatia!

Split sailing area itinerary

The split population is 180 000 people. Split is Croatia’s second-largest city. It is the county of a county with a population of 468 000 and a total area of 4520 km2. Remains of pottery, weaponry, and jewelry have been found in the region around Split, proving that there was human life on the Split peninsula relatively early in history. Remains of “impresso” ceramics—ceramics with ornamentation pressed into the clay—have been found in the Krcine caverns above Klis. Neolithic artifacts from Kucine date to the same time period as those from the Markova spilja caves on Hvar (see below), and a stone hammer from the middle Neolithic era was discovered near Split’s city center.

The presence of well-established trade routes in this area, both with the hinterland and with the Mediterranean, is confirmed by copper and gold artifacts from the second millennium BC. The Illyrian Delmati tribe settled in the Solin-Kastela Bay in the final centuries BC, and Salona (Solin) developed into a significant military outpost and harbor. A tomb for Emperor Diocletian, the Cathedral of St. Domnius (Sveti Duje) is an octagonal structure constructed at the same time as the palace. The tomb was transformed into a church in the seventh century. Thus, fate’s bizarre tricks with Diocletian included the construction of a church in his tomb and a baptistery in the major Roman temple despite his efforts to eradicate Christianity. The cathedral’s interior is circular, with eight columns in the bottom section on top of eight smaller columns dividing it into four semicircular and square niches. A frieze with hunting scenes including Eros and pictures of Diocletian and his wife Prisca is located between the first and second rows of columns. Hellenistic architecture is typified by the elaborate entryway. A brick dome that was once decorated in mosaics tops the cathedral. There is a crypt (St. Lucy’s Chapel; Sveta Lucija) under the cathedral. The late Romanesque period is represented by the six-sided pulpit (the second half of the 13th century). In the seventh century, the great altar was constructed. Matija Poncun, a well-known Croatian artist, has painted on it (Ponzoni). The Venetian sculptor G. M. Morlaiter created the northern altar, also known as St. Domnius’ altar, in 1767. The former altar of St. Domnius is located on the right (in the southeast niche) (Sv. Duje). Bonino da Milano constructed it in late-Gothic style in 1427, while Dujam Vuskovié painted the ceiling in the same year. An Early Christian sarkophagus with a picture of the Good Shepherd served as the saint’s first altar. The altar of Salona-born martyr St. Anastasius (Sveti Stas) is located in the north-eastern niche. The Baptistery is a square-shaped edifice that once had six pillars in the porch and a lavishly painted gateway. It was formerly a pagan temple to Jupiter that was transformed to a baptistery in the early Middle Ages. The baptismal pool itself is cross-shaped and is comprised of six tiles, five of which have braided decoration and the sixth of which has a representation of Christ. According to one hypothesis, this is a representation of King Zvonimir. The sarcophagus of Archbishop Iohn (Ivan), which dates back to Roman times and was renovated in the eighth and tenth centuries, is located along the wall. Archbishop Lovro’s sarcophagus is located right next to it. Additional sights in the palace include: The palace evolved into a bustling metropolis as new residents moved in, resulting in the construction of several notable homes, palaces, and churches as well as the restoration of older structures. Particularly impressive is the Romanesque-Gothic palace next to the Golden Gate that Juraj Dalmatinac added Gothic modifications to in the 15th century. The Papalic Palace, also by Iuraj Dalmatinac, is the most significant Gothic building in Split. This palace presently serves as the home of the City Museum (see below). Built in the 18th century is the Dagubio family mansion on Dioklecijanova Street 1. Andrija Alesi constructed the Gothic and Renaissance-style structure. The massive and classically Baroque Cindro Palace on Kresimirova Street was unquestionably built by this renowned Venetian architect in the late 1700s. Francesco Melchiori, a military engineer and Venetian architect, created the Church of St. Philip Neri (Sveti Filip Neri) in 1735. Sebastijan Devita, a Split artist from the 18th century, created an altarpiece inside, as well as a wooden Crucifix from the same period.

In front of the Silver Gate is the Church and Monastery of St. Dominic (Sveti Dominik). The monastery is a completely renovated Baroque structure. The Mystic Wedding of St. Catherine by the Venetian master Antonio Zanchi, The Miracle in Sariarz by Matej Poncun (Ponzoni), The Miracle of St. Vincent Ferrerius by Sebastijan Devita, and a late Gothic illuminated crucifix can all be found within the cathedral. Beautiful antiphones from the 14th and 15th centuries, a collection of paintings by Vinko Draginja (1850–1926), and literature from Marko Marulic’s library are all kept in the monastery. The biggest neighborhood in the city, Veli Varos, is located behind the Franciscan monastery. It is bordered by Ielacic Street to the east, and the Marjan Cliffs to the west (see below). It is distinguished by pictu- resque architecture and uneven streets. Holy Cross (Sveti Kriz), the parish church of Veli Varos, was originally constructed in 1681 but was rebuilt in the 19th century. The historic church’s stunning Baroque bell tower is still standing. A damaged but significant Romanesque illuminated crucifix from the 13th century is on the main altar. An altarpiece by Juraj Pavlovié and Sebastian Devita is on the side altar. On the front is a sizable stone Gothic figure from the 15th century called Mourning. The oldest church in Veli Varos is St. Nicholas on Stagnja (also known as Sveti Mikul na Stagnji). It is an early Romanesque structure with square apses, a transept, and a dome on a tall drum that was constructed in the second century. An inscription above the entryway mentions the builder Ivan and his wife Tiha. Hill Marjan is 178 meters high. The most popular destination for excursions in Split is Marjan. Marjan is one of the regions in Croatia that is most often sung about because of its exceptional location and natural beauty. The Romans erected a temple to the goddess Diana on Marjan point prior to the construction of Diocletian’s palace. The construction of Marjan as a destination for excursions started in the latter part of the 19th century, although the Statute of Split had previously mandated a service to take care of the region in the early Middle Ages. There are presently 168 hectares of Aleppo pines planted here after the bare karst limestone was successfully developed. Some areas are protected natural areas, such as the stunning, sheer Ierolim cliffs. The hilltop (151 in) is easiest to get to from Varos. The (Prirodoslovni muzej), established in 1924, is located below the summit. It has sizable zoology, minerals, botany, and palaeontology collections, with a focus on artifacts from the Dalmatia area. Located next to the museum is a zoo. The Meje neighborhood of the city is located at the base of Marjan’s southern flank and is accessible by Ivan Mestrovic’s beach road. St. Stephen’s Under the Pines (Sveti Stjepan pod boro-vima), a Benedictine church and monastery located in the ancient Split cemetery on the Sustipan peninsula, with Romanesque and Gothic remnants that have been incorporated into a tiny 1814 church of the same name. The Ivan Mestrovic Gallery and the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments are both located in Meje. The Chapel of Our Lady of Seven Woes (Gospa od Sedam ialosti), which is located on the summit as you ascend from Meje, has a sculpture from the 15th century called Mourning. The city’s northwest section, Poljud, is connected to the rest of the city’s southern section via a tunnel that runs under Marjan. There is a Franciscan church and monastery at Topuska Street, which is on the seafront. An ancient church from the 10th century stood where the current church now stands. Simple Renaissance cloisters with a well and a few gravestones, including those belonging to Bishop Toma Nigris-Mrcic, Katarina Zuvic, the Alberti, Marulic, Cuteis, and Capogrosso families, are located in the center of this charming collection of religious structures. The monastery is fortified with battlements and a powerful Renaissance tower. Several important pieces of art are housed in the single-naved Gothic and Renaissance church with two side chapels on its southern side.

 

Dubrovnik

The romantic pearl of the Adriatic!

Dubrovnik is situated 2° ’ n, 18°16’ e with population 44000 inhabitants. It is the county town of the Dubrovnik and Neretva County, which stretches over 1 784 km2 and has a total of 122 900 inhabitants. Mean temperatures in January: air 8.4℃ , sea 12.4; mean temperatures in July: air 23.3 , sea 22.9 ℃.

Early History

Dubrovnik sailing area itinerary

Given the abundance of ancient earthworks and burial mounds in the region around Dubrovnik (such as Cavtat and Konavle), it seems likely that a prehistoric community once stood where Dubrovnik is now. The island of Lave (Lausa, Rausa), which was separated from the mainland by marshy ground and a sea-arm whose location matched with modern-day Stradun, may have been the site of this village (see below). Roman times. The city itself has no significant Roman ruins, although it’s believed that a fishing community existed on Lave rock. Epidaurum (Cavtat, 12 km) was a bustling community nearby. Originally a Greek town (Epidauros), it was conquered by the Romans in the third century BC and flourished as a Roman trading colony. In the sixth century (530), it was made into a bishopric, and after the division of the Empire, it became a part of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). The Nation-Wide Migrations. Epidaurum, Salona (Solin), and Narona were all devastated in the beginning of the 7th century when the Avars and Slavs invaded the Balkans. The people left their homes and established Rauzij – Ragusa on Lave rock. That was the sole account of the founding of Dubrovnik up until recently. However, a sizable Byzantine church from the sixth century was recently uncovered under the ancient Romanesque cathedral’s foundations.

The Ploce Gate is located below the last mentioned (Vrata od Ploca). Similar to the western Pile Gate, the eastern city gate was constructed with outer and inner gates, a stone bridge over the moat, and a wooden drawbridge. Simon della Cava constructed the outer gate in 1450, and he also constructed the single-arched bridge in 1449, modeling it after the previous bridge in front of the Pile Gate. The inner gate and the St. Blaise statue that stands above it are both Romanesque in design. During the Austrian occupation in the 19th century, a second, much broader gate was constructed next to this one. St. Dominic’s (built in 1387 to the south of the Dominican church), Ribarnica (“fish hall,” probably built in the 13th century and demolished in 1853), Kaz-nena tvrdava (“punishment f”), and St. Luke’s (one of the oldest preserved fortresses, built in the 13th century and an important defensive point in the harbor until Revelin Fortress was built—up until 1884 it had battlements with consoles like Min

Previously, a marshy area that split Ragusa and Dubrava was located where Stradun is now. The marsh was drained, and a settlement was established there. Today, Stradun is a favorite promenade for both locals and foreign visitors. Stretching east to west between two city gates, it is bordered by two fountains and two bell towers (on the Pile side, the bell tower of St. Francis and the Great Onofrio Well, and on the Ploce side, the City bell tower and the Small Well). Stradun is Dubrovnik’s “street salon,” with stone pavement that has been used and polished to gleam like parquet flooring. The city’s current look was given to it after the big earthquake of 1667, although earlier photographs of the city reveal that many of the palaces had arcades similar to those in Sponza and were lavishly adorned before the catastrophe. The Stradun Palace has a lot to say about the manner of life and character of the citizens of the ancient Dubrovnik. Trade or company facilities have traditionally been located on the ground level. From the side streets, one reached the spacious storeroom. There is a stunning apartment on the first level, and there are other rooms on the second story. The attic houses the kitchen and other domestic spaces. In front of Sponza Palace, Stradun widens into Luia Square, which combined with Stradun encompasses all the major structures within the walls and serves as Dubrovnik’s communal and economic hub. The polished pavement of Stradun was severely destroyed by Serbian bombardments; now, several international organisations are working to restore it.