“Found Croatia very clean and efficient, very pretty coast and really enjoyed the birth part which is more authentic and less tourists”reports Laura, one of the crew members.
Lauren and her family have decided this year to rent a Boat in Croatia from Pomer. It wasn't their first sailing trip together, yet they didn't think much about the route in advance, but just set off and saw where it would take them during the trip. As a catamaran they chose the Isla 40, a modern and spacious catamaran from 2021, with which the family was very happy, as Lauren tells me.
The group first set out on the Way towards the west, to Novigrad and then set off in the other direction, the East direction to Mali Losinj.
Boarding in Pomer
DAY 1: Marina Pomer → Valbandon (18 nautical miles, 3 hours 35 minutes)
DAY 2: Valbandon → Rovinj (13 nautical miles, 2 hours 35 minutes)
DAY 3: Rovinj → Vrsar (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
DAY 4 : Vrsar → Poreč (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
DAY 5 : Poreč → Novigrad (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
DAY 6: Novigrad → Plaza Luka (55 nautical miles, 11 hours)
DAY 7: Plaza Luka → Brovinje (4 nautical miles, 45 minutes)
DAY 8: Brovinje → Ustrine West (12 nautical miles, 2 hours 20 minutes)
DAY 9: Ustrine West → Valun (3 nautical miles, 35 minutes)
DAY 10: Valun → Prva Draga (21 nautical miles, 4 hours)
DAY 11: Prva Draga → Uvala Lisky (10 nautical miles, 2 hours)
DAY 12: Uvala Lisky → Veli Losinj (8 nautical miles, 1 hour 35 minutes)
DAY 13: Veli Losinj → Mali Losinj (10 Seemeilen, 2 Stunden)
DAY 14: Mali Lošinj → Pomer (22 nautical miles, 4 hours 25 minutes)
Disembarkation in Pomer
The route of the group, clickable map
Day 1: Marina Pomer → Valbandon (18 nautical miles, 3 hours 35 minutes)
The trip takes the sailors to Valbandon, a small village near Pula, where they have the beautiful coastal landscape that they can enjoy and relax at on the beaches. Valbandon is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and has beautiful beaches. The clear blue waters and fine pebbles or sand make the beaches ideal for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing.
Day 2: Valbandon → Rovinj (13 nautical miles, 2 hours 35 minutes)
From there the sailors continue their journey to Rovinj, a charming city with narrow streets and a charming old town. "Rovinj was a highlight". Lauren tells me.
Day 3: Rovinj → Vrsar (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
Next, the sailors will reach Vrsar, a historical city with a picturesque coast. Vrsar offers a picturesque location on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. The town stretches along a gentle chain of hills and offers spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding countryside.
Day 4: Vrsar → Poreč (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
The next stop on the trip is Poreč, known for its well-preserved Roman architecture. Poreč has a rich history dating back to Roman times. The most significant architectural jewel is the Euphrasius Basilica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the coast you will find rocky coves, pebble beaches and also some sandy beaches. This makes Poreč an ideal place for swimming, sunbathing and water sports.
Day 5: Poreč → Novigrad (5 nautical miles, 1 hour)
Continue to Novigrad, a charming coastal town, the city walls and the old city center are well preserved and invite you to walk through the narrow streets. Moreover, Novigrad is known for its excellent cuisine. The town offers a variety of restaurants and taverns where you can taste delicious Istrian dishes.
Day 6: Novigrad → Plaza Luka (55 nautical miles, 11 hours)
From there they sail to Plaza Luka bay, a secluded and beautiful place where they can swim and relax in the untouched nature.
Day 7: Plaza Luka → Brovinje (4 nautical miles, 45 minutes)
The group continues its journey to Brovinje, a small village on the coast that offers tranquility and a beautiful view of the sea. Brovinje is located away from the tourist areas and therefore offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. It is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. It is located in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape. The surrounding area is characterized by lush forests, green hills and breathtaking views of the sea.
Day 8: Brovinje → Ustrine West (12 nautical miles, 2 hours 20 minutes)
Then they sail on to Ustrine West. Ustrine is a small village on the island of Cres in Croatia. Although it may not have national fame, it stands out for some features. Ustrine is a small village with an authentic atmosphere. Here visitors can experience the traditional Croatian village life and get in touch with the friendly locals. Besides, Ustrine also has a rich cultural heritage. There are historical buildings and monuments in the area that reflect the history and culture of the region.
Day 9: Ustrine West → Valun (3 nautical miles, 35 minutes)
Valun is the next stop on the trip, a charming fishing village on the island of Cres. It is located in an idyllic setting with stunning natural beauty. The surrounding area is characterized by pristine beaches, clear blue waters and lush Mediterranean vegetation. Valun's surroundings offer a variety of outdoor activities. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, visitors can enjoy hikes along the coast or in the nearby Tramuntana Nature Park.
Day 10: Valun → Prva Draga (21 nautical miles, 4 hours)
Then they reach Prva Draga, a quiet bay with crystal clear water, ideal for swimming and relaxing. Here the group makes a day trip to Otok Unije. “Barabar - great bar with pizza on Otok Unijie” Lauren recommends.
Day 11: Prva Draga → Uvala Lisky (10 nautical miles, 2 hours)
The journey continues to Uvala Lisky bay, a hidden jewel with breathtaking nature. There, sailors enjoy the turquoise waters and tranquil surroundings. Due to its secluded location, Uvala Liska is often less crowded and offers visitors a sense of privacy. It is a place where you can retreat and enjoy the natural beauty in peace.
Day 12: Uvala Lisky → Veli Losinj (8 nautical miles, 1 hour 35 minutes)
Veli Lošinj is a charming town on the island of Lošinj. Veli Lošinj has a well-equipped marina that offers a wide range of services to sailors and boaters. Veli Lošinj has a picturesque bay and a charming harbor. The coast is surrounded by clear turquoise waters and small beaches that invite you to swim and sunbathe. “Veli losinj has some great bays and a coastal path to mail losinj which you can walk”
Day 13: Veli Losinj → Mali Lošinj (10 nautical miles, 2 hours)
The last stop on the sailing trip is Mali Lošinj, a lively town with a beautiful harbor. Mali Lošinj has a long maritime tradition and is known for its connection to the sea and fishing. The town has a fishing museum worth visiting, which shows the history and importance of fishing for the region. Visitors can also visit the lively fish market and taste fresh seafood and fish. “Mali Losinj - great town to wonder for an ice cream (go to Aroma Gelato).” Lauren tells me as a tip.
Day 14: Mali Lošinj → Pomer (22 nautical miles, 4 hours 25 minutes)
After the stay in Mali Lošinj, they sail back to Pomer to complete the cruise. This varied itinerary offered the sailor the opportunity to explore the diverse coastal landscapes, charming towns, historical sights and secluded bays along the Croatian coast and fully enjoy the beauty of Croatia on the sailing trip. In Pomer, they visit the Colosseum, which Lauren highly recommends.
I would like to say a big thank you to Lauren and her family for providing me with all the beautiful information and pictures from her trip.