There’s plenty to discover in Istria and Kvarner. And, the best way to do it is by boat. This route takes you along the beautiful coastline, some untouched nature, and interesting cultural and historical sites.
Route in brief
160 nm from Pula to Pula with stops in Medulin, islands of Rab, Ilovik, Cres, and Krk
It’s time to discover Istria and Kvarner. This route suggestion takes you on a cruise through Istria and Kvarner. So, let the North Adriatic sweep you off your feet!
Pula – Medulin (16 Nm)
Medulin town has everything a perfect sailing destination should have – Mediterranean climate, clean sea, beautiful coastline, sandy beach, and small-town charm.
Medulin – Krivica (31 Nm)
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Medulin, the big tourist center, and enjoy some peace and quiet in the bay of Krivica. It’s a safe, picturesque cove with some buoys. Moreover, green pine branches almost touch the sea, crickets play their “songs”, and the emerald water is so inviting.
Krivica – Ilovik (4 Nm)
Welcome to the island of flowers – Ilovik. Enjoy the beautiful sandy beach Parzine on the southern part of the island during the day. After that, find a nice spot on one of the buoys, or if you get there early enough, a berth on the pier. Stroll the streets of Ilovik village and admire the oleanders, roses, bougainvilleas, palm trees, and even two 100-years old eucalyptuses.
Ilovik – Rab (20 Nm)
Explore some of the 30+ sandy beaches on Rab island Rab town panorama, on the Island of Rab, is famous for its four bell towers. The old town core has plenty of medieval charm and even today witnesses the island’s rich history. Did you know that St. Marinus, the founder of the small Republic of San Marino, actually came from Rab?
Rab – Punat (Krk) (20 Nm)
Punat town is located on the east coast of the wide Puntarska Cove on Krk island. This village is the olive-growing center of Krk and one of the largest nautical centers in the Adriatic, and Croatia.
Punat (Krk) – Cres (33 Nm)
Located in the northern part of Kvarner Bay, Cres is the second-largest island in Croatia. Before finding a place for the night, explore some of the most romantic coves on the west coast of Cres or the Blue Caves at Zanja Bay.
Cres – Pula (36 Nm)
Sail off for Pula in the morning. Drop anchor around Cape Kamenjak or Premantura peninsula for some lunch or a swim.
Total sailing distance: 160 Nm
Places you’ll visit
You can easily recognize the town by the two white bell towers of the Church of St. Agnes. The surrounding small islands add to Medulin’s charm.
Restaurants: Salt & Pepper, Liberta, Casa Nostra
Berthing possibilities: Marina Medulin
Ilovik is a perfect destination for all sailors because it is situated in a small bay and protected from the northern side by the uninhabited Sv. Petar island. The village has a store, bakery, pastry shop and several good restaurants.
Restaurants: ESEMPIO, Konoba “Oliva”, Amico
Berthing possibilities: Harbor Ilovik
One of the best ways to experience it is to visit the Rapska fjera festival which is a historical reenactment of the island’s history. It takes place in the last week of July on the streets of old town Rab. and also includes a medieval festival of crafts and customs and a crossbow tournament.
Restaurants: Konoba Rab, Restaurant & Caffe “Velum”, Konoba KALDANAC
Berthing possibilities: ACI Marina Rab
It would be impossible to talk about Punat and not mention the small island Kosljun situated in the Puntarska cove. since the lives of Franciscan friars and people from Punat are mutually intertwined.
Restaurants: Konoba Sidro, Buka, Bocoon
Berthing possibilities: Marina Punat
The island is famous for being one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered griffon vulture. There’s an eco-research center for nature protection called ‘Beli Visitor and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures
Restaurants: Grill&BBQ House Porta Bragadina, Bistro Melin, Pizzeria i spaghetteria Luna Rossa
Berthing possibilities: ACI Marina Cres
Boats for your island hooping
You can take any of our boats from split and go island hopping…