The Kvarner Gulf is a bay in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea, located between the Istrian peninsula and Mt. Velebit, includes several large and many smaller islands. Main islands within Kvarner are Cres, Krk, Pag, Rab and Losinj. This Croatian region is full of contrasts and diversities, famous for its lunar landscapes, combining the two opposite sides of nature, karst landscape and the sea. It is an ecologically unpolluted area, rich in cultural and historic heritage, with brilliant tourist programs and opportunities for active holidays.
You should not miss visiting the small but special islands, such as Unije, Susak and Ilovik, the sandy beaches and Old Town of Rab, the magical stone town of Lubenica on Cres and much more. Mali Lošinj is the largest town in the region, nearby there are numerous beautiful coves, anchoring areas and islets. While sailing through the waters of Kvarner Bay (Cres and Lošinj) a special attraction are the dolphins which you can observe as they play. The Griff on Vulture is a protected bird species which lives on the steep shores of the island of Cres.
Kvarner will amaze you with a truly wonderful and unforgettable experience, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, islands and wondrous variety of culinary delights. Of all the culinary delicacies worth highlighting are Kvarner scampi, island lamb, wild boar, forest fruits and the multitude of edible mushrooms, Rab cake, Lovran chestnuts and from the wines Žlahtina from Vrbnik.

Kvarner region: Island/Town Cres, Island/Town Krk, Island Rab and Lošinj


DAY 1:  Punat (Krk Island) – Rab (Rab Island) – 22NM

DAY 2:  Rab (Rab Island) – Novalja (Pag Island) – 15NM

DAY 3:  Novalja (Pag Island) – Mali Lošinj (Lošinj Island) – 23NM

DAY 4:  Mali Lošinj (Lošinj Island) – Susak (Island of Susak) – 8NM – Unije (Island of Unije) – 10NM

DAY 5:  Unije (Unije Island) – Valun (Cres Island) – 25NM

DAY 6:  Valun (Cres Island) – Rabac (Istria) – 14NM

DAY 7: Rabac(Istria) – Punat (Krk Island) – 30NM

Day 8: Check out


DAY 1:  Punat (Krk Island) – Supetarska draga (Rab Island) – 15NM

DAY 2:  Supetarska draga (Rab Island) – Punta Križa (Cres Island) – 18NM – bridge for Mali Lošinj (open at 18:00h) – 5NM

DAY 3:  Mali Lošinj (Lošinj Island) – Ilovik (Ilovik Island) – 8NM

DAY 4:  Ilovik (Ilovik Island) – Premuda Island 8NM – Silba Island – 4NM

DAY 5:  Silba Island – Olib Island – 6NM – Novalja (Pag Island) – 13NM

DAY 6:  Novalja (Pag Island) – Lun (Pag Island) – 10NM – Rab (Rab Island) – 6NM

DAY 7:  Rab (Rab Island) – Punat (Krk Island) – 22NM

Day 8:  Check out


Croatia has a long tradition of welcoming sailors with well-developed nautical infrastructure, excellent harbors and anchorages. There are over sixty marinas scattered on the coast, some of which are among-st the best ones in the world. Marina’s facilities are excellent, they include reception, exchange office, restaurant, toilets and showers, grocery store, parking lot, repair shop, crane, etc. Many Croatian marinas are close to historical towns replete with museums, galleries, palaces and excellent restaurants. Most marinas are open all year long. Thanks to the archipelago that stretch down along the entire coast, the Croatian sea is well protected, and you can find shelter in a safe harbor almost everywhere. You can safely moor in countless secluded natural bays or islets. Today many coves are also equipped with buoys where mooring is charged, important option for at stay at sea is anchoring in the almost countless wild coves, which requires a certain sailing knowledge and skill, but provides real contact with nature and the unique atmosphere of a stay at sea.

The best sailing season in Croatia in general is late spring (April, Mai and June) with temperatures from 22-28 C, possibility for occasional showers; then early fall (September until mid – October) with temperatures from 26-20 C, possibility for occasional showers (from the beginning of October, more frequent rain possible). The sea is calm, pleasant air temperature, warm but not hot, not crowded on the coast. July and August are ideal months for family sailing, swimming, diving, enjoying in nice weather and high temperatures. Summers are warm and dry, temperatures rise up to 35 degrees Celsius, no rain. During these months, the marinas, cities, and some of the islands often are full of tourists. If you are looking to travel during this time, it is best to book in advance.

Here are the most important winds on the Adriatic:

The Bora (Bura) – northern wind: a dry, cold, very unpredictable northeasterly wind, blows from the mainland towards the sea in gushes. Visibility after the ‘Bura’ wind is excellent; it clears up the atmosphere, bringing fine weather.

The Sirocco (Jugo) – Southern wind : a warm, humid, southerly wind that blows from the sea all along the Adriatic coast, characterised by very rough seas, usually lasting for three days, or a whole week as well (in the winter season), making the sky grey and particularly cloudy. ‘Jugo’ blows rather strong in Split channel and Split Gate (Splitska vrata), a passage between Brač and Šolta islands; average blows at force 16-20 knots.

The Maestral (Maeštral) – North-western wind: a “good” and friendly wind for sailors, a typical Adriatic summer north-western wind that guarantee a beautiful and stable weather. It generally starts blowing around 9 am, collapses around noontime and regenerates soon as a strong westerly to north-westerly wind that stops in the late afternoon. Its usual force is approx. 16-20 knots.

Tramontana, Levant, Lebić and Oštro are only the variant of above-mentioned winds:

Tramontana – is a strong northern to north-western wind coming over the mountain. Particularities: short duration, arrives suddenly reaching stormy force, causing waves and turbulent, very rough seas. Despite everything is an announcement of better weather conditions.

The Adriatic Easterly or Levant – is an easterly wind that blows during cloudy, humid or rainy weather, cold winter wind that usually brings clouds, frequent in the February-March period, when it can reach stormy force and last for many days.

Libeccio – is a south – western winter wind of short duration, causes poor visibility, generating extremely rough seas and bringing abundant rainfall. Announced by extremely high tides.

Oštro -is a warm, mild to moderate wind blowing from the south, which precedes to Maestral.

Grego – moderate or strong north-easterly wind carrying dry, clear and cold weather.

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