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Istria is for that Arrival by car from the southern half of Germany well suited. From Munich, for example, it is 600 kilometers to Puloder Veruda, where there are various charter providers. To get there, you have to include the toll in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, depending on the route (information e.g. on the ADAC website). The cars can usually be parked somewhere near the port in guarded parking spaces for a weekly fee of 60 to 100 euros. Alternatively, you can also take the Flixbus, for example from Munich overnight, directly to Pulfahren, which takes around 10 hours, but is also very cheap at less than 40 euros each way. Alternatively there is Flights especially after Pula, less often to the island Krk. You can also go over Trieste fly and then take off in Slovenia. The transfer, which takes about one hour, is relatively expensive and should be organized in advance through the agency or the fleet operator.
Photo gallery: Istria
The range of fleets in the area is huge, and various starting port variants are possible: If you drive to Istria, you can go to Funtana, Pula, Verud or Pomer start. Further south is Opatija, the island Krk (Punat) or Mali Losinj at. But the last two island destinations mentioned bring you partly ferry trips with them, which can become a temporary bottleneck, at least in the high season. Then there can be queues or traffic jams for Delays to care.
Anyone who decides to take a look at the charming north of Istria and not to sail with the majority of the charter crews, who usually head south quickly, can also start in Slovenia (Portoroz and Izola) and then sail leisurely through the beautiful cities of Istria. The journey by car is then about 100 kilometers shorter than to Pula. The only downside is that you have to Clear in and out of the border crossing in Croatia got to. But if you do this via Piran and Umag, the whole procedure can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Weather statistics Istria
WIND & WEATHER
During the summer months, the wind blows very often on the Istrian coast Maistral, a lighter wind from North West. It develops gradually in the morning and usually reaches 3 to 4 Beaufort in the afternoon, and falls asleep again relatively quickly in the evening. In Istria, however, there are also quite long days of calm or a classic sea breeze.
Strong winds and storms can do the Boraus Northeast that can get heavy, especially in the off-season, but is also good for surprises every now and then in summer. This is especially true for the Kvarnerwho notorious two at Rijekund Senji Bora aisles Has. It can blow extremely strong there, crews should be there in good time at the predicted boron Seek shelter. The boron blows often in very clear, good weather. The so-called blows from the south Yugo, which is almost always a Weather worsening with clouds and rain. In summer it is rare, in the off-season it often alternates with the borab. Longer Jugo brings high swell, the much approaching route across the Adrihat
The Croatian weather service predicts Borund Jugo quite reliably. Otherwise, the usual online or app weather info pages such as Windy, Windfinder (Pro version!) And others are often used. If the forecast is bad, you should definitely consult the Croatian forecasts
NAVIGATION & SEAT CREW
The Istrian coast represents Not a big problem in terms of navigation there, compared to the south, there is a little less flax and dangerous passages, the most important of which are buoyed. Note the Brijuni National Park north of Pula, which includes some restricted areas. Between some islands, such as Losinj and Cres, Ist and Molat, there are narrow passages, in which there are also stronger ones Electricity and tuyeres can stand. You can Impassable in strong winds become.
Please note the in the area Buoy fieldsthat the state grants to tenants and of which there are now around 70 to 80 in the whole country. Whoever uses the buoys has to pay, the prices vary from sth 2 to 5 euros per boat meter, depending on the location and popularity of the field. Important: if you want to anchor, you have to Maintain a distance of at least 150 meters from the fields (formerly 250 meters). There is sometimes a dispute about this regulation: Some operators also try to cash in on crews who anchor near the fields. In such a case, you should keep your distance to avoid trouble from the outset. Not all buoy basic harnesses are strong enough and well maintained. In Croatia, the operators are not liable for the condition of the buoys, so you shouldn't blindly trust them in bad weather. Important in Croatia: someone has to be part of the charter crew Radio license (SRC or higher), this is now a requirement. And: becomes a Dinghy with outboard motor moves, a person with a driver's license must sit in it, no matter how much horsepower they have.
PORTS AND ANCHORAGE
There's a dense one along the coast Network of good marinas, all have mooring lines. Municipal city ports often offer relatively little space, most are equipped with mooring lines, electricity and water are relatively frequent, sanitary facilities are not always available. Cost: Outside the high season between 40 and 50 euros per night for a twelve-meter yacht, urban investors are cheaper. The Choice of safe anchorages is something in Istria limited, significantly more choice after the southern tip on the islands. Partly buoy fields subject to charge, but here in the north they are even rarer than in the south.
LITERATURE & SEA MAPS
"Coast Manual Croatia, Volume 1", by Müller / Strassburger, Delius Klasing, 29.90 euros. "Croatia, 888 ports and bays" by K.-H. Consistent, self-published, 29.90 euros. "Sportbootkarte Set 7, Adri1", Delius Klasing, 59.90 euros.
AREA CHARACTERISTICS ISTRIA TO OLIB ISLAND
Croatia's north is the classic Arrival by car destination on the Adriatic Sea: Anyone who starts in Puloder Funt can be there in about six to seven hours from the Munich area. One of many awaits crews there underrated territory. About 50 nautical miles long Mainland coast of Istria The landscape is very beautiful, and many of the cities along the north-south route are picturesque: Rovinj with its peninsula over which the church towers, Pulmit the old Roman amphitheater, and also smaller, neat coastal towns such as Vrsar are definitely worth a visit.
However, there are along the coast fewer offshore islands than in the south of Croatia, so that's that too Anchor not possible as often. In addition, Istria is frequented by many rural tourists in summer, and when going ashore it can get crowded. This explains why many crews who start here the bow immediately to the south and sail quickly to the islands in front of the Kvarner, Mali Losinj, Cres, Krk or Silbund Premuda. The area there offers the typical Island hopping Croatiathat many crews love so much: A new island every day drive, short distances, always a good selection of bays and jetties only two or three hours away by sailing. Often in summer too moderate windsthat do not overtax even entry-level crews.
But it is definitely worth it as alternative once Istria and Slovenia to explore. You can take a detour in the deep into the mainland Limski Fjord make, a good address for eating mussels. If you are not afraid of the extremely expensive port dues, you should also visit the National Park of Brijuni Islands where Tito had his summer residence. Today there is a museum there, and you can also marvel at exotic animals that the dictator acquired and that have been cherished and cared for there ever since. Switching to Slovenia is also worthwhile, Piran is without question one of the pearls of the Adriatic.
Because of the uncomplicated arrival, many crews use the area for a week trip. From Pul to the islands like Olib or Molat and back it's just about them 120 nautical miles, ideal for a week. If you sail north from Pulto, you will come to 100 nautical miles with a visit to Piran. If you want to see both, you should plan two weeks, the contrast between the islands and the coast is very attractive.