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Islands & coast
Croatian islands and coast
CROATIAN ARCHIPELAGO - SAILING PARADISE
No country in the Mediterranean has as rich an archipelago with its 66 islands, 652 islets, 389 rocks and 78 reefs.
These are the remains of the Dinaric Alps that covered the area million years ago, but later sank into the ocean. Nowdays, paeks are rising as islands, forming on of the largest archipelago in the Mediterranean.
Nothern part of the adriatic coast is encircled by the area from the horn Savudrija in the pennislua Istria to area arround city Zadar. Pennislua Istria has sharply indented coastline with many protected coves, and is famous by its charming old cities (Buje, Groznjan, Motovun, etc.) , Brijuni islands(National park), Vespasian Arena in Pula and plenty of vineyards, as well as the quality wines. Souther of istria are situated islands of Kvarner (Krk, Cres Rab), famous by ancient towns populated in the Neolithic period, old Venetian art treasures and first evidence of Croatian language in Glagolitic inscriptions, Baška tablet.
MAIN CITIES: Pula, Rijeka
MAIN ISLANDS: Krk, Cres, Rab, Losinj, Pag, Silba, Olib
NATIONAL PARKS: Brijuni islands, Paklenica, Nothern Velebit, Plitvice, Risnjak
NATURE PARKS: Ucka, mountain Velebit
Middle part of the adriatic coast is encircled by the area from the city Zadar to area arround city Split, and is called Dalmatia. Along the coast, there are many medieval cities, (Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split) with lots of Romans palaces, and UNESCO protected heritage. The 44 km long Dugi Otok (Long Island) lies on the edge and function as the breakwater for the islands inside. Souther, next to it, is situated Kornati archipelago (National park) with cca. 150 islands and islets. Area arround city Split is surrounded with many large and small islands. This is the famous part for sailing, because it has the largest number of islands with many protected harbour and bays including harbour and bays along the coast.
MAIN CITIES: Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split
MAIN ISLANDS: Dugi Otok, Kornati, Ugljan, Pasman, Murter, Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula
NATIONAL PARKS: Kornati islands
NATURE PARKS: Telascica bay, Lake Vransko
Southern part of the adriatic coast is encircled by the area from the city Split to area arround city Dubrovnik. So, in fact southern part of Dalmatia with islands Brac, Hvar, Solta, Vis, Korcula is also part of the southern part of the Adriatic Coast. There you can find different landscapes, larger islands, with many small ancient towns, like Hvar and Korcula. Souther there is famous island Mljet (National park), and UNESCO protected city Dubrovnik, with beautifll Elafiti islands in front of it.
MAIN CITIES: Split, Dubrovnik
MAIN ISLANDS: Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Lastovo, Elafiti islands
NATIONAL PARKS: island Mljet
NATURE PARKS: Mountain Biokovo
Because of the great values that lie in the natural beauty of the country, many uninhabited spaces and islands, purity of the sea, Croatia concetrate to take great care for nature protection. More than 7.5% of the area of the country is protected with national parks or in other forms of conservating measures.
The Blue Flag Campaign in Croatia is handled by the Nature Friends Movement "Lijepa nasa" wich is a member of the FEE since 1997. Monitoring the costal and marine areas and bathing water quality is done by Public Health Insitutes, and all data is public information and is broadcast on the national TV network as well as published in newspapers.
Most of the beaches and marinas have shown interest in joining the Campaign, and many succeed in wining the coveted flag and put it on a visible place. Also lots of them are waiting the European Jury to allow them to fly the Blue flag in 2005.
Along the coast and islands there are over 350 very favorable natural harbours for all kind of yachts. There are also over 50 marinas. Most of them belong to well ogranised ACI company (Adriatic Croatia International Club), while the others belong to several private companies.
All marinas offer the high quality service that is competitive with all Mediterrannean marinas. They are well suplied with water, electricity, fuel, sanitary conveniences, restaurants, shops, exchange offices, sports and recreation facilities, etc. Many of them put great importance to social community and comfortableness between the crew and guests, so they try to function as the club for people who love to gather fo a conversation over a glass of "Pivo" (beer).
Amount of the mooring fees depends on the lenght of the yacht and the size of pier it occupies.
They also take care about enviroment protection, so many marinas successed to win the Blue Flag, a distincion for well accomplished sea conversation.
There are also many well protected bays for those who want to sleep in quite and peacefull places.
Most of the marinas in Croatia (all ACI marinas) are Monitoring and Listening to VHF Channel 17.
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Fairline Phantom 46
Beneteau Antares 13.80
Sun Odyssey 54 DS
Sun Odyssey 49
Beneteau First 47.7
Beneteau Oceanis 473
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Sun Odyssey 45.2
Beneteau Cyclades 43.4
Sun Odyssey 43
Bavaria 42 Cruiser
Beneteau Oceanis 411
Bavaria 39 Cruiser
Beneteau Oceanis 393
Catamaran Lagoon 380
Bavaria 38 Match
Beneteau Oceanis 373
Beneteau Oceanis 361
Beneteau First 36.7
Beneteau Oceanis 331
Beneteau Oceanis 343
Sun Odyssey 34.2
Beneteau First 33.7
Beneteau First 31.7
Sun Odyssey 29.2
Sunseeker Manhattan 84
Sunseeker Yacht 82
Ferretti Yacht 760
Sunseeker Manhattan 64
Sunseeker Predator 58