Pula sailing route – 7 days of Istrian gastronomy and culture

About this program

This is a 7 day (Saturday – Saturday) sailing trip starting from Pula and is meant for people who love exploring, great food and have an adventurous spirit.

Please note that all restaurants and activities listed are only suggestions, and are not included in the price. The trip can be changed according to your wishes, meaning stops can be added or removed.

About the route

Starting point: Pula

Arrival: We can arrange a transfer from the airport to the marina for you. The transfer is not included in the price.

About: Pula, your starting point offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three-thousand-year-old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheater. Pula has its own International airport and the marina is only 20 min drive away. We suggest getting to Pula a few days before your charter so you can enjoy the beauties of the Istrian peninsula before you set sails to the sea.

Istria offers more than just the sea, sunbathed shores, romantic coves, and tiny ports! Istria invites you to follow the fairyland paths leading to the small medieval towns crowning her hilly landscape. The peninsula truly is ‘terra magica’; blessed with unspoiled nature, the crown jewel of which are the Brijuni islands, one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the Mediterranean with rare plant and animal species. This is a land whose long and rich history can be read literally from dinosaur footprints. What else to say but Istria is an ideal tourist destination…

Itinerary

Day 1
Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park is a group of 14 islands and islets where you can witness the magnificent harmony between man, animal and plant life. There are almost 700
plant species and about 250 bird species on the islands. The traces of dinosaurs remains of Antiquity and later periods, achievements of modern times are all present in this area.

Safari park on the island Veliki Brijun has been enriched by numerous imported species. Apart from the native species such as the rabbits or various birds, there are also exotic and less exotic animals that have become accustomed to the climate including deer, llama, zebra or an elephant.

Activities
The Boathouse – The permanent museum exhibition
Explore Brijuni by bike
Gastronomy
Restaurant Galija
Day 2
Valun

After all the excitement on Brijuni islands, you will have a nice long day sailing to Valun on the island of Cres. Cres is the second-largest island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. An island is a stunning place adorned by forests filled with oak trees, majestic cliffs along the coastline, and medieval hilltop towns.

The little town of Valun is a picturesque charming fishing village that has a small harbor at its center.

Activities
Enjoy walking the town and listen to street concerts
St.Mark Church and Valun plate – one of the oldest Glagolitic monuments and it is kept in the parochial church of St. Mary
Gastronomy
Restaurant Na Moru
Day 3
Cres – Blue cave – Osor (Island of Cres)

Few stops on your way to Osor where you will spend a night. First, you will visit is charming Cres town. The main sights in Cres Town are the town walls and the Venetian Tower; the Church of St Mary, and the Municipal Loggia, both of which date from the 15th century. After Cres, stop for a swim into the famous Blue Cave, where you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent shades of blue created with the play of sunlight on water.

The foundations of the Osor city walls reveal an ancient history, which can be traced back to the prehistoric era – 9th century BC. The entire town of Osor is an open-air museum; a museum town whose green gardens and parks hide traces of prehistoric ancient villas, Renaissance portals, and monasteries.

Activities
Blue World Institute – research on resident population of about 180 bottlenose dolphins in Lošinj archipelago
Tower of Veli Losinj
Breakwater Rovenska
Gastronomy
Restaurant Amico in Osor
Day 4
Veli Lošinj – Island Silba – Island Ist

A long day of sailing and visiting more amazing places on your sailing adventure. Veli Lošinj is situated in a narrow bay on the southeast side of Lošinj island, at the foot of St. John’s hill. Tall houses in the first row overlooking the harbor and numerous luxurious villas with beautiful gardens are the main characteristics of this pretty town. Silba is a very small inhabited island full of Mediterranean vegetation and aromatic herbs – untouched nature.

On the Island of Ist there is a bay with a small marina ideal for those who prefer quiet, secluded outdoor holidays. The island has barely 250 inhabitants. There are hills, olive groves, and vineyards in its interior. Ist, with its sandy beaches, bays and sandbanks is ideal diving and nautical tourism.

Activities
take a walk through the vineyards and olive groves to the highest point of the island where you will find a small church and enjoy in the panoramic view of the islands in the area
Gastronomy
Restaurant Katy on Ist
Day 5
Shipwreck – Pantera bay – Molat

A nice relaxed day of sightseeing is in front of you. The first to visit will be a popular shipwreck spot near Veli Rat on Dugi Otok. It is the shipwreck of an Italian merchant ship that sank in 1984. Today is very attractive for diving or snorkeling. The wreck is partially above the sea surface so it can be easily located and easily accessible. Pantera bay is a well-known spot for all the boaters in the area, very well protected, great for a stop, and have a nice swim.

Molat is an island covered with maquis and pine forests and is the ideal destination for those seeking hiking treks among Mediterranean vegetation. Many bays are frequent destinations for sailors.

Activities
take a walk and enjoy the quiet evening
Gastronomy
Restaurant Papa on Molat
Day 6
Premuda – Ilovik – Mali Lošinj

On your way to Mali Lošinj where you will spend the night, a stopover on Premuda, a small island covered in maquis and low forests far away from daily routine and stress, and Ilovik – the island of flowers. Mali Losinj is the largest settlement on the island.

The history of Mali Losinj dates back to the 12th century. Losinj’s “golden age” was in the 19th Century when, thanks to the maritime industry, this “small village” swelled into a major maritime town.

Activities
Museum of Apoxyomenos – highlight and must-see if visiting
Church of the Nativity of the Virgin – art collections and fine works of art
Gastronomy
Restaurant Za kantuni – Mali Lošinj
Day 7
Unije – Pula

The last day of your adventure will be interesting and fun since you will be crossing the Kvarner bay back to Istria. Check out is at 5 PM in Pula and till then you will have a day of nice sailing and a chance to take some last photos of your sailing adventure. Our last gastro suggestion is restaurant Lanterna in Duga Uvala.

Have a question about this route?
We have answers to your questions. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today!

Picking a boat type

Picking out the type of boat to go with will generally come down to your budget, the group size, and preferred method of sailing. Moreover, different sailboats available can be chartered independently or with a fully-staffed crew.

Find your yacht
Sailboat Croatia | Family Sailing Holidays | Yacht Charter Croatia | Sabastus Sailing
Sailboat
2-12 people
The most popular boat for active travelers and couples. They offer the classic sailing experience and tend to vary in size from 30-64 feet.
Starting from 1000 EUR pw
Sailboat Croatia | Family Sailing Holidays | Yacht Charter Croatia | Sabastus Sailing
Catamaran
2-12 people
This offers a more smooth sailing experience compared to the normal sailboat and are the perfect choice for bigger groups or families. The sizes often range from 38-70 feet, with the average being around 42 ft.
Starting from 3500 EUR pw
Gulet Croatia | Family Sailing Holidays | Yacht Charter Croatia | Sabastus Sailing
Gulet
8-20 people
These boats are usually perfect for larger groups. Most of these have six cabins and come with three / four crew members. The ship sizes tend to range between 60-100 ft.
Starting from 4000 EUR pw
Motor Boat Croatia | Family Sailing Holidays | Yacht Charter Croatia | Sabastus Sailing
Motor yacht
2 – 12 people
Motor yachts have from 1 one to up to five cabins depending on their size and tend to range from 30-100 ft.
Starting from 3000 EUR pw

Have a question for us?

You ask yourself what kind of boat to choose? Which places to visit? We have answers to those questions and many more. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today!