Otok Hvar: Stari Grad
The most immediate landfall with services on the north-west shore of Hvar, Stari Grad has a long harbour wall with power and water. The town is located at the eastern end of the long inlet of Stari Grad Zaljev and is an increasingly popular tourist resort with a mixture of winding 16th Century streets and the splendour of crumbling Austro-Hungarian buildings and heritage going back to the 4th Century BC.
The approach to the harbour is straight forward, passing the ferry terminal (2 lights on the south side of the bay) before you reach the town, where the entrance is marked by green and red lights on the shore. Watch for the un-lit green buoy which marks a rock and should be left to starboard during your approach, before mooring stern-to against the harbour wall. This can be tricky in a westerly and north-westerly wind. The harbour has power and water laid on and is a summer port of entry.
Newly extended in 2010/11 and marketed as a marina, this facility is clean and well presented but definitely a harbour wall rather than a marina, lacking the facilities that would usually mark it as such. The newly extended wall extends away to the west from the centre of town with nicely constructed limestone paving and plantings which back space for 65 boats. A further 14 boats can be accommodated on buoys on the north side of the inlet and the harbour master's assistant who moored us up suggested that each buoy was strong enough to take 2 boats rafted up and that on the peak days in 2011 he had counted a total of 99 boats moored in the harbour's facilities.
Stari Grad offers good all around shelter except for winds from the West and North-west. A strong sirocco can also cause a surge or increase in the water level in the harbour.
The town is relatively large and has a wide range of shops and restaurants and other local services including banks and a post office. There is a daily fruit and veg market, a fish market, bakery, a pharmacy and also a hardware store that sells some items of chandlery. Stari Grad has bus links to most other parts of Hvar and is a ferry port with car ferries coming from Hvar and heading on to Korcula. There is a large, modern supermarket close to the Ferry Terminal just outside the town to the west.
The harbour staff are efficient and friendly and willing to help out, diving on a neighbouring boat’s prop for them that had become entangled on a lazy line. One note of caution is on price, costs here are certainly at the high end for a harbour wall and more in keeping with those you might expect to pay for a mid range marina.
The costs are perhaps explained by the massive and on-going investment in the site which will be further expanded to the west over the winter of 2012/13 and is slated to get toilet and shower facilities (finally making it more of a marina than a harbour) at the same time.
Currently over-priced, though separate charges are made for use of power and electricity this is still a worthwhile one night stop to see the delights of Stari Grad, often viewed as a the poorer cousin of Hvar Town, but well worth a visit.
The nearest fuel is in Vrboska only 4 miles to the east but around 15nm by sea.
Harbour quay - power and water
Fuel available at Vrboska (15nm east)
Shops including supermarkets in the town
Harbour Master : +385 (0)21 765 060
Doctors +385 (0)21 765 373 and 766 200
Dentists: +385 (0)21 765 090 and 766 220
Pharmacy: +385 (0)21 765 061
Police: +385 (0)21 741 033 (Hvar Town)
Monday, 30 July 2012
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