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Towns – will have either a harbour or a marina (it is rare however to find both, an exception being Vrboska). Specialist services will be limited, or none existent, though where the settlement is served by a marina there may be basic repair services, slipways and a crane. There may be police and Kapitanja but customs services, where the town is a port of entry, are likely to be seasonal (eg Hvar Town). There are likely to be national and regional travel links but international travel links are not guaranteed. There should be a doctor’s surgery or medical centre but more specialist medical practices (eg. dentists and opticians) may not be available, veterinary services are also not guaranteed. There will be banks, postal services and currency exchanges. You should also find internet cafes, bars cafes and restaurants as well as other tourist services. There will be supermarkets and may well be a fruit and vegetable market and/or a fish market. Shops are likely to be orientated towards the tourist market and may well be seasonal. More typical high street stores are less likely to be found. In some cases there may be fuel though this cannot be relied upon


Hvarread moreharbourACI Palmizanaphotos

Jelsaread moreharbourphotos

Komizaread moreharbour – anchorage – photos

Korcularead moreharbourACI Korculaphotos

Lastovo read moreZaklopaticsa Harbourphotos

Milna read moreACI MilnaMarina Vlaskaphotos

Opatija – read more – ACI Opatija – photos

Primosten – read more – harbouranchorage – photos

Rogoznica  – read more – harbour  – anchorage - photos

Skradin – read more – ACI Skradin – photos

Stari Gradread moreharbouranchoragephotos

Sucurajread moreharbourphotos

Supetarread moreharbourphotos

Visread moreVis HarbourKut Harbour – anchorage – photos

Vrboskaread moreACI Vrboskaharbourphotos

Vela Luka  – read moreharbour  – anchorage - photos



Villages – may have a harbour or jetty, though in some cases this will only be capable of handling the smallest, shaol draft craft. It is very unlikely there will be any specialist services, police, Kapitanja or customs. Similarly there is unlikely to be a doctor or medical centre. There may be regional travel services but it is more likely that all links will be local. You cannot rely on there being a bank or post office, though on occasion you may find there is a cash machine. Shops are likely to be restricted to a bakery and supermarket or general store, though even these are not guaranteed, similarly they may be a fruit and vegetable market or a fish market, though these will be on a considerably smaller scale (where they exist) than those seen in the Towns and Cities. There will usually be at least one bar/café and possibly a restaurant. There may be a tourist agency and if so they may provide currency exchange though again this cannot be relied upon. There will be no fuel.


Bobovicseread moreharbouranchoragephotos                                

Veli Drevnik – read more – harbour – photos                                                 

Maslinicaread moreMarinaphotos     

Puciscaread moreharbour  – anchoragephotos

Sipanska Lukaread moreharbouranchoragephotos   

Luka Polaceread more – harbour – anchoragephotos 

Okukljeread moreharbour – anchorage – photos  

Stomorskaread moreharbour – anchorage – photos  



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Six major cities are evenly spaced along Croatia’s Adriatic shore, from North to South; these are Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. All are significant ports with national and international transport links and all have their unique attractions. Of these Rijeka and Split are orders of magnitude larger than the remaining four with populations of 150,000 and 220,000 respectively. The others have populations in the range of 20-50000 people.


Situated between these cities are many smaller villages and towns that may range in size from a few 10s of houses to 1000s. Most are either scenically or historically interesting (or both) and providing attractive stop-overs in any cruising itinerary either for their innate interests or as useful re-provisioning points.


We divide Croatia’s coastal settlements into three broad groups, defined not primarily on size but on the services available within each settlement:


Cities – will be served by a harbour or marina (or possibly both) with extensive access both to tourist and specialist technical services such as engine repair, rigging etc. There will be police, Kapitanja and customs services probably year round as well as other civil and government services including hospitals and other medical specialities such as dentists and opticians. There are likely also to be veterinary services available. There will be a wide range of both National and International travel links and may be consulates or embassies. There will be a wide range of shopping opportunities, not only the typical tourist shops found almost every where along the Adriatic coast but also more regular high street stores. There will be banks, postal services, internet cafes and currency exchanges as well as a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants along with other typical tourist services such as car rental, excursions and various types of accommodation. There will almost certainly be a large market that will include fruit and vegetables, fast food and other stalls aimed primarily at the tourist as well as the city residents selling shoes, hats, clothes and bags. There should be fuel.


Dubrovnik – read more – ACI Dubrovnik – harbour – photos

Pula  – read more – ACI Pula - photos

Rijeka  – read more - photos

Sibenik  – read more – harbourMarina Mandelina – photos

Split  – read moreACI Split - anchorage – photos

Trogir  – read moreACI Trogiranchoragephotos

Zadar  – read more – photos