Start your Croatia tour from Dalmatia ... Situated along the rugged and wildly beautiful Dalmatian coastline, ACI Marina Split is the perfect place to start your Croatian travel. The Marina is located along the busy and increasingly popular Adriatic coast, in the southwestern part of the country. It enjoys the natural protection of islands such as Ciovo, Drvenik Veliki, Solta and Brač, which together form part of the famous Dalmatia region. With over a thousand miles of breathtaking beauty, coastline, vibrant landscapes and a rich history spanning thousands of years, Croatia is a solid favorite for cruise boaters, and Split, the second largest city, is considered one of the main gems in its crown.
Founded by a Greek colony Aspalatos, in the second century BC, the land of the present Croatia contested for centuries, and Byzantine and Ottoman empires were the most prominent among its ancient rulers. This is reflected in the impressive and varied architecture of Croatia. City center, Diocletian's palace, located just five minutes walk from ACI Marina Split... Built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, the palace testifies to the power and industry of the Roman Empire. The imposing ruins were originally built as a military fortress, an imperial residence and a fortified city, and are now home to around 3,000 people. Located in the heart of the city, its labyrinthine streets are filled with people of all ages, as well as bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.
If you plan to research Split, then almost all of your time and effort will be devoted to absorbing the local atmosphere. The city also has several great museums, including "Living Museum Split"that simulates time travel so you can experience the life of Rome first-hand. If you want to escape the bustling city life, walk down one of the narrow streets and passages that dot the entire city, and which almost always reward travelers with their quiet courtyards and paradise gardens, perfect for avoiding the hot midday sun.
The food in Croatia is fantastic! In most of the towns and villages that you visit, you will taste the local unique cuisine, all with their own characteristics. It is the result of generations of culinary knowledge and the use of local products. It may not look very impressive, but it is always authentic, affordable and tasty.
What you need to know about ACI Marina Split
Marina is located in the ancient port of Splitwhich is well recognized here and very popular with tourists and locals alike. ACI Marina Split able to accommodate yachts of various sizes, including superyachts, regardless of the ebb and flow. This is a fairly large yacht marina, accommodating 318 yachts, with 30 additional berths. But despite the fact that there are so many yacht maintenance services here, including repair shops and sailing workshops, larger yacht repairs will have to be planned elsewhere.
However, the marina has many shops with spare parts and other supplies, as well as a supermarket, so you can stock up on everything you need for your yacht and provisions for your crew. The petrol station is located within the port walls, but 100 meters outside the marina. There are several charter companies operating in the region, so there are many options to fly through the local airport and charter yachts if you do not have your own yacht. As you would expect from a modern and popular yacht marina, amenities such as clean and well-equipped showers and toilets are available.
ACI Marina Split
Within the territory of ACI Marina Split there are several restaurants including Adriatic graso, a lovely beachside restaurant serving fresh seafood. The restaurant also has a wide selection of wines from all over the world, although it is worth trying the local Croatian wines while here, as they are very good indeed. If you are looking for something more relaxing, then in Velum it has a wonderfully warm atmosphere and serves local cuisine with stunning sea views.
Planning the transition to Split
Split located on the central west coast of Croatia in Adriatic sea... If you are already traveling in the area, you will be able to reach the Adriatic with Ionian Seaand then northeast to Dalmatia. Dalmatian islands make this part of the crossing somewhat challenging as they are home to busy delivery channels and hectic coastline life. You will need to walk through the islands to get to the marina. The waters are deep enough for you to take whichever route you like, however it is recommended to cross between the islands Drvenik Veliki and Soltabecause the channel is wider there, but ferries do not use it.
Once you pass through the islands, you can head straight to the port. As you approach the port, the first landmark on your bow will be the prominent bell tower Split Cathedralas well as a pointed stone monument to sailors in the shape of a lighthouse, which is actually an illuminated stone obelisk. The port entrance is marked with a red tower with a red flashing light on the starboard side, and a green beacon with a green flashing light on the starboard side, which is also equipped with a fog signal and a 30-second audible signal.
How to plan a sailing trip in Dalmatia
ACI Marina Split is located in the southwest corner of the port and requires special care when arriving and departing. Large ships departing and arriving at port have the advantage of maneuvering, so make sure you are at a safe distance from them. It is also prohibited to anchor in the port, in any part of it, with the exception of emergencies.
As we approach ACI Marina Split, you can see white rocks on a wooded peninsula Sustipanas is the inner breakwater at the eastern entrance to the marina, marked by a red tower with flashing lights. Also visible are the reception, restaurants and workshops in the harbor. You can enter the marina at any time of the day and the marina staff are available 24 hours a day to guide you to your mooring point.
Cruising in Dalmatia
Split ideally located for cruising along the Croatian coast, or to the more remote islands that make up the Dalmatian region. Dalmatia Is one of the most famous and popular cruise sites in the world, but that doesn't mean you'll never find a quiet place to drop anchor, quickly followed by dozens of other yachts. There are many secluded coves and a very quiet coastline if you are patient and willing to search for a little longer than usual. Croatian mainland coastline more busy, so it is recommended that you set your course directly to the beautiful and noticeably quieter islands, where you can almost always find a quiet spot to anchor.
In the north, islands of Kornati National Park harsher and sailing is definitely more challenging due to the prevailing northwest winds, but there are many good marinas with modern amenities to shelter from bad weather. Moving south, mountainous coastline Montenegro is just beginning to develop into a viable cruise area and is rapidly developing its marinas to serve the large cruise community. This wonderful country boasts World Heritage Sites UNESCO, Perast and Kotor, in addition to exciting yachting and stunning unspoiled landscapes. The season starts in April and lasts until September and you can easily spend all this time exploring only Dalmatia.
How to plan a sailing trip in Dalmatia
However, if you are looking for longer travel routes then crossing of the Adriatic Sea to the east coast of Italy Is the perfect and exciting option, albeit challenging. Italy's east coast is not nearly as popular with cruise boaters as the famous amalfi coast in the west, however there are a few gems worth visiting, and San Benedetto del Tronto one of those places. This medieval town, founded in the first century, can be reached in a day. And upon arrival, you will be spoiled for history, great heritage, Italian food and culture. And, importantly, there is a large yacht marina there. There are also some good hotels along the coast if you would like to spend a night or two on land after a long hike, to then enjoy exploring the Italian coastline.
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