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The Pearls of Istria (Istria Boat Rental & Yacht Charter)

The Pearls of Istria (Istria Boat Rental & Yacht Charter)

The Pearls of Istria (Istria Boat Rental & Yacht Charter)

Istria is an immense heart-shaped peninsula, lapped by the emerald waters of the northernmost part
of the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste
and the Kvarner Gulf. This region is often referred to as Blue Istria among tourists.
Blue Istria is famous for its exquisite and unique cuisine, extraordinary wine, breathtaking nature and
rich culture. You cannot go wrong if you decide to rent a boat and sail along its rocky coast.
Even though Istria is a part of Croatia, it has a world of its own. Its luxuriant vegetation and
distinctive settlements make Istria a sight to behold. The most precious pearls of Istria’s coastline
necklace are Pula, Rovinj, Poreč and Umag. Said coastline is indented, with many heavenly bays, but
also numerous shallows which must be looked out for while sailing. Istria makes up for these
shallows with its large and well-equipped marinas. This region also prides itself in having several Blue
Flag awarded beaches.
Being the biggest town of the peninsula, Pula is the capital of Blue Istria. Vedi Pula e puoi mori, some
would say. At least once in your lifetime you simply have to set sail for this legendary ancient city.
Pula is a true port city – it will welcome all types of boats with its docks wide open. So charter a
sailboat, a catamaran, a yacht
– whichever you prefer and feel best suits your needs – and sail to
this wonderful city! We recommend higher-capacity vessels so that you can take as many people as
you like and stay for as many days as possible. There is simply too much to explore when it comes to
Pula, and it would be a shame to just skim through its wonders. However, if you don’t have much
time to explore the city, the ideal choice for you is the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour. This way you’ll get
to see as much as you can during a restricted period of time.
The starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour is the most famous and important monument
in Pula, the Amphitheatre, commonly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator
fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, making it a peer of
the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. Even if you’re not into history, you’ll be smitten by this
imposing edifice.
Those who love to sail will enjoy the wonderful bay by the luxurious Hotel Plaza.
If you care to sail just outside of Pula, you will come across the magnificent, secluded Splendid
Golden Rocks Resort, the Promised Land for people who are fed-up with the hustle and bustle of the
big city.
If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a kayak and set off on a journey through the dazzling caves
surrounding Pula, and take special notice of the ones in Muzil, which did not allow visitors until not
so long ago, since it was considered military territory. Nowadays you can freely dive there and
explore the underwater marvels.
The nearby island of Levan is ideal for people that want to have a whale of a time. Levan is filled with
tourist-friendly beaches and vibrant beach bars that turn into night clubs with the last rays of the
Sun. Charter a yacht and take a luxurious party trip to Levan!
Rovinj is a fishing port known as one of the most romantic places in the entire Mediterranean. This
quaint little old town stands on a headland, with vintage houses tightly crowded down to the
seafront. A tangle of cobbled, narrow streets leads to the renowned hilltop church of St. Euphemia,
whose towering steeple dominates the dreamy skyline over Rovinj. The port of Rovinj is teeming
with lovely cafes and cool bars. Rovinj has a powerful alternative scene and hosts plenty events that
will make a hit with the fans of rock & roll and related music genres.
The forest park Punta Corrente (Golden Cape) is one of the most significant natural attractions
pertaining to the area of Rovinj. Golden Cape is ideal for activities such as running, cycling,
gymnastics or simply walking while soaking in the beauty of pristine nature. The old quarry has been
transformed into a paradise for fans of free climbing. Since there is no traffic or signs of modern
world out there, the park is perfect for a leisurely stroll and a getaway from reality.

Just a short walk from the town centre to Golden Cape will lead you to the beautiful local beaches.
One of the most astonishing beaches is the Lone Bay, very popular both among locals and tourists.
This pebbly beach is ideal for families with children. There is also a beach bar where you can grab a
drink and enjoy the latest summer hits. Be sure to freshen up and have another swim in the beautiful
emerald sea.
If you’re not the one to shy away from nudist beaches, be sure to take a speedboat to the Maschin
Island. You’ll feel like you’re in prehistoric ages, what with being in your birthday suit in the pristine
nature and all.
Next stop: Poreč. Poreč is a top destination when it comes to live music, entertainment and events.
Every summer Poreč is home to the Rise Up festival, as well as many other events. All of your walks in
Poreč will be accompanied by music of some sort. Poreč is full of rocky beaches lapped by crystal-
clear sea. If you want to enjoy the water activities like a pro, you can take part in one of the
numerous yacht races in Poreč.
You will fall in love with diving if you try it out at the Blue Lagoon in Poreč. There’s a diving centre
there that will provide you with everything you might need on your journey to the depths.
There’s also the possibility of renting a speedboat and heading for the resort on the tiny Island of
Saint Nicholas. Who knows, maybe some of the many dolphins inhabiting the area might join you for
a ride.
The most secluded gem of the coast of Istria is Umag. If you decide to rent a boat and take it to
Umag, you will be in awe of the serenity of this place that is unlike any other. Crowds are not a
common occurrence in Umag. You’ll be able to casually stroll around town and you won’t have a
problem finding a beach where you can actually fit more than one towel and allow yourself to
stretch. The picturesque town centre is perfect for relaxed afternoon walks and coffee breaks.
It is usually so quiet and peaceful in Umag that you’ll actually be able to hear yourself think.
However, there are certain occasions on which people come swarming to this otherwise peaceful
little town. Each of these occasions is related to the events held in the Stella Maris resort, a heavenly
decorated part of Umag, about 15 minutes from city centre by foot.
Three years ago Umag has become home to the Sea Star Festival, a superb music festival for all the
fans of electronic music, lightshows, good vibes and enchanting sunsets and sunrises.
The other big event is, of course, the ATP tennis tournament in Stella Maris, which usually takes
place at the end of July. This tournament is Umag’s time to shine – not only does it host some of the
most famous tennis players, but it also includes various events for all ages: concerts, food and wine
tasting, beauty pageant and much more.
When it comes to beaches, Umag has the lead over all Istrian settlements. It has both pebbly and
sandy beaches, all of which are quite long and easily accessible. Numerous piers alongside the
promenade are simply calling out to you and your boat.