Sailing Around Northern Adriatic, Part One – Cres

Spending a week or two on a sailing boat is my favorite type of vacation. Since we keep our sailing boat in Tunarica bay (east Istria) we have travelled the islands in north Adriatic many times.

Depending on your plans and wishes, and the weather of course, you can decide to have an easy and relaxong vacation with no more than 2 hours a day of sailing. Or you may want to be more mobile and decide to sail a few more hours a day and travel faster.

Whatever is your preference, here are some good spots for daily swim or for overnight anchoring.


Cres is the biggest town on the island of Cres. It is known for its 16th century Venetian Tower and Arsan Palace, today a museum.

There is a marine gas station, water supply station for boats, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores.

Cres, Cres

Nedomisje Cove

This cove, located on eastern coast of Valun bay, is open to winds from the third quadrant. Muddy bottom in the middle of the bay is a good anchoring spot, also to spend the night. White beach and olive trees make this place a great camping place for those who prefer wild nature over glamorous camping sites.

Nedomisje, Cres

Island Zaglav

Zaglav is a little island that is not a good choice for overnight anchoring because it is open to winds, but can be a great daily visit. The charming little island with only enough space for a lighthouse is also a great spear phishing destination.

Island Zaglav

Saint Ivan Cove – Lubenice Beach

There is this wonderful wild beach below Lubenice, an ancient fort village founded approximately four thousands year ago on top of a 380 m high ridge that overlooks Adriatic Sea.

Lubenice, Cres

Blue Cave in Zanja Cove

There is a popular cave in Zanja cove that you can explore by swimming and diving into it.


This small village is also a nice place to spend the night. There are a few restaurants, grocery store and water supply station for boats.

Martinscica, Cres

A look on open sea is always spectacular.

Sunset on Kvarner Bay

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