The resort of Portorož lies on the coast of Slovenia just over two miles SE of the small harbour of Piran and two miles N of the border with Croatia. Essentially Slovenia’s only major mass-market beach resort, the coastline is lined with modern, high-rise hotels and casinos and the town, while pleasant, has few of the attractions of the old Venetian harbours along the coast, such as Piran, Koper or even Izola. However, it is a good base for over-wintering or for leaving a yacht to explore the fascinating hinterland of Slovenia. Just S of the resort is the large marina of Marina Portoroz, which offers 650 berths for yachts up to 30 metres and draft up to 3.5 metres.
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The weather in Slovenia, as in the Northern Adriatic generally, is subject to considerable seasonal variations. The geography of the country also means that there are three distinct climatic influences that affect the weather. In the mountains along the line of the Julian Alps, a rugged Alpine climate prevails for much of the year, while down at the coast one experiences as a warmer, sub-Mediterranean climate. The interior of the country, north, and east from the capital, Ljubljana, has more of a continental climate. Average temperatures in the summer months are around 20 – 24 degrees C, while throughout the winter months temperatures can average as little as 0 – 4 degrees.
Diurnal winds along the coast of Slovenia are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains are a feature of many of the harbours along the NE Adriatic coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms – luckily of short duration – with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared. Although not usually as strong as in the Gulf of Trieste, it is nevertheless a danger to contend with if cruising out of season. At its worst, the bora can blow hard for up to a fortnight with little intermission. Usually, the bora is associated with stormy weather, with wind reaching 100 knots or more, and the direction in which the wind blows is mostly influenced by the configuration of the shore. The strength of the wind is explained by the existence of warm air over the surface of the sea, and a cold layer of air above mountain ranges in the littoral, which cause a strong streaming due to equating of the pressure.
Equally prevalent in winter – although not uncommon in summer – is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast. In the summer, it usually blows for a couple of days, and in the winter it can last for a couple of weeks. The signs of the oncoming scirocco are the calmness of the sea, weak changeable winds, and dimness of the horizon, the increase of the temperature and moisture, and the gradual decrease of the pressure. Fortunately, it usually blows longer and stronger in the southern Adriatic than in the northern part.
Marina Portoroz lies at the southern end of the town of Portoroz on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia just over two miles SE of the small harbour of Piran and two miles N of the border with Croatia. The first full-service marina to be constructed in Slovenia and dating back to 1974, the marina is a good base for over-wintering or for leaving a yacht to explore the fascinating hinterland of Slovenia. The marina offers 650 berths for yachts up to 30 metres and draft up to 3.5 metres as well as a comprehensive range of boatyard and repair services.
Contact Marina Portoroz on VHF channel 17 prior to entry.
A tall belfry in the town of Piran, situated on a headland two miles NW of the marina, is conspicuous from some distance off. The marina of Marina Portoroz lies at the S end of the town of Portoroz, which is easily identified by the numerous high rise hotels along the coast. The marina is situated in a low-lying area which formerly was used for salt pans. Access is via a narrow, 22 metre wide channel with depths of 3.5 metres. The channel is marked with wooden posts. While there are no dangers in the approach, entry can be tricky in strong onshore winds. Once inside the marina, shelter is excellent.
Berthing assistance available. Berths are in two separate basins either side of a central arrivals dock and refueling berth. Berths are on seven concrete piers and associated quays. All berths are equipped with wooden posts for four-point mooring.
- Shopping centre
- Massage parlour
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Fitness centre
- Short-let apartments
Boatyard. Travel lift (60T). Fixed crane (7.5 T). Hard standing (300 yachts). Large indoor storage. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. All hull repairs. Sail repairs. Paintworks. Stainless steel fabrication. Upholstery and canvas work. Rigging.
Good (24 hrs).
The marina is about 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre.
- Shuttle buses to Piran
- Small airport with some local and charter flights of 5 kilometres SSE
- International airport of Ljubljana 130 kilometres
- Airport of Trieste in Italy 60 kilometers
Portoroz is basically a beach resort and there is little of tourist interest other than beaches and a health spa (if mud baths and brine soaking turns you on).However, the town is a good base for exploring the hinterland of Slovenia, with its world-famous Lippizaner stud at Lipice, impressive cave systems of Skocjan and Postojna and castle of Predjama. It is also a short hop by shuttle bus to the lovely mediaeval town of Piran, which is an essential visit. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org