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Orebić – Croatia, Dalmatia, Pelješac.

Posted by Darek Stefańczyk on 02.10.2018
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Orebić

The harbour of Orebić lies on the S coast of the Peljesac Peninsula on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, just two miles NE of the town of Korcula on the island of the same name. A former maritime centre and now a popular tourist resort, Orebic is the largest settlement along this stretch of coast until arriving at Dubrovnik. In addition to its thriving tourist industry, the town is also a centre for exploring the Peljesac wine-producing area, one of the most productive in Croatia.

A small 240-berth marina caters for the large number of yachts cruising along the Peljesac channel to and from Dubrovnik. Shelter in the marina is good, although strong W winds send in a swell.

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Weather

Diurnal winds along the coast of Croatia 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 some 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, especially along the Velebitski channel and its continuation NW, the Vinodolska channel. For this reason, most yachts cruising the Velebitski channel hug the mainland shore, where there is better shelter in the event of a sudden bora. It tends to blow less strongly S of Zadar.

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.

Navigation

Access to Orebic is from E or W along the Peljesac channel. If arriving from E, a yacht needs to negotiate the numerous islands off Korcula. From W, the approach is straightforward as long as a yacht keeps half a mile offshore to avoid some inshore shallows to the W of the harbour. The harbour lies towards the W end of the town, protected from S and E by a T-shaped breakwater. There is a light structure Fl G 3secs on the end of the breakwater. Entrance is from W. Ferries berth on the jetty on the N side of the entrance and a good lookout should be maintained when entering.

Berthing

Orebic harbour is operated as a marina, although it does not have the full facilities to be expected of a marina. Of a total of 240 berths, 30 are reserved for yachts in transit.

A visiting yacht should berth where directed, usually stern/bows-to the breakwater, where there are laid moorings. Depths along the breakwater range from 2.0 metres at the root to 4.0 metres at the end. Water and electricity at all berths. Other facilities include toilets and showers.

Transportation

  • Buses to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb.
  • Ferries to Korcula.

Tourism

The 16th century Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of Angels, sited on a crag above the town, is a popular tourist attraction. The view over the Peljesac channel and Korcula town is superb. Even more impressive views can be enjoyed from the summit of St Elijah’s mountain behind the town. There are several good walking trails that lead to the summit. In the town there is a small maritime museum with exhibits reflecting Orebic’s important role in maritime trade and fishing. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org