The mediaeval walled city of Dubrovnik is the most renowned tourist site in Croatia and has been a World Heritage listed site since 1979. Badly damaged during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991-2 in an attack that brought universal condemnation on the Serbian attackers, the city has since been completely restored and only a few shrapnel scars remain to testify to its former desecration. The city and its commercial harbour of Gruz lie on the Adriatic coast of Croatia near the SE extremity of the country’s long coastline, some 27 miles NW of the border with Montenegro. There is a small harbour, Stara Luka, embraced by the old walled town of Dubrovnik but yachts are not allowed in here. The harbour is reserved for local boats and tripper boats. Visiting yachts shouldgo to Gruz Harbour or Marina Dubrovnik. Two miles NNE of the old city, up the long river inlet of Rijeka Dubrovacka, lies the ACI-operated Marina Dubrovnik on the S side of the inlet, which offers 425 berths for yachts of up to 75 metres in depths of up to 5.0 metres. Dubrovnik is a popular port of entry for foreign yachts, which need to check in at the commercial harbour of Gruz before proceeding to a berth, as well as a magnet for land tourists from all over the world. Not for nothing does the city bear the proud title of ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’.
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Marina Dubrovnik is situated two miles inland of the commercial harbour of Gruz near Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The marina is operated by the Croatian government-owned ACI group and provides 425 berths for yachts up to 75 metres in depths of up to 5.0 metres. The marina is very popular with visiting yachts during the season and space can be scarce. The marina is a 15 minute bus ride from the centre of Dubrovnik old town.
Call Marina Dubrovnik on VHF channel 17. Alternatively, telephone or e-mail to enquire about berthing.
In the approach from N, leave the islet of Otocic Daksa to starboard and steer for the road bridge at the entrance to the inlet of Rijeka Dubrovacka, passing the commercial harbour of Gruz to starboard (you will need to call in at Gruz to clear in if arriving from abroad). Approaching from S, leave the rocky archipelago of Hridi Grebeni to starboard (the outermost islet has a lighthouse on it) and then the islet of Otocic Daksa to port. Pass N of the beacon of Plicina Vranac, which marks shoals extending for 200 metres off the coast and head for the entrance to Rijeka Dubrovacka. Once past the road bridge, continue up the river channel. The deeper water (minimum depths 5.0 metres) is towards the starboard side of the channel. The marina, protected from the river current by a long breakwater, will be encountered two miles from the entrance to the inlet. Note that the channel gets shallow on the N side just where the marina starts. The reception berths are on the outside of the breakwater and yachts should berth here to await instructions unless otherwise advised on channel 17.
Berth where directed. Assistance is available. Yachts berth stern/bows-to where directed along the inside of the breakwater, the quays or on one of the concrete six piers. Laid moorings at all berths. Maximum depths in the marina are 5.0 metres. Shelter in the marina is excellent in all conditions.
- Café/bar within the marina
- Restaurant at the entrance. Restaurant by the pool and a Pizzeria by the office. Restaurants are poor. Pizzas are good. A much better restaurant is just up the river within walking distance called Vimbula. Out of the marina turn left and take little road with signpost opposite the gas station
- Supermarket. Open 7am – 9pm every day in summer. Closes at 1pm on Sunday in winter
- Chandlery – is small
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
- Excellent yard where all repairs can be done
- Harbour master is in the marina for Vignette and crew list changes. However if coming from the south into Croatia, check in to Cavtat as this is the first available port.
Boatyard. Hard standing for up to 140 yachts. Travel lift (60T). Crane (10T). Most engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Paint works.
The marina is situated two miles up the inlet of Rijeka Dubrovacka, past the commercial harbour of Gruz, and around six kms from Dubrovnik old town centre. There are regular buses into the centre. Dubrovnik airport itself is around 30 kms SE of the marina.
- Buses to Dubrovnik old town run from bus stop directly outside the marina. Buses run every 1/4 hour and cost 15kn each way
- Buses from Dubrovnik to most Croatian cities
- International buses to Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich
- Ferries to the local islands, major Croatian harbours and Ancona, Pescara and Bari (Italy)
- Domestic and international flights from Dubrovnik airport (30 kms). Taxi from airport €39 Kn 310 (summer 2014).
Probably the first thing for any visitor to Dubrovnik is to take a tour around the perfectly preserved mediaeval walls, from which there are superb views over the red-tiled rooftops of the city, the old harbour and the Adriatic sea beyond. After touring the walls, the views as you enter the 16th century Pile gate, the main W gate of the old town, and stroll along Placa, the old town’s ‘main drag’, are memorable. To either side of Placa the narrow streets of the old town leading up to the walls are a delight to explore. ‘Must see’ sights include the cathedral, with a magnificent collection of reliquaries made by Dubrovnik gold and silversmiths; the church of St Blaise, with a silver-gilt statue of Dubrovnik’s patron saint, and the Franciscan Monastery, with charming cloisters and further stunning examples of gold and silver work from Dubrovnik craftsmen. The monastery also houses an ancient pharmacy in continuous operation since 1391 and one of Europe’s oldest. The Dominican Monastery museum at the NE end of the old town has yet more beautiful gold and silver work and wonderfully atmospheric cloisters. Also worth a visit is the late 15th century Rectors’ Palace with its imposing Renaissance loggia and impressive atrium. In all, the sights of the town require at least a two-day visit; three days is a more relaxing schedule. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org