I’m wondering whether it’s our passion for the «journey» or our thirst for new exploring that is leading us? No matter what, a new course on the nautical chart, the expectation of a new destination and the challenge of the unknown that generates unprecedented feelings, carry us to another magical world…
We couldn’t sleep that night. We weren’t thinking anything else except the trip. Everything was deleted from our minds and our thoughts were already been travelling in the deep blue sea.
Sivota - Dubrovnik: 220 miles
At 06:15 we were leaving behind us the marina of Sivota. The weather was not exceeding 3 Beaufort with a destination from southwest. At a speed of 26 knots and having the engine operating effortlessly at 4000 rpm we were entering the strait of Corfu. Within an hour we passed by the narrowest point of the channel, where the bow headed on Gjuhezes Cape, which is the westernmost point of Albania. At steady speed, which for many reasons must be kept steady through long journeys, at 9:15 we had already covered 74n.m. and our position was N40°14' E19°11'.
From this point, we got in our final course for Dubrovnik. The compass was at 341 degrees, the weather was still southwest with intensity 4 Beaufort, but it seemed to get worsen. Our ride was pleasant and we were travelling at a speed of 22 knots at 3800 rpm.
At 11:30 our position was N40°58' E18°53' and our course steady at 341 degrees. We had covered 120n.m.
It was 12:10 when I started noticing the waves, which had lost their periodicity. This troubled me and started feeling a little bit uncomfortable.
Raising my head up to the sky I distinguished the storm forming towards us, and 82 nm were still left. I had already started to organize in my mind alternative courses which were already marked on the chart when even planning this trip. At last, we headed towards Albanian coasts and went on our course at north, being close to coastline.
The Dalmatian coast is at Adriatic Sea, the name of which originates from the Italian city of Adria, which was an important port in ancient times.
The Adriatic Sea separates the Balkan Peninsula from the Apennines one and extends from the channel of Otranto south to the north of Trieste, 420nm in length and has an average width of 95nm.
Dalmatia is divided into southern, central and north and extends from the border of Montenegro to Pag Island at north.
Planning a trip to the Dalmatian Coast needs special attention because of the complexity, the variety and the peculiar shape of the islands.
Southern Dalmatian extends 75n.m. from Montenegro to Ploce and covers an area from N42°20' to 43rd and E16°25' to 18°30'. It includes Cavtat, Dubrovnik, the whole Peljesac peninsula and the islands of Elaphite, Mljet, Lastovo, Korcula.
We can find at Southern Dalmatia two of the most famous places of the whole Mediterranean Sea, Dubrovnik known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and the old town of Korcula.
We were only a few meters from the wonderful walls in front of the old port of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most amazing sights someone can face. The view was unbelievable. There were no words to describe the image we were watching. For a while we stood there admiring this spectacular view.
After a while we went to ACI marina to tie up the rib. The rest of the day was dedicated to walking around and discovering the old town of Dubrovnik.
The medieval town of Dubrovnik is the main attraction of the entire Croatian coast.
Even though this town was damaged during war at 1991-1992, it managed quite quickly to restore again.
The defensive walls surrounding the old town are very impressive while at the internal there are many wonderful buildings and churches, many museums and beautiful narrow streets. Dubrovnik is still known as a cultural centre since every summer it hosts the homonymous festival with live musical concerts, theatrical shows taking place in the squares and palaces.
Known as the «pearl of Adriatic» Dubrovnik has been declared by Unesco as a town of World Heritage. It’s worth while going around the walls that are built during the 10th century and offers splendid view at the internal as well as at the sea.
We enjoyed a hot cup of espresso at one of the cafes at Placa, watching people of different nationalities gathering here. This wide street is the most important of the town, full of bars and cafes and is the most famous or the visitors. It starts from the central gate and ends to the sea, at the old town.
It’s really worth while to dedicate 1-2 days in order to discover this amazing town. Nevertheless, a brief wandering at Placa, which is the main marble sidewalk, as well as at the narrow alleys that end to small squares, watching the stoned buildings, the palaces, the museums and a number of historical stoned monuments can make us realize the reason Dubrovnik is so famous. There are many beautiful attractions such as:
- Big Fountain of Onofrio, is one of the best monuments of the town. It stands at the square just after the main town’s entrance.
- The Franciscan monastery, one side of which leads to the pharmacy that is in use since 1317.
- The church of St Blaise, the patron of the city which contains many baroque works of art.
- The Rectors Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Gothic-Renaissance that was built in the 15th century. Its sculptures are amazing.This palace, which was the governor of the city, and now used as a museum, shows the brilliant history of the city.
Furthermore we can visit the archaeological museum, the aquarium, the Maritime Museum, the churches and monasteries which make Dubrovnik global cultural centre.
- Across Croatian Coast there are 45 marinas with 15,000 berths. 21 of these belong to the ACI club (Adriatic Croatia International), founded in 1983. It is a chain of marinas scattered everywhere, from south to Dubrovnik till Umag at north, and provide services of high quality. Shops, restaurants, cafes, laundries, swimming pools, tennis courts, fuel, ice machines, grocery, internet cafe, technical support for the vessels and, of course at the maximum security are provided.
- Dubrovnik has a large harbour at Gruz located at 2 km from the old town. The ships make a stop here while large yachts moor and there is a marina for local boats. At a distance of 6 km from the old town, in the mouth of the river Ombla, Miho Pracat Aci Marina is located with 450 berths.