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45°17.52′N, 14°33.38′E Chart icon.png
The harbour of Bakar

The town of Bakar lies at the NW end of the Bakarski Zaljev (bay of Bakar), a two-mile long inland basin situated four miles SE of the commercial port of Rijeka on the mainland coast of Croatia and two miles N of the island of Krk. While the approaches to the town are heavily industrialized and not particularly attractive, the town itself is a mediaeval gem, climbing up the wooded slopes at the head of the bay. There are no designated facilities for yachts, which must find a berth along its quays among the local vessels. Depths range from 4.0 metres to under one metre, so care is needed when choosing a spot to berth. Shelter is reasonable in most conditions, although fierce gusts will be experienced in a bora and Bakar would probably be untenable in a strong scirocco in view of the two mile fetch in SE winds.


British Admiralty
Croatian charts
Italian charts
Imray Nautical Chart


Diurnal winds along the coast 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.

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.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.


See Croatia.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The industrial installations at the entrance to Bakarski Zaljev are very conspicuous, especially the tall chimney with red and white painted bands on the NW side of the entrance. A green buoy to starboard on entry marks a shallow bank extending some 400 metres NW from the SE side of the entrance. Once through the entrance, a course NW along the centre of the bay avoids some rocky patches close inshore.


The NW end of the bay is quayed along its entire length, but depths are variable. Visiting yachts need to use their anchors to moor bow or stern-to the quays wherever there is space among the local boats. Depths are greatest (around 4.0 metres) on the NW side of the bay. The holding is good in mud. There is a small boat harbour at the SW end of the bay, but it is invariably filled with local boats and depths are in any case too shallow for most yachts. Shelter in the bay is good in most conditions, although there are strong gusts in a bora. Bakar would probably be untenable in a strong scirocco in view of the two mile fetch in SE winds. Better shelter in these conditions may be found in Kraljevica.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



It is possible to anchor off in the centre of the bay in 7.0 - 8.0 metres, clear of the moorings. Holding is good in mud.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores




Fuel, Water, & Electricity

None. The nearest fuel dock is in the harbour of Opatija at World icon.png 45°20.22′N, 14°18.6′E. In an emergency, fuel can be obtained from a garage on the main road at Kraljevica.

Tourism and Things to do Ashore


Bakar Castle

The narrow mediaeval streets and little squares of Bakar are a delight to explore. Overlooking the town is a castle dating back to the 16th century. Other attractions include a 15th century house known as the Roman House and another, 16th century house built in Ottoman style.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Several provisions shops in the town.


Numerous bars and restaurants in the town.





Motorbike & Car Rentals


Garbage Disposal

Some bins around the harbour.


  • Airport on the island of Krk (12 kms).
  • Buses to Rijeka and Krk.
  • Domestic and international trains from Rijeka to Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


For other useful websites, see Croatia.

References & Publications

See Croatia.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 14:48, 20 July 2011 (BST)

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