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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaBrela
43°22.02′N, 16°55.95′E Chart icon.png
The tiny harbour of Brela

The tiny harbour of Brela lies on the Adriatic coast of Croatia three miles SE of the settlement of Omis and one mile NW of the equally small harbour of Baska Voda. The village’s setting is superb, under the slopes of Mount Biokovo and surrounded by small sandy coves fringed with pine trees. The harbour here has been expanded and refurbished in recent years, but there is usually very little space for a visiting yacht and it is wise to come early and have an alternative mooring plan. Shelter in the harbour is adequate in settled weather but poor in S or W winds, when shelter should be sought in Split or on the island of Brac.


British Admiralty


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, especially along the Velebitski channel. 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.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.


See Croatia.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no hazards in the approach. The harbour can be identified by the curved breakwater enclosing two small basins divided by a central pier. The harbour is entered from W. Depths in the entrance are unknown but likely to be in excess of 5.0 metres.


Moorings in the inner basin

Berth wherever you can find space alongside the quays in the outer basin, clear of the moorings. Alternatively, you may be able to pick up one of the moorings if the user is away. Depths in the outer basin are unknown but likely to be 3.0 - 5.0 metres. Depths on the breakwater are probably in excess of 6.0 metres.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Yacht Repairs and Services


Fuel, Water, & Electricity


Things to do Ashore

Coast near Brela


Brela is a popular and busy holiday resort, chiefly on account of its attractive rocky coastline and superb beaches.

Grocery & Supply Stores

A few provisions shops in the village.


Several cafes and restaurants in the village.


From internet cafes.



Motorbike & Car Rentals


Garbage Disposal

Some bins in the village.



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 19:06, 7 August 2011 (BST)

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