Stari Grad

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Stari Grad
Port of Entry
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Stari Grad

The town and harbour of Stari Grad (which means Old town) lie at the head of a four mile long gulf carved into the NW coast of Hvar Island in Croatia. The oldest town in Croatia, the settlement is though to have been founded by Greeks under the name of Faros in 385 BC. The town was the capital of the island until Hvar (town) assumed that role in 1278. The setting is picturesque, with numerous narrow alleys and squares overlooked by fine old stone houses, of which one, that of the famed 16th century Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic, is now the town’s leading tourist attraction.

The harbour offers very good berthing options for visiting yachts, with around 75 berths distributed between its S quay and a row of mooring buoys off its shallow N quay. Shelter is excellent in all conditions except strong W and NW winds, which create a dangerous surge in the harbour. The harbour can also be subject to a phenomenon called 'plima' in Croatian, a seiche which causes rapid fall and rise of water levels by as much as 1.0 metre. This is most likely in very strong S winds and with low barometric pressures. Fortunately this is a relatively rare occurrence (although the last such event was as recent as November 2012).

Charts

British Admiralty 2712, 269
Croatian MK19
Imray M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)

Weather

See Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Communication

Lučka kapetanija ispostava Stari Grad

Phone: +385 21 765 060
Web: http://www.lucka-uprava-sdz.hr/o-nama/popis-luka-pod-nadleznoscu-lusdz/luka/1231
Address: 21460 Stari Grad, p/p 15, Šetnica Don Šime Ljubića 1
also http://www.mppi.hr/default.aspx?id=7594

Port reception

Phone: +385 21 765 432
Email: portstarigrad@gmail.com
Web: http://www.stari-grad.eu/en/nautical-info
Address: Don Šime Ljubića 8 21460 Stari Grad

Navigation

There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Stari Grad. There is a green buoy at the entrance to the harbour marking a rocky reef. Depths in the entrance are 13.0 metres, on the town quay between 4.0 and 5.0 metres. Depths on the mooring buoys are 3.0 - 4.0 metres.

Entrance

Stari Grad is a summer port of entry only. At other times of year, Split or Korcula are the nearest year-round ports of entry.

Berthing

Yachts on Stari Grad town quay
The old quay could accommodate 30 yachts
The new quay adds a further 30 berths
A yacht can lie temporarily alongside at the E end of the ferry quay

S and N town quays are operated as a marina with 120 wet berths and 30 dry berths.

S quay

S quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#S_quay
Berth icon S quay [[Stari Grad#S quay|S quay]] 43°11.061'N, 016°35.563'E

The town quay on the S side of the inlet (past the short jetty where hotel boats berth) has been developed for visiting yachts and, with the recent extension of the new quay, now has around 60 mooring lines in depths ranging from 2.0 metres at the far E end to 5.0 metres at the W end near the jetty. There are water and electricity points all along the quay.

Shelter here is good in all but strong W or NW winds.

There is a short jetty at the W end of the town quay, where it is possible for a couple of yachts to lie alongside temporarily (or out of season) in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres. During the season this jetty is heavily used by hotel and tripper boats. There is a water and electricity point nearby on the quay.

N quay

N quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#N_quay
Berth icon N quay [[Stari Grad#N quay|N quay]] 43°11.110'N, 016°35.582'E
Two sections of the N quay are also available for visiting yachts after the harbour has been refurbished in 2016. Water and electricity are at the points along the quay.

Hotel Helios jetty

Hotel Helios jetty/wiki/Stari_Grad#Hotel_Helios_jetty
Berth icon Hotel Helios jetty [[Stari Grad#Hotel Helios jetty|Hotel Helios jetty]] 43°11.193'N, 016°35.051'E
A couple of yachts may moor alongside to the external (S) side of the jetty. Another couple of yachts may also get rafted at each of them. A fee is collected by the hotel (250 kunas as of 2018).

Ferry jetty

Ferry jetty/wiki/Stari_Grad#Ferry_jetty
Berth icon Ferry jetty [[Stari Grad#Ferry jetty|Ferry jetty]] 43°10.871'N, 016°34.633'E

It is possible for short periods to tie up alongside at the E end of the ferry quay half a mile SW of the harbour entrance. This position is the only lowered section of the quay and it has the legend 'Taxi' painted on it in blue lettering, so it is wise not to linger too long.

Depths here are around 3.0 metres, but shoal to less than 2.0 metres at the inner end. A hundred metres S of the quay, across the main road, is a large Tommy hypermarket and shopping complex big enough to stock up for a month’s cruising.

Anchorages

Mooring buoys

Mooring buoys/wiki/Stari_Grad#Mooring_buoys
Buoy icon Mooring buoys [[Stari Grad#Mooring buoys|Mooring buoys]] 43°11.107'N, 016°35.384'E
A row of 16 mooring buoys has been laid parallel to the N side of the harbour, some 50 metres off the shore (depths at the shore are currently too shallow for yachts). Visiting yachts can pick up one of these in depths of 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Charges here are HRK 21 per metre. Shelter here is good in all but strong W or NW winds.

There area number of good anchorages in the approach to Stari Grad. See Hvar Island page for details.

Amenities

Facilities
Water on the S quay
Electricity on the S quay
Toilets none
Showers none
Laundry In the town N of the harbour
Garbage Near the harbour
Supplies
Fuel INA/wiki/Stari_Grad#INAFuel icon INA [[Stari Grad#INA|INA]] 43°09.975'N, 016°26.696'E Fuel berth in a small inlet on E side of bay 500 metres S of harbour (0600 - 2200).
Depths of only 1.8 metres alongside
Bottled gas
Chandlers
Services
Repairs Basic emergency repairs only
Internet In several cafés along the waterfront
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town
Health

Provisioning

  • Tommy/wiki/Stari_Grad#TommyProvisions icon Tommy [[Stari Grad#Tommy|Tommy]] 43°11.108'N, 016°35.962'E -- large supermarket at head of inlet
  • Studenac/wiki/Stari_Grad#StudenacProvisions icon Studenac [[Stari Grad#Studenac|Studenac]] 43°10.991'N, 016°36.087'E -- larger supermarket 200 metres inland
  • Tommy hypermarket/wiki/Stari_Grad#Tommy_hypermarketProvisions icon Tommy hypermarket [[Stari Grad#Tommy hypermarket|Tommy hypermarket]] 43°10.785'N, 016°34.575'E and retail complex half a mile W of yacht quay. This is also a good place for kitchen and tableware, adults and children's clothes, footwear and even some electronics and computer items (upstairs)
  • Several provisions shops in the town.
  • Butchers and bakers.
  • Fruit and vegetable market behind tourist information office.
  • Fish market

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and café/bars ashore.

Transportation

Tourism

The 16th century fortress-house of Petar Hektorovic,
it's garden with a pond now a museum
The 15th century Dominican monastery
Stari Grad is full of old stone houses

The old town of Stari Grad is a maze of narrow alleys and tiny squares, ringed with the stone houses typical of the Dalmatian islands. Among its most prized exhibits is the fortified house of the famous 16th century Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic, with a central courtyard containing a fish pond and beautiful gardens.

Another highlight of a visit to Stari Grad is the 15th century Dominican monastery, fortified with a tower following a Turkish raid in 1571, which contains a museum with a painting of The Interment of Christ attributed to Tintoretto plus the oldest inscriptions unearthed in Croatia (in Greek) and a church with several fine altars.

Links

Also see Croatia.

References

See Croatia.

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