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Port of Entry
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he bay and new marina of Novigrad

The town of Novigrad is the second harbour a yacht will encounter on crossing the border from Slovenia on the way south and a seasonal port of entry. It lies around nine miles S of the harbour and marina of Umag and seven miles N of the harbour of Porec. Built on a peninsula between two bays, the town was originally a Byzantine settlement, subsequently passing through the hands of the Lombards and Franks before becoming part of the Venetian republic by 1270. The period of Venetian rule lasted until the arrival of Napoleon’s troops in 1797, after which the whole of Istria passed under Austro-Hungarian control, which lasted except for a brief period of French rule in 1806-13 until 1918, when the area became part of the Kingdom of Italy. As with most of the towns along the Istrian coast, however, most of the remaining Italian population left in 1954 when the town was ceded to the new Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. With the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, Novigrad became part of the new Republic of Croatia. Today the town subsists mainly on agriculture and tourism and has retained much of its mediaeval layout, with narrow, winding lanes and substantial remains of its walls and fortifications. Tourism has been boosted by the creation on the E side of the bay of a new hotel and marina development, Marina Nautica, Novigrad, with 225 berths for yachts up to 40 metres in depths of 4.0 metres and 50 spaces on land. The town also has a smaller marina facility in its old harbour at the S end of the bay, Marina Laguna, which is only suitable for smaller yachts up to 12.0 metres and has depths of just over 1.5 metres.


British Admiralty
Croatian charts
Italian charts
Imray Nautical Chart


See Croatia.


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The bay of Novigrad is easily distinguished by the tall white belltower in the town on its peninsula at the S side of the bay and, closer in, an octagonal tower on the end of the outer breakwater. Approach should be made from WSW, heading for the centre of the bay and keeping at least half a mile off the coast, whether arriving from N or S. There are dangerous shoals inshore in the approach from both directions. For further directions, see individual berthing options.


Novigrad is a port of entry/exit for Croatia. For details see Entrance: Croatia.

Yachts entering from Slovenia or Italy can clear in at the customs and immigration post on the inside of the pier 300 metres ENE of the outer breakwater.


  • Harbour breakwater - On the inside of the outer breakwater there is room for around 20 yachts to berth stern or bows-to the quay. Depths on the quay here are around 3.5 metres. You will need to use your anchor here. Berthing charges apply at 8 kuna/metre/day. There are no facilities on the quay. Shelter here is only moderate and the berths would become untenable in strong NW winds.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Marina Nautica - A modern marina and leisure development, including a large hotel, constructed by the Nautica Hotels and Resorts Group. It lies on the E side of the bay of Novigrad and offers 225 berths for yachts up to 40 metres in depths of up to 4.0 metres. It can also accommodate around 50 yachts on land for winter storage.

Marina Laguna

Marina Laguna/wiki/Novigrad#Marina_Laguna
Marina icon Marina Laguna [[Novigrad#Marina Laguna|Marina Laguna]] 45°19.020'N, 013°33.660'E
Port of Entry

Marina Laguna is effectively the old harbour of Novigrad, surrounded by the old town at the S end of the bay. It is entered via a very narrow channel with depths of as little as 1.6 metres, so is suitable only for shallow draft vessels. Inside the basin there are a total of 86 berths along the quays and a long central pier for yachts up to 12 metres. Maximum depths are 2.2 metres. There is water and electricity on the quays and pier and a small boatyard with a travel lift (35 T) and crane (10 T) and space for around 30 boats on land.

[email protected]; Tel: +385 (52) 757 077; Fax: +385 (52) 752 314; VHF channel XX
Address: Skverska bb, Novigrad 52466, Croatia


There are a total of 10 mooring buoys in the bay just E of the outer breakwater which can be picked up by visitors. Others are usually in place in the bight at the N end of the bay. Depths are the buoys are 3.5 - 4.0 metres. Mooring charges are 4 kuna/metre/day. Alternatively, there may be room to free anchor in the bight, clear of the mooring buoys. Shelter here is better than on the quay, although strong W or SW winds make it very uncomfortable.


Water In Marina Nautica and at most berths in Marina Laguna
Electricity In Marina Nautica and at most berths in Marina Laguna
Toilets In Marina Nautica
Showers In Marina Nautica
Laundry In Marina Nautica
Garbage Bins in the marinas and near the breakwater
Fuel Fuel dock at Marina Nautica
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs In Marina Nautica
Internet N/A (Not Available)
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


Good provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

  • Restaurant in Marina Nautica
  • Numerous bars and restaurants in the old town


  • Buses to Rijeka, Ljubljana and Zagreb
  • International airports at Pula 70 kms, Trieste 75 kms and Ljubljana 110 kms



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

The old town of Novigrad, like most of the former Venetian coastal towns in Istria, is well worth exploring. There are several good examples of typical Venetian houses from 15th and 16th centuries and substantial sections of the mediaeval town walls survive, especially on the south side of town. The Basilica of St. Pelagius with its prominent bell tower dates back as far as the 8th century, although the present church was completed in the 16th century on the foundations of the older building. Beneath the church is a late Romanesque crypt. Novigrad is also the closest harbour for a visit to the uniquely unspoilt mediaeval hilltop town of Motovun and the artists village of Groznjan 20 kilometres inland. The diversion is one not to be missed.

Novigrad old town
Basilica of St. Pelagius, Novigrad
Mediaeval Motovun


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.


See entry for Croatia.


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