Stari Grad

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Stari Grad
Port of Entry
43°11.029'N, 016°35.843'E Chart icon.png
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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 thought 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. The 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).


See Central Dalmatia.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.


Lučka kapetanija ispostava Stari Grad

Phone: +385 (21) 765 060
Address: 21460 Stari Grad, p/p 15, Šetnica Don Šime Ljubića 1

Port reception

Phone: +385 (21) 65 432
Email: [email protected]
Address: Don Šime Ljubića 8 21460 Stari Grad


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.


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


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

Yachts on Stari Grad town quay

S quay

S quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#S_quay
Harbour 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 an electricity point nearby on the quay.
The old quay could accommodate 30 yachts
The new quay adds a further 30 berths

N quay

N quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#N_quay
Harbour 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
Harbour 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).
A yacht can lie temporarily alongside at the E end of the ferry quay

Ferry jetty

Ferry jetty/wiki/Stari_Grad#Ferry_jetty
Harbour 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.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



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 are a number of good anchorages in the approach to Stari Grad. See Hva Island for details.


Water S quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#.5B.5B.23S_quay.7CS_quay.5D.5DWater icon S quay [[Stari Grad#S quay|S quay]] a point nearby on the quay

N quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#.5B.5B.23N_quay.7CN_quay.5D.5DWater icon N quay [[Stari Grad#N quay|N quay]] at points along the quay

Electricity S quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#.5B.5B.23S_quay.7CS_quay.5D.5DElectricity icon S quay [[Stari Grad#S quay|S quay]] a point nearby on the quay

N quay/wiki/Stari_Grad#.5B.5B.23N_quay.7CN_quay.5D.5DElectricity icon N quay [[Stari Grad#N quay|N quay]] at points along the quay

Toilets N/A (Not Available)
Showers N/A
Laundry In the town N of the harbour
Garbage Near the harbour
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 None
Chandlers None
Repairs  /wiki/Stari_Grad#.26nbsp.3BService icon   [[Stari Grad# | ]] Basic emergency repairs only
Internet WiFi in several cafés along the waterfront
Mobile connectivity Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS on the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?
Vehicle rentals In the town/wiki/Stari_Grad#In_the_townCar icon In the town [[Stari Grad#In the town|In the town]] Rental outlets


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)

In the Town/wiki/Stari_Grad#In_the_TownProvisions icon In the Town [[Stari Grad#In the Town|In the Town]] Several provisions shops, butchers, and bakers. Fruit and vegetable market behind tourist information office. Fish market.

Eating out

  • In the Town
 /wiki/Stari_Grad#.26nbsp.3BEatingout icon   [[Stari Grad# | ]] Numerous restaurants and café/bars ashore.



The old town of Stari Grad is a maze of narrow alleys and tiny squares, rigged 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.

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


Also see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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