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Port of Entry
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The bay and marina of Umag

The town of Umag is the first harbour a yacht will encounter on crossing the border from Slovenia on the way south into Croatia and is a port of entry. It lies around six miles SW of the Slovenian port of Portoroz and ten miles N of the harbour of Novigrad. Like many of the harbours along the coast of Slovenia and Istria, Umag was originally an ancient island settlement, passing through the hands of the Byzantines, Lombards and Franks before becoming part of the Venetian republic by 1269. 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, Istria became part of the new Republic of Croatia with Umag as its most northerly harbour. Today Umag is an important agricultural area, with substantial olive oil and wine production, as well as a growing tourist centre, the latter boosted by the development of the ACI Umag Marina, offering 494 berths for yachts of up to 20.0 metres, plus a hard standing area that can winter around 90 yachts.


British Admiralty
Croatian charts
Italian charts
Imray Nautical Chart


See Croatia.


See Croatia.




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The bay of Umag is easily distinguished by a large cement works about one mile S of and on the N side by the large hotel complex of the Hotel Adriatic. In the approach from N, the dangerous rocky shoal of Secca Peklena extends for 300 metres off the headland at the N end of the bay; it is marked with a red-painted pillar mark. Closer in to the harbour entrance there is a further shoal patch just off the northern breakwater, which is marked with a S cardinal mark. There are additional isolated dangers in the approach from S and yacht should keep at least half a mile offshore to avoid them. The harbour is entered from SW on a course of around 60 degrees between a pair of port and starboard buoys. Depths in the entrance are only around 4.0 metres and therefore Umag should not be entered in strong onshore winds. Once inside the harbour, pass between the end of the marina breakwater and the green starboard buoy marking some further shallows. From here, turn to port to enter the marina or head SE for the town quay and anchorage.


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

There are two customs and harbourmaster offices. One is on the breakwater just inside the marina (it is not necessary to berth in the marina if clearing in here). This office may close after July 1st 2013 after Croatia joins the EU.

The other is on the customs quay in the south side of the harbour. This quay has depth of 4m. The customs office location is obvious. However the harbourmaster's office is in an office building across the street. Go into the passage with the sign Pizzeria Passage and enter the door on the right. Up to the first floor and through the double doors on the right - still not marked as the Harbourmaster


Visiting yachts have four berthing options in Umag:

Town quay

Yachts of shallow or moderate draft can berth bows or stern-to at the town quay at the SE end of the harbour, where there are around 10 laid moorings. Depths here are around 3.0 metres. Conditions here are only comfortable in settled weather and could be dangerous in a strong bora. There are electricity and water points on the quay. Berthing charge for typical 13 metre yacht: Euros 25.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

ACI Marina Umag is one of the 21 marinas run by the Croatian government-owned ACI Club and offers 494 berths for yachts up to 20.0 metres in depths of up to 5.0 metres. Click on link for details. It is at the NW corner of the harbour.

Mooring buoys

Around 30 orange mooring buoys have been laid on the E side of the harbour in depths of 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The weight limit is 10 tons, although in settled weather the buoys can be used by larger yachts. Shelter is good in all but W or NW winds, which send in an unpleasant swell. Berthing charge for typical 13 metres yacht: Euros 18.


It is possible with care to anchor clear of the mooring buoys to the E of the harbour. Depths here are only 3.0 - 4.0 metres. The holding is good in mud. Again, shelter here is poor with anything W in the wind. Anchoring charge: 4 kuna/metre per day.


Water In the Town quay
Electricity In the Town quay
Toilets In Marina Umag
Showers In Marina Umag
Laundry In Marina Umag
Garbage Bins in marina and near the Town quay
Fuel Fuel dock on the quay NE of the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs See entry for Marina Umag for details
Internet WiFi in Marina Umag
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


  • Supermarket in Marina Umag
  • Good provisions shops in the town

Eating out

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


  • Buses to Rijeka, Ljubljana and Zagreb
  • Ferries to Venice
  • International airports at Pula 80 kilometres, Trieste 65 kilometres and Ljubljana 110 kilometres.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

The old town of Umag

The old town of Umag on the peninsula at the southern end of the bay Piran, while not the most attractive of the Venetian-style towns in Istria, is nevertheless worth exploring. There are a number of bars and restaurants on the S side of the peninsular with good views over the sea. Some good beaches are within easy reach of the town. Tennis buffs will love Umag, which has around 64 tennis courts and hosts the Croatia Open, an important tournament on the ATP circuit.


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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