Navigare necesse est – “to sail is necessary,” the ancient seafarers’ saying claims, and it is clearly necessary to keep sailing in Croatia, over and over again: according to a recent study published as part of Croatia’s Tourism Institute TOMAS Nautika research project, half of all foreign boaters to have sailed Croatia’s Adriatic coast have done so on at least six separate occasions. They have answered the siren call of countless inlets and coves, paradise beaches, and other wonders of untouched nature, including the food that combines the best of Mediterranean and Continental cooking. Each successive visit to the Croatian Adriatic yields new discoveries, and it is hard to imagine investigating its marvels and hidden corners without ACI’s marinas.
In charge of the Mediterranean’s largest chain of marinas, Croatia’s leading boating tourism company is the first choice of boaters from all over the world and an ideal starting point for embarking on new adventures. Boaters know this and keep coming back to ACI, and in return ACI caters to their every wish. Whether they prefer active holidays, or relaxing far from the noise and commotion of cities, or crave new cultural, nature or food experiences, ACI can offer them the best sailing routes, complete comfort and a safe berth.
The treasure of ACI’s marinas is strategically spread from Umag in the far north of Croatia’s Adriatic coast to Dubrovnik in its far south. It gives us great pleasure to announce that a new marina – “Veljko Barbieri” Slano on the Dubrovnik Riviera – became the 22nd member of ACI’s chain in August of the 2016 boating season. Each of the 22 marinas is situated either in the very centre of an ancient town or a stone’s throw from one of Croatia’s striking natural wonders, while in no way detracting from their alluring beauty. The fact that almost 400,000 boaters each year choose ACI as their host confirms that ACI offers precisely what today’s boaters want. The ingeniously connected chain of marinas makes it possible for boaters to spend each day at a different attractive destination, taking advantage of numerous discounts and special offers; and after saying “see you next year” – because one never says farewell to the Croatian coast! – they return home with unforgettable memories and a hunger for new Adriatic adventures.
Adventure is something that Croatia’s Adriatic coast has in spades and offers freely. It is a fascinating mosaic composed of the ancient and the modern, of untouched nature and urban comfort, of unique local customs happily co-existing with, and perfectly complementing, modern tourist industry’s most recent technological and organisational accomplishments. The unique broad network of ACI’s marinas provides an opportunity for boaters to see all the cultural and natural sights of the astounding Adriatic coast; to uncover, in the space of just a few days, the secrets preserved for millennia by the living monuments of the past such as Rovinj, Pula, Split, Korčula or Dubrovnik; to relish the peace and quiet of Cres’s, Rab’s, Pag’s, Brač’s or Hvar’s hidden island coves; or to experience the unreal harmony of Kornati, Krka and Mljet national parks’ unspoiled nature.
Free time is one of the most precious currencies in the modern world. The ACI team will do everything in their power to make all dreams come true for boaters who spend the year yearning for the Croatian Adriatic. In the meantime, until the next boating season, enjoy “sailing” our new web pages, just as we enjoyed putting them together for you.