Monday, 18 June 2012

Newly Refurbished Marina On The Island Of Solta

Back in March 2009, we wrote a series of postings, on sister blog Croatia Online, about the island of Šolta.

It’s a gorgeous unspoilt island, very close to Split - full of olive groves and secluded bays, and great for spectacular sunsets, particularly in the west facing bay of Maslinica. It was in Maslinica that we spent most of our time as we’d been invited to come and take a look at the newly refurbished Martinis Marchi hotel.

Once a castle, with intermittent use as a 50 bedroom hotel, it was very tasteful restored, with no expense spared, to provide just six expansive luxury suites. Now, finally, the marina attached to it has had its own makeover and is ready to receive visitors in style.

Facilities include showers, reception and a café as well as access to the hotel restaurant. The breakwater of some 90 metres in length, with a red light at the end, protects 50 full service berths for yachts up to 30 metres in length. Larger yachts can moor on the outside of the breakwater.

Follow these links for more information about Šolta and Martinis Marchi:
Croatia Online - Šolta, Martinis Marchi
Croatia Online - Šolta In Pictures
Croatia Online - Šolta The Island Of Olives Croatia Online - Šolta Island: Orientation
Croatia Online – Šolta Sunsets
Martinis Marchi

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Marina Dalmacija and Marina Borik Change Ownership

Croatia Cruising Companion -  Marina Borik

According to Istanbul’s  Hürriyet Daily News, the Turkish Doğuş Group has just acquired 100% of the shares of  Marina Dalmacija and Marina Borik from Croatian businessman Zdenko Zrilic, and plans to invest 17 million euros in modernising the marinas.

“Our aim is to develop an international chain of marinas under the umbrella of the D-Marin brand and to expand Doğuş Group service quality to a broader portion of the Mediterranean,” said Doğuş Group Chief Executive Officer Hüsnü Akhan in the company press release.

Doğuş Group already has a substantial investment in Croatia’s first dedicated megayacht marina – Marina Mandalina in Šibenik and owns a handful of successful marinas in Turkey.

Marina Dalmacija, next to the lovely village of Sukošan, near Zadar, is Croatia’s biggest marina, and one of its newer ones. It reminded us of a scene from thunderbirds when we first saw it. Marina Borik is also relatively new and tucked away in a tourist area just north of Zadar.

Having assisted in a few marina investment projects ourselves, we know the challenges foreign investors face when investing in the Croatian Marina industry and have nothing but admiration  for Doğuş.

For more information try the following links:

Dogus Marina

Marina Dalmacija

Marina Borik

Marina Mandalina


Today’s picture is on Marina Borik

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Make The Most of Croatia’s Anchorages

183 Piccolo Smokvica Vela

A few weeks ago, Wolfgang contacted us after enjoying reading the Croatia Cruising Companion and thought we and our readers might be interested in another great tool to help make the most of Croatia’s anchorages. We were and here’s what he told us!

“The Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure (MPPI) provides a Concession List that lists the official licensed Nautical Anchorages in Croatia. Since this list is not very handy to use aboard, I created a little piece of software that adds the information and coordinates of the Concession List to a Google-Map. I also write a Blog about news regarding this Map.

You can find the Google-Map here:

You can find the Blog here  "


And we’ve just checked Wolfgang’s blog again and it seems he’s now developed an App!

Thank you Wolfgang and we’ll try and keep up with you!

Today’s photo was taken at Smokvica Vela