PORT Stari Grad
Stari Grad is a small town port and a popular tourist destination on the NW coast of Hvar Island. Founded by the Greeks under the name of Faros 385 BC, Stari Grad is the oldest settlement on the island and one of the oldest in Croatia. Situated at the head of a four-mile-deep bay, the port offers excellent shelter in all conditions except strong W and NW winds, which can create a dangerous surge. During strong S winds, the port can (rarely) be affected by seiche (plima in Croatian), which causes rapid fall and rise of water levels by as much as one metre.
Visiting yachts can berth to the town quay on the south side of the inlet, past the short jetty which is reserved for hotel boats and tourist boats, although it is possible to moor alongside it temporarily (or during off season). The depths by the jetty are around 4 – 5 metres.
The town quay is equipped with around 60 mooring lines. The depth by the quay ranges from 2 metres at the far E and 5 metres at the W end (near the hotel jetty). Water and electricity are available all along the S quay.
Alternatively, you can use one of 16 mooring buoys located around 50 metres off the N side of the port, where the depths are around 3 – 4 metres. Don’t go too near the N quay as the depth is too shallow for yachts. You also might find a temporary berthing space at the E side of the ferry jetty, which is located half a mile SW of the harbour entrance. Here, the water is around 2-3 metres deep.
- Number of berths approximately 100
- Depth 2 - 5 metres
- Water S quay
- Electricity S quay
Facilities in Stari Grad include: ambulance, pharmacy, post office, bank, cash machine (ATM), hotel, tourist agency, grocery stores and supermarket, a market selling fresh fish and produce, Tommy hypermarket and retail complex (half a mile W of yacht quay), numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. Laundry service available in town, north from harbour.
The nearest fuel stations are in Hvar Town and Vrboska. The nearest general hospital is in Split. You can reach the island of Hvar and Stari Grad by ferry from Split. Besides Split, Stari Grad is connected to Korčula, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Bari, Pescara and Ancona by ferry, and Jelsa by catamaran. All settlements on Hvar island are connected by bus. The closest local and international airports are in Split and Brač. Stari Grad is a port of entry only during summer season. At other times of year, Split or Korčula are the nearest ports of entry.