Friday, 6 March 2009
Marina Vinišće Near Trogir
There are two marinas in Trogir bay: Trogir itself, part of the state owned ACI chain, and Marina Agana in the small town named Marina. However just outside Trogir bay, to the west, is the quiet and charming village of Vinišće, with its own sheltered bay, and a marina with a chequered history.
When we finalised our Croatia Cruising Companion in late summer 2007, we reported on page 130 "It's difficult to think of a quieter, more secluded spot than Vinišće....after much disruption to the locals, the marina looked to be fully up and running...with the pontoons filled with boats, a reception area, a shop and more to come."
We first met the owner way back in around 2004 as the marina was starting to take shape. He told us proudly that he had been camping out in Zagreb for 2 years obtaining the necessary permissions to build and operate the marina and he had nearly succeeded despite almost unanimous opposition from the local inhabitants who were quite content with their quiet and idyllic sleepy village with a couple of restaurants and shops. We first sailed there a year or so later - pontoons, berths, electricity and water pedestals all working well but the marina was unable to take our money as it didn't have a full operating licence. So we spent a lovely couple of days there free of charge. More recently, it's been a thriving, good value, operating marina but that all stopped last year and there are a number of people trying to contact the owner. In true Dalmatian fashion, it seems likely that the raft of permits required may not be complete - we can only guess. However, be prepared for the unexpected if you do decide to visit!
Today's photo shows a view of the bay from the north west.
Posted by Jane Cody at 16:30