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STARI GRAD, OTOK HVAR October 1, 2009

The weather forecast as we left Bol on the south coast of Otok Brac was for moderate winds from the NE, making Stari Grad a good choice for our next stop.  A fellow cruiser had recommended it as well.

Approaching Inlet at Stari Grad

Approaching Inlet at Stari Grad

Stari Grad is an ancient town with many old buildings and churches that is located on a narrow inlet at the head of a large bay on the NW end of the island of Hvar.

One of Many Ancient Buildings

One of Many Ancient Buildings

 

Many churches

Many churches

The bay has several possible anchorages with some protection depending on the direction of the wind, but the town itself is protected from all directions except W.   The hills surrounding the bay are covered with pines and mostly uninhabited.

Bay outside Stari Grad

Bay outside Stari Grad

The town provides water and electricity at the quay for about $56 (280 kn) or moorings for 100 kn (about $20)—we took a mooring which was first in a line of many opposite the quay.  As of October 10th they stop collecting fees according to the young man that came by for our 100 kn.

Town Quay at Dusk

Town Quay at Dusk

 

Moorings line harbor opposite quay

Moorings line harbor opposite quay

There are day trip boats that bring tourists to the harbor, but they dock at the very entrance.  That combined with the ferries docking outside the main harbor makes for little wake disturbance.

Moonrise over Town Buildings

Moonrise over Town Buildings

There is a large supermarket and an outdoor fruit and vegetable market at the very head of the harbor  Next to the supermarket is a well stocked hardware store, and a couple doors a way a chandlery.  It has the usual assortment of outdoor cafes and restaurants.

We liked the town very much in the off season, but can imagine that is quite different during the height of the tourist season. 

September has been a perfect month for weather with cooler nights, and warm days and water for swimming.  There are fewer and fewer boats as the season winds down which is great for finding a mooring or sometimes a free stop at the quay.  By October, the restaurants that were bustling a month ago are all but deserted and many businesses close by mid-late October.

From here we start back north to Sukosan and eventually Marina Dalmacija where the boat will be hauled.

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