Tri­este: don’t miss the boat

Yachts­men flock to the Adri­atic for its de­serted an­chor­ages and stylish mari­nas, says Liz Rowl­in­son, and there still op­por­tu­ni­ties to be had

Country Life Every Week - - Yachting In The Adriatic -

The Adri­atic, a sparkling 500mile-long stretch of wa­ter that runs from Venice and along the breath­tak­ing coast of Croa­tia, is a year­round lure for yachts­men. It’s easy to see why. Pass­ing the his­toric city port of Tri­este, one can drop an­chor in small fish­ing vil­lages or stylish mari­nas across an ar­ray of na­tions: Italy, Slove­nia, Croa­tia and Mon­tene­gro.

Sara Car­pen­ter of Camper & Ni­chol­sons, the yacht­ing spe­cial­ist, says ‘There are ex­cel­lent mari­nas here, as well as se­cluded, de­serted an­chor­ages and more than 1,200 is­lands. The crys­tal-clear, wa­ters of the Gulf of Tri­este of­fer spec­tac­u­lar cruis­ing and the east coast of Italy is lined with cities, towns and bays that are rich in cul­ture, art and his­tory as well as world-renowned cui­sine.’

Tri­este is also home to one of the world’s big­gest re­gat­tas, the Bar­colana, which sees up to 2,000 yachts jos­tle for space in the gulf on the sec­ond Sunday of Oc­to­ber. Spec­ta­tors char­ter boats to fol­low the race and oth­ers view it from atop the Karst high­lands.

Por­topic­colo, a stylish new ma­rina de­vel­op­ment just over an hour by mo­tor launch from Venice and 8½ miles north of Tri­este has be­come a pop­u­lar week­end stop-off for yacht own­ers at­tracted to its cafes, shops and beach-club restau­rant. Seventy boat own­ers have cho­sen to buy a home there, so they can keep their yacht in one of the 121 berths in front of the new cres­cent-shaped vil­lage of 434 pri­vate res­i­dences that has been carved out of the lime­stone cliffs.

‘The ap­peal of this project is that ev­ery­thing has al­ready been built—by a renowned global de­vel­oper, Riz­zani de ec­cher—the five-star ho­tel is up and run­ning and half of the prop­er­ties have sold,’ says Flavio Bertelle, head of sales.

Por­topic­colo own­ers can re­lax around one of four swim­ming pools or at the big­gest spa in the re­gion. Prop­er­ties start at €350,000 for a 57sq m stu­dio apart­ment or €440,000 for a one-bed­room unit and go up to €4 mil­lion for a pent­house with huge ter­races and in­door/out­door pools. Berths cost from €3,500 per year, plus VAT, up to €22,000 for a 24m moor­ing.

If you want a home close to your boat, an­other op­tion is Camper & Ni­chol­sons’ Porto San Rocco, south of Tri­este (a two-bed­room apart­ment is avail­able for €390,000 through Ital­ian prop­erty por­tal gate-away. com), or you can buy along this stretch of coast, which is a short drive from the large ma­rina of han­ni­bal at Mon­fal­cone.

half an hour away by boat on the Slove­nian coast, you’ll strug­gle to find lux­ury turn-key prop­er­ties for sale in the pretty town of Pi­ran—known as the ‘pic­cola Venezia’—but you can get a three-bed­room town house in need of work for €300,000 (through Think Slove­nia; www.thinkslove­ ‘Be­cause it’s such a short coast [27 miles], over­seas buy­ers are more likely to head to Is­tria in Croa­tia,’ says Je­lena Cv­jetkovic of Sav­ills (020–7016 3754). ‘Is­tria’s Porec, Kvarner and Opatija are more pop­u­lar.’

hill­top towns such as Buje, where the agent just sold a lux­ury villa with a sale price of €2.25 mil­lion, are also in de­mand.

‘There are ex­cel­lent mari­nas, se­cluded an­chor­ages and more than 1,200 is­lands’

Ter­razza apart­ment at Por­topic­colo, Italy, from €560,000 On the year-old bou­tique ma­rina de­vel­op­ment in Sis­tiana, north of Tri­este, this flat has large ter­races, views of the Adri­atic and two bed­rooms. Kitchen, park­ing space and berth are ex­tra. Por­topic­colo Sis­tiana (00 39 040 291 291; www.por­topic­colo­sis­

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