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ACI marina “Veljko Barbieri” Slano is the newest ACI marina opened in August 2016, named after the founder of the ACI marinas chain. The marina is located in a small village of Slano, 13 miles NW of Dubrovnik and two miles NE of the island of Šipan. Slano is a great sailing destination for boaters looking for peaceful nights and exciting day trips to beautiful the nearby Elaphiti Islands, Trsteno Arboretum and Walls of Ston, once a major fort of the Ragusan Republic. Situated in a deep and sheltered inlet, the marina offers a safe refuge from all winds, although strong SW winds can cause an unpleasant swell. The marina is open all year round.
ACI marina “Veljko Barbieri” Slano has a total capacity of 193 wet berths, all of which are equipped with water and electricity. The marina can accommodate vessels up to 20 m in length. Water depth in the marina ranges from 2.5 to 15 m.
The small village of Slano offers few facilities, such as an ambulance, dentist, post office, police station, private accommodation, cash point (ATM) and few shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of the marina. The city of Dubrovnik, which is approximately 27 km south, offers a wider range of facilities such as a bank, hospital, farmer’s market and fish market to beautiful cultural and historic landmarks and tourist attractions. There are also many restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, bars, supermarkets and shops.
The nearest general hospital is in Dubrovnik, and the closest airport is Dubrovnik Airport in Ćilipi, which is approximately an hour drive from Slano. Slano is connected to Dubrovnik by local bus. The road leading to the marina, which postponed the opening of the marina, is still under development.
The approach to Slano Bay, where the marina is located, leads through a 340-metre-long passage between the Cape Gornji and Cape Donji. There are no hazards when approaching the Slano Bay. However, be careful not to sail too close to Cape Donji as there are some shoals nearby.
The newest ACI marina named after Veljko Barbieri, the founder of the ACI marinas chain, has been built in a wonderful place of mystical blueness, treetops of thick forests reaching the sea, and incredible ambience, where, even today, you can feel the atmosphere of the renowned Republic. Slano was already settled in antiquity and during the early Christianity period. However, Slano was especially influenced by the Republic of Ragusa from the end of the 14th century onward. During this period the Franciscan monastery, Church of St. Jerome, summer house Ohmučević, Prince’s palace as well as other sacral and private buildings were built. Slano is today a tourist destination with beautiful beaches along the entire bay as well as the hotels Adriatic and Osmine. It has been able to preserve the peace and atmosphere of the Dubrovnik riviera.
The Elaphite islands are only a stone’s throw away from Slano. Jakljan with its bays in which the forest reaches the sea, Luka and Suđurađ on Šipan, places full of traces of a glorious past, especially summer houses and churches from the golden age of the Republic of Ragusa. Lopud, a small town situated along the bay and island of the same name, surrounded by lush vegetation, and his bay Šunj are only around 10 nautical miles away from Slano. Lopud is the birthplace of Dubrovnik’s navigation. Koločep, the last inhabited island of the South Adriatic with Donje and Gornje Čelo, is a few miles eastward.
By sailing westward through the Koločepski channel one enters the Stonski channel and by passing or staying in Kobaša and Broce reaches Ston, another pearl of the Adriatic, a world-renowned Renaissance city, famous also for its walls reaching all the way to Mali Ston on the northern part of the peninsula and the saltern.
By land, one can swiftly reach Dubrovnik stopping on the way in Trsteno and visiting the renowned arboretum or in Zaton, another harbor of the Dubrovnik riviera.
…that the Passage Harpoti was once called the Doors of Pompeii. The legend states that in 47 BC the Pompeian fleet commanded by Marcus Octavius, fleeing from the more numerous Caesar’s galleys, used the almost invisible passage and escaped the pursuers.
…that the walls between Ston and Mali Ston with their length of 5,5 km are the longest fortified system in Europe.
…that the name Slano, according to legend, comes from the strong charge of the meeting of the land and the sea from the period when a Bosnian queen on a horse and her servants reached the sea and, there, for the first time in her life she realized that the seawater is salty.
The ACI marina Veljko Barbieri is located in the northeast part of the spacious Slano harbor, which burrowed itself one nautical mile into the land on the northern shore of the Koločepski channel. The marina is well protected from all winds and has been a famous mooring spot since antiquity. One sails into the Slano harbor through a 340 meters long passage between the Gornji and Donji cape. On the Donji cape (W point of the bay), there is a lighthouse (C Bl 3s 16m 4M). The harbor light is situated on the local boardwalk, 150 meters to the northwest from the marina. One needs to sail on the NE course from the entrance to the Slano harbor to reach the marina. The water depths in the marina are sufficient for safe sailing and are mostly between 10 and 35 meters. The water is only shallower near the shores (to a minimum of five meters).
One sails into the Koločepski channel, which is protected by a succession of Elaphite islands, through several passages. The first one from the west is Mali Vratnik between the peninsula Pelješac and the islet Olipa, followed by Veliki Vratnik, between Olipa and the island Jakljan and the Passage Harpoti, between the islands of Jakljan and Šipan. More to the east one can find the Doors of Lopud, between the islands of Šipan and Lopud, the Doors of Koločep, between Lopud and Koločep, and Velika Vrata (Big Doors), which represent the southernmost entrance to the channel.
Note: It is recommended to use the official navigational charts published by HHI Split: 100-27, MK-25 and 50-20.