The home of Croatian islands and part of the
Stretching northwest-southeast between Italy on
one side and Croatia on the other, Adriatic sea is considered to be one of the shallow seas. About the two
thirds of the sea have the depth of 200 metres or less.
The northwest part of the Adriatic sea, close to
Istra peninsula and northern Italy is
more shallow, while the southeast part of the sea is generally deeper - heading south towards the Mediterranean sea. This is also where the deepest
Adriatic sea point was found - 1.2km in depth (1200 metres), between Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Bari (Italy).
Bordering with Croatia and
Adriatic Sea offers some excellent
scuba diving spots along Croatian coastline
The Adriatic Sea's northwest - southeast full length is 870
kms, while it average width is 160 kms. The widest portion is 217 kms. It's overall surface covers 135,418 square
kms. The overall length of the Adriatic coastline, combined between Italy's coast on the east and Croatian coast on the west, is almost 35,000 kms.
The other countries bordering with Adriatic sea
- Slovenia, with a very small coastline between Italy and
Croatia's Istra peninsula;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro also with a very
small coastline near Dubrovnik area;
- and Albania with somewhat longer part of
But it's Italy and Croatia that
truly cradle the Adriatic sea, with 1,246 Croatian islands populating the Croatian parts of the Adriatic sea.
Out of Croatia's 4 million+ population, nearly 1.4 million
live along its majestic coatline, considered to be one of the most rugged coastlines in the world. There are six
major ports along the coastline, starting from the northern part: Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Ploče (located near
The Blue Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea is one of the cleanest seas in
the world along the Croatian coastline. The average seawater transparency in the Adriatic ranges between 20 and 30
metres, while the deepest visibility measured out on the open sea was recorded to be 56 metres. The sea's salinity
of 38% make it one of the more salty seas. This high salinity is also what gives it its deep blue colour, by which
Adriatic Sea is known.
|Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coastline has a distinct blue colour,
owing to high salinity.
Water temperatures in the Adriatic
The summer water temperatures are fairly stable,
ranging from 22 to 25 degrees Celsius - which makes it warm and pleasant for swimming and bathing in it. The winter
temperatures can vary more, in particular near the coastline, where they can fall down to 5 degrees Celsius in the
northwest part of the sea and down to 15 degrees Celsius in the southeast part (which is closer to the Mediterranean Sea). The deepwater temperature out in the
open Adriatic sea tends to stay around 11 degrees Celsius.