North-Dalmatia is rich in smaller and bigger islands. More than 1000 islands can be found along the 150 km long coastline between Pag and Sibenik. They stretch parallel to the mainland very close to each other. As a consequence, this region is regarded to be quite safe. Although there are many unpopulated islands. As a pleasant evening stroll or delicious lunch are concerned, the small Mediterranean towns on the bigger islands provide excellent scenery.
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Sibenik lies on the north-east part of a 10-kilometre long bay grouped around hills. Zaton is situated on the north-west, Mandalina on the southern end of the bay. As a matter of fact, there are a large number of tiny islands between the city and the Kornati National Park.
The 15-16th-century atmosphere of the port, the steep backstreets, narrow alleys and sunny squares enchants every visitor. The city was built in a semicircle form up to the surrounding hills.
Walking tours in Sibenik
The old town of Sibenik is located between the port and the main street. It is, in fact, a promenade where car entry is not allowed. Here is the famous Cathedral of St James which has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 71 life-sized sculpted heads of the 15th-century people are its remarkable feature. Although it is unimaginable, it’s true: the whole cathedral was built from stone. Allegedly it is the world’s largest stone cathedral. Furthermore, the Renaissance-style Town Hall can be found on the square as well. And the list has not ended yet. There are a large number of spectacular churches among these narrow streets.
St. Anne’s Fortress overlooks the town from 70 meters on a hill. Walking through a gate you arrive at the houses of Borgo district which were to be built as separate tiny fortresses.
Vodice as the biggest holiday resort by Sibenik attracts its visitors with its pleasant summer atmosphere, coastal and downtown strolls and restaurants. The town offers excellent beaches and a fully-equipped harbour.
Tribunj can be found on a small peninsula. It hosts the biggest Adriatic fishing fleet; thus, it is worth once walking past to see this wonderful view. Do not miss to taste the fresh crunchy sea fruit meals. The most delicious speciality is Polenta with fish stew.
Lake Vrana, Dalmatia’s biggest freshwater lake lying next to Pakostane is 14 km long, 2 km wide and 4 m deep. Its famous attraction is the 11th-century castle.
This Medieval town lies on a peninsula. Its temple was built on the top of a hill, from which there is a wonderful view of the sea. Babico, the famous red wine is produced in its excellent vineyards. Besides, scuba divers can have fun in Primosten. For relaxation, you can choose from numerous beaches, hotels and sports facilities. Moreover, a naturist beach can be found on the small island of Smokvica.
Pakostane, Biograd na Moru, Sukosan, Rogoznica
Exclusive beach, an adventurous fun park – These are just a few that Pakostane offers to its visitors.
Biograd na Moru lies on a small peninsula. There are also some sights and excellent beaches.
An interesting sight in Sukosan is the 15th-century two-floor villa of the bishop of Zadar. Unfortunately, nowadays the water washes against the walls of its ruins.
The small town of Rogoznica can offer similar facilities like Primosten. We can taste delicious grapes and take part in diving tours. By boat visit the Cave of Ploce.
The village Marina awaits boaters with a small harbour, sandy coast and a 15th-century old Fortress Tower.
Krka National Park
The waterfalls of the Krka National Park not far from Sibenik were formed due to karstic geological phenomena. The river gushes through a deep karstic canyon. Several dams control the water level, and the waterfalls are at the end give an awe-inspiring view. If you want to swim, visit the freshwater Lake Visovac. The landscape is amazingly variable with cliffs, caves and canyons. On the other hand, there are cultural beauties to be seen here. You can gain information on old watermills, monasteries, churches with bell towers. From the ornithological point of view, the land is quite important because 800 types of plants and 250 species of bird live in this area.
Islands by Sibenik
The hundreds of islands, reefs, rocks and cliffs make the Croatian Adriatic’s most beautiful part. Don’t worry if you have only one day for an excursion; many small islands can be explored in a day. Firstly, Zlarin is famous for its red corals, spacious port and sandy beach. Then feel the traditional atmosphere of former fishing villages in the settlement of Prvic. Sites such as the parish church built in 1740 and embellished with fabulous Baroque ornaments are sure to take your breath away. Krapanj is well-known for being the lowest island in the Mediterranean. The main source of inhabitants is fishing of sponge and corals. A draw-bridge spans over Murter and connects it with the mainland. There are tiny narrow bays around its steep shore. The most popular resort is Slanica Bay. Murter’s marina is a great starting-off point for boaters to explore the Kornati islands.
Kornati islands are the largest and densest island group of the Adriatic. It is a real karstic area with caves, cracks, grottos and cliffs. You cannot imagine a more splendid view than these bright limestone islands gleaming in the deep blue water. There are olive trees, vineyards, plantations on these islands which are actually private properties.
In sum, North-Dalmatia is an ideal place for hiking. Island after island comes as if you were in another sea. Not to mention the various programmes in the region. Each place has other unique sights from the wild nature through excellent Dalmatian gastronomy to architectural beauties. Both divers and swimmers can find their pleasure on each cosy beach. HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT