The map of the North Dalmatian part of the Adriatic shows a great number of islands. The majority of the Adriatic’s 1000 islands are lining up on the 150-kilometre long coastline from Pag to Sibenik. Strictly speaking, it seems here as if we were travelling by boat on another sea. Besides, anywhere we set our eyes we see lands. This is what makes this region so special and secure. However, a significant number of islands are desert or fairly unpopulated; the bigger ones have established a serious infrastructure. You cannot imagine a more diversified place for boating and adventure tours than this one.
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Although all kinds of facilities lure you to stay in the marina, the old town in a shallow protected bay is really worth visiting once. The list of sights is endless with the 11-century-old parish church of Saint Kasijan, a 5-floor bell tower, a small church on the graveyard and the ruins of the town wall and its gate. The 15th-century two-floor villa of the bishop of Zadar was on a small island in the middle of the bay. Nowadays the water washes against the walls of its ruins. Zadar Airport is an international airport located in Zemunik Donji. On the way to the airport, we can break our trip to visit the medieval chapel of St.Martin.
Marina Dalmacija: One of Croatia’s biggest marinas
Boatmen travelling on the North-Dalmatian part of the Adriatic are fond of taking a break in Sukosan. As a matter of fact, it is a calm fishing village. The primary sources of income are fishing, viticulture, olive and fruit growing, and tourism. The only bustling place in the peak season is the huge Marina Dalmacija in the Golden Harbour. This is one of Croatia’s biggest marinas.
Sukosan lies on a peninsula 5 km from Zadar. Originally it was meant to be a calm tourist resort, though; the huge Marina Dalmacija in the bay of Zlatna Luke (The Golden Harbour) has made it busier. With its 1200 berths, it is regarded to be Croatia’s biggest marina. Not to mention the 48 piers forming a semi-circle man-made island in the middle. Basically, all facilities are at your disposal behind the fence – restaurants, coffee bars, shops etc., you do not need to step outside. Once, though, it is worth taking a stroll in the old town too.
Bibinje lies a few meters from Zlatna Luke which is famous for its gorgeous beaches. The main sights are the St.Mary’s Assumption Church and the Church of Saint Rocco built in 1673. Bibinje is not just a beloved holiday resort; it is also the most significant harbour of the Adriatic for accepting more than 1000 yachts.
Zadar, the administrative yachting and cultural centre with its 76000 population, is situated 3 kilometres from Bibinje. The northernmost city of Dalmatia is the only coastal city that is not surrounded by high mountains but fertile lands. However, the city is huge; all historical monuments can be found in the old town on a rectangular 1200 long, 500m wide peninsula parallel to the coast. There are so many monuments and museums that keep us entertained for days. The symbol of the city is the early Romanesque Church of St. Donat erected in the 9th century. But don’t forget to visit the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), the Sun Salutation masterpiece, the wide walls of the city with its harbours and town gates from the 16th century. You wouldn’t believe, but Croatia’s most astonishing Romanesque churches can also be seen in Zadar.
Biograd na Moru
The small Mediterranean city, Biograd na Moru, to the South from Sukosan has two harbours which control huge charter traffic of over 1000 yachts. It is fully equipped and provides large berths. There is a promenade close to the marina with a large number of restaurants, coffee bars and shops. Due to all damages caused in the past, the oldest buildings stem from the 19th century. Despite this fact the town is still marvellous, for example, you can visit the two stunning exhibitions at the Regional Museum: the biggest archaeological collection of the Adriatic and the naval history of the Venetian era.
Lake Vrana, Dalmatia’s biggest freshwater lake lying next to Pakostane is 13 km long, 3 km wide and 4 m deep. Its vicinity is a paradise for fishermen and hunters and a pass takes us to a unique Ornithological Reserve. The ruins of the 11th- century castle can be visited in the village of Vrana.
Vodice 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 hosts the biggest Adriatic fishing fleet; it is worth once walking past to see this wonderful view.
Thanks to its ideal features Sibenik is one of the most important harbours of Croatia. The city was founded in the 10th century which makes it fairly rich in historic sights. The Cathedral of St.James, an architectural monument built entirely of stone, was added to the UNESCO’s list of world heritage sights. Its most spectacular part, the freeze of 74 head sculptures will definitely draw your attention.
The tinier Sukosan is the friendlier Mediterranean town it is in North Dalmatia with its pleasant atmosphere, a warm sea, a beautiful landscape, excellent gastronomy and its incomparable hospitality. The harbour attracts, the town captures the heart of boatmen. HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT