Sukosan is a small town and also a port. Those who would enrich their holiday with various activities have several opportunities to do so here. Fans of active relaxation can choose from many options. For example, volleyball, basketball, football, tennis, hiking, cycling. And even surfing, rafting, diving, fishing, paintball and a lot more.
Location of Sukosan
Sukosan lies 11 km southeastward from Zara in the northern part of Dalmatia. It’s next to Velebit canal in the spacious Gulf of Zlatna Luka. The town has a direct connection to motorway A1 through highway 424. Thus, it’s easily accessible by car.
History of Sukosan
Sukosan and its vicinity were already inhabited in ancient times. Archaeological findings prove that Romans lived here. The first written memory is a contract for selling land from 1289. Sukosan got its name after the patron saint of its church, Saint Cassianus. In the 12th century it was under the control of the Hungarian Kingdom, then Venetian domination. Due to the Turkish conquest the town was repeatedly despoiled and demolished. Residents escaped to nearby towns then participated in the fights against conquerors. Beyond the losses of war, the plague also decimated the local population. After the Turkish threat, the town started developing. First, it was part of the Venetian Republic, then France ruled it.
History from the 19th century
The Vienna Congress gave it to Austria in 1815. In World War II Sukosan and the neighbouring town were under the control of the Italian Kingdom according to the Treaty of Rapallo. After the Italian capitulation in 1943, Croat troops marched in. Thus, it belonged to Croatia again. The Croat army and police, almost unarmed, prevented the penetration of the Yugoslavian People’s army’s tanks. At the same time, they stopped the attempt to bisect the country’s land area.
Beaches in Sukosan
The sea is crystal clear on the shore of Sukosan, which is more than 10 km long and almost entirely suitable for swimming. It has a natural complex too. Guests can choose according to their preference among well-maintained beaches and small private gulfs.
” Dječji Raj” beach (Kids’ Paradise):
As its name suggests, this beach is a truly ideal choice for children thanks to its shallow water and sandy ground. Here everyone can enjoy different beach games and the fresh, clean seawater. There are deckchairs, pedal boats, and boat rental opportunities. But you can refresh yourself with ice cream or a drink in one of the nearby cafes.
“Zlatna Luka” beach:
This beach is at the Zadar-side entrance of Sukosan. It’s a pebble beach with tamarinds and pine trees casting shadows on it in the summer heat. It has showers, dressing rooms, and toilets. Several sports opportunities are also available.
This is a beautifully decorated beach. You can find all things necessary like showers, cabins, and bathrooms. The seaside is partly covered with pavement, partly pebble. Tamarinds provide a lot of natural sunshades. There are volleyball, basketball courts, and a playground nearby.
Main sights of Sukosan
This is the place of the Tustica natural complex, as well as numerous beaches, small camping places, old buildings, olive groves, and vineyards. The nearly untouched Rupina and Zrakunjač caves are protected natural assets. The parish church of St. Kasijan, a building with romantic and baroque details, is worth visiting. As well as the church of St. Martin and the church of the Grace Blessed Virgin from 1650. Both can be an authentic historical journey.
Sukosan is famous for its beautiful beaches and hidden gulfs. Exploring these can be a memorable program for the whole family. It’s not a coincidence that renting a boat or yacht charter is almost inevitable for all visitors to the town. Kornati Islands are exceptionally beautiful. This group of more than a hundred islands fascinates visitors with an untouched natural environment.
Weather in Sukosan
The shore of the Adriatic Sea has the traits of the Mediterranean climate. There’s a lot of sunshine. Summers are dry and warm, winters are mild and rainy.
Yachtcharter in Sukosan
The town of Sukosan is ideal for all ages. Here you can easily find what you’re looking for in a holiday. Either if it’s a passive, relaxing vacation or an active, bustling one full of sports.
D-Marin Dalmacija (Sukošan)
Croatia’s largest marina has 1200 sea berths and 300 land berths for ships. The marina can accommodate ships up to 40 m in length, and superyachts in transit up 80 m. D-Marin Dalmacija is one of the best-equipped marinas in the Adriatic. There is a café, a bar, restaurants, a beach club, a maintenance and repair shop, and a grocery store on site. Also, there is a fuel station available. Information about sailing in Sukosan
You will find the town’s port in the central part of the shores of the Adriatic, in the centre of Zadar. They have 200 berths and 100 on-land facilities. They offer access to water, electricity, and they have shower cabins, laundry service, groceries and restaurants as well. The port – which has a Blue Flag certificate – also has a fuel station. Read about Zadar sailing, or boat rental in Zadar
Marina Preko (Ugljan)
This marina, accommodating 95 boats, can also be found on the island of Ugljan, only 4.8 kilometres from Zadar. Only yachts with a maximum length of 20 metres are allowed. The depth of water is 2 metres. You can find a laundry, restaurants as well as a fuel station here.
Marina Kornati (Biograd na Moru)
The marina of Biograd, which also has a Blue Flag certificate, can accommodate 705 boats with a length of up to 23 metres. The entrance is 40 metres wide, and the maximum depth is 6.5 metres. They have a 24-hour security service, boat maintenance and a fuel station. There is also a restaurant with a capacity of 370 guests.
Marina Veli Rat (Dugi Otok)
The idyllic marina is located in Panthera Bay, in the northern part of Dugi Otok. They can accommodate 200 boats, and they provide protection against the wind and the flows. You can acquire services such as currency exchange, there is a small shop, and you can also rent a car or a bicycle.
ACI Marina Žut (Kornati)
The marina, located at the northeastern part of the Kornati archipelago, offers 120 berths for boats up to 40 metres long. They are open between April 1st and October 31st. In case the Bora is strong, it is recommended to anchor in the northern dock or use the mooring buoys. If the other strong wind, the Jugo is present, it is much more pleasant to anchor in the southern dock.
D-Marin Mandalina (Šibenik)
One of the biggest advantages of this beautiful marina is its convenient location. It is only a few km away from the historic centre of Šibenik. Moreover, it is protected against winds and waves. D-Marin Mandalina is awarded with five Golden Anchors and a Blue Flag Certification. It has 429 seas and 50 land berths. Of these, 79 are designed specifically for superyachts. This is the only port in Croatia that can accommodate superyachts up to 140 m. The depth of the seabed is 5, 5 m. Refuelling is among the quality services of the port. If you get hungry, there is a bar, a restaurant, and a grocery store on site. Information about sailing in Sibenik, or yachtcharter in Sibenik. Find yacht routes in Dalmatia or choose another yacht charter in Dalmatia.
Rent a boat in Sukosan, and cruise around Sukosan
Day 1. Sukosan – Biograd na Moru 17, 62 km (10, 95 mi), Day 2. Biograd na Moru – Pirovac 23, 39 km (14, 54 mi), Day 3. Pirovac – Island of Murter (Jezera port) 25, 55 km (15, 87 mi), Day 4. Jezera – Vodice 12, 62 km (7, 84 mi), Day 5. Vodice – Sibenik 11, 01 km (6, 84 mi), Day 6. Sibenik – Kaprije 24, 62 km (15, 30 mi), Day 7. Kaprije – Tribunj – Sukosan 65, 10 km (40, 45 mi).
Day 1. Sukosan – Zadar 12, 62 km (7, 84 mi), Day 2. Zadar – what to do in Brbinj 25, 18 km (15, 65 mi), Day 3. Brbinj – Sali 23, 68 km (14, 71 mi), Day 4. Sali – Murter 36, 97 km (22, 97 mi) , Day 5. Murter – Pirovac 8, 00 km (4, 97 mi), Day 6. Pirovac – Biograd na Moru 23, 51 km (14, 61 mi), Day 7. Biograd na Moru – Ošljak – Sukosan 34, 12 km (21, 20 mi).
Read more about Sukosan sailing or Dalmatia sailing itineraries.