Dalmatia is a paradise for sailing. There are several inhabited and uninhabited islands, and the lands are ideal for hiking. The pleasant Mediterranean climate and the atmosphere of the special historic towns together provide you with a high-quality recreation and an unforgettable experience. The meaning of Biograd na Moru is “a white city at the sea”. The town that has about 6,000 residents can be found on a peninsula. You can choose from several hiking routes starting from here.
The article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Docking in Biograd na Moru
- Sights in Biograd na Moru
- The archipelago of Biograd na Moru and its neighbouring areas
- Sailing in Biograd na Moru: Our offer for a one-week-long sailing trip
The town has two adjoined marinas that share one entrance underwater. Marina Sangulin and Marina Kornati combined has 1,000 moorings. They are well-equipped and spacious. There is a petrol station nearby, and the Konzum mall can also be found in the neighbourhood; here you can do your weekly shopping easily.
A boardwalk starts at the docks where there are several restaurants, cafes and shops. The town was struck by several troublesome historic events, but the old city has remained amazing. The sights are originated as early as in the 19th century, and it’s worth spending half a day visiting them. There is an ethnographic museum in the town where we can admire a collection of items from a commercial ship that was sunk in 1583.
Some of the islands in the Northern Dalmatian territory are uninhabited, while there are cosy Mediterranean towns with residents on the larger ones. The islands are located parallel to the land in smaller groups. The territory of the islands of Zadar is 378,7 square miles altogether, which constitutes 11,9% of the entire territory of Croatian islands. Larges islands include Vir, Ugljan, Pasman and Brigada.
The Cornat can be found slightly further – they are the most rugged and popular archipelago of the Mediterranean Sea; the more significant islands are Dugi Otok, Rava, Iz, Sestrunjm Molat, Ist, Skarda, and a little further, Olib, Silba and Premuda.
The Northern Dalmatian region is very safe even for beginner sailors, since the islands touch. We might have an impression that we’re not even at the sea. The area is diverse, and we will have an amazing experience regardless of where we dock. The climate is perfect, the sea water is warm and crystal clear – this should be more than enough for a wonderful trip for those who love the sea.
We are providing you with a non-exhaustive list of places that you simply cannot miss visiting.
Day 1 – Pirovac
Pirovac is a very cosy town on the beach; a real holiday paradise. The old city was built on a small peninsula. It offers several medieval sights; for instance, the city walls are still sound. We can spend the night in the local marina.
Day 2–3 – Murter Island
The largest island of the Sibenik archipelago. There are four towns here; Murta and Jezera are older, while Tisno and Betina were established later. Murter Island is famous for its sandy and pebbly beaches with blue flags. There are smaller, hidden bays here as well. The island has hilly territories with Karst terrain. The grape, almond, fig and olive groves are really romantic. We can spend the night in the local marina.
Day 4 – Tribunj
The fishing town that has a great atmosphere lays on an island. It is connected to the land by a small bridge. Sunshine, peace and crystal clear water welcome visitors here. The biggest festival of Tribunj is the Fisherman Night in July. We can spend the night in the local marina.
Day 5 – Vodice
The town is located in a long bay. Beside its romantic old city, Vodice also has a well-equipped marina with dozens of services. Visitors can choose from many restaurants and cafes. It’s popular amongst young people because of its effervescent social life. We can spend the night in the local marina.
Day 6 –the islands of the Sibenik archipelago
Nearly 250 islands and stone reefs belong to the Sibenik archipelago. Only a few of these islands are inhabited. You can access these islands by boats or maybe yachts in the first place. You are allowed only to walk or ride a bicycle on the islands. Zlarin is the island closest to Sibenik. Its territory is 8 square kilometres, and its flora mainly consists of Cupressus forests and pines, as well as olives and figs. There are beautiful hidden bays and shore segments here, only waiting to be explored by you! You can spend the night in the marina of Sibenik or on the inhabited island.
Day 7 – Sibenik and returning to Biograd na Moru
It is located at the crossing of the Adriatic Sea and the Krka River and is considered the third largest port city of Croatia. The centre of Sibenik is located around a marina protected from the wind. You should visit the Krka National Park or the Kornati National Park nearby. Sibenik has wonderful monuments, the most famous of which is the cathedral that is a World Heritage site.
Biograd na Moru is a popular and significant sailing centre of Croatia due to its attractive Mediterranean atmosphere. The town is a perfect starting point for a sailing trip lasting several days or even a week.