The narrow coastline of Dalmatia is separated by the Dinaric mountain range from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The Mediterranean climate, the cosy beaches and the interesting historic sights draw here millions of tourists year to year. The majority of the Adriatic’s 1000 islands can be found in North Dalmatia. However, some are unpopulated; the bigger ones are home to nice Mediterranean towns. There are several tours leaving from Sukosan to explore the neighbouring islands. All boatmen coming here are fascinated by the area’s pleasant atmosphere.
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- The ideal location of Sukosan
- Sights in Sukosan
- Ports in Sukosan : The largest Croatian marina
- Sail in Sukosan! Sukosan sailing itineraries
- Sailing in Sukosan: Our one-week boating tour offer
The 1050 km long region is swamped by many bays and islands. Actually, the islands are situated parallel the shore in small groups. The most important ones are Vir, Ugljan, Pasmaj and Vrgada; a bit farther are the Zadar part of Kornati: Dugi Otok, Rava, Iz, Sestrunj, Molat, Ist and Skarda; the farthest are Olib, Silba és Premuda. Thereby over a hundred other islands, submerged reefs and stone reefs are dispersed. The town of Sukosan lies in a tiny bay at the gate of the Kornati islands.
Leaving the marina we can very soon glimpse the parish church of Saint Kasijan, who was, by the way, the settlement’s patron saint. It was erected in the 11th century and renovated in a baroque style in the 17th century. The same old 5-floor bell tower stands next to it. There is a graveyard and the ruins of the medieval town wall and gate nearby.
The 15th-century two-floor villa of the bishop of Zadar, the Palace, was on a small island in the middle of the bay. Nowadays the water washes against the walls of its ruins, though; it is still a remarkable building.
Marina Dalmacija lies in the bay of Zlatna Luke (The Golden Harbor) by the peninsula of Sukosan, 5 kilometres from Zadar. With its 1200 berths, it is regarded to be Croatia’s biggest marina. As you would expect, it is open all the year-round with the 48 piers (Nr.from 1-48) forming a semi-circle man-made island in the middle. Basically, all facilities are at -your disposal behind the fence – restaurants, coffee bars, shops, laundries, money exchange offices, etc., you do not need to step outside. Once, though, it is worth taking a stroll in the old town too.
However, the list of sights is endless, let’s check a few which are a must.
Day 1 – Biograd na Moru
Biograd na Moru was the place of coronation of the Croatian kings. The Regional Museum of the city offers two interesting exhibitions for visitors. The gradually deepening, sandy beaches and the city’s Mediterranean atmosphere attract families with children. Marina Kornati, the Adriatic largest and well-equipped marina, can be found here.
Day 2 – Pirovac
Pirovac – a real paradise of tourists – is also a Mediterranean coastal town. Its old town was built on a small peninsula. We can wonder a large number of medieval buildings here; for instance, the unruined town wall. You can best indulge yourself in the nightlife in the town’s port.
Day 3-4 – Island of Murter
This is the biggest from the Sibenik island groups. In fact, there are four towns: the oldest is Murter and Jezera, the youngest are Tisno and Betina. The island of Murter is famous for its sandy and pebble-stoned Blue Flag beaches. Also, plenty of small bays are waiting for tourists to be explored. The island is hilly and karstic. Furthermore, the vineyards, the almond, fig and olive trees make the landscape picturesque. Of, course, if it’s about nightlife, you can best indulge yourself in it in the town’s port.
Day 5 – Tribunj
The pleasant old town of this fishing village is situated only on one island. There is a small bridge connecting the mainland and the island. What can you get here? Lots of sunshine, recreation, and the crystal clear sea. Its biggest festival, the Fishermen Night, is held in July.
Day 6 – Vodice
This town lies in a long-stretching bay. The vicinity of the well-equipped marina as well as the picturesque old town provides numerous facilities. With its restaurants, coffee bars and buzzing social life Vodice has become quite popular among youngsters. For the best nightlife experiences visit the marina.
Day 7 – Sibenik, getting back to Sukosan
Where the river Krka and the Adriatic Sea meet, there is Šibenik, Croatia’s third-biggest port city. The centre embraces the port protected from the wind. Do not miss the Krka National Park and the Kornati National Park nearby. Sibenik is proud of its wonderful monuments, the most famous one, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a cathedral.
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Sukosan is a real paradise for tourists, a charming place. Thanks to its location many sights are easily accessible