North Dalmatia

North Dalmatia


Swaths of unspoiled beaches, breathtaking national parks, and historical hamlets await you in North Dalmatia. The area of the North Dalmatia coast stretches from the Kvarner Riviera down to Split, Croatia’s largest coastal city. Sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination in favor of the more famous resorts and islands further along the coast, the North Dalmatian region has a lot to offer.

Sibenik Architecture
Sibenik Architecture

The North Dalmatian coast proudly boasts three National Parks; Paklenica, Krka, Kornati, two Nature Parks; Vrana Lake, Telaščica and two historical cities - Zadar and Šibenik.

The powerful Zadar fortress defense system is on the UNESCO world heritage list. It used to be the point of defense between Venice and the Ottoman Empire during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Sea Organs on Zadar Riva, are a unique world attraction, a one-of-a-kind natural musical instrument, played by the sea. Nearby Nin is the oldest Croatian royal city, with an exciting traditional salt production story. Here you will find the National Park of Paklenica and the intimidating mountain of Velebit that often gives a new meaning to the local wind called Bura. The wind is strongest around the Velebit mountain range.

The biggest island of North Dalmatia is Pag, famous for its moon-like landscapes, sheep breeding, aromatic cheese, salt production, Pag lace, and the old olives of Lunj. This botanical reservation of olive trees is said to be more than 1500 years old. Other inviting islands are Dugi Otok, Ugljan, Pašman, and the mystically beautiful island of Iž.

When sailing towards the open sea there are the remote paradise islands of Silba, Olib, and Premuda.

Šibenik County is a sailor's dream-come-true, with 140 islets and reefs of the majestic Kornati archipelago, only 35 km wide and 14 km long. The region has the seven waterfalls of Krka National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks you will ever visit.

The centerpiece is a 75 km long Krka river, which is perfect for kayaking and rafting. In the hinterland of Biograd Riviera, there is a designated nature park - Vransko Lake, a famous ornithological reservoir.

Šibenik the city is rich in history and has a medieval atmosphere as you walk through its narrow streets and alleys. It is home to two monuments protected by UNESCO, with the nearby cities of Primošten and Rogoznica that are equally charming and inviting.

Krapanj, Zlarin, Prvić, and uninhabited Tijat are the islands around Šibenik, where you can still find sponges and corrals. The sea is so clear that one can often see the bottom.

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