Sport & leisure on holiday in Petrčane, Zadar

Get in shape and stay fit on holiday in Petrčane! A peaceful village just outside Zadar and its vicinity provide you with excellent conditions for doing sports and pursuing popular leisure activities. So, leave your daily routine behind, disconnect and let the feel-good emotions prevail. Here’s what you can choose from: 

Cycling

A light ride in Petrčane, a tour along the coast, to the town of Nin, city of Zadar or inland, a more challenging route… Cycling enthusiasts can choose between a variety of trails matching their preferences and level of fitness. Having left a bike at home, you can always rent one on the spot at the Pinija Hotel and ride away into your cycling adventure.

Running

Do it at sunrise, do it at sunset… just do it! Clean air, beautiful sea and peaceful beaches provide all running enthusiasts with the perfect backdrop for their favorite form of exercise. 

Water sports

Swim & snorkel, and more! Water fun is one of the best ways to get moving on holiday. Do a few strokes, go diving to see the world below the surface, play ball in the shallows. In addition, you can hop on a jet ski or rent a kayak and head out to explore the coast. Besides moving your muscles, you get to appreciate the beautiful landscape from the sea.

Beach volleyball

Team up and enjoy a game of volleyball out in the open! It’s a great way to burn calories, get everyone involved and make new friends along the way, and most importantly it’s excellent fun. The Pinija Hotel provides facilities for the ultimate beach team sport. 

Playing beach volleyball on holiday in Petrčane, Zadar region

Indoor and outdoor workouts

Want to use the opportunity to start exercising? Or are you already used to doing exercise on a regular basis? In that case, having a gym on holiday allows you to continue with your workout routine without interruptions. You might also be interested in other types of exercise such as morning gym or water aerobics. All these options are at your disposal at the Pinija Hotel. 

Tennis

Hit that ball across the net! Proximity to the sea gives you the perfect setting for playing tennis. All fans of the sport can use the opportunity to pursue their favorite pastime while on holiday in Petrčane, as there are several courts available at the Pinija Hotel. 

Mini golf

Take it easy in a game of mini golf! Sharpening your focus, balance and hand-eye coordination, you are also in for great fun with family and friends while playing mini golf.

Do sports… and relax

Use your free time and ideal conditions in beautiful surroundings to get or keep in shape! The Hotel Pinija in Petrčane provides you with a number of options and facilities to do sports and enjoy leisure activities. What is more, having done a workout, you can then relax in the spa zone with a view of the sea. So, on your holiday in the Zadar region, let nothing stand in your way to those feel-good moments that come with being active!

Team building and business events in Zadar region

Take care of business and strengthen your professional relationships in the beautiful Zadar region! The destination provides you with outstanding conditions for the organization of business events or team building gatherings.

Excellent location

Easy arrival by land or air! Situated in the center of the Croatian Adriatic coast, the region exudes the well-known Mediterranean charm, while also being the first larger coastal city in Dalmatia from the direction of the mainland. With a distance of less than 300 km from the capital city of Zagreb, the Zadar region can be comfortably reached by car along the scenic A1 motorway.

You can also have your business partners and colleagues fly in to Zadar Airport, particularly when arriving from abroad. The airport is located just outside the city of Zadar, with a choice of transfer options to the final destination.

Great choice all year round

Spring, summer, autumn or winter – pick your season and let the Zadar region work its magic! Summertime may be the top season in terms of visitors, but pleasant weather conditions and various activities allow you to plan your business event any time of year. By selecting the appropriate program and venue, you are sure to achieve your business goals.

Choosing the right venue

Make your business vision come true! Venues such as the Hotel Pinija in Petrčane provide you with the full support for all the arrangements. Located on a quiet green peninsula in a charming village just outside Zadar, the hotel offers excellent accommodation, great facilities and experienced staff to assist you with the planning.

Hotel Pinija has several halls and rooms of different sizes to accommodate your professional gathering, be it a meeting, a lecture or a conference. The facilities are equipped with audiovisual devices you might need. Additional details and requests can be arranged with the staff.

Exceptional facilities for business events at the Hotel Pinija, Petrčane in Zadar region

Apart from business-appropriate facilities, the hotel allows your guests to relax after the program. Besides indoor and outdoor pools, they can use the gym and indulge in body and facial treatments at the Wellness & Spa Marea. During the warmer months, they can also just step outside to go for a swim at the beach.

Carefully selected activities & entertainment

Show the very best of the Zadar region to your colleagues and business partners! There are a number of activities you can include in your team building or the entertainment program of your event.

Use the available amenities on the spot in Petrčane, e.g. plan a bike tour, morning workouts, ‘tournaments’ in tennis, minigolf or volleyball. Plan trips of discovery in the region – take your guests and colleagues sightseeing in the city of Zadar and wider, sailing around the island of the Zadar archipelago, on a jeep safari on Velebit mountain, kayaking or rafting along the Zrmanja river. With your business event at the Hotel Pinija, use the opportunity to arrange a food and wine tasting at the Kraljevski vinogradi (Eng. Royal vineyards).

Business with pleasure … in Zadar region

Strengthening the bond within your team. Organizing a professional event for your peers or meetings with your partners. All in wonderful conditions by the sea. In other words, the Zadar region truly  is your top destination for business events!

Top family destination in Zadar region

Exciting adventures & new memories, pure joy with your loved ones… Isn’t that what a family holiday is all about? And the Zadar region is just the right place to make it happen! So, pick your destination wisely and ensure quality time for your family at the seaside in Zadar region.

Petrčane – your top destination near Zadar

A quiet village just outside the bustling city of Zadar is an excellent holiday spot for families. Not only is it just a few minutes away from the city, but amazing places of interest are within easy reach as well. In addition to Zadar, there are other charming historical towns and villages such as Nin and Pag nearby. 

Numerous natural attractions both at sea and on land are also in close proximity, so you can do something out of the ordinary your loved ones will greatly enjoy. For example, let them try rock climbing in the Paklenica National Park, go kayaking along the Zrmanja river or Vrana Lake, and take your family swimming under the waterfall in the Krka National Park. Consider a sailing excursion around the islands in the Zadar archipelago, stop for a swim and snorkel in a secluded cove and have your family adventure at sea.

Petrčane allows you to easily arrange and see it all, without having to plan ahead. Similarly, by choosing the Hotel Pinija on Punta Radman cape, you are practically in a traffic-free zone with lush Mediterranean greenery. And plenty of family activities to choose from.

Beach & pool

Have some water fun all together! Looking for shells, playing ball, snorkeling – there are a number of activities the whole family can enjoy on the beach. And then some. Why not also do water sports, hop on a jet ski or go parasailing as well? 

You can also simply relax with a cocktail by the pool, while your children splash and laugh in the pool. Or you can do both. For example, the sheltered beach with plenty of shade is just a few steps from the pools at the Hotel Pinija.

Fun with entertainment team in Petrčane

Activities & entertainment programs

The beach & pools never get old. Still, mixing it up a little leads to even more fun. Encourage your children to join in workshops and activities led by animation teams such as the Pini Kids Club.

Also, plan activities your whole family can engage in, creating lasting memories every step of the way. See which family member has the sharpest focus in a game of mini golf. Have a fun game of beach volleyball with your tweens and teens. Why not plan a cycling trip in the region, with stops to admire the scenery, to take a cool photo or go for a swim? Hotels such as Pinija offer you rental, so you can opt for a bike ride on the spot. For extra thrill, consider adrenaline parks nearby. There is an adventure park in Kožino and a theme park in Biograd na Moru.

Family time in Zadar region

Make it count on your holiday in the Zadar region! Arrange a family-friendly stay at Hotel Pinija in Petrčane and create lasting memories together.

Family holidays in Petrčane, Zadar in 2022

Ready to unwind with your nearest and dearest in a beautiful setting by the sea? Then mark the perfect destination for a family holiday 2022 just outside Zadar: the village of Petrčane. Then all you have to do is make sure every member of your family enjoys the time spent there, always keeping in mind their preferences and wishes.

Fun times together

Keeping the smile on the faces of your favorite people! That’s what it’s all about. By choosing the right place for your family holiday, you can easily make it happen. Staying in the Hotel Pinija  in Petrčane, your family gets excellent family-friendly accommodation, numerous amenities and fun activities, while being conveniently near places of interest. 

Apart from the swimming pools, make the most of the easy access to the lovely beach in a peaceful area with plenty of natural shade. Explore the coast in a jet ski or with a SUP board, and go snorkeling together. Have a great time over a game of mini golf, table tennis or a round of beach volleyball. 

Trips of discovery

Explore your immediate surroundings, explore the region. Visit Zadar, have fun at the Museum of Illusions, climb the Tower of St Anastasia’s Cathedral, only to round off your trip with the sound of the sea and a light show in the evening – at the Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun.

Sightseeing with the family in Zadar

How about actively discovering the beauties of the region?  Take your family on a cycling trip to Nin, touch the golden toe on the Statue of Gregory of Nin and see the Salt Museum. Go hiking along the Krka river, admiring its cascades and waterfalls. Or go for a refreshing walk up the mountain, possibly even give rock climbing a try at Paklenica National Park. How about kayaking across Vrana Lake (Nature Park) or down the fascinating Zrmanja river. Plan a trip in a way that your family can fully enjoy and create amazing memories all together.

Happy individual, happy family

Allow every member of your family to have some me-time! Family holiday doesn’t have to mean you have to do it all together, all the time. On the contrary. 

Take a moment to enjoy a good book in the shade, or a cocktail by the pool. Do a workout in the gym, or go for a run by the sea at sunrise. Indulge in a sauna, a massage or a beauty treatment. Just as you can allow the kids to splash in the pools, have fun on the beach, join in entertainment programs and workshops at the Pini Kids Club, simply have their share of fun. Pinija Hotel in Petrčane provides a safe environment where you can do precisely that. 

Plan your family holiday in Petrčane

Study your options, available amenities, activities to do and places to visit. See what appeals to your partner and your kids as well as things you can do together, creating lasting memories as you go. Because nothing can beat hearing the sound of genuine laughter and joy coming from the people you love. And that’s precisely what awaits your family on your holiday in Petrčane, Zadar! 

Find and choose the right hotel for you in Zadar region

Daydreaming about waking up to a view of the mesmerizing blue sea? Want to disconnect and just relax on your holiday? Plan to be active, but also allow yourself to be pampered? There are a number of ways to spend an excellent holiday in the Zadar region with your nearest and dearest. Finding just the right accommodation can be an important step in the right direction. So, consider the following while choosing your hotel:

Location, location, location

In the heart of it all, yet preferably in a peaceful area… Sounds like the perfect destination for a holiday, and it can be found in the Zadar region. In other words, it is possible to have a relaxing seaside experience, yet be conveniently near places of interest. 

Staying in a quiet place such as Petrčane, just outside Zadar, you get precisely that. Less than 10 km away from the city, the village provides your oasis away from the hustle and bustle. Still, sightseeing in the city or exploring nearby natural attractions on land and at sea can be arranged without any hassle. Also, the Zadar Airport is within easy reach.

Narrowing your search even further, you get to Punta Radman, the green peninsula in Petrčane where you will find the Hotel Pinija. A sense of privacy, lovely Mediterranean surroundings, direct access to the pebbly beach the moment you step outside the hotel are all the reasons more to opt precisely for this hotel.

Great amenities for a lovely holiday, Pinija Hotel in Petrčane

Just the right type of hotel

Only the best for you! Traveling with your nearest and dearest, you might want to opt for a family-friendly hotel with comfortable rooms. Spending some us-time with your partner, look for the couples options. Planning to be active and restoring the balance of body and mind, see what a hotel can offer you in that respect.

There are hotels in the Zadar region that can provide all that and more, one of them the Hotel Pinija in Petrčane. Often they also have great deals for special holidays and getaways, so check out the special offers.  

Amenities & services for a great stay

All you can enjoy! Look up the amenities your preferred hotel offers, as they just may add that special something to your holiday.

For example, the Pinija Hotel has facilities that guarantee a great stay all year round, and not only in the summer. They include indoor and outdoor pools, excellent wellness & spa, and a well-equipped gym. Active holiday seekers can also use additional sports facilities in lovely Mediterranean surroundings, rent a bike, apart from water sports during the warmer months. Also, restaurants and bars at the hotel allow you to try authentic Dalmatian food and enjoy amazing snacks & drinks with a view. To keep you happily busy, the hotel also offers entertainment programs, including for kids.

Reaching for the stars

Read a few reviews, check out the number of stars awarded to the hotel, as well. They indicate the quality standard you can expect. And settle for nothing less than you desire. After all, finding the right hotel in the Zadar region can be the key to a happy holiday – from first impressions to unforgettable moments. So, make the right choice. Such as the Pinija Hotel in Petrčane!

Sightseeing Tips for Your Holiday in Zadar Region

Curious to see the most popular sights on your holiday? Zadar region lures you with its beautifully diverse nature, rich cultural-historical heritage and unique experiences. In order to fully enjoy your sightseeing trip, consider the following suggestions and useful tips:

The perfect timing

It greatly depends on what you want to see and do. For a more intimate experience of top attractions on land, you might think about travelling off season, especially in spring and autumn. Then again, exploring the seaside to the fullest is probably best during the summer months, which also happen to be the busiest. So, it all depends on your preferences and chosen sights to see.

Google it all

Get an insight into the fascinating heritage in the Zadar region! And pick up useful info along the way. Book a tour or an organized trip, where possible, for an insider’s perspective and not only facts. Check opening hours and consider buying online tickets. Find out about transport and parking, if you are sightseeing on your own. Most importantly, wear proper footwear that allows you to walk a lot without any discomfort.

Modern attractions in Zadar region

Listen to the sound of the sea, say ‘hello’ to the sun! The Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun, a light installation also known as Sun Salutation, continue to be listed as top sights in Dalmatia and wider. Paying tribute to nature and the city of Zadar, they are absolute musts to experience.

Located at the Zadar promenade, they can be admired all year round, preferably in the evening. Still, if you’re hoping for unique photos as the light show begins, it might be very difficult during the summer months. After all, there may be a lot of people around with the same idea.

Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun on the historical peninsula, Zadar

Cultural-historical sights

Discover a couple of millennia of history in the Zadar region! Take a walking tour in Zadar, with a guide or finding your own way. Go along the cobbled historical streets such as Kalelarga and across old squares such as the Forum with St Donatus’ Church and the Belltower of St Anastasia’s Cathedral, People’s Square or Five Wells Square, and along the defensive walls (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Consider also visiting museums, many of which are within a walking distance on the historical peninsula and give you a valuable insight into life in Zadar, once and today.

Zadar is a fascinating city to visit, all year round. Sightseeing in the summer, be prepared for busier streets. Also, it might be trickier to find parking space on the historical peninsula than on the mainland.

Still, don’t miss out on smaller villages and towns along the coast and inland. Places like Nin, Pag, Novigrad, Benkovac and others tell interesting stories, dating back centuries if not millennia.

Beautiful islands of the Zadar archipelago

Natural attractions

See beautiful well-preserved jewels of nature! One of the best ways to appreciate the amazing seaside is to go sailing around the island of the Zadar archipelago, preferably from spring to autumn. If you want to use the moment to swim and dive as well, then summer is the best moment. Also, taking an organized trip to see Telašćica Nature Park and Kornati Islands National Park is more practical than planning it on your own.

Natural sights such as Paklenica National Park, the Zrmanja river and canyon, Vrana Lake Nature Park, even Krka National Park in the wider Zadar region, are best appreciated in spring and autumn. Summer is not a bad time either, but you need to consider the weather conditions, particularly the heat, and be prepared accordingly. Also, Krka is very busy during the top season, so buying tickets online in advance is a must. 

See it all with a smile

Plan your sightseeing trip in the Zadar region according to your preferences, time of year and weather conditions, and ask around for valuable local tips. All for a fulfilling sightseeing experience!

Travelling in Northern Dalmatia in the Off Season

Spring through winter… Why limit yourself to visiting northern Dalmatia only in the summer, when it has a lot to offer the whole year round? In fact, you might have a more intimate experience of the region outside the top season. Here’s how and why:

Mild Mediterranean climate

Yes, the summer comes with a tan, clear blue skies and refreshing swims in the heat. Still, the weather is pleasant during other seasons as well, with milder temperatures than on the continent, even in winter. The conditions are just right to be active, go sightseeing and exploring or simply to relax.

Less busy

Forget crowds at top attractions in Zadar and region-wide. And take your time to truly enjoy them! There are fewer visitors during off-season, so you are also given the opportunity to get a better glimpse of the local lifestyle.

No traffic jams

Arrive safe and sound, and fast! Unlike the top season, when you can expect traffic jams, you can plan your trip more accurately and reach your destination in northern Dalmatia just as planned. Apart from quicker arrival on the A1 motorway, you can also expect less traffic on the roads leading to popular destinations and sights in general. 

Comfortable sightseeing

Discover the rich cultural-historical heritage at your own pace! See UNESCO sites in Zadar and Šibenik (Venetian Works of Defence in both cities; St James’ Cathedral in Šibenik) and modern attractions (Sea Organ & Greetings to the Sun). Select from a wide range of museums such as Museum of Ancient Glass, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Illusions, all in Zadar, and Salt Museum in Nin.

The timing is also great to see the second most visited national park in Croatia: the Krka river. With fewer other visitors around, you get to fully appreciate it in all its glory. Namely, the water level of the Krka is the highest off season, so the waterfalls and cascades are the most impressive then. 

Beautiful waterfall at Krka National Park

Taking a break

Even just a weekend will do. Just imagine spending a few days by the sea, away from your busy daily routine. Surprise your partner with a romantic getaway to mark a special date. Or treat yourself to a few days of pampering with a wellness break. Why not also actively explore the region, by bike or on foot? Northern Dalmatia will give you a lovely welcome, regardless of the reason behind your travelling.

Special deals

Grab your deal for a holiday to remember! The prices tend to be lower in the off-season, not to mention the special packages adding a lovely touch to your stay. Besides discounts, they often come with extra vouchers and additional perks related to the purpose of your stay.

Special ambiance during off-season

Come in winter, when all is calm … and bright. There truly is something magical about December, especially once the festive markets and special events begin. Similarly, the awakening of spring and colourful autumn come with the best conditions for being outdoors and exciting events to take part in. So, take your holiday break in off-season and enjoy all northern Dalmatia has to offer.

Top 7 Experiences in Northern Dalmatia

Beauty. Excitement. Adventure. All that and so much more awaits you in northern Dalmatia. More than just a top seaside destination, the entire region offers you a wealth of unique experiences:

1. Enjoy the Sea Organ & Sun Salutation

Witness the interplay of a man-made work and nature in Zadar! If you find yourself at the Zadar promenade, sit on a step and listen to the sea perform on the Sea Organ. 

If you happen to be there in the evening, you will also get to enjoy a fabulous light show. It is made by the light installation called Sun Salutation (or Greetings to the Sun). Both are works of art paying tribute to the city and nature around us.

2. See that sunset

Oh, the unique display of colours in the evening sky… Whether you admire it from the Zadar promenade or as you are walking along the beach in a village such as Petrčane, the famous sunset is bound to take your breath away. After all, without any buildings spoiling the view and with the calm sea ahead, there’s something truly magical about watching the setting sun going down on the horizon.

Sunset in Zadar

3. Sail around the islands

Go on a sailing adventure! Take a tour by boat to explore the Zadar archipelago enjoying the sight of the crystal clear sea, endless islands of all shapes, sizes and landscapes. Feel the breeze in your hair, get some tan and take in the peace and quiet in a hidden cove. 

4. Discover beautiful nature

Stunning sparkling sea… and so much more. Northern Dalmatia may be a top seaside destination with a lovely coast and hundreds of islands, but its beauty of nature goes beyond that.

In addition to Kornati Islands National Park together with Telašćica Nature Park (Dugi Otok island), there are a few more amazing nature wonders to explore on land as well. See the waterfalls and cascades along the river Krka (national park) and the Zrmanja with its canyon. Go uphill in Paklenica National Park and be active on Vrana Lake (nature park). 

5. Learn about the fascinating history

Walk the narrow, stone-paved streets in the historical cores of Zadar and Šibenik! Find out more about their rich heritage, including UNESCO sites (St James’ Cathedral and St Nicholas’ Fort in Šibenik, defensive walls in Zadar). Also don’t miss the chance to feel the charm of smaller towns and villages such as Nin, Pag, Novigrad and Biograd. 

6. Do your favourite activities… with a view

Find your adventure and take care of your body & mind in northern Dalmatia! If you are a hiking & cycling enthusiast, go up to the mountain and island tops for spectacular views. Enjoy a perfect rest and treat yourself to some wellness time, possibly with a view as well, just as you can at the Hotel Pinija in Petrčane.

Pure relaxation on holiday in northern Dalmatia

7. Discover Dalmatian flavours

Be it a fresh fish, a traditional meal made with meat, or locally sourced vegetables, your palate is in for a real treat! Pair your delicious Dalmatian plate with a locally made wine, e.g. from Kraljevski vinogradi in Petrčane, or a traditional Maraschino liqueur for a unique culinary experience.

Seize the day… as Dalmatians would

Experience northern Dalmatian with all your senses at your own pace! Spend a few moments admiring the scenery and rich heritage. Sit down on a terrace for a cup of coffee or a refreshment, maybe even a Dalmatian snack, soaking up the sun. Just take it easy and enjoy every step of your Dalmatian adventure!

Welcoming autumn 2021 in Zadar region

Fall in (love with) Zadar region! Summer has just ridden off into the sunset, and fabulous autumn is just about to make its grand entrance. So, welcome its arrival in the best possible manner – with a memorable break in the Zadar region. 

The perfect timing

Take a moment to recharge and you will love it! Re-energize and relax when it’s less busy in the Zadar region, but it is just as enjoyable. In fact, the off-season is one of the best moments to explore and have a more intimate experience of it.

Yes, days may be getting shorter and clear blue skies may no longer be the norm. Still, the weather tends to be pleasant with mild temperatures. In fact, it’s just perfect for spending time outdoors.

Greeting to the Sun (Sun Salutation) in Zadar (Image source: Zadar Region Tourist Board)
(Image source: Zadar Region Tourist Board)

Keep it active…

Off you go… in a beautiful autumn setting! Rent a bike and get to know the region from a different perspective. Cycle to Kraljevski vinogradi vineyards in Petrčane and see the bustle right before and during the harvest time. Ravni kotari with vineyards and olive groves in the Zadar hinterland are just as busy this time of year. Don’t forget the islands such as Ugljan and Pašman, where locals are also getting ready for olive harvest.

How about planning a few hikes as well? You may be curious to discover the beauty of Paklenica National Park in autumn, or spend a day roaming the historical streets of Zadar, visiting its attractions and museums, as well as smaller towns and villages such as Nin or Pag. After all, sightseeing this time of year is easier and with less people around, allowing you to appreciate the story behind the sights at your own pace.

Active in autumn in Zadar region (Image source: Zadar Region Tourist Board)
(Image source: Zadar Region Tourist Board)

Or just relax…

Enjoy the perfect calm of autumn by the sea! Relax on the beach, with the sound of the waves reaching the shore. Maybe you can also venture a swim, since the water may just still be warm enough. How about a light morning stroll along the coast, or in the evening when the sun paints the sky in the colours of the fall. 

Also, use the facilities at your hotel for pure pleasure. For example, staying at Punta Radman in the quiet village of Petrčane, your host Hotel Pinija offers you swimming pools as well as wellness & spa, not to mention the delicious treats in the restaurants & bars with a view of the sea.

For a very special autumn…

Pick a special offer to your liking! Look out for holiday packages by the sea that add a lovely touch to your autumn getaway. By saying goodbye to the summer, you get to enjoy a lovely stay at a lower price and with various special gifts at Hotel Pinija. Or you can focus on romance, your well-being and staying active with a holiday package that suits you even better.

For your colourful autumn

Pair the energy of autumn’s colours with the perfect calm of the clear blue sea and Mediterranean greenery. There’s something magical about this time of year in the Zadar region, so make sure you get to experience it by celebrating autumn with a lovely little break!

Bet you didn’t know about Zadar (region)

How much do you know about the city of Zadar, other more or less known gems in the area and unique experiences awaiting you there? In order to give you an insight into the fascinating destination and inspiration for your next trip, here’s a list of facts and curiosities you may not have known before:

Zadar… where the ancient meets the modern

With several millennia of existence, Zadar even has the main street that is said to be older than the city itself. Songs have been written about Kalelarga, as it is called by the locals, even though its official name is Široka ulica. It happens to be the pulse of the city.

Nowadays, Zadar is most famous for its modern attractions: light installation Sun Salutation and Sea Organ. Both are works of art of Zadar-native architect Nikola Bašić, who celebrated both his city and nature with his work. Namely, Sun Salutation is a mini solar power plant, which represents the planets of the solar system. The names of Zadar’s patron saints (all 4 of them!, each with a church and own annual feast day) are inscribed on the chrome ring around the ‘Sun’. The Sea Organ is played by the sea, and the  tones and chords reflect the traditional klapa song matrix. 

These two are best enjoyed at sunset. Yes, that sunset. The most beautiful one in the world, according to the famous film director Alfred Hitchcock.

Zadar Romance

It’s the awe-inspiring sunset. The naturally heart-shaped Galešnjak island. It’s the former royal seat of Croatian kings and dukes, Nin, which was declared a top European romantic destination. It’s the barkajoli boat ride in Zadar. It’s the story behind the Sphinx of Zadar. In other words, there are a lot of unique details to put in a romantic package in the region.   

Sailing at its finest in Zadar region

Sailing paradise

Yes, the Croatian coast is known for its numerous islands, islets and rocks. Altogether there are more than 1200, half of which are skerries. The other half, i.e. some 600, are islands and islets of all shapes, sizes and profiles scattered all over the Adriatic Sea, from north to south. 150 of them form part of the Zadar archipelago, and nearly 400 can be found in the wider Zadar region. It is no wonder then that the area is a top destination for all fans of sailing. 

Beautifully diverse wonders of nature

It’s the islands and the sea. It’s rivers and lakes. It’s the mountain, too. Rarely can there be such a region found that offers such diversity of protected natural areas in a relatively small space. The most famous ones in the wider Zadar region include Paklenica National Park (mountain), Kornati Islands National Park, Telašćica Nature Park with the highest cliff in Croatia, river Krka National Park, Vrana Lake Nature Park.

Other curiosities…

Did you know that Nin is known for its Church of the Holy Cross, referred to as the smallest cathedral in the world? Or that luck might come your way if you touch the golden toe on the Statue of Gregory of Nin?

How about Veli Rat, the highest lighthouse in Croatia, on Dugi Otok island? It is known for its yellow colour that supposedly stems from 100 000 yolks. 

There’s also Pag, well known for its lace and lamb cheese, which is referred to as the ‘moon island’, because its relief resembles that of the moon.

And (so much) more…

The deeper you dig, the more fascinating the city and the region becomes. From peaceful villages such as Petrčane to the vibrant city of Zadar, from landmarks to less known sights, there are a lot of stories to be told and discovered. Stories that give you a clearer perspective about the region, once and today.