A Riot of Color
With the intense blue of the sea, the lush deep greens of pine and olive groves and the pure white of Dalmatia stone, the Zadar region’s color palette is extraordinary and unique in the world. It is only in this area that you will peek into the world’s smallest cathedral –the Church of the Holy Cross, in the city of Nin– before touring the largest Roman forum on these shores of the Adriatic. And if that were not enough, you will discover the origins of Croatia’s cultural identity in the city of Zadar, with over 3,000 years of history.
Paklenica National Park
The greatest natural jewel of the Zadar area is Paklenica National Park, which covers the most attractive parts of the southern Velebit, concentrated in a mere 96 km2. Its most striking features are two forbidding gorges – Velika and Mala Paklenica. The park abounds with peculiar karstic forms, caves and other natural features, while due to its climate conditions, the lush variety of flora and fauna has been preserved. Despite its wild nature, Paklenica is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Adriatic highway and the motorway. The vistas of Velebit rising above the resort of Starigrad-Paklenica, which are at once intimidating and alluring, beckon those seeking light-hearted adventure. Movement through the park is aided by numerous signs in several foreign languages. Through the wild ruggedness of Velika Paklenica, where highland women once carried salt on their backs from the coast and brought wheat from the fertile hinterland of Lika, today runs a comfortable hiking trail.
It has always been a favorite beach for the citizens of Zadar. Borik beach is one of the most beautiful town beaches. It is fully landscaped and equipped with numerous amenities. The restaurants, bars, slides and playgrounds for children, along with the clear sea which is easily accessible from the shingle or sandy beaches, all make this a very attractive destination.
Punta is a sandy beach, rich in the sand on the shore and in the sea. It is ideal for families with children. The beach is partly paved and partly shingle and it is surrounded by pine trees whose shade gives shelter from the most intense heat. Lovers of an active holiday will find many activities in the vicinity, such as a sailing school, diving, horse riding, beach volleyball, cycle paths among many others.
It is impossible to talk about gastronomy and enology in Zadar without mentioning the world famous Maraschino cherry liqueur. However, this is not the only flavor of the region that will win you over: just try the cheese from Pag, the most highly-prized cheese in Croatia, soaked with flavors of Mediterranean plants. You should also try the brodet, fish and crab stew, the grilled fish salted with the famous Pag and Nin salt or the Ninski šokol, dried pork neck soaked in the red wine of Benkovac.
Velebit Ultra Trail 2016
Velebit Ultra Trail is a race that every runner should have in their sports biography, and every fan of exotic travel as the location you have to visit in your lifetime. The race passes through unique natural surroundings of Paklenica National Park where every upcoming kilometer brings a new surprise. All the hardships and fatigue are eased by the stunning vistas of Velebit, and the greatest reward for those who reach the goal is certainly swimming in the warm azure water of the Adriatic.
Passion for nature and love for running is the major force of Paklenica Trail mountain running race that leads you through the most attractive parts of National park Paklenica.
10 minutes walk from the center of Biograd na Moru is a beach called Dražica. It is a holder of a Blue Flag. Dražica is a pebble beach gently sloping to the sea; it is 300 meters long and ideal for children. The pine wood in the background provides natural shade, and numerous additional sports, entertainment and catering establishments guarantee all day activities. The Beach has a well-constructed access for people with a disability and it is permanently under the watchful eye of lifeguards.