North Dalmatia stretches form the Island Pag and the Velebit Mountains in the north, till south of Rogoznica, the area offers a magnificent nature which includes the National park Krka, the National park Paklenica one of Europe’s top destinations for hill climbing, and the nautical national park Kornati.
Years back this area of Croatia was a bit anonymous in relation to tourism, but the latest decades the region has become more and more popular as a holiday destination, which is reflected in the increasing number of airlines who has introduced direct flights to Zadar.
With around 500 Island, the area is of course popular among sailors, which is reflected in the top marinas in the area like e.g Marina Frapa in Rogoznica or the Marina in Biograd na moru. Also the region can brag about having the number campsite one in Croatia, the Camp Zaton which is situated about 10 km north of Zadar. For those who like to stay in more solid placed the region meanwhile has and excellent offer of hotels and private accommodation covering literally the hole range.
Cities to Visit for a holiday
Starigrad, if you are planning to visit the National park Paklenica for some hiking or hill climbing Starigrad is an excellent choice, the city is situated by the entrance to the national park.
Zadar the largest city in the region has a beautiful old town part with lots of historical buildings, good restaurants and excellent atmosphere. The city has an excellent infrastructure with an airport a ferry terminal. Hotels and private accommodation are mainly concentrated in the city parts Borik and Diklo, but you can also find apartments and hostels in all other parts of the city
Biograd na moru is on of the top maritime destination in Croatia with a capacity of close to 1000 berths. Biograd is also known for its lovely beaches, picturesque coves and various accommodation possibilities, which include hotels and private apartments. The restaurants in the city centre and old town offer home made specialties and international cuisine.
Pakostane is situated at the Adriatic coast between Zadar and Sibenik, the fairly small town offers excellent beaches and a great atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. Pakostane is an excellent base for one day excursion, e.g. to the national parks or to Croatia’s largest Lake Vransko. Private apartments are most common form of accommodation but also a few hotels are available.
Vodice is situated about 10 km north of Sibenik; the city is a typical tourist destination with plenty of hotels and private accommodation, the “population” of the city grows to close to 50.000 in the main season. The area around Vodice is known also for Big game fishing which is quite popular in the area.
Sibenik has a beautiful old town part, where you among other can find the Cathedral St James, which is inscribed in the UNESCO list for the world cultural heritage. The centre of Sibenik offers a marinas, a few hotels and some private apartments, main accommodation area is the Solaris resort area, just south of Sibenik.
Primošten is situated 25 km south of Sibenik, the cities old town is placed on a peninsula, the view on the peninsula from the hills raising behind the city is stunning, especially in the evening. Aurora, one of Croatia largest and most famous Discotheques is situated on the hill overlooking the city. Hotel are situated in the bay after the old town peninsula, private apartments are main form of accommodation.
Rogoznica is situated in a bay 10 km south of Primošten, one of Croatia’s best marinas the Marina Frapa is situated in the bottom of the bay, well protect from strong winds. Rogoznica consist of a mainland and an island part. The old town centre is located on the island which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The mainland of Rogoznica consists of family houses, villas and apartments and it has some excellent beaches.
Other cities and info for a holiday in North Dalmatia
Grebaštica, Jezera, Island Pašman, Petrčane, Preko
Nin, Vir, Sukošan, Tribunj, Turanj and other smaller towns.
The kitchen in the area is typical Dalmatian style with lots of seafood, lam and pizza. Local wines are grown especially in the area around Primošten.
Houses with pool can be found in a limited number, if swimming pool is a most hotels or apartment resorts are the place to look.