Vir is an island of the Adriatic sea located north of the city of Zadar. It is connected to the mainland by a road bridge. The only village on the island is the eponymous village of Vir, with a population of 1,608 (the Wikipedia knows everything!).
Vir is situated 26 km away from Zadar. It is one of the 300 islands of Zadar archipelago with whom it shares the natural beauty. It lies in the northwestern part of Dalmatia. In historical documents Vir was first mentioned in 1069 in the Bill of King Petar Kresimir IV, known as the Mare Nostrum Dalmatikum (written in the presence of King Petar Kresimir IV Great in then royal town of Nin). In the Bill, Vir was mentioned by the name of Ueru , or Vera, which scientists speculate to be of the old-mediterranean origin, meaning pasture.
With its favorable position in the heart of the Adriatic, its indented coastline with an abundance of natural sandy beaches and pine forests, it is ideal for a family vacation. Those of you who are seeking party and excitement can look for entertainment options in nearby Zadar or the island of Pag and its famous beach Zrće.
Being close to old Croatian royal town of Nin and 3000 years old Zadar, Vir is great place for historical sightseeing. You can explore the area and its rich history or take a short trip to Kornati national parks that have over 200 little islands. You can visit Plitvice lakes and Krka waterfalls or climb the mountain of Velebit and explore Paklenica.
Vir has all the advantages of the island, jagged coastline, clear sea, plenty of beaches, but also benefits of the mainland because of the bridge that connects it with the mainland. The climate of the islands is best described with the 300 days of sunshine a year and a slight breeze from the Velebit Mountain during the night. With this kind of climate Vir is an ideal destination for lovers of sailing and surfing.
Tourist offer in Vira is based solely on the private accommodation. Vir is not a place of mass tourism. Restaurants and cafes with terraces in the shade, taverns and a fish market with fresh fish is something that visitors of Vir appreciate and often come back to. So, if you are looking for accommodation in Vir, it will be in apartments in Vir or in family houses. Naturally, holiday villas in Vir are there for you.
Whether you rent a room in Vir or the whole house, you might want to come back again next year, so you might want to become friends with the owner! The healthy climate certainly affects the health and length of life of residents and it might affect you as well. Organic vegetables, fresh seafood, olive oil and wine – these make a mouth-watering combination that is both healthy and difficult to resist. Visit many of the restaurants in Vir and indulge yourself with Mediterranean cuisine.
Indented coastline of Vir decorated with mostly sand and pebble beaches, surrounded with pine forests, makes this island a perfect place for family holidays.