Zadar, Sibenik, Skradin,
Benkovac, Nin, Island Pasman
A town with over 3000 years of history, 30 km away from Biograd, surrounded by islands, with a rich hinterland, protected by a port, destroyed in wars and earthquakes and rebuilt, each time more beautiful and richer. For centuries, the capital of Dalmatia, and today the center of the region, is a city with a rich monumental heritage of world importance, which is still visible at every turn:
Roman Forum from the 1st century, Church of St. Donat from the IX century - the most famous medieval basilica, the restored Romanesque church of St. Krševana from the 12th century and the bell tower of St. Marija, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia from the 13th century, the People's Square with the Town Lodge and the guard from the 16th century. , and mighty ramparts with a representative Port and Land Gate from the 16th century, then Trg 3 bunara and Trg 5 bunara and numerous palaces, villas…
The oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbor, 45 km from Biograd, at the mouth of the river Krka.
In addition to numerous small towns, the Krka and Kornati National Parks adorn this area with special natural beauties, and it is also easy to see that the diversity of this area has attracted people since ancient times, as evidenced by preserved traces of the past, from prehistoric buildings and Roman settlements. and construction.
It is located on the right bank of the river Krka and is only 16 km away from Šibenik, and 60 km from Biograd. The former inhabitants of Skradin were engaged almost exclusively in agriculture, olive growing, viticulture and fruit growing.
Today, they continue the tradition of agriculture, and due to the brackish water, the Skradin area also favors the cultivation of shellfish and fish. It is a particularly attractive tourist destination whose beauty is crowned by the two most attractive resorts; Krka waterfalls and the Franciscan islet of Visovac with the votive sanctuary of Our Lady of Visovac, a rich library and cultural and artistic treasury.
It is located about 30 km east of Zadar and 20 km northeast of Biograd. It developed at the transition from the fertile area (Ravni kotari) to the karst area (Bukovice). It is known that the Benkovac area was very populated and developed during the medieval Croatian state.
Many old Croatian monuments and churches have been found in this area. However, long before the arrival of the Croats, ancient peoples built their settlements here and erected monuments. Today, unfortunately, it is a city that has suffered war destruction and economic problems.
In its current appearance, it is hard to imagine that this city was once one of the leaders in the region. This is evidenced by numerous cultural and historical remains in the city and its surroundings.
The town is located about 15 km northwest of Zadar, and about 45 km from Biograd.
The center of the ancient city is an islet, 500m in diameter, connected to the mainland by two bridges. The convenient location and fertile area around the settlement enabled it to become an urban, cultural and political center in the distant past.
The most significant complex from Roman times is the forum with the Capitol. There was a monumental temple, which was one of the largest in our area; Nin also had a water supply system at that time, and it is assumed that there were thermal baths; a large number of examples of art and crafts were found… Among the most significant are the monumental statues of Roman emperors that stood in niches in the forum. During late antiquity, Nin became one of the most important early Christian centers on the Adriatic.
ISLAND OF PAŠMAN
With its eleven settlements and more than 3,000 permanent residents, the island of Pasman is one of the most attractive islands for a great vacation and quality of life. With the development of the island, at the end of the last century, opportunities for the development of tourism were opened, so today tourism along with fishing is the most important industry.
It is an island of beautiful olive groves, old traditional stone houses, and sandy beaches.
It is connected by a bridge with the island of Ugljan and a ferry line with Biograd. Among the most important monuments are the Benedictine monastery on the hill Ćokovac and the Franciscan monastery in Kraj.