There are 147 islands and islets of various size in the Kornati archipelago ! They have no permanent inhabitants, though there exist a few villages. Vrulje is the main village of the main island. It has a few houses, no permanent inhabitants. The owners of the houses come in summer, mostly from Murter peninsula. Vrulje is proud of its 3 "streets" and 50 houses !
The main part of the Kornati archipelago is a National Park
In Summer, the Kornati are characterized by three colors : the blue of the sky, the dark blue of the sea and inserted between both, the dazzling white of the islands. Once you have seen that, you will never forget it !
From Zadar and Murter, it is possible to do day trips on the islands but the best way to enjoy them is to sail around the islands. See my Kornati Islands National Park page.
Investigating the citadel you can fins places like that, a forest into the city ..look like a bleak yard but it has its beauty and you can feel very confortamble and at the same time a cosy spot in the midst of touristic place like it is
well, i loved the sea because at one city, we got to see jelly fish actually swiming close to the boats looking for somethin to eat. Apart from reading and seeing pictures, i had actually never seen one. i also got to see sea urchins and this too was really real. Be careful in the water. There are also alot of sea animals that could prick you but you also get to see alot.
its worth it anyway.
Besides St. Donat - the reliquary at Sv. Marija Benedictine monestary is a must see. Stunning religious art beautifully presented - intricate gold and silver work - atmospheric lighting and in the shadows, Benedictine "ninja" nuns at the ready if you try to take a picture. Cost: 20 kn
The huge Forum from the Roman period, nowadys the biggest open space of the town, was built in the 1st century at the time of Emperor Augustus. It is the largest explored forum on the eastern side of the Adriatic.
Unfortunately, like the other parts of the town, this square was completely destroyed during the bombing in WW II.
The history of the town goes back 3.000 years now. First it was an Ilyrian settlement and then became a part of the Roman empire, when the plan of today's city on peninsula was established.
There are important remains from the Roman time all over the city, this is an pillar which stands next to St. Simon's Church.
Morska vrata, the Sea Gate, are probably the most beautiful gateway into the old core of the town. The gate was built in the Middle Ages as a part of the city fortifications, and on its top the arc from the Roman times of the city were added.
This gate leads to the sea-port of the town. It is known also as Gate of St. Grysogonus.
The town of Zadar has a very significant strategic position in the Adriatic sea and was a very important military centre throughout its long history.
What you see on this picture are the remains of a huge Military hospital from 19th century.
Nowadays it is a market where you can buy fake but not that cheap designed clothes and accessories made in Turky.
Kopnena vrata, the Land Gate, from Renaissance period was built in the 16th century as a part of the city fortifications. It was one of the entrances to the town, mainly for the farmers from the surroundings of the town who brought agricultural products to the nearby green market.
I spent 2 weeks taking classes & living at Lingua Croatica. It was the best vacation I ever took! The professor who runs the program is very nice & will make you feel quite at home. In fact, many of the student rooms are in his home. The professors are patient & good instructors. While I am not fluent in Croatian after just 2 weeks, I have learned many of the rules & am confident enough to know that I can get around Croatia. I recommend everyone who wants to learn a little Croatian & have a great vacation contact Lingua Croatica in Zadar run by Prof. Mile Mamic.
DUGI OTOK island - TELASCICA bay. You have to walk only 5 minutes from bay to be able to enjoy in this spectacular scene. Rocks are 100 m high & the sea is also deep 100 m. I was swimming in that dark blue sea & must say: it's scary!
DUGI OTOK island - part of the island on the very south is maybe the most beautiful part of Dugi otok. Village Sali has very connections (ferry & ship) with Zadar and from Sali you can easily visit Telascica nature park & Kornati national park.
DUGI OTOK island - In north part of the island you can find pretty village Bozava, the most beautiful beach on the island - Sakarun and Veli Rat lighthouse where you can even rent an apartment & live like Robinson Crusoe!
ZADAR RIVIERA & ISLANDS.
Croatia has more than 1100 islands & some of them can be reached from Zadar by ferry, ship or hydrfoil. On this map you can see only some of the big ones. This summer I visited Olib (behind Ist island, you can't see it on this map) and Dugi otok ('Long island' - see the map). That's why I've put a lot of photos about these places. Enjoy!
Sibenik – is situated in the bay which is linked with the open sea by St. Anne’s channel. On the western side, there is a large bathing place called “Jadrija” and on the eastern side, in Zablace, is a hotel complex called “Solaris”. Near the hotel are two small lakes – Velo Blato and Malo Blato.
The area of Sibenik has been inhabited from the Prehistoric times and it was first recorded in the chart granted by the Croatian king Petar Kresimir IV (1066.). The old part of the town was founded beneath the impressive tower of St. Ann (16th to 17th century) and it has preserved its medieval character up to our days.
The St. Jacob’s Cathedral with the famous dome and the line of stone portraits (about seventy portraits) is situated on the main square. It is one of the most valuable architectural achievements on the Croatian Adriatic. The project begun by Juraj Dalmatinac (1441. – 1473.) was completed by Nikola Firentinac at the beginning of the 16th century. The reconstruction of the huge dome, which was hit by a Serbian shells in 1991., revealed the complexity and the perfection of the work itself. In front of the Cathedral is a statue erected in honour of Juraj Dalmatinac, sculptured by Ivan Mestrovic.
Besides the island in nearby Sibenik area and the excursion area by the Krka river, there are other attractive resorts such as Pirovac, Tribunj, Rogoznica etc. Sibenik has a unique International Child’s Festival and magnifican group singing (“klape”).
Primosten is especially attractive (28 km from Sibenik), situated on the peninsula which is linked with the mainland, as well as the picturesque hills and islets with grape growing areas.