Biograd - 14 days to the north
Day 1. Biograd
- Welcome to Biograd na moru, a very beautiful town of the Zadar
Riviera within reach of the enchanting Kornati islands often called "the
paradise for boaters" due to its diverse coves and beaches. The legends
says that Kornati islands were created by ancient gods inspired by the
of the sea which washes them. Biograd is the work of the same master
hands. It is no surprise that Croatian kings were crowned in this town
of a rich historical heritage.
It is situated on a peninsula with the view to the island of Pasman separated from it by a long channel ideal for windsurfing. Together with numerous sports and recreation facilities, there are here more than 20 tennis courts which make Biograd an ideal destination for those wishing active holidays. Thanks to its great location in the central part of Adriatic coast, and numerous of berths (more than 1000) in modern marinas («Kornati» and «Sangulin») and many organized regattas, Biograd has become nautical center and a favorite destination for many sailors.
Day 2. Zadar - We invite you to the magic of the ancient Zadar, the big town in the very heart of the Adriatic, which is often called a "small Croatian Rome". Three thousand years of history, unique sacral buildings and a rich cultural heritage are responsible for this title. All this is completed with natural characteristics of the Zadar region which boasts the 1 200 kilometers long picturesque and clean sea shore and the conglomerate of about 300 islands and islets. You will be met in Zadar by hospitable people with whom you can drink a small glass of the authentic Zadar liqueur Maraskino or chat about basketball which has made Zadar famous all over the world!
For centuries the capital city of Dalmatia and today the center of the region. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St. Donatus’ Church from the 9th century is the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city. The reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono´s Church from the 12th century and the St. Mary´s bell tower from the year 1105; the St. Anastasia´s Cathedral from the 13th century; the People´s Square with the City´s Lodge and Guardhouse from the 16th century, as well as the mighty fortification walls with first class Sea(farer´s) and Land gates from the 16th century followed by the Three and Five Wells Squares and many palaces, villas and other historic monuments. The City of Zadar is not only known for its historical and cultural monuments but also for its amply supplied vegetable and fish markets on the peninsula (a part of the old city).
Day 3. Molat – Molat is an island overgrown with macchia and pine woods, an ideal destination for all individualists and people who enjoy long walks accompanied by intoxicating aromas of Mediterranean herbs. Many bays are a great choice for sailsmen and those who lake peace and quiet. In 1936. Molat had been visited by king Eduard VIII and Wallis Simpson, so why wouldn´t you?
Day 4. Ilovik - Island Ilovik is an extension of the southern part of island of Losinj. Coast is easily to be reached, with numerous of bays. The biggest bay is located in the south-eastern part of the island of Ilovik. Between island of Ilovik and St. Petar is a 2,5 km long and 300 m wide canal. Its aquatorium is well protected from all winds, and it is a safe place for all yachts and smaller boats. Ilovik is mostly hilly and overgrown with macchia.
Day 5. Rab - Rab is one of the island of the Kvarner Bay archipelago in the north of the Croatian Adriatic Sea. In addition to the ancient town of the same name, there are seven other idyllic places scattered over the island: Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga and Lopar. Some 9000 people live there, mostly by agriculture, fisching, shipbuilding and tourism. Tradition of organized tourism is today already 112 years old.
The city is a typically medieval urban center surrounded by walls that are in large part still standing. If you love old cities in which every building brings to mind dozens of generations, you will feel really good in Rab. Above many of the Renaissance and Gothic portals you can still see the crests of the aristocratic families of Rab, the descendants of whom are your kindly hosts of today. Right next to the city walls is the lovely Komrcar park, and below it a long path and bathing place. You can spend your holiday in the shade of ancient pines, to the smell of resin and the blue of the sea, without ever having to do without the conveniences the city has to offer.
Day 6. Punat - Punat use to be a fishermen settlement which was first mentioned in document from 1377. It is situated at the entry to the Punat bay. The name Punat comes most probably from Greek word "pons", which means " the bridge ". There was a bridge over the narrow entrance to the Puntarska draga bay, connecting Punat with the peninsula Prniba. Small isle of Kosljun with the Franciscan monastery is a historical and nature remarkableness. With the beaches along the coast and well marked mountains trails is a great place to stay. ACI marina Punat has 830 berths supplied with water and power.
Day 7. Cres (island of Cres) - The town of Cres lies on the western, the most fertile, part of the island of the same name which is characterised by its stone, dense coniferous woods and the blue sea. Find your peace, choose your rock and discover why the island of Cres, whose sky is reigned by griffon vultures, whose soil is embellished by the Vransko Lake, a natural phenomenon, was a favorite destination since Roman times. ACI marina Cres lies in the southern part of Cres harbor, in a long sheltered bay on the western coast of the island of Cres. The marina has 473 berths and 120 boat places on land. All berths have water and power supply, and it is open all year round.
Day 8. Mali Losinj - Mali Losinj is the biggest place on the island of Losinj, a Central Adriatic island. Situated in the Augusta bay, rich in fish, Losinj is the best-known sport and fishing center of the Adriatic. Dense coniferous woods make it an attractive holiday resort, while a mild climate is suitable for a century-old health tourism. A special curiosity of Mali Losinj are dolphins which inhabit its sea and contribute to an unforgettable atmosphere.
Day 9. Veli Losinj - Veli Losinj is a place at the narrow bay on the southeast side of the island of Losinj belonging to the Cres-Losinj Archipelago. This town of famous seamen is situated under the mount of Sveti Ivan. It is known by its high houses and luxurious villas of rich sea captains and mighty shipowners embellished by flowery gardens. Its dense vegetation consists of more than 80 various kinds of plants so that the town resembles a big harmonious pleasure garden. Veli Losinj is a town on the eastern coast of the southern part of the island of Losinj, in the interior extension of a short valley, 4 km southeast of Mali Losinj. Veli Losinj offers high quality accommodation (hotels, apartments), sports and recreational facilities (tennis, miniature golf, yachting, diving, sports fishing), exquisite cuisine and opportunities for very pleasant walks to Mali Losinj, as well as cruises. Numerous cultural and sports events and entertainment programs take place in Mali Losinj (4 km).
Day 10. Veli Iz – an island located in the Middle canal, between island of Ugljan and Dugi otok, surrounded by ten islets. In two settlements on Veli Iz (Mali Iz and Veli Iz) you can expect pleasant owners of private accommodations. One of the major crafts, still popular in Veli Iz is pottery. This charming place has a nice hotel and a marina Tankerkomerc that provides 150 berths and 50 boat places on the ground, and it is open all year round.
Day 11. Sali – Dugi otok is the biggest island in the archipelago of Zadar. Southern part of this island is mostly made of stone, while the central and western parts are overgrown with macchia and partly with woods. Sali is definitely most important and the oldest settlement on this island that one should visit. Its intact nature, this is a great place for all individuals and people wanting peace and solitude.
Day 12. Telascica - Telascica is one of the biggest, safest and certainly the prettiest Croatian natural harbors, a favorite nautical destinations. It is a natural extention of National Park Kornati, but also greener and with more woods. The bay is located in the southern part of Dugi otok, 8200 m long with 25 bays, 5 islets, extremely indented coast 68 km long with remarkable entrance, surrounded by 14 islets. From the one side, bay is not visible because it is snug by tall and steep cliffs from Dugi otok. Telascica also has a natural phenomenon – salt lake Mir, usualy warmer than sea. Bay Telascica is well protected from all sides, and has always been a safe anchor.
Day 13. Piskera (Kornati) – Kornati, one of the most beautiful archipelago in the world, are true nautical adventure. Because of its remarkable landscape, interesting geomorphology and rich flora, in 1980. Kornati were declared as a National Park. As a part of Kornati, Piskera is one of the most interesting and most beautiful island of this archipelago, because of its pure and magnificent nature.
ACI marina Piskera is located between islands Piskera and Panitula vela, and offers a great wind protection. The marina has 120 berths. Water and stream provision is limited.
Day 14. Zut (Kornati) – This, second largest island of Kornati archipelago, is only 15 km away from Murter and Zadar. The people of Murter are its owners since 1885. Zut is a true paradise for all sailors and sea-lovers.