WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT CROATIA
Subota, 20 Ožujak 2010

Croatia

This will give you a first impression of the Land on the Adriatic!

C R O A T I A











Total Area: 56,542 sq km
Land Boundaries: 2,147 km
Border countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina 932 km, Hungary 329 km, Serbia 241 km, Montenegro 25 km, Slovenia 670 km
Coastline: 5,835 km (mainland 1,777 km, islands 4,058 km)
Climate: Mediterranean and continental; continental climate predominant with hot summers, cold winters; mild winters, dry summers along coast
Population: 4,494,749 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groups: Croat 89.6 percent, Serb 4.5 percent, other 5.9 percent (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, Roma) (2001 census)

Did you know …

… that the origin of the word "cravat" comes from the word meaning "Croat"?
In the 17th century, Croatian soldiers wore fringed neckerchief to make themselves clearly distinguishable to each other. The word "cravate" was first used in the French encyclopaedia in the 17th century at a time when Croatian soldiers were be found at the court of Louis XIV in Paris. The French term for Croatians is "Croates", from where it is a short step to "cravate", or cravat in English.
… that the Republic of Dubrovnik was in 1776 the first country in the world to recognise the independence of the United States of America?
… that the name of the Croatian currency, the Kuna, derives from the medieval use of the skin of the marten (a carnivorous animal) for payments of taxes in the Croatian provinces?
The coat of arms of Slavonia still bears a marten. The Kuna was in fact legal tender in the Banovina of Croatia before the Second World War, and in the Independent State of Croatia during the war.
In 1994 the Kuna replaced the Croatian Dinar, a transitional currency introduced in 1991 following independence.

… that Croatia has six UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites:

1979 Historical complex of the town of Split with the palace of the Emperor Diocletian
1979, 1994 Old town of Dubrovnik
1979, 2000 National Park of the Plitvice Lakes
1997 Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the centre of Porec
1997 Historical city of Trogir
2000 Cathedral of St James (Katedrala svetog Jakova) in Šibenik

Geographical location


The state of Croatia covers 87,609 km², of which 56,542 km² is land and 31,067 km² is sea. The historical borders of Bosnia-Herzegovina mean that the continental northern part is confined to a long coastal strip, which is divided in the south from the town of Neum (approximately 3 km), which belongs to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The territory of Croatia includes 1,246 islands, some of which remain undeveloped.

ZADAR

JEWEL OF  THE ADRIATIC

DISCOVERING  BEAUTY

Zadar, the capital of Northern Dalmatia, invites you to enjoy its cultural treasures, to stroll around or to

simply relax in one of its numerous enchanting restaurants and taverns. The lovely historic city is the centre of a multifaceted region with many natural treasures.

Zadar - jewel of the Adriatic

 Zadar first appears in history as "Jadasinos" in a Greek inscription from the 4th century B.C.. The city was ruled by the Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Austrians and the French. Each ruler and epoch has left its mark on Zadar, which has in the past been called "Jader", "Jadera", "Idassa" and "Diadora". Caesars, kings, popes, scientists, artists and builders have all left indelible traces.

Before you get down to enjoying the city – here is some information about its rich history!
Read all about its beginnings, through the centuries and the recent past: everything you should know about Zadar!

B.C. – 1000 A.D.:


Zadar was known as a settlement in the time of the Illyrians. In the second century B.C. the city was conquered by the Romans, who built a capitol, fortifications, baths and an aqueduct.
In 59 B.C. Zadar became a Roman municipium, and from 48 B.C. a colony of Roman citizens.
Following the fall of the western Roman Empire, Zadar became the capital of Byzantine Dalmatia. From that time on the city changed hands several times: first came the Franks, then at the beginning of the 9th century it reverted to Byzantine rule. Raids by pirates led to Zadar coming under the protection of Venice, and in the year 1000 the Emperor Alexios I formally ceded the city.

Political map of the western Balkans in 925 A

10th – 14th century:


In the 10th and particularly in the 11th centuries, Croatian rulers effectively controlled the city. Then in 1102, Zadar, along with the rest of Croatia, was forced to recognise the suzerainty of the Hungarian kings.
From the 12th century on, Zadar constantly fought with Venice. In 1118 the armies of the Hungarian king Stephan II triumphed over the Venetians, and Ordelafo Faliero, the Doge, was killed not far from the city. In 1202 Venice regained Zadar with the help of the French crusader army. Venetian and Hungarian rule came and went. After several uprisings, Zadar came into the hands of the Hungarian-Croatian King Louis I (the Peace of Zadar, 1358). After the King’s death, Sigismund came to the throne, followed by Ladislas of Naples, Pretender to the Hungarian Crown. In 1409 he sold Zadar, and his rights to Dalmatia, to Venice for 100,000 ducats.
The city then began a gradual decline, as the Venetians placed severe limits on the political and economic freedoms of Zadar. When the Ottoman Turks conquered the surrounding areas at the beginning of the 16th century, the city became a strong fortress securing Venice’s trade routes along the Adriatic and serving as and administrative centre for the Venetian lands in Dalmatia.


Ivan Lucić (1604-1679), founder of Croatian historiography and his work "De regno Dalmatiae et Croatiae".





    Recent history:

Following the fall of Venice in 1797, Zadar came under Austrian rule. The city was then ceded to France in 1805 and made part of its Illyrian Provinces. During French rule, Zadar saw the publication of the first newspaper in the Croatian language, the “Kraljski Dalmatin” (1806-10).

After a six-day bombardment in December 1813, Zadar again capitulated to Austria, which held it until 1918. It was the capital of the kingdom of Dalmatia, one of the Austrian crown lands. In the second half of the 19th century, Zadar stood at the centre of the movement for the Croatian cultural and national revival in Dalmatia.


After the first world war Zadar was ceded to Italy under the Treaty of Rapallo (1920). In 1944 it became part of the constituent republic of Croatia within Yugoslavia, which has since 1991 been the independent Republic of Croatia. 

 Zadar 1929  


In 1991 Serbian paramilitaries and the de facto Serbian Yugoslav People’s Army attacked Zadar from the air and with artillery, causing considerable damage to the city’s cultural treasures. The city could only with great difficulty be defended against the attacking Serbian troops. Communications with Zagreb could only be maintained via the island of Pag. Attacks on the city finally came to an end in 1995 following Operation Oluja (Storm) by the Croatian military.


Zadar today has a population of 76,343 and is the cultural, economic and tourist centre of northern Dalmatia: it is a city full of life and Mediterranean style!

Visit the sights of the city and immerse yourself in its living history! More Details you will find here.

The numerous attractions of the city of Zadar can best be reached on foot.

Narodni trg - Gradska uprava(Foto: tzzadar.hr)

The historical city centre is the best place to start your tour.


Marvel at the many churches, visit the museums or the theatre, read more in the city’s libraries or simply follow the itinerary given below:

Most attractions can be found in the old part of city – some of them right next to each other: the Land Gate (Kopnena vrata) dating from the 16th century, the City Gate (Gradska straza), the Roman Forum from the 1st century, the Municipal Loggia from the 16th century, the Squares of Five and Three Wells (16th century), Roman columns (used as pillories in the Middle Ages), the market place (Pijaca) and fish market.

Read more about the history of Zadar.

NEWS: yet another attraction has now been added to Zadar!Visit the Sea Organ at the start of the beautiful Riva (near the ferry to Ancona). The wind and waves produce different tones and invite you to sit on the steps, listen to the sounds of the Sea Organ and enjoy the view out over the island world that lies before Zadar.

Churches

Cathedral Church of Saint Anastasia (Sv. Stošija):

Katedrala Sv. Stošije/Foto: destinacije.com

The cathedral church is the largest basilica in Dalmatia and dates from the second half of the 13th century, and is a prime example of the early Romanesque style. During the crusade in 1202, the old cathedral was destroyed, but was later renovated and extended. The main portal has a relief in the Gothic style and a sanctified inscription of Bishop John dating from 1324. The bell tower was built between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Churches of Saint Ilija and Saint Simeon (Sv. Ilije / Sv. Šime):
 The Church of Saint Simeon was originally an early Christian three-nave basilica, then a Gothic structure and later an interesting monument to the provincial Baroque style. The main attraction of this church is the sarcophagus of Saint Simeon, representing the most monumental example of precious metal-working from the medieval period. On the orders of the Croat-Hungarian Queen Elisabeth, whose maiden name was Kotromanić, the goldsmith Francesco De Sesto from Milan, assisted by local craftsmen, completed the shrine to St. Simeon between 1377 and 1380. St. Simeon is also the patron saint of Zadar. This shrine can be visited daily, but the saint’s mummified remains are only brought out on 8 October, St. Simeon’s day, and on important church festivals.
Telephone Presbytery: 00385 (023) 211 705

Sv. Marija (Foto: ezadar.hr)

Church of the Convent of Saint Mary (Sv. Marija):
The convent, church and bell tower of Saint Mary are among the most important and well-known monuments of Zadar. It is believed that Cika, a Zadar noblewoman, founded the convent of Saint Mary in 1066. In 1091 she had the large, three-nave basilica built in the early Romanesque-Lombard style.
Opening times: daily 10.00 - 12.30 and 18.00 - 19.30, Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30

Former Church of the Holy Trinity:
This is the oldest church in the city; according to legend it was built from a temple devoted to Juno. The church dates from the 9th century and today houses the Archaeological Museum.
Phone 00385 (023) 250 516, Fax 00385 (023) 251 033
Permanent exhibition of medieval and prehistoric art
Opening times: daily 9.00 - 13.00 and 18.00 - 20.30, closed on Sundays

 Church of Saint Donat (crkva sv. Donata):
The two-storey round church of Saint Donat dates from the 9th century, and is the most representative Croatian monument of the early Christian period. It was built on the initiative of Bishop Donat on the foundations of the Roman forum. The church is the most famous structure of the city of Zadar, for which it has become the symbol. The interior and exterior are today used within the Roman forum for various cultural events, especially in summer during the tourist season.
Telephone Presbytery: 00385 (023) 314 586

 Museums

 Archaelogical Museum:
Trg Opatice Cike, phone 00385 (023) 250 516, Fax 00385 (023) 251 033. Permanent exhibition of medieval and prehistoric art. Opening times: daily 9.00 - 13.00 and 18.00 - 20.30, closed Sundays

Folkloric museum:
Poljana Pape Aleksandra III, Phone 00385 (023) 251 851. Permanent exhibition: "From the Romanesque to the Renaissance". Opening times: daily 9.00 - 14.00, closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Art Gallery:
Andrije Medulica 2, Phone 00385 (023) 211 174. Permanent exhibition: "Croatian Painting and Sculpture in the 19th and 20th Centuries". Opening times: daily 9.00 - 12.00 and 17.00 - 20.00, closed Saturdays and Sundays.

 Permanent Exhibition of Sacral Art, Trg Opatice Cike, Phone 00385 (023) 250 496, Fax 00385 (023) 250 517. A permanent exhibition of precious metal-working (silver and gold objects) from Zadar and its surrounding area, the reconstructed interior of the Chapel of Christ as Piers Plowman from the 11th century, manuscripts, sculptures, embroidery, tapestries, etc. are all housed in an area of some 1200 m2 in eight modern halls of the Benedictine convent of Saint Mary, one of the first significant structures of Croatian culture. Opening times: daily 10.00 - 12.30 and 18.00 - 19.30, Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30.

Museum of Ancient Glass Zadar -Permanent Exhibition. Muzej antičkog stakla [MAS]
Address: Poljana Zemaljskog odbora 1, www.mas-zadar.hr
Opening hours: MON - SUN: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Winter: MON - FRI 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Entrance:- adults 30 kuna,- group price 20 kuna (5+ persons),- students 10 kuna
THE MOST OUTSTANDING EXHIBITS AND THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF ANCIENT GLASS IN THIS PART OF EUROPE

Muzej antičkog stakla

The museum is one of the city's newest attractions and rightfully so. It's housed in the 19th century Cosmacendi Palace and has some outstanding views that overlook the Jazine harbour. The museum contains one of the premium collections of Roman glassware outside Italy, with a cornucopia of goblets, jars and vials retrieved from archaeological sites across Dalmatia. Highlights include the delicate vessels used by Roman ladies to store perfumes, skin creams and essential oils. Also look out for glass cups used to celebrate Mass, and dainty flasks in which holy water was stored. Take the opportunity to see the replica Roman glassware on sale as you'll no doubt enter one of the classiest souvenir-stops in the city.

Theatre

Croatian Narional Theatre [HNK]:
Široka Ulica 8, Phone 00385 (023) 314 586, Fax 00385 (023) 314 590

Puppet Theatre:
Obala Kralja Tomislava, Phone 00385 (023) 319 181, Fax 00385 (023) 311 122

Theatre summer in Zadar:
Trg Pet Bunara, Church of Saint Donat and Courtyard of the Providur Palace
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Libraries

Scientific Library:
A. Kuzmanica, Phone 00385 (023) 211 365

Historical Archives:
Rudjera BoŠkovica, Phone 00385 (023) 211 530

TANK UP ON ENERGY

Zadar is the capital of northern Dalmatia. There are over 300 picturesque isles and islands lying directly off the coast, all easy to get to by boat or ferry. The following national parks can be found in the surrounding areas: Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica, Krka and the Kornati Islands as well as the TelaŠćica natural park.

Nature, the numerous bays and beaches, the cultural and historical monuments, the fine gastronomic choice of delicious local specialities – all of these combine to make Zadar and its surroundings one of the most attractive parts of Croatia. Enjoy its diversity!

The BoraTours Team in the Borik Resort can show you the best places to visit in the region around Zadar, and has plenty of insider tips to offer you!

BoraTours

Majstora Radovana 7

23000 Zadar

Phone: 00385 (023) 33 77 60

Fax: 00385 (023) 33 77 61

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Plitvice Lakes

approx. 180 km / 2 hours from Zadar

plitvice1
The Plitvice Lakes are the best known of the Croatian national parks, and the area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

The main attraction is the 16 small lakes, linked together by waterfalls. The park covers the source area of the River Korana and is surrounded by thick, partly uncultivated birch, fir and spruce woods. As well as lakes and woods, the park can also boast numerous caves, springs and flower meadows, and the many rare animal species native to the area include in particular the brown bear. The Plitvice Lakes are especially famous for the filming of Karl May’s "Winnetou" novels.

For information call (before 6 pm):

00385 (053) 751 - 015 or 751- 000

Paklenica

approx. 40 km from Zadar

Paklenica includes the most impressive areas of the southern Velebit, including its highest peak.

The main attractions of the park are the two gorges carved into the mountain, Velika and Mala Paklenica, which drop from dizzying heights down to the sea. In the relatively small area of the national park can be found several unusual karst relief forms, a number of caves and rich and diverse flora and fauna. Among the steep cliffs, the "Anica kuk" is the most outstanding and is a favourite destination for climbers. The only large contiguous woodland area on the coast-facing side of the Velebit is also preserved in the upper areas of the canyon.

The Paklenica National Park is also home to certain animal species which have become extinct elsewhere in Europe, such as golden eagles, griffon vultures, wildcats, wolves and brown bears.

For information call:

00385 (023) 369 803

Krka

approx. 80 km from Zadar

Krka is the most impressive river in the Croatian karst area, and is famous for its many waterfalls.

This national park includes the majority of the river’s course and its adjoining regions, from the historical town of Knin down to Skradin, where the Krka starts to become a long, deep sea bay. The river flows for part of its journey through deep gorges carved out of the karst plateau, forming several lakes, especially between the two largest waterfalls, Skradinski buk and RoŠki slap.

For information call:

00385 (022) 201 777

Kornati/Telašćica


The Kornati are located not far from Zadar and form the largest single island group in the entire Mediterranean. It consists of 140 uninhabited islands, isles and reefs with a total area of around just 70 km2. Immediately next to the Kornati national park is the protected natural park of Telašćica, which includes the wide, deep bay of the same name on the neighbouring island of Dugi otok.
Characteristic of the Kornati Islands are the differently shaped, bizarre and unusual relief structures and their high cliffs. Divers love the Kornati, as the underwater world presents a fascinating side here. Day trip by boat including food and wine approx. 35 EUR

For information call:

00385 (022) 434- 667 or

00385 (098) 347 411

FEELING MY OWN BODY

Take advantage of the many sports on offer in the region!

Zadar and its surrounding area offer numerous opportunities for sports, either before or after indulging in its culinary and cultural pleasures:

The BoraTours Team in the Borik Resort can show you the best places to visit in the region around Zadar, and has plenty of insider tips to offer you!


Take advantage of the many sports on offer in the region!

Zadar and its surrounding area offer numerous opportunities for sports, either before or after indulging in its culinary and cultural pleasures:

The BoraTours Team in the Borik Resort can show you the best places to visit in the region around Zadar, and has plenty of insider tips to offer you!

BORA TOURS

Majstora Radovana 7

HR-23000 Zadar/Kroatien

Phone: 00385 (023) 33 77 60

Fax:     00385 (023) 33 77 61

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The Croats absolutely love sport. Football, basketball and handball are all particular favourites.
You probably already know the most famous Croatian sports personalities:

Goran Ivanisević: the most successful famous tennis star produced by Croatia. In the mid-1990s the victor of Wimbledon was especially feared on account of his powerful service game.
Janica Kostelić: in 2005/06, this exceptionally talented 24-year old was the Overall World Cup Winner in Alpine skiing. Janica Kostelić was also among the top medal winners in the last World Championships and the Winter Olympics.
Drazen Petrović: the best-known Croatian basketball player, he was killed in 1993 in a motorway accident in Bavaria, and is still mourned by many of his compatriots. He remains the most successful ever European basketball player in the NBA.
Davor Šuker: his vital goals made him a national hero as Croatia won third place in the 1998 Football World Cup.etc...

Diving

General:
Divers in general need a diving licence, available for approximately 15 euros from diving centres and certain travel agents along the Adriatic coast; it is valid for one year. Diving permits are only issued to divers who can produce a certificate issued by an internationally recognised diving school.

The popular Extra Divers Diving School in the Falkensteiner Hotels & Resorts Borik complex is located close by:

Extra Divers Diving School

Majstora Radovana 7

23000 Zadar

Phone: 00385 (023) 337644

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A comprehensive list of over 150 diving centres is available on the homepage of the Croatian National Tourist Board. The Croatian Diving Federation in Zagreb (phone/fax 00385 (01) 424 063) also provides information on dives and diving courses.

Diving around Zadar:
Almost 40 percent of Croatia’s islands lie off the coast of northern Dalmatia, totalling 383 islands, islets and rocks. Forming part of the Zadar archipelago and easy to reach by boat are Dugi Otok, the largest of northern Dalmatia’s islands, and the islands of Ugljan and PaŠman, which are linked by a bridge.
A particular feature of this "aquatorium" is that it is possible to find locations in all weather conditions sufficiently protected from the wind and waves to allow you to dive in safety. Not far from Zadar can also be found the Kornati islands, a beautiful island group consisting of some 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs. Characteristic of the Kornati Islands are the differently shaped, bizarre and unusual relief structures and their high cliffs, making diving in this region a fascinating experience.

Attention!!!
Around the island of Pag are numerous shipwrecks. As they lie in depths of over 40 metres, it is not possible to dive to them using compressed air. In future however it will be possible for divers to reach the wrecks using a gas mixture for deep (i.e. technical) dives. This type of diving requires considerable specialist knowledge and experience, and the number of divers capable of this type of dive is therefore relatively small.

Zadar’s underwater worlds:
Diving in the TelaŠčica natural park and the Kornati national park requires a special diving permit, and diving expeditions are normally organised by the accredited diving centres located on the island of Murter and in the area between Biograd and PrimoŠten. Most of the diving areas are determined in advance to ensure diving safety. The Kornati national park and the archipelago between Zadar and Šibenik are popular diving destinations, and for this reason, many divers organise their activities with knowledgeable local guides.

Diving schools:

EXTRA DIVERS WORLDWIDE

Majstora Radovana 7

23000 Zadar

Phone: 00385 (023) 337644

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Diving centres in the city of Zadar:

AQUARIUS TRADE

PUT PETRICA 43

23000 Zadar

Phone: 00385 (023)230-925

Fax:     00385 (023) 230-925

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ZADAR SUB

DUBROVACKA 20a

23000 Zadar

Phone: 00385 (023) 214-848

Fax:     00385 (023) 224 060

Mobile: 00385 (098)330-472

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www.zadarsub.hr

Hiking

"The gods wanted to crown their creation and on the last day they turned tears, stars and the sea breeze into ‘Croatia’!" George Bernard Shaw

Croatia contains very varied landscapes, whose contrasting interplay gives this land its special beauty. What are distant features in other countries are here close neighbours: sea, karst, wooded mountains and fertile plains.


Local footpaths:
Turanj via Biograd to Pakostane (approx. 15 km)
Natural park of Vransko Jezero / Pakostane - Vodice (approx. 21 km)
Excursion to Krka national park (approx. 12 km)
Vodice – Kastell, hiking in the Kozjak mountains (approx. 13 km)

Climbing

General:

 

 Climbing is mainly practised in the Paklenica national park, which offers numerous walls of all grades. There are also individual free climber locations on certain islands in the lower Cetina. The Croatian National Tourist Board (link) offers online information about the various walking and climbing opportunities.

 Paklenica:

The area of Paklenica is the most interesting climbing area in Croatia.
Its particular attraction lies in its proximity to the Adria-Magistrale road and its climate offering winter climbing in almost summer conditions, which cannot be found in the Alpine countries. At the bottom of the “Anica kuk” is a large meadow, called the “Anica luka”, which has a spring and which has served climbers for decades as a campsite.

In geomorphological terms, Mala and Velika Paklenica (Lesser and Greater Paklenica) are a combination of longitudinal valleys and gaps. The rock walls drop 1,000 m into the gorge, forming a series of jagged cliffs above (Rapavac 1617 m, Crljeni kuk 1661 m, Babin kuk 1431m, etc.). At the bottom of the valley, Paklenica has a much gentler gradient: it is carved down to older, impermeable geological layers, the source of many perennial springs and a permanent flow, the Paklenica mountain stream.

The final 2 km of the course of Velika Paklenica to the sea is the most impressive, with the wild beauty of the gorge and its vertical cliff walls. The crag of Anica kuk (712 m) soars on its eastern side with the highest cliff face in Velebit (some 400 m).

Mala Paklenica is 3 km to the east of Velika Paklenica. As ist name implies, it is smaller and shorter, but much more difficult to negotiate, as it is much steeper and waterless.

Mountaineers usually visit Paklenica when ascending or descending the peaks of the Velebit. This is made considerably easier by the “Paklenica” mountain refuge and the refuge on Ivine Vodice (the area around the spring of the same name). As a consequence of the war, the zone north of the line Oglavinovac - Buljma - Marasovac - Solila - Ivine Vodice - Bukva - Jasenice is at present not open to the public.

The protective regulations of the National Park govern climbing in the Paklenica area. Climbing is only permitted on the eastern side of the gorge, up to Anica kuk, and on the opposite side, up to the cave of Manita pec. Climbing is not permitted in the gorge of Mala Paklenica, as it is a protected wilderness area in which griffon vulturs nest.

Cycling

General:
Cycle paths, as found in other parts of Western Europe, are not common in Croatia. For mountains right next to the sea, the national park of Paklenica nevertheless offers wonderful opportunities, both for walking and climbing.

Cyclists too love island-hopping! Join up with groups of other cyclists. Many firms offer boats to rent for island hopping with bicycles included in the price.

Locally:

The islands of Ugljan and PaŠman are ideal tourist destinations for cyclists and friends of nature. Visit the islands by bicycle to appreciate their true beauty!

The hilly but easy terrain of the islands of Ugljan link and PaŠman link is criss-crossed by numerous footpaths and cycle paths. Lovers of Mediterranean landscapes will enjoy the unforgettable panoramas, in particular the view from the 13th century Venetian fortress of Saint Mihovil.

Riding

The "Sinjska Alka" is a chivalric tournament in which riders in festive national costume compete to hit the Alka (two small concentric hoops hanging over the racetrack) with lances. The tournament has taken place since 1715 in commemoration of the victory of the outnumbered inhabitants of the town of Sinj over the Turkish army. The tournament always takes place on the Feast of the Assumption (15 August).

International riding tournaments are held in Polača.

Polača, Phone: 00385 (023) 662 001

Club president Mr Bobanović, GSM 00385 (091) 5263 229

Hunting

The hunting reserves of Ravni kotari are suitable for hunting quail, pheasant and hares. Experienced hunters can also hunt jackal. At the edge of the karst areas of the southern Velebit it is possible to hunt small game (hare, grey partridge, rock partridge and snipe) and, in the higher mountainous regions of the hunting reserve, wild boar and chamois, stags and brown bears can be found.

Hunting is only permitted with a valid licence. Further information is available from the Croatian Hunting Federation.

Croatian Hunting Federation

Nazorova 63

10000 Zagreb

Phone: 00385 (01) 483 45 60

Fax:     00385 (01) 483 45 57

www.hrvatski-lovacki-savez.hr

Sailing

 Sailing from island to island, discovering the treasures of the Croatian Adriatic or simply drifting with the wind. Croatia is a sailor’s paradise.

As nautical tourism is one of the most attractive aspects on offer, the Nautical Tourism Association has created a forum providing useful and indispensable information for sailors.

The 50 marinas, all of which are members of the Croatian Marina Group, have a capacity of over 13,200 sea berths and 4,500 land berths.

www.hgk.hr

Fishing

A permit must be obtained before any sport fishing. To obtain an angler’s permit you will need some form of ID, e.g. a passport or driving licence. Licences are issued by travel agents and tourist offices in all towns along the coast.

Licences are obtainable for sport fishing with fish hooks, with underwater harpoons, troll lines and fixed lines, as are licences for tuna fishing.

Fishing is permitted along the entire Adriatic coast, although it is restricted in the waters of the national parks (Kornati, Brijuni, Krka and Mljet) and in other, smaller locations.

The price for a licence (angler’s permit) varies according to the length of time (day, week or month) it is issued for.

For further information please visit the following Webpage www.mps.hr

Rafting

The rivers in the continental part of Croatia are lined with thick woods and mountains. The rivers nearer the sea are distinguished by their green banks and deep, rocky canyons. The wildwater degree of difficulty is on average III, and only on the Dobra and the Una is
Class IV to be found.

  • Peta Hrvatska rafting regata Zrmanja 2010, koja se odrzala na raftig stazi od Mlina Zegarskih do Muskovaca, i ove je godin humanitarnog karaktera, a dio prikupljenih sredstava i prihod od humanitarne aukcije slika ide za Djecji vrtic za djecu s teskocama

    The Dobra runs both underground and overground. Rafting is always first-class, as barrages and dams

    ensure sufficient flow.

  • The MreŽnica has numerous waterfalls, and is otherwise tranquil. In the upper reaches rafting also includes elements of canyoning.

  • The Korana rises in the Plitvice Lakes. Following heavy rain and snow melt, there is an interesting stretch below the picturesque Rastoka and down through the canyon.

  • The Zrmanja has a high water level in spring. In summer small boats – kayaks and canoes – can be used to navigate the most beautiful canyon in Croatia.

  • The Krka is navigable in the upper part of the national park on account of the inflow of the Butisnica, which is controlled by a barrage. Rafting is the only way to visit this untouched part of the park. The bank of the 12-metre high Bilusica Buk must be negotiated.

  • The waters of the Cetina are fed though a tunnel to the hydroelectric station on the coast, meaning that not much water remains for rafting in the natural river bed. The thick vegetation along the river, the clear water, the high cliffs, waterfalls and caves nevertheless combine to make it a great experience.
    Information on equipment: the rafts are made of tough material and are very agile. They are in use on all rivers in Croatia. A skipper is included in the price for organised rafting, as is the personal kit for each crew member: life jackets, neoprene clothing and footwear, helmets and paddles.
    For more information visit rafting.hr

SPORT

On routine working days, are you always looking forward to the next occasion you go for a run in the morning, swim a few lengths in the pool in the evening, get into the gym again or take part in other sporting activities?

Even more precious than the free time during the working week are the few weeks in the year when you can take a break from your work, without having to worry about the next day. By far the best way to make the most of this time is to head off to a holiday home, your own apartment or your own villa in Punta Scala.

When you‘ve arrived at your destination it‘s great to know that you will have plenty of opportunities to spend time on your favourite leisure pursuit. Within the Punta Scala resort, there are a whole range of facilities for daily sporting activities: tennis courts, beach volleyball or multi-purpose sites, which may be booked for various activities. If you love water sports, then you will find the Punta Scala aquatic centre close by, with equipment hire and courses offered for children, beginners and advanced practitioners.

Golfers in Punta Scala are equally fortunate. Planning work on its own 27-hole golf course, fully integrated with the beautiful environment and the delightful scenery, is underway. Special programmes and courses for learning particular skills are offered in all sports.

A team of sports facilitators and trainers can, if required, be involved in helping out with supervision, or even running an active adventure programme.


ARRIVAL BY CAR

Distance between  Zadar and several European cities (in km):
   Bratislava 630
   Brünn 767
   Budapest 630
   Frankfurt 1.082
   Graz 457
   Milano 510
   Munich 755
   Prague 929
   Salzburg 618
   Vienna 680
   Zagreb 280
   Zürich 866


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Zadarska Brodarica - RYANAIR MAGAZINE | ZADAR LOVE 

Zadarska Brodarica - After 2.000 Years, Zadar a Croatian Port Town Still Seduces 

Zadarska Brodarica - Inozemni časopisi puni hvale za Zadar  < in english

Croatia’s coast is dazzling, says Nikki Bayley - mirror.co.uk 

Zadarska Brodarica - DALMATIAN DELIGHTS - walled port of Zadar 

http://www.yvettedefrance.com/Photos-du-monde/A1/croatie.htm
 

Five Things You Don’t Know About Zadar