BIOGRAD - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Biograd

Biograd na Moru is a popular tourist and nautical destination 28 kilometres south of Zadar. For yachtsmen it is an ideal starting point for sailing around the islands of the Kornati National Park. There are two marina in Biograd. Nearby to the south is the historical city of Šibenik and inland from Sibenik the river and waterfalls of the Krka National Park. You can swim from beaches just one hundred metres from the centre of Biograd. for example Bosana beach, a pebble beach with a gradual entrance into the sea, located on the northwest side of town near marina Kornati. Bošana beach has beach volleyball, several restaurants, shops and fast food. The beach is also equipped with changing cabins and showers.


Biograd from the air
Biograd from the air

For a more peaceful environment take a boat over to the forest-covered Pašman island which is close by. Beaches in Tkon on the south of the island are sandy and shallow and just a short crossing from Biograd. One of the most famous beaches is the sandy beach Matlovac in Zdrelac at the northern end of the island. With clear water, sand and shallow entry it is ideal for families with small children. The beach is surrounded by cafes, volleyball courts, ice cream shops. Another island worth visiting for its sandy beaches is Vrgada. A small island between Pasman and Murter, there are regular ferry services from Biograd and Pakostane. The best sandy beaches are on the northeastern side of the island.


Biograd harbour
Biograd harbour
Fire spitters evening
Fire spitters evening

Seven kilometres inland is the Vranska Lake which is a bird sanctuary and rich in wild life. There is a cycle path around the lake and you can swim there. The lake is also popular with fishermen and fishing passes can be obtained. Fifty kilometres in land from Biograd it is possible to go rafting on the Zrmanja River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe passing through breath taking landscapes.


Zadar

Roman ruins and modern innovations in Zadar.


Zadar is the principal city in the region and a busy and lively Mediterranean coastal town with charming narrow streets and alleyways bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants.


Located on a peninsula surrounded by the gleaming Adriatic, it was once a Roman colony. Its main square, the Forum is an outdoor museum of Roman ruins. Historic sites include the city gates and fortress and in particular, the Byzanthium-influenced Cathedral of St Donat originating from the 9th Century is the finest example of Croatian architecture of the old Croatian period. The city has 30 churches all rich in architecture and art and worth visiting. Had it not been for the 72 bombing raids during WWII, the city would have historic architecture to rival Dubrovnik. Still, we're lucky it survives at all as post-war planners wanted to knock it all down. Sense prevailed and instead a brave new 'utopian' city was born incorporating 3000 years of Roman, Venetian and Slavic history.


Aside from historic architecture, the city features two contemporary art installations by local architect Nikola Bašić – the singing sea organ, a series of 35 underwater pipes that whistle as the waves wash through them, and the Sun Salutation, a solar-powered lighting installation.


Night Life

Zadar has a very lively night life with many restaurants, clubs and bars. It is the centre for music parties, and world famous DJs are frequent guests throughout the year. For lovers of classical music there are many concerts too. Famous music festivals take place in Petrcane Village just outside Zadar, "the New Ibiza", epicentre of cutting edge music. For those who enjoy classical music, Musical Evenings at St Donat Cathedral provide classical concerts in magical surroundings (Ticket office, telephone: +385 (0)23 314 552 or +385 (0)23 314 552).


Zadar
Zadar
Church of St Donat
Church of St Donat

Getting there

Zadar has its own airport with direct flights from the UK and many European cities and is less than three hours' drive from Zagreb's international airport. Zadar has a regular ferry service connecting it to Ancona in Italy and local ferries link it to the islands of the Zadar Archipelago.



Our Villas in Biograd


Villa St Philippe
Villa St Philippe A three bedroom, two bathroom air-conditioned terraced villa in a charming seaside village, garden, BBQ, WiFi, sea views, two sitting rooms, main sitting room on top floor. Beach 100 metres, parking. Free boat trip.
Villa Pasman View
Villa Pasman View Beautiful, air-conditioned stone cottages with sea view, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, WiFi and infinity pool, pet friendly.


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