VIR, PRIVLAKA AND NIN - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Vir, Privlaka and Nin

The small town of Vir is located on a small island of Vir, in the Zadar region of the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It is 26km north of Zadar. It comprises small holiday villas and several pebbly beaches, with very clear sea, great for swimming. Life on Vir is very slow and relaxing. There are several grocery shops, a market and some excellent restaurants, beach bars, cafes. Fish, sea food and home grown lamb are excellent. Traditionally it is a wine growing, farming and fishing area, and tourism has developed over the past 50 years. You can enjoy this sunny and tranquil beach heaven and take walks through olive grows, pine woods, picking figs growing wild along the way.


Vir beach
Vir beach

The old part of the village is very beautiful, and has several churches from 12th and 13th century. Although small in size, Vir island boasts numerous sights. The most famous is certainly the Kastelina, a sixteenth-century fort built by Venetians as defence against Turks and local pirates. Visit the beach in Sapavac cove, near the Kastelina fort, where you can roll about in therapeutic mud, rinse in the sea and sleep the afternoon away under the shady pines.


This is a great place for a family holiday, as close to the town there are numerous coves and beaches. A little further away, there is arguably the most beautiful beach, Duboka Draga (Deep Cove) in the northwest of the island. This beach is lined by spectacular red rocks, which are an amazing sight against the crystal-clear sea.


The island and town of Vir is connected with the mainland by a small bridge, so it is very convenient for exploring further afield. Easily reached is the nearby old town of Nin, which has the world's smallest cathedral. Visit the beautiful main regional town of Zadar, or Krka waterfalls National park near Sibenik. Also the amazing Plitvice Lakes and Paklenica National park are within a scope of a day's trip.


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 Vir, Privlaka and Nin


Villa Nina
Villa Nina A two bedroom, partially air-conditioned villa with a walled garden, terraces, BBQ, balcony sea view, WiFi, windsurfing paradise, pet friendly.
Zadar Cottages
Zadar Cottages 4 air-conditioned apartments, one or two bedrooms, one bathroom, sitting room, WiFi, shared pool, garden, BBQ, parking, pet friendly, 200 metres from the sandy beach and sea.
Beacon Retreat
Beacon Retreat An air-conditioned, four bedroom, four bathroom luxury eco villa, whirlpool, sauna, WiFi, BBQ, 8 mountain bikes, pets on request, own mooring, breakfast, transfers from airport. Biking and walking trails. Beach 10 metres. Chef on request.
Villa Ninochka
Villa Ninochka A luxury, air-conditioned, three bedroom, two bathroom new stone villa, garden, swimming pool, BBQ, WiFi, parking. Pet friendly.
Villa Lilly
Villa Lilly An air-conditioned, renovated, luxury stone villa, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pool, WiFi, garden, BBQ, sandy beach 700 metres.
Villa Minuet
Villa Minuet A new, luxury, air-conditioned, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with WiFi, garden and pool, BBQ, 1km from a fantastic sandy beach.
Villa Elvira
Villa Elvira Luxury, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modern villa, pool, BBQ, WiFi, beach 200 metres.
Villa Zadar Lady
Villa Zadar Lady A modern, air-conditioned, 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom (showers), luxury villa with a private garden and pool, summer kitchen, BBQ, WiFi, sandy beach 150 meters.
Serenity Villa No 1
Serenity Villa No 1 Modern, air-conditioned beachfront villa, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, terrace, heated pool, WiFi, pet friendly, located in a villa complex, ideal for families travelling together.
Serenity Villa No 2
Serenity Villa No 2 Modern, air-conditioned beachfront villa, 4 bedrooms, 4 shower rooms, heated pool, BBQ, WiFi, pet friendly, located in a villa complex, ideal for families travelling together. Sandy beach 10 metres.
Serenity Villa No 3
Serenity Villa No 3 Beautiful sea side villa, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, air conditioning, WiFi, outside Jacuzzi, directly at the beach. Pet friendly.
Serenity Villa No 4
Serenity Villa No 4 An air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom modern villa, mid - terrace, private garden and heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, parking, pet friendly, sandy beach 30 metres, first row to the sea.
Serenity Villa No 5
Serenity Villa No 5 Modern, air-conditioned beachfront villa, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, terrace, heated pool, WiFi, pet friendly, located in a villa complex, ideal for families travelling together.
Serenity Villa No 7
Serenity Villa No 7 Modern, air-conditioned beachfront villa, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, terrace, heated pool, WiFi, pet friendly, located in a villa complex, ideal for befriended families travelling together.
Serenity Villa No 8
Serenity Villa No 8 A luxury, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modern villa, end of terrace, directly on the sandy beach, paved garden with private heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, parking, sea views.
Serenity Villa No 9
Serenity Villa No 9 A luxury, air-conditioned, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom modern villa, mid - terrace, located on the sandy beach, with private garden and heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, parking, sea views, pet friendly.
Serenity Villa No 10
Serenity Villa No 10 A luxury, air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modern villa, end of terrace, directly on the sandy beach, terrace garden with private heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, pets on request, parking, sea views
Villa Luxana
Villa Luxana A luxury, newly built, air conditioned villa, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, balconies, fully walled garden, heated pool, WiFi, BBQ, stunning wellness area, parking, sea 700 metres, chef and maid on request.


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