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Novigrad (Zadar)

Novigrad is a historic scenic Dalmatian town situated on the southern coast of the Novigrad Sea, in a long and narrow bay at the foot of the Velebit mountains. Built in the shape of trapezoid, bounded by walls whose traces have only been preserved, it emerged on the ruins of a fort on the hilltop which descends to the sea.

The river Zrmanja flows into the Novigrad sea, making it rich with fish and shellfish. Thanks to a fortunate combination of natural and cultural beauty, the small coves in the shadow of pine trees and beaches where you can swim, Novigrad is a real paradise for every guest. On the river Zrmanja you can enjoy rafting, canoeing and kayak rides, while from Novigrad you can easily visit the national parks (Paklenica, Plitvice, Krka, Kornati), the Velebit Nature Park, Cerovačke caves (the largest cave complex in Croatia) and the Vrana ornithological reserve and lake Vransko jezero.
The greatest natural jewel of the Zadar area is Paklenica National Park, which covers the most attractive parts of the southern Velebit, concentrated in a mere 96 km2. Its most striking features are two forbidding gorges - Velika and Mala Paklenica. The park abounds with peculiar karstic forms, caves and other natural features, while due to its climate conditions, lush variety of flora and fauna has been preserved. Despite its wild nature, Paklenica is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Adriatic highway and the motorway. The vistas of Velebit rising above the resort of Starigrad-Paklenica, which are at once intimidating and alluring, beckon those seeking light-hearted adventure. Movement through the park is aided by numerous signs in several foreign languages. Through the wild ruggedness of Velika Paklenica, where highland women once carried salt on their backs from the coast and brought wheat from the fertile hinterland of Lika, today runs a comfortable hiking trail.
The Kornati archipelago consists of 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs comprising an area of only 70 km2. They are famous for the peculiar shapes of reefs and crags but particularly for their high cliffs. There are those who claim that the number of the smaller islands is even greater, since an old saying says: “As is the number of days in a year, so is the number of the Kornati islands”. The main island Kornat is accounted for the largest part of the park and the whole island group is named after it. Due to the dangers involved in sailing through this maze of stone and sea, there are many old lighthouses on Kornati islands, such as Blitvenica and Sestrice, which today are destinations for Robinson-Crusoes-want-to-be. The biggest admirers of Kornati are yachtsmen, who find in this area, that which they seek most: a sun soaked warren of sea and islands set in unspoilt nature.
Velebit is the largest Croatian mountain and as such rich in natural phenomena. Protected as a nature park and extending over 2,000 km2 in area, it is by far the largest protected area in the country. Within the park there is a whole range of smaller protected areas, including two national parks: Northern Velebit in the Lika-Karlovac region and Paklenica in Dalmatia. Velebit mountain contains many natural sites which rank among the most precious in Croatia. Therefore, the entire mountain, in its full length of about 150 km, has been placed under UNESCO protection as a World Biosphere Reserve, presently the only one in Croatia listed as such. Velebit is not only significant for the total number of various species and its wealth of flora and fauna but for the significant number of endemic species as well.
For those preferring physically less demanding way of enjoying the world of nature, the Vrana Lake Nature Park is perfect. It consists of the largest lake in Croatia and its surrounding area. Located in the vicinity of the sea, the lake is home to exceptional number of bird species, to wild ducks and egrets in particular. Diversity of bird species and numerous observation posts make this park a paradise for the bird observers. Since the lake’s water is a mixture of freshwater and saltwater, variety of different sea and river fish species live here and make the lake an attraction for fishermen.
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Novigrad

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  • Trg kralja Tomislava 1
  • 23312 Novigrad

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