Zadar is an ancient Croatian town. It is a town of rich spiritual and material culture, as well as tourist tradition an identity created now days. For many travelers and artists can be compared to Venice and Dubrovnik. Zadar is a town of scientific tradition and Croatian history. It has many archives, libraries, museums and long musical and literature tradition. Natural beauties, numerous bays and beaches, ancient historic monuments, and a rich choice of food with a number of regional specialities is what makes Zadar and its surrounding one of most attractive regions in Croatia. Zadar builds its tourist appeal on the combination of different types of accommodation and catering offer, as well as its beautiful beaches and promenades, interesting cultural and entertaining events and particulary on its valuable historic monuments.
Island of Ugljan was inhabited since early stone age and as proof of that we have some artifacts around 3000 years old. First known people that lived in Ugljan were LIBURNS , one ILIRIC tribe. In 4 th century BC they built a village in the hill Celinjak and fortified it, that wall and some square houses stand even today. It has been tied to the sea, sailing and fishing for years, while its 2000years of experience in olive growing has left hundreds of thousands of olive trees. Oils of exceptional quality and fine aromas are produced from these olives. The entire northeastern side of the island contains a series of natural coves in which fishing and tourist settlements are nestled, among which the best known are Kukljica, Kali, Preko and Ugljan. The other side of the island is generally uninhabited, as the coastal terrain is marked by jagged cliffs. However, its corresponding inlets, islets and rich undersea life make it a true challenger for divers and sport fishermen.
Biograd na moru
Biograd is a developed tourist destination with many hotels, apartaments, villas, restaurants, coffe shops and marinas. Although Biograd in its tourist offer has a rich cultural life, sea, sun and the beautiful beaches are the real value of this white city. A long channel of Pasman is an ideal place for sailing and all the activities in the sea, but magnificent Kornats are real paradise for visitors. A number of cultural and entertainment programs and sports events are offered in the summer months: folk feasts in the open, at the cinema; sports tournaments and competitions are regularly held.
The area of "Telascica" Nature Park is distinctly contrasted area with quiet and peaceful beaches and laid down coastline on one side and wild and rough cliffs on the other. It is the area of the Aleppo pine-trees and holly oak woods on one side and bare rocky grounds on the other. It is the area of cultivated fields of vineyards and olive-trees, as well as the area of degraded forms of the flora covering dry habitats. In the Nature Park it is possible to dive on a few attractive locations next to the cliffs, walk along the paths and visit interesting places, and the panoramic view from the belvedere Grpascak is something that must not be missed.
With its surface area of 96 km2, from the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea to the highest peaks of the Velebit Mountains, Vaganski Vrh (1757 m) and Sveto Brdo (1753m), Paklenica abounds with numerous natural wonders and phenomena, which is why the entire area was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The park boasts some 70 caves, among which the most spectacular are the Manita Pec cave and the Vodarica pit. Only the Manita Pec cave is open for viewing.
The water impermeable sediments are located under the porous and layers of carbonate rocks in the extended regions of Velika Paklenica, Brezimenjaca and the source regions of Mala Paklenica and in the temporary flow of the Orljaca River. As such, there are several constant and temporary rivers in the Paklenica National Park, and many constant water sources.
NP Vransko jezero
As one of the rare, almost virgin natural habitats of water birds, with springs of drinking water and the area of rich phenomena and bio-varieties Vransko jezero with the surroundings was pronounced Nature Park on July 21, 1999. The park boundary stretches between Pirovac and Pakostan. The park has the surface of 57 km2, and the greatest part of 30,2 km2 belongs to Vransko Jezero.Nature Park “Vransko jezero ” is an area that hides many more secrets and it is a
true source of new scientific discoveries that the Park management, in cooperation with experts from different fields, is trying to discover and present to the rest of the world. This is a rare area where in such a short time you can find three completely different landscapes: seacoast and the rich archipelago in front of it, Mediterranean swamp with unique landscape and ecosystem and right over the hill a rural idyll of the towns in Ravni Kotari.
(SOURCE: tz pasman)
Images: 1)Biograd 2)Paklenica 3)Telašćica 4)Ugljan 5)Vransko jezero 6)Zadar