The majority of the Adriatic’s 1000 islands can be found in North Dalmatia. However, some are unpopulated; the bigger ones are home to cosy Mediterranean towns like Sukosan. Tourists getting ashore here are all fascinated by its pleasant atmosphere. Due to its perfect location, it offers numerous trips and a picturesque beach with sunshine and crystal clear warm sea.
Check the main points:
- Sukosan, a pearl of North Dalmatia
- Things to do in Sukosan: Active holiday in Sukosan and its neighbourhood
- What to do in Sukosan: the unspoilt nature
Sukosan lies on a peninsula 5 km from Zadar. Originally it was meant to be a calm tourist resort, though; the huge Marina Dalmacija in the bay of Zlatna Luke (The Golden Harbor) has made it busier. With its 1200 berths, it is regarded to be Croatia’s biggest marina. Not to mention the 48 piers forming a semi-circle man-made island in the middle. Basically, all facilities are at your disposal behind the fence – restaurants, coffee bars, shops etc., you do not need to step outside. Once, though, it is worth taking a stroll in the old town too.
The old traditions are preserved by the inhabitants of Sukosan. Two main festivals take place a year. The first is in winter, the “Nights of Sukosan”. The other is the Day of St. Kasijan, the town’s patron saint, who is celebrated with many street festivals, processions on 13th August. If you want to consume mouth-watering dishes, then definitely try out the Dalmatian cuisine. The best restaurants in the town are Porat, Griblja and Kod Guste. For entertainment visit the following bars: Sunset, Santana and Barbir Beach.
A folklore festival is organized in Bibinje at the end of July / at the beginning of August where local folklore groups make spectacular performances. Furthermore, fishing and drama festivals, at the beginning and end of the season the Bibinje Summer Run festival are held. Raspivano Bibinje, the meeting of Capella singers, is one of the village’s most important events. Another event from the endless list is the feast of Saint Roch on 15th August. Finally, do not miss the famous Dalmatian ham and cheese!
Vodice is a real boating pearl of Dalmatia. The well-equipped marina situated at the centre of the spectacular old town offers a quite unique experience. Furthermore, its fairly spacious form makes it easily accessible by boats and yachts in all wind conditions.
Biograd na Moru
The summer sports competitions and events of Biograd na Moru take place either in the open air or in the swimming pool and cinema of the Ilirija Hotel. Besides, the famous Biograd Boat Show is held every October in the harbour. The city is proud of the first Croatian theme park opened here in 2017. The 4.5 hectare Fun Park of Mirnovec receives many visitors who can try out 25 different attractions. The coast offers numerous leisure programmes, such as water skiing and surfing. The most state-of-the-art tennis centre of the Adriatic in Biograd na Moru hosts sports fans of basketball, beach volleyball and mini golf. Read about what to do in Biograd na Moru.
Sveti Filip, Sibenik , Zadar
Sveti Filip i Jakov offers several cultural events and festivals in the first half of August, the feasts of Saint Roch are held on 16th August.
The biggest cultural event of Sibenik held in the last week of June is the International Children’s Festival. Read about what to do in Sibenik.
Markets can be visited in Zadar in July and August; moreover, the Dalmatian Chanson Festival takes place in this period as well.
Pirovac, Tisno, Tribunj
While the outskirts of Pirovac is famous for the 16-century ruins of its town wall and gate, the Mediterranean atmosphere of stone-built houses fills the whole vicinity of the old town.
Tisno hugs both shores of the narrow strait in the direction of Murter. A 37-metre long narrow sea canal separates the mainland from the island of Murter. At the centre of the village, there is a draw-bridge. The marina of Murter can be found by Betina; although there are many other bays around the island appropriate for docking.
Tribunj used to be a fishing village; it is worth once walking past to see this wonderful view.
Owing to Sukosan’s ideal location several marvellous and interesting places, Telašćica, Paklenica, the Kornati National Park, and the Pasman islands opposite the town, are within an easy reach. You wouldn’t believe it, but there are even canoe safaris organised on the Zrmanja River.
Lake Vrana, Dalmatia’s biggest freshwater lake lying next to Pakostane is 13 km long, 3 km wide and 4 m deep. Its vicinity is a paradise for fishermen and hunters; besides, a pass takes us to a unique Ornithological Reserve.
Islands of Ugljan and Pasman
By boat, the islands of Ugljan and Pasman must be on our to-see list. For a few hours, you can take part in a vast of sightseeing tours in these villages. The territory is rich in natural resources. As a consequence, the land is quite fertile for growing wine, olive and fruit. Of course, you can try out all of them if you visit the local market. The islands are connected by a bridge.
The unspoilt nature, the wonderful shore, all kinds of leisure and cultural programmes, and the excursions that make Sukosan a unique spot for holiday. If you are keen on trying the Croatian and Dalmatian gastronomy and hospitality, visit this area. Not to mention the breath-taking view of the sunset visible here. Read more if you plan Sukosan sailing or rent a boat in Sukosan.