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North Dalmatia

Dalmatia is a region that is divided into northern, central and southern Dalmatia. The North Dalmatia is located from the island of Pag in the north, to the town Primošten at the south, under the magnificent mountain Velebit.
Major cities and tourist centers are: Zadar, Šibenik, Biograd, Vodice, Primošten, Pirovac, Skradin. The coast of North Dalmatia's is the most rugged coastline of the Croatian coast. There are 500 islands islets and rocks. Islands
 are divided into two groups: a group of Zadar islands  and Šibenik islands. The most famous islands in North. Dalmatia are: Pag, Ugljan, Pašman, Murter, Vir, Silba, Zlarin, Krpanj, Iž  and Molat. Unavoidable is also a group of
islands in the Kornati National Park and the islands of the Park of Nature Telašcica on Dugi Otok (Long Island). North Dalmatia is a region famed since ancient times,  it is evidenced by a number of ancient settlements, Roman
monuments and preserved medieval centers of the cities.  There is a planty of natural beauty and historical monuments here, and besides that, this region  is extremely strong in tourism offer:
it contains a wide range of private apartments, hotels and camps. There are three national parks and two parks of nature. These are: national park Kornati, national park Krka and national park Paklenica
and parks of nature: Telašćica and Vransko jezero. Kornati has 89 islands, islets and reefs, with 238 km coastline. Kornati is an oasis of nautical tourism and the real challenge for  the underwater world fans. National park Krka
 stretches along the river Krka.  In  this park you will find a multitude of waterfalls and enchanting greenery. Paklenica is the ideal place for fans of hiking, mountain climbing and caving. Park of nature Telaščica  attract with its
peculiarities, among which are 150 m high cliffs rising from the sea,  which provides beautiful view of the open sea.  Vransko jezero  is the largest Croatian lake whose bottom is 62 m below sea level. Inside the park there  is
a special ornithological reserve placed on the list of important ornithological areas in Europe (241 birds).
 Zadar is an ancient city with many historical and cultural attractions. It is a 3000 years old town,  with its tumultuous and  dinamic past.

 In the past it was often destroyed and looted, but each time it was emerging from the ruins even stronger and more beautiful. Zadar has a plenty of archaeological treasures and monuments of ancient, medieval
and Renaissance periods and many contemporary architectural solutions. Sea Organ are today s modern attraction. These are the first sea organs in the world, and  they are  located near the Cruise Port in the city. The
repertoire of the Sea Organ determine tides, waves and winds. Pushed by the sea, air passes through 35 tubes of different length and slope and produces beautiful sea melody.  Zadar consists of two parts: the old town on the peninsula and the newer parts of the town at the coast.

The most famous street in Zadar, Kalelagra or Wide street, leads the   passers through the whole  peninsula and offers views  at the most beautiful sights of Zadar: Church of St. Donat from the 9th century, built on the ruins of the Roman Forum,  The cathedral of St. Anastasia- the largest Dalmatian cathedral, St. Mary  church and the Forum- main square and the center of public life in ancient times and many others. Zadar is a city in which the large space is left for pedestrians; walk along the stone streets will become a walk through history but also the experience of modern life. A detail from Zadar  known around the world is the original Maraschino liqueur. It is recognizable by its characteristic sweet taste and aromatic smell. It is pepared according to traditional recipes  which is designed by pharmacists of Dominican monastery in the 16th c.
Šibenik is a city located in the indented bay, in a protected natural harbor at the mouth of the river Krka, one of the most beautiful karst rivers. The city consist of the old town with low and steep streets  at the west, and a new section of town,  in the north. This is a only  city on the coast founded by Croats. It was first mentioned back in 1066. in the grant of King Petar Kresimir IV. which is why it is named Kresimir's town. In the Middle Ages it was  surrounded by strong walls and had   six city gates. Four fortress: st. Michael,  st. John, Šubićevac fortress and  st. Nicholas protected the city against attacks from land and sea.  In the old town there are 23 churches. Seven
churches work today and others have been converted into museums or galleries. Be sure to visit the most important church, St. Jacob Cathedral. This cathedral was built for 105 years under Venetian rule. It is a masterpiece of
 religious architecture, and UNESCO has included this cathedral in the World Heritage list in 2001. The first palace built in the 13th century, and the most beautiful originate from period of the late Gothic and early Renaissance.
  Each summer, in June, a Šibenik International Child festival is held. This festival brings together dance, drama, painting and all other artists from around the world.

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