Northern Dalmatia


Northern Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera down to Trogir near Split.

The Region of Sibenik-Knin is situated between Split and Zadar and is marked with its beautiful nature and the richness of cultural and historical monuments.
Within its territory, which the beautiful Krka River bisects symmetrically from the Dinaric Alps toward the sea, are two national parks: Krka and Kornati.

The diversity and distinctive characteristic of this territory have attracted people since ancient times, as evidenced by the extant traces of the past throughout the county, from prehistoric buildings and Roman settlements to medieval and Renaissance fortresses.

The Sibenik islands, with their picturesque coves, pristine blue sea and fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, attract visitors desiring relaxation in the solitude and quiet of undefiled nature.

Zadar and the tourist region of Zadar are located in the very centre of the Croatian Adriatic, in the most indented part of the Adriatic archipelago.
At a smaller or greater distance from Zadar are the national parks Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka and Kornati, nature parks Velebit and Telascica, as well as more than 300 islands and islets.

Just offshore of the 1200 km long coast, most indented coastline in the Mediterranean, there is an array of four strings of islands beginning with the largest: Pag, Dugi Otok, Ugljan, Pašman, leading to the smaller ones: Silba, Molat, Olib, Premuda, Iž, Vrgada, Sestrunj.

Apart from Zadar, as the seat of the County and the most important historical destination, it is worthwhile mentioning Nin, the oldest royal Croatian town and at the same time a Bishop's seat, where the Croatian state was born.

Facts about Northern Dalmatia:

  • 170.400 inhabitants in Zadar county and 109.320 inhabitants in Sibenik-Knin county (census 2011)

Counties: Zadar and Sibenik

Towns: Zadar region - Zadar, Benkovac,Biograd na moru, Nin, Obrovac, Pag and 28 districts; Sibenik region - Sibenik, Drnis, Knin, Skradin, Vodice and 15 districts

Islands: 11 islands and almost 300 islets in Zadar region, 4 in Sibenik region + 89 islands and islets inside the Kornati National Park

National Parks: 3 – Kornati, Paklenica, Krka

Nature Parks: 3 – Telascica, Velebit, Vransko lake

UNESCO natural sites: the Cathedral of St James in Sibenik since 2000