Postcards from Biograd

Sending a few postcards from the royal Croatian town, Biograd na Moru, the famous tourist and nautical destination in the very center of the Adriatic Riviera.

Surrounded by national parks (Kornati, Paklenica, Krka Falls, the Plitvice lakes) and the nearby historical cities of Zadar, Šibenik and Nin, the town will make your stay on the Croatian Adriatic an unforgettable one. You can go swimming in the clear sea just a hundred meters from the center of the town, and for those seeking solitude and peace, the forest-covered islets in the Pašman Channel are nearby. Two modern and well equipped marinas with a large number of berths, a diverse offer of boats for charter and a large number of organized regattas make Biograd a meeting point for sailors from all over the world.

Biograd na Moru, through history known as Belgrad, Alba Maris, Zara Vechia, Alba Civitas, was built on the ruins of an ancient romanian settlement Blandona. The town’s name means “white town at the sea”. It was mentioned for the first time in the year 950 by Constantine Porphyrogenitus as a town founded by the Croatian kings. From that point on, Biograd na Moru got a bigger meaning in politics, economics and culture and was often mentioned in historical documents.

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I had the opportunity to explore this part of Northern Dalmatia on my 2011 vacation when we decided to stay for a week at one of the three hotels from Biograd na Moru. Croatian, europeans and world travelers from all around enjoy coming to Biograd na Moru. Why? Because it has so much to offer. Wonderful beaches, great restaurants and happy fun local people who will make your visit here in Biograd a beach vacation that you will always remember. And this small  town is not only known for it’s beaches, but also for it’s history and it’s boat harbor. Local fishermen bring in their fresh catches for the day and sell them to the many restaurants in this wonderful town. Many sailor’s traveling all over the world love to sail around the Adriatic Sea, and if you ever had the chance to talk with one of them, they will tell you how much they love to stop here in Biograd na Moru.

 Center of the town is located on a small peninsula which is surrounded by ports, and a long promenade along the sea. From the Biograd shore stretches a beautiful view on the Pašman Channel and the surrounding islands that protect the city and the entire Riviera from strong winds. This is the ideal place for wind-surfing and all other kinds of fun on, in or under the sea. Directly in front of the city are two smaller islands and Planac and St. Catherine with a lighthouse and  behind them is the island Pašman, which is almost every hour connected with a  ferry line from Biograd to Tkon. The extra-terrestrial Kornati Islands are certainly a heaven for yachtsmen, and can be reached fastest and easiest from the Biograd marinas. In a word, the diversity of what is on offer is a guarantee to holidaymakers that they can find whatever is precisely to their taste. While walking along the promenade you will see some beautiful views of some of the smaller surrounding islands, wonderful beach spots and spectacular sunsets where the light from the sun dance’s across the water.

There are a great many fascinating memories of the rich and stormy history of the region of Biograd na Moru kept in the superbly interesting local museum. Of the ancient buildings of Biograd na Moru only Basilica of St john survived the Venetian sacking of the town in 1125. On the other hand, on the nearby island of Pašman there is still the 800 year old monastery of St. Dujam. In neighbouring Vrana the medieval walls of the Knights Templar still defy time together with the Turkish caravansary in Maskovic. Located within easy reach of Split and Zadar airports, and brought close to the center of Europe by good roads, hardly ten hours away by car or bus, Biograd na Moru of today draws its vital energy from the attractions of the surroundings that make it an alluring destination for those looking for a comfortable holiday in unadulterated nature. Although Biograd na Moru can certainly please guests who spend their days best at night, it is the sea and the sun that are the real holiday-making trump cards of this white city (the meaning of the name Biograd).

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Biograd na moru can be proud of its numerous beaches, mostly pebble beaches, such as beach Dražica – the main town beach, which was awarded the Blue Flag award (award for cleanliness and preservation of ecology). Development of tourism in Biograd takes place between the first and second World War. The first guests were the Czechs, who began arriving in their early 20’s of last century. The first hotel was built in 1935 on the place of the hotel Ilirija. Biograd takes care about the diversity of its offer to tourists which can here really do almost all sports. Under the priorities are included sailing and sport – recreational tourism. For cleaning and landscaping, Biograd na moru won the prestigious European award in 2007, Silver Flower of Europe for the landscaping of the place. For an interesting and memorable holiday of its guests takes care  and the local Tourist Board, which annually prepares a program that includes a series of performances of cultural-artistic societies, dances, a variety of outdoor concerts, fishing festivals, fairs of national and specialty products with wine and many other events. If you belong among connoisseurs, Biograd na moru offers variety of restaurants, pizzerias and taverns with a rich offer of local and international specialties, where you can enjoy excellent food and good wine. Most local people here live from fishing, agriculture and tourism. To learn more about the history of the city, you can visit the City Museum , located in the city center on the waterfront which is open till late in the evening during the summer season.

If you belong to lovers of old cities, we recommend that you visit the city of Zadar, the town of Nin, the city of Šibenik, Trogir and Split. In addition to beautiful beaches and a rich offer of accommodation facilities, Biograd advantages are numerous sports and recreational opportunities (sailing, diving, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis …). Throughout the year in Biograd na Moru are organized various sports competitions, a special importance have the sailing regattas because thanks to them Biograd is visited by sailors from around the world even during the winter season.

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 Remind me to tell you about my adventure in Zadar city also!

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