Biograd na Moru
Biograd na Moru, picturesque town lies on a peninsula surrounded by modern marina, modern camp Soline, Hotels Biograd, Camp Soline, Northern Dalmatia, Croatia
Biograd na Moru, 5.315 Inhabitants
Once a crown city of Croatian kings, today Biograd na moru is an up-to-date tourist and nautical center in the middle of the Adriatic coast. This picturesque town lies on a peninsula surrounded by modern marinas and a promenade from which spreads an unforgettable sight to the Pasman channel and little islands scattered all over it.
Swimming in a crystal clear sea is possible only about hundred meters from town center, where beaches spread in the shade of centuries old pine woods, and for those who prefer privacy there are many small afforested islands in the Pasman channel. A "Sovinje" naturist camp on the island of Pasman welcomes you, whether you are staying there, or just visiting its beautiful sandy beach.
The interesting placement in the center of the Adriatic, in the vicinity of many national and nature parks, as well as the rich tourist tradition completed with diverse cultural, amusement and sporting events only add to list or reasons for choosing Biograd as the destination of your holiday to remember. Each year in February the Carnival tradition gives a special touch to our off-season offer.
BIOGRAD NA MORU (Biograd on the Sea), a town and port in northern Dalmatia, 28 km south of Zadar. It lies both on a small peninsula and the mainland. On its northern side is the cove of Bosana and on the southern Soline. In front of the town are the islands of Planac and Sveta Katarina (St. Catherine) (with a lighthouse). An average air temperature in January is 7 °C and in July 24.5 °C, with annual rainfall reaching 840 mm. The Soline Cove houses a large public, sand beach and a pine forest. Biograd na Moru is a local trading and traffic centre, with good connections with its hinterland, surrounding coastal villages and small towns and the island of Pasman. Economy is based on farming, fishing and tourism. Biograd na Moru is a ferry pier for the island of Pasman. It is located on the main road Zadar - Split (M2, E65).
Biograd na Moru is the centre of the riviera consisting of Petar na Moru (Peter on the Sea), Turanj, Sv. Filip i Jakov (Sts. Philip and James), Biograd na Moru, Pakostane and Drage, as well as of several places on the island of Pasman: Tkon, Kraj, Pasman, Barotul, Mrljane, Nevidane, Dobropoljana, Banj and Zdrelac, and Vrgada on the island of the same name. Thanks to its position in the most indented part of the Croatian Adriatic coast, the area provides excellent opportunities for nautical tourism and boating as one of few parts of the Mediterranean. In the close vicinity are three national parks: Paklenica, Kornati Archipelago and Krka, as well as Telascica Nature Park.
Apart from cultural and historical heritage, Biograd is also characterized by nice beaches, picturesque bays and various accommodation facilities. The town has a number of restaurants offering specialities of local and international cuisine.
The tourist development of Biograd started between the two world wars. The first guest, the Czechs, started to visit Biograd during the 1920s. The first hotel was erected in 1935 on the location of the present hotel Ilirija.
A number of cultural and entertainment programs and sports events are offered in the summer months: folk feasts in the open, on the swimming pool next to Hotel Ilirija, at the cinema; sports tournaments and competitions are regularly held.
The picturesque Pasman Channel with a series of small islands protects Biograd and its riviera from strong winds from the sea, which is an advantage for swimmers and boaters. Excursions to the Kornati Archipelago (by boat) are offered, as well as excursions to the nearby Telascica Nature Park. In the immediate vicinity (7 km) is Vransko Lake, the largest lake in Croatia, abundant in freshwater fish. Fishing excursions are also organized.
Biograd na Moru has one of the largest and best equipped tennis camps in this part of the Adriatic, comprising 14 lighted tennis courts with clay and 6 courts with hard surface. It is situated in a pine forest, along the beach. The camp provides excellent opportunities for sailing and diving and also offers sailing and diving courses.
Biograd is a port frequented by boaters whose destination is the Kornati Archipelago. Regattas, sailing schools and other nautical activities are organized throughout the year.
Kornati-Biograd Marina has 500 berths in the sea and 200 places on the land. It is open throughout the year.