NIN – THE MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION OF EUROPE – EXCITING PAST AND MAGICAL PRESENT
Nin mysteriously attracts with EDEN mark, title of the most romantic destination of Europe, charming location in the unique Croatian lagoon, mild climate, so called Adriatic wind rose that brings ozone rich mountain air, sand dunes with rare and endemic plants, longest natural sandy beaches in Croatia, untouched nature with 8 Natura 2000 habitats, bird life with over 200 different bird species and with exquisitely rich cultural heritage, unusual festivals and preserved customs.
Nin belongs to the oldest towns in the Mediterranean because on this islet in the middle of the shallow lagoon life began 3000 year ago. The island – museum in the open – keeps records of many civilizations whose traces could be experienced strolling along romantic stone bridges and streets or cycling through the old town core and its surroundings. In the prehistory time Nin used to be important Adriatic harbour, then Roman municipium and in the middle ages it was the first capital of Croats so it holds very important place in the national history. For more than 500 years Nin has been Marian sanctuary and festivities are celebrated 3 times a year.
Contemporary small but historically large town, especially attracts professional public while tourist discover it by accident or targeting, but there is no person that wasn’t surprised, inspired and delighted. Tourists visit Nin all year because each season has special attractions. Gastronomy experiences are linked with Mediterranean cuisine, and abundance of sea food, but special gastronomy delight is Šokol – indigenous delicacy of cured pork neck enriched with special spices and made by preserved recipes in the families of Nin’s area.
Nin is developing tourism near the water, and long natural beaches strongly invite for vacation and relaxation. In Nin there is one of the most known camps in Croatia, called Camp Zaton, and accommodation is possible in the modern apartment village, aparthotels, small camps and B&B places.
Situated in the Northern Dalmatia, 30 km from the international airport, Nin is located 14 km from the regional centre Zadar. Nin is the centre of the Nin’s Riviera with the largest area of sandy beaches in Croatia, more precisely in total 50 km, spread in the sea towns: Zaton, Privlaka, Vir, Vrsi. Towns in the hinterland: Ninski stanovi, Grbe, Žerava and Poljica Brig offer vacation in the untouched nature of rural area.
Streets and squares of the old town nucleus of Nin during summer months vivify almost every night with entertaining and cultural events that enrich tourist offer so that every visitor can find something interesting.
All its stories, history, legends and monuments, all its beauty and natural resources are here for you to enjoy and find so much needed internal harmony, health and happiness.
Tradition that conquers – salt and mud
Nin has a salt pan based on the thousand-year-old tradition of old Romans, producing salt nowadays in a natural way right under your sight. Close to the old nucleus there is the largest site of the medicinal mud on the Croatian soil. On the beach, next to the medicinal mud site, a clinic on the open is organized during summer month, where for already 50 years peloid therapy is performed under medical supervision.
Eco park Nin’s Lagoon
Experts agree that complete area of Nin and its surrounding is a unique landscape of rare flora and fauna. Nin’s preserved natural heritage and bio diversity are exceptional regional, national and European attraction and also a value for the world, biologists confirm. Since 2012 Nin started to develop the project Eco Park Nin’s Lagoon based on the award of European Destination of Excellence and findings of 8 NATURA 2000 habitats in Nin’s area.
Low muddy and sandy coasts of Nin’s bay, along with deep lagoon with shallows and marshy parts as well as salt pan area and sandy dunes were suitable for the formation of rare habitats and peculiar plant diversity. In 2016 Croatian botanists listed 231 different plant species on the coasts of Nin’s bay. Synergic effects of sediments, salinity, pool shape, lagoons and specific plant life that grows on the coast of Nin’s sea and salt pans – which creates extreme life conditions – created a habitat important for the survival of endangered and rare species, especially birds among which there are rare and endangered birds on the European level. In Nin’s lagoon there are more than 200 species, and the most known marshy birds are: black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), great white egret (Ardea Alba) and common kingfisher.
Project Eco park Nin’s Lagoon has a goal to continue protecting bio diversity and untouched parts of nature, increasing care for endemic plants and endangered bird species and to develop eco-tourism on the sustainable development principles. Educational programmes for citizens are organized, tours along habitats, arrangement of educational paths and exploration of flora and fauna in Nin’s Lagoon.
Through the development of the Eco Park Nin’s Lagoon a story about magical beauty and preservation of a special corner of paradise is created – royal town of Nin – that among special, small and chosen places, found its place in the European EDEN family.