Privlaka is an ideal destination for excursions due to its location and proximity to various national parks.
There are four national and two nature parks located near Privlaka. The national parks are Paklenica, Plitvička jezera (Plitvice Lakes), Slapovi Krke (Krka River Waterfalls) and Kornati (Kornati Islands) whilst the two nature parks, Vransko jezero (Vrana Lake) and Telašćica, are renowned for their beauty and attractive flora and fauna. Experienced and less experienced cavers can enjoy the Cerovačke špilje (Cerovac Caves). The more adventurous visitors might enjoy rafting on the wild and fast currents of the Zrmanja river, whilst those who appreciate cultural heritage can enjoy the pearls of Dalmatia and the cradle of our civilisation, the historical settlements of Zadar and Nin.
Nin is a small town, the core of which is located on a small island (approximately 500m) connected with the land with two bridges. The town is only 15 km away from the famous tourist destination – Zadar. This is the oldest Croatian royal town, marked by its rough past to which testify numerous historical-cultural monuments. The area of the today’s town of Nin has been inhabited from the prehistoric times; the first known inhabitants were the Illyrians while the Croatian people came to the region in the 7th century. Visit the St. Cross church (the smallest cathedral in the world), St. Jakov church, St. Anselmo cathedral, the remains of the largest roman temple on the east coast of the Adriatic sea, duke Branimir monument, the town Lower gates and the stone bridge, Kraljevac square with the fountain, coronation church of St. Nikola (monument heritage which testifies about the great power of the Croatian sea rulers; 7 Croatian kings have been crowned here), the statue of Gregory of Nin (the most significant bishop of old Nin, today it’s bronze statue is located in the town of Nin, near the St. Anselmo church) as well as numerous other historical sites. Besides the historical monuments, Nin is also known for its beautiful bay with sandy beaches and a rich offer of fun possibilities. Like any other Dalmatian town, Nin organizes numerous manifestations, as well. The most famous are the Our Lady of Zecevo festivity and the Sokoliada (gastronomical manifestation)).
Zadar is a city with an extraordinary 3000 year history and extremely valuable cultural heritage. It is located in the very heart of the Adriatic, in the juncture of history and all the things a modern traveler requires. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia which the London Times named the “center of entertainment on the Adriatic”, while Guardian named it “the new Croatian capital of cool”. The turbulent history of this city has left many scars as well as valuable cultural heritage. The landmarks of this city are its historical monuments and cultural heritage. Many churches and cultural monuments remain from various time periods which reflect the artistry of construction of all periods. Of the most popular monuments we emphasize the church of St. Donat (symbol of the city and the most famous monumental building in Croatia from the early Medieval period – 9th century), cathedral of St. Srošije (three-nave Romanic building, also the largest church in Croatia, built in two stages in the 12th and 13th centuries), church of St. Šime (early Christian church which houses the powers of St. Šime – Zadar’s most popular saint), church and monastery of St. Mary (female Benedictine monastery), church and monastery of St. Francis (oldest Dalmatian Gothic church, built during the lifetime of St. Francis Asiški), city walls fortresses and gates (many gates are made in the walls of the city; of the original 30, only eight remain today), church of St. Krševan ( three-nave Roman basilica with three richly decorated semicircular apses), Grisogono Vovo, Rector’s palace and the Regent’s palace
Split is the main urban, cultural and transport center of Dalmatia. Split is a 1700 year old city and is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites because of its numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, especially Diocletian’s palace, which is the center of the city. It has all the attractiveness and wealth of a modern Mediterranean city and it lives in a slow rhythm which is very easy to get used to. The first citizen of Split was Emperor Diocletian who had the famous Diocletian’s palace built, by which we recognize the city today. Apart from the palace, there are also many other historical monuments in Split, such as the Iron Gate (this is the only gate through which life passed for 17 centuries), Golden Gate (Emperor Diocletian entered through this gate on June 1st, 305), Silver Gate (less decorated than the Golden Gate, its multilayered history was crowned by the passing of Pope Wojtila through it in his popemobile), Brass Gate (completely different from the other three gates, secured seaside escape in case of attack on the palace), Cathedral of St. Duje (cathedral is located in the oldest building in Europe - Diocletian’s mausoleum), main court (meant for appearances of Diocletian where his people would bow to him and kiss the hem of his cape), basements (the best maintained ancient complex meant for raising the level of the Emperors apartment), vestibule (empire’s foyer), Benedictine Monastery of St. Euphemia (first pre – Romanic church ever built along the walls of the palace in the 11th century), Chapel of St. Martin above the Golden Gate, late Antiquity church of St. Theodore above the Iron Gate and many other cultural monuments.
Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive and well-known destinations in the Mediterranean. The city is known worldwide for its cultural heritage and its remarkable beauty. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List more than 30 years ago. The many churches and sacred buildings, the city walls, fortresses and museums, fascinate every visitor with its exceptional historical value. Dubrovnik is a city with an incredibly rich tourist offer.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK
The lakes of this Karst beauty, River Krka, are peaceful and silent while its numerous cascades are blaringly loud and playful.
The beauty and diversity of this river resembles a magnificent orchestral symphony under the direction of the Creator himself. For thousands of years Krka has obstinately hollowed out its path through rock and has created its remarkable waterfalls.
The peculiar travertine cascades of its waterfalls are extremely rare in the world. In the year 1985 its remarkable beauty was recognized and placed under protection proclaiming the 46 kilometres of the Krka River flow which occupy 111 square kilometres a national park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the greatest natural wonders of Europe. Embraced by high wooded mountains, one beneath another lie sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green water.
Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Over the millennia, waters of these lakes have dissolved the limestone rock and carved out the valley in which they now lie. Through the process of sedimentation of calcium carbonate and the work of special kinds of algae and moss, tufa or travertine has been deposited, and is still deposited to form the natural dams that separate the lakes.