A really nice place to go if you are visiting Zadar is Nin. It’s really small but in beautiful surroundings located on a small island in the middle of a sandy lagoon. There is a bridge that connects the town to the mainland. It’s easily accessible by car or bus from Zadar. Or only a 15-minute walk from the Zaton Holiday Resort which we stayed at.
You would only need an hour or two here though as it is so small unless you were also visiting one of the excellent (sandy) beaches or having a meal in one of the lovely restaurants.
As you approach Nin you go over a stunning medieval bridge and through the old gate into the town. It really is an exceptional entrance. As we approached the bridge this year we noticed some of it had been swept away.
On 11th September 2017, Nin was hit by a disastrous flood. The heavy rainfall triggered an overflow of water, which has caused damage to significant parts of the town’s municipal infrastructure, the famous sand beaches of Nin, the fields of the Nin Saltworks, the Salt Museum as well as a large number of residential and commercial buildings, two cultural monuments and historic bridges from the 16th century.
Once through the gate and into the main street where the shops and restaurants are you wouldn’t know any different.
As it was mid-morning when we arrived, this was the perfect opportunity to take in the surroundings while having a coffee outside one of the restaurants. As its still out of season it’s quiet and peaceful although I do believe it can get quite crowded in the summer months.
The Church of the Holy Cross called the “smallest cathedral in the world” was built in the 9th century. It’s a beautiful little church, that sits alone on a green meadow of ruins of ancient houses which are still visible. With the Velebit mountain range in the distance, it makes a lovely picture.
Nin’s Medicinal Mud Lagoon
Nin’s medicinal mud might attract you to go there as Nin is the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). It is well known for its medicinal mud which reliably cures many illnesses.
After about a fifteen-minute walk along the shore, we saw a couple of women covering themselves in the thick black mud. They were more than happy to pose for this photo. We didn’t have swimwear or towels otherwise we might have covered ourselves in mud too. You are supposed to leave it on for thirty minutes then wash it off in the sea.
Another thing you might want to do find the statue of Grgur Ninski – Tradition has it that if you touch his big toe it brings you good luck. – Well, its worth a try I suppose.
We walked into Nin through a small residential area from the Zaton holiday resort we were staying at. It was really nice and gave us a flavour of what it is like to live in the area. There was a new apartment block overlooking the sea which we loved the design of.
There are so many amazing places to visit in Croatia that we sometimes hire a car.