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Wasssuupp. I’m kind of writing this post about the amazing island of Dugi Otok in Croatia while I’m a little bit tipsy on the train, we can thank Thursday work drinks for that.

So here goes, at least you know it’s going to be honest. 

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We adventured hard on Dugi Otok

If you’re anything like me on holiday then you want to do a bit of adventuring.

You also want to feel like your getting away from the crowds and doing something a bit unique. 

Crap, I just missed my station. 

Anyway, you wanna feel special you know? Not like one of the millions of tourists traipsing around taking photos of the same things that have been photographed a million times already today. 

Yess you’re on my wavelength. I can feel that.

Well you lucky sod, if you’re in Croatia, and more specifically the region of Zadar, then the island of Dugi Otok provides you the perfect opportunity to feel special about yourself. 

You can get to Dugi Otok by ferry in your car (don’t go without a car, unless you have a yacht you lucky bugger) and it takes roughly an hour. 

Now let’s hear is how this magical Island will make your holiday….


Tito’s Sub bases

So apparently the old ruler of Yugoslaiva, which Croatia was a part of until 1991, was a little bit paranoid so decided to hide his subs in some crazy coastal tunnels.

Smart guy.

Dugi Otok Submarine base

There’s 3 of these sub bases on Dugi Otok and they are open for you to explore. You can swim into them, kayak into them, or walk into them. It’s up to you. 


Telašćica National Park

Dugi Otok is probably most famous for its National Park.

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Dugi Otok Telašćica National Park

Situated in the southern part of Dugi Otok, Telašćica is a short drive from the islands main town of Sari.

The park contains a beautiful salt water lake that you can swim in or even kayak on. Surrounding the lake are towering cliffs that rise up to 160m.

The park is also home to some stunning view points that let you look over vast swathes of the island.


Dugi Otok’s Sunken ship 

A few years back some poor captain clearly didn’t see the tiny island lying just north of Dugi Otok.

So he crashed into it.

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Dugi Otok ship Wreck

Thankfully though, he left his ship there and it has become a great place to explore and relax.

The ship is a short kayak or boat ride from the main island and is in the shallows of said island.

The ship has become quite the attraction and a portion of the wreck is above the waterline so you can sit and relax on it whilst just below the water you can swim around the wreck and join the hundreds of fish that call it home!


Cliff jumping 

Theres certain spots around the island that are great for cliff jumping. The island has plenty of cliffs and beautiful waters for you to plunge into!

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Cliff jumping Dugi Otok

Now don’t just go picking anywhere! If you want to go cliff jumping then I recommend joining an island kayak tour that knows the best and safest spots to do it!


The cute towns 

The island has a population of about 1500 lovely Croatians and the towns they live are so cute!

Sali, the main town, is on the southern part of the island and is just adorable to Explore. The buildings are beautiful colors, and the restaurants there are very good!

Sali Harbour, Dugi Otok

Sali’s bay is also beautiful and you can relax by it watching the boats come and go on the beautiful turquoise waters.

The other towns on the islands really aren’t geared up for tourists, and you’ll probably get weird looks from the locals who don’t expect you there.

However, you can still explore them and see all the little quirky features they have!


The Beaches on Dugi Otok 

The fact that Dugi Otok isnt swamped by tourists is great, but a mystery to me.

The island is home to some of the best beaches in the Adriatic and they have no one on them!

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Sakuran Beach, Dugi Otok

Most of them are of course pebbly, so take your shoes and towels, but the most popular beach, Sakuran, is sandy!

Lojišće, Brbinjšćica, Veli Rat, Veli Žal are 4 of the other beaches on the island. Ill let you google them and decide which ones to visit 😉


Bloody hell, I wrote that quick. Haven’t sobered up though. 

Enjoy Dugi Otok!

Night night 

Written by Michael

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It’s a mystery to me why Zadar is often overlooked as a destination in Croatia. Especially as there are so many things to do in Zadar, Croatia

When planning a trip to Croatia, the destinations that most likely to pop into your mind are Split, Dubrovnik, or Zagreb. 

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These destinations are stunning. However they are slightly over run by tourists and are only scrape the surface of what Croatia really has to offer. 

If your looking for a destination in Croatia just as beautiful and intriguing as Dubrovnik, has an ancient city to explore, and is packed full of stunning day trips into the heart of Croatia…

Then Zadar is a destination you have to consider!

Zadar Old Town

The old town in Zadar is is one of the most intriguing and stunning that you will visit in Europe.

A lot of European cities have old towns, and many of them are beautiful; Krakow, Ljubiana, and Vilnius spring to mind. 

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Church of St Donatus from the air.

Now I’m not always up for walking around old towns – “Once you’ve seen a church, you’ve seen them all” I say to myself.

However, Croatian old towns are unique in their medievil-ness. You will feel like you’re walking through an Assassins Creed game or the set of GOT when you visit. 

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The Church of St Donatus with Zadar Cathedral in the background.

The old town in Zadar is famous for the Church of St Donatus and its an absolute must visit. Once your inside you will feel like you’ve been transported to another century.

Walking up Zadars Cathedral Tower, which is the old towns highest point, will provide 360 views across Zadars stunning rooftops. 

Next to the church is the main square which has tonnes of old building remains for you to explore and pose in front of. 

Sea Organ/Monument to the Sun

The area on the north western tip of Zadars old town island is a lovely, yet somewhat surreal place to relax and spend some time, especially at night. 

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That big blue circle is ‘The Monument to the Sun’

When you start to approach the shore you’ll start to hear strange alien noises.

This is the Sea Organ, an installation built into the coast that produces sounds through the action of the waves pushing air through it. You can sit along its steps and listen to them for hours. 

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Zadar you beauty.

You’ll also notice a huge blue circle dominating the ground in this part of town. This is the ‘Monument to the Sun’.

Don’t worry, no sacrifices are made here.

The monument is made out of solar panels that light up at night. When dark descends these panels produce a mesmerising light display for you to walk over. 

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Those lights <3

This part of town is great to relax at night after your evening meal.

You have the sound of the waves crashing, the sound of the sea organ, and the mesmerising light display beneath your feet. 

Zadar Diving boards. 

Just outside the old town of Zadar, on Kolovare beach, is a swimming pool and diving boards complex.

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An awesome place to relax just outside of Zadars Old Town.

The diving boards don’t hang over the pool, they hang over the sea! You can spend hours relaxing in the beautiful waters. 

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun without leaving Zadar. Head here in the evening to dive into the ocean withe Zadars stunning sunsets as your back drop!

Zrmanja Canyon 

A short drive from Zadar is Zrmanja Canyon. This 70km long snaking river cuts through the Croatian landscape and has some stunningly steep cliffs and warm flowing turquoise waters.

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Kayaking along Zrmanja river Canyon

The area is a great place to trek along and there are some stunning viewpoints.

During certain months of the year there are also kayaking and rafting tours available!

Dugi Otok – full day trip

Dugi Otok Island is a 90 minute ferry ride from Zadars main port and a fantastic day trip from Zadar. 

The island has its own National Park and is an adventurers paradise.

However, it can also be a wonderful destination if you’re looking to relax. 

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Dugi Otok and it’s National Park from the air.

The island is 45km long and has countless quaint beaches and traditional towns dotted along its coast. The biggest of which Is Sari, where you can find some nice restaurants, but the town is still tiny. 

One of the big attractions on Dugi Otok is Telascica National Park to the south of the island. The park has stunning turquoise lakes to swim in and breathtaking vantage points for you to gawk at.

Along the coast you will also find 3 abandoned Soviet submarine bases that you can explore from land or sea. Their history is quite interesting!

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Dugi Otok’s famous ship wreck.

The islands northern tip holds the islands biggest secret though. A short kayak or boat ride to two small islands will reveal a large sunken cargo ship just begging you to explore it. This is one fo the more adventurous things to do in Zadar, Croatia.

The ship is in the shallows so get your snorkel out! Swim down and explore the ship with the countless fish that have made it their home. 

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Renting a car is a great way to explore Dugi Otok.

To explore the island for the day you can rent a car and take the car ferry. You can also join kayaking tours that will take care of your whole day. Check out Kayak Tours Croatia who are the most reputable. 

If you like the look of Dugi Otok that much you can even book accommodation on the island and make it your base for exploration and use Zadar as a day trip! 

Krka National Park  – 1/2 day – full day trip

Krka National park is one of Croatias 8 stunning National Parks and is about an hours drive from Zadar. It’s definitely one fo the top things to do in when visiting Zadar in Croatia

You can drive there yourself or join one of the many tour groups that go daily. 

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Overlooking the stunning waterfalls

The park is vast and its main attraction is a series of stunning waterfalls that are straight out of Avatar. Your even allowed to swim in their waters from June – Sept, unlike Plitvice National Park! 

Other attractions include Vosavic Island in the middle of a vast lake, as well as Rosksi Slap which is series of gentle waterfalls. 

Due to its beauty however, the park becomes extremely busy so I would recommend hiring a car and arriving when it opens at 8am as the tour buses start arriving at about 10am. 

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Acting cool in front of the waterfalls.

Like the sound of Krka? Read my full guide on how to get the most out of your trip to the park. 


When leaving for Zadar, people will ask the same thing; “Split or Dubrovnik?”. When you tell them Zadar, all you will have is blank faces. 

This little known City along the beautiful Croatian coast is packed full of surprises and is a great base from which to explore the heart of Croatia.

The varied sights in the city and the great day trips that are within easy reach make this region an adventurers paradise. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Zadar, Croatia

Get out there an explore it!

Written by Michael

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Including Krka National Park, Croatia has 8 stunning National Parks for you to choose from, each with their own unique wonders. You’ve probably seen oodles of pictures all over Instagram showing off their glorious attractions; stunning waterfalls, deep valleys, roaring rivers, and towering mountains just seem to be a part of Croatia.

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Overlooking the beauty of the Krka’s waterfalls.

My friend Perry and I were spending a weekend in the beautiful city of Zadar and luckily one of Croatias best National Parks was just a hours drive from the city. Like us you can spend the whole day exploring Krka National Park, read on to find out how to make the most out of your visit.


When to visit. 

Its no secret that Krka National Park is no secret! Thousands of people visit the park every day to be immersed in it’s stunning surroundings. Avoiding these crowds could be the difference between you loving your day at the park and wishing you stayed at the pebbly beach. Luckily though, you can pretty much have the park to yourself if you plan it right.

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A short film of Krka National Park from the air.

There’s two main ways you can avoid the crowds. Firstly, whatever day your visiting, visit as early as possible. Trust me, you wont regret dragging your lazy ass out of bed. 

The park opens at 8am and getting there for this time will mean you only have to share the vast expanse of the park with a handful of people. The tourist busses start to arrive between 9 and 10am so you’ll have at least a couple of hours of bliss. 

Secondly, if you can visit on a weekday then absolutely do, The weekends are obviously the busiest days at the park so weekday visit will be a lot less busy.

You’ll also want to visit after May and before October, read on to the swim section to find out why…


Where to enter the Park.

There are two main entrances to Krka National park;

Skradin

Skradin is a small town just outside Krka National Park. If you are driving you can park here for the day (it’s 50 kuna, not free like the signs say). If you have a bit of time to kill before or after your trip to the park then definitely look around Skradin, its beautiful!

From Skradin you can take the stunning boat ride into the park. The peaceful ride lasts about 20minutes and takes you along the gorgeous blue-green river.

Lozovac

Lozovac is the second main entrance and is closer to the waterfalls than Skradin. Parking is free and there’s a bus service that takes you to the main waterfalls, or you can walk the 875m. It’s up to you!

Theres also 3 other official smaller entrances to the park; Roski slap, Krka Monestery, and Burnum.

Entrance fees for an adult include the boat ride and are:

April/May/Oct Jan/Feb/Mar/
Nov/Dec/
June-Sept
100kn 30kn 200kn

Swim in Krka National Park

One of the great attractions for you at Krka National Park is the fact that you’re allowed to swim in a section of the parks waters – something you can’t do at Plitvice National Park!

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Such a stunning place!

Just in front of the lowest, and arguably the most beautiful waterfall, you will find a large section of water you can swim in. Here you can bathe in the crystal clear waters for as long as you want while exploring the limestone nooks and crannies that have been formed over the millennia. In the waters you’ll also find plenty of fish to sneak up on and chase around (I definitely didn’t do this…).

you’ll find a boom stopping you getting too close to the waterfalls, which is actually a good thing as these raging beasts would do you a lot of damage if you went under them!

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It was a little chilly!

Unfortunately, you can only swim in Krka National Park between the 30th May and 30th September.

You may be thinking to yourself “Pfttt why would I want to swim outside these dates anyway?”, and you’re probably right. The weather most likely wont be the best and the waters will be freezing. 

However, that’s exactly what my friend Perry and I did! We visited on the 27th May with our swimming trunks and towels in hand, only to find out we couldn’t swim.

We were very sad, but the warden let us pop into the shallows for a bit as it was only 4 days away from swimming opening. Very niceeeee.

As you get in you really become accustomed to the temperature and its absolutely stunning to swim in the crystal clear waters while you’re surrounded by the stunning landscape of waterfalls and mountains.


Exploring around the waterfalls

Around the waterfalls you’ll have no shortage of paths to explore that lead you to other water features and different vantage points around the falls. There’s around 6 main tiers of waterfalls and all have stunning view points. 

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A great vantage point overlooking one of the falls

Towards the top of the park and off to the left is a raised wooden path that lets you skip over the rushing waters and leads you to arguably the best vantage point of the falls. This path will also take you through almost deserted parts of the park and will take you back to the lower tiers of the waterfalls.

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The raised path leading you over the waterfalls.

Throughout the park theres also quite a few old buildings known as the ethno village. Here you will find some historical buildings to explore and a couple have tastefully been turned into small cafes where you can get drinks and some food.


There’s so much more to Krka National Park…

Once you’ve had your fill of swimming and exploring around the waterfalls then there’s so much more for you to explore in the National Park, some of the highlights include… 

Visovac island

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Visovac Island

Past the waterfalls and in the middle of one of the parks upper lakes is a small island with the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac on it. 

Both buildings are nearly 600 years old and the island is stunningly beautiful to look at from the shore as well as once you are on it.

You can get a boat to the island from the waterfalls, or if you have a car you can drive to Stinica or Remetić which is a lot closer and a much shorter ferry ride. 

Roški slap

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Roski slap waterfalls

Roški slap is another series of stunning cascading waterfalls, which very few people know about or visit. These waterfalls are 30km north of the main entrances of Skradin and Lozovac. Roški slap has dozens of tiers that are a lot gentler than the main ones in Krka. Oziđana pećina cave is also right next to Roški slap.

You can get to Roški slap by driving to it’s entrance and parking, and you will then walk about 30min to the falls. You can also hop on a 4 hour round trip boat ride from the main waterfalls between April and October

Skradin. 

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One of the many stunning alleyways in the colourful Skradin.

Skradin is the town mentioned previously where you board the boat into the National Park. The town itself is stunning and you should definitely set aside some time to explore it.

There are multi coloured buildings down its cobbled streets, multiple ancient alleyways to explore, a fortress to explore with stunning views across the city, and the best service at a restaurant I have ever experienced!

The best service I have ever had at Konoba Dalmatino

If you have time after your trip to the park then I highly recommend spending the evening eating and drinking at Konoba Dalmatino. The restaurants service goes above and beyond to the point where they even found headache tablets to my friend Perry! It’s the perfect end to your day in the National Park before you head home.


Krka National Park is a stunning day out in one of Croatia’s best National Parks. The main Waterfalls are the big attraction and you can spend at least a couple of hours exploring them and their surrounding paths.

Outside of the main falls area are some lesser known but equally beautiful attractions such as the waterfalls and caves at Roski slap, as well as the monastery on Visovac Island.

Arrive as early as possible and preferably on a week day to have the vast park pretty much to yourself. And don’t forget tot explore the beautiful town of Skradin after or before your visit!

Michael x