Northern Dalmatia is a coastal region in Croatia. It is famous for its striking scenery, truly breathtaking national parks, and many beautiful and unspoilt islands. It is home to several exceptionally beautiful and historic coastal cities and towns. Many of these destinations are traditional and picture-postcard. It has much to offer as a holiday destination, but is not so prone to the extreme tourist influxes that Southern Dalmatia experiences. It consists of the two counties of Zadar and Šibenik-Knin.
- 1 Zadar – largest city in the region and the seat of Zadar county. It is a regional transport hub from which most parts of the region can be reached whether by railroad, bus or ferry. The city features a beautiful Old Town with many old buildings and 34 churches for visitors to admire. The city is particularly beautiful during the summer months when many restaurants offer al fresco dining in the various courtyards and squares. Almost all of the Dalmatian islands can be reached from the port, which offer a whole other aspect to the region's appeal.
- 2 Šibenik – medieval town 80 km (45 miles) south of Zadar and the seat of Sibenik-Knin county. It is perched on a gentle hill and is very close to the Krka Falls and Kornati island group, perhaps the best-known Croatian archipelago.
- 3 Biograd na Moru – a popular tourist town between Zadar and Šibenik
- Nin – small town a short distance north of Zadar. It has a small cluster of historic buildings on a small island away from the predominantly residential parts of the town. Nin is well situated for access to the island of Pag with its beautiful sandy beaches. Nin also has a large stretching sandy beach of its own, about half a mile away from the historic core.
- Novigrad. A beautiful village located some 32 km (20 miles) east of Zadar.
- Knin – the former capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia.
- Turistička zajednica Zadarske županije (Zadar region tourist board).
- Turistička zajednica Šibensko-Kninske županije (Tourist Board County Šibenik-Knin).
The language of the region is Croatian. As the area is not particularly touristy, there is a marked difference in the number of people who can speak other languages such as English, German and French. Therefore it is advisable to take a small phrase book or just learn some basic phrases that may help.
The main point of access to the region for most foreigners is Zadar International airport, 8 km (5 miles) east of the main city. You can travel from the airport to the main city bus and train station for a cheap fare from directly outside the front of the main terminal building. Then again, it is possible to hire a car from the airport which will give you much more flexibility.
Buses are clean, efficient and punctual in Croatia. In fact, many locals regularly use public transport instead of driving. Of course, though, car hire will allow you to be more flexible however may work out more expending depending on your travel plans. Buses run regularly around the local area and buses run to Zagreb, the capital, and many other larger Croatian cities from the central bus station. A train line also runs south toward Split and Dubrovnik.
- Zadar's Old Town. Take an afternoon out to relax and experience a traditional Adriatic City. Relax in the cafés and restaurants, visit the many museums and art galleries, climb the tower of the cathedral or just take a dip in the sea. Alternatively, take a low-cost ferry out to one of the beautiful islands from the port right next to the Old Town.