D-Marin Dalmacija: Make fantastic memories by discovering hidden gems

August, 24

The fact that you have chosen to stay at our D-Marin Dalmacija marina tells us that you are ready to have an exciting holiday. That is why we have prepared for you a handful of suggestions for the best possible experience of sailing on the Adriatic Sea. 

No matter where you decide to go, and particularly if you choose to explore our islands, the locals will give you a special, warm welcome that is so easy to get used to. If, on the other hand, you wish to spend your holiday in solitude, in the company of the select few, while enjoying the breathtaking view of unique and extraordinary attractions, the region’s nature will make sure you get that privilege as well. Everything is ready and we are only waiting for you. Embark on an adventure that you will remember for a long time to come.

If you decide to visit Sestrunj, a quiet little island just 12 nautical miles from Zadar, you will be rewarded by a mesmerizing view of the Zadar coast and archipelago. It is surrounded by the islands of Dugi Otok, Iž, Ugljan and Rivanj, which is why the best thing to do is to explore these islands one by one. Besides being perfect for enjoying the hidden coves, each one of them has a secret or two and tales from the past that are worth uncovering.

Once you reach Ugljan, lose yourself in the charm of the traditional stone buildings and allow the spectacular beaches to seduce you. If you wish to learn more about and enjoy the Dalmatian architecture while strolling across the island, the town of Preko, which got its name because it is situated right across (or preko in Croatian) from Zadar, will live up to your expectations. At the same time, Ždrelac, the biggest town on the island of Pašman, boasts wonderful beaches as well as a dazzling view of the deep blue sea kissing the endless sky on the horizon.

Dugi Otok is known far and wide for Saharun, its expansive sandy beach located on the northwestern side of the island. A few years back, the British daily The Telegraph compared it to the Caribbean, and you will quickly discover it is a lot like paradise on earth. So make it your base for exploring Dugi Otok. On the northwestern tip of the island, close to the town of Veli Rat, you will be welcomed by, but also bid farewell to by the Veli Rat Lighthouse. Some sources claim its unique yellow façade is the result of painters using as many as a hundred thousand egg yolks. As with any legend, it is difficult to verify the accuracy of the claim, but that is the Adriatic for you – filled with interesting stories. If there are any true explorers among you, in search of extraordinary sights and stories to boast about later, Strašna Peć on the island of Dugi Otok is the place for you – this cave will definitely make an impression on you. It is believed that the first people on the island lived in this very cave, back during the Neolithic period. And if you prefer scuba diving, the waters of the Veli Rat Cove hide a stunning spot that inspired one of Croatia’s most famous singers and songwriters, Gibonni, to make one of his videos there. The remarkable natural phenomenon, known as the Dragon’s Eye, is a spectacle in the best sense of the word. The prospect of taking photos of the Dragon’s Eye is reason enough for you to grab your camera and instantly set sail towards this hidden gem in the Zadar archipelago.

Holidays are when we get to recharge to last us until the end of the year. Trust us when we tell you that you are in the right place to do just that! Enjoy yourself to the full as this is the best time during the year for sailing.