Northern Dalmatia Islands
The long, narrow islands of Northern Dalmatia are some of the best-kept secrets of the Adriatic Sea. While not the lush, tropical settings found elsewhere in the Mediterranean, there's no shortage of sandy beaches, cool blue waters and beautiful resorts.
If you're looking for peace and quiet in a rustic setting, Dugi Otok is for you. The main town of Sali is the perfect headquarters for scuba divers looking to take advantage of the waters surrounding the island and nearby Telascica Bay Nature Park. This island comes with all the trappings of a seagoing existence, from lighthouses to a ferry to a quaint port that's the nerve center of the island. There's also Pag, which is easily accessible via the causeway yet still mostly secluded. There are numerous coves and bays that don't draw the numbers of other islands, making for a relaxing way to enjoy the surf and sun. There's also nightlife in Novalja, culinary and cultural expression in Pag Town, and camping at Simuni.
However, the beauty of a visit to the Northern Dalmatia Islands is that you don't have to miss out on medieval ruins and ancient architecture. The walled city of Zadar is home to Roman, Byzantine and Venetian structures, giving it a strong air of history. It also bears the scars of more recent empires as it was occupied by the Germans during World War II; this explains the destruction of many of the buildings due to Allied bombs.
Whether it's your aim to relax in a café and people-watch, plunge to the depths to see exotic sea creatures, or simply relax in a beach setting, you'll find a home in the Northern Dalmatian Islands.
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