The tone and majesty of Northern Dalmatia are captured by the major city and port of the region, Zadar, which features cobblestone streets and spectacle derived from the Roman remains and ornate cathedrals of the city.
Known as the 'Rome of Croatia,' Zadar has many wonderful sights. Among them is St. Donat's Church, which is built in a cylindrical shape and is among the earliest Byzantine churches in Dalmatia; it dates to the early ninth century. This monumental stone structure with an impressive pendulum attracts visitors year-round, though its off-season is November to March. Its stone carvings, columns and stark interiors create for an acoustic experience like few others.
Of course, the area does not lack for natural phenomena as it is home to several national parks. Probably the most heralded of them all are Paklenica National Park and Plitvice Lake National Park. Paklenica is famous for its climbing, hiking and mountain biking. Meanwhile, for dense woods and stunning waterfalls, journey to the Plitvice lakes. There, you can walk the trails and hills of the national park, explore the unspoiled caves, and discover the romance that put it on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
For a return to 'civilization,' visit the second-largest city in the region, Sibenik. The settlement features a UNESCO-designated cathedral that dates to the 15th century as well as access to Krka National Park, home to majestic canyons and waterfalls, and the islet of Visovac and its Franciscan monastery.
And when you're through with another day's adventures, return to one of our cozy cottages to review the day's pictures, recount stories, and rest and recharge.
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