The historical town of Nin is situated on a small flat island, 1 7 km far from Zadar in the section of one of the bays, where the North Dalmatian coast ends. The settlement of Nin island and the continuation of life on it dates from the 9th c. BC. The Croatian settlers founded their town Nin on the ruins of the Liburnian town Aenona at the beginning of the 7th c. Nin suffered frequent destructions during its turbulent past.
This once a very famous town almost lost its urban characteristics. There were many destructors during the long history of Nin, but the sedulous hand of the builders were more effective. Numerous preserved monuments bear witness to this. The most outstanding monument, unique in its architectonic siyle, is a small Old-Croatian church of St.Cross from the 9th c.,called "the smallest chatedral in Europe", representing a gem among the cultural monuments of its kind one can see. However, there are even other valuable monuments: the Church of St. Ambrose (13th c.), the present Parish Church of St. Anselm (18th c.), the Church of St. Nicolaus (12th c.) immediately at the entrance to Nin the remains of the ancient temple, the remains of the town walls... The significant restoration works have been initiated only in the present century. Next to the Parish Church there is a little but very precious treasury of Gold and Silver of Nin.
Nin has also a very valuable archeological collection, although numerous worthy findings from Nin are kept at Zadar, Split Zagreb, Vienna and in Italy. If one goes only two kilometers farther from Nin, there is a tourist village Zaton which offers a beautiful view on the archipelago of Zadar. This place attracts with its old rustic center of the Dalmatian architecture. It is worth seeing the picturesque Dalmatian village of Vrsi. It is situated near Nin, overlooking the bay and the island of Pag. On the road to Nin there are lovely villages, Mulo and Zukve, which are connected together by a settlement of weekend houses now. If you proceed you will get to the tourist place, Privlaka in front of you, about seven centuries old and well-known for fishing and getting sand material from the sea. It is situated on a peninsula, and its old center is overlooking the island Vir. Next to Privlaka, there is a week-end settlement Sabunike. The blending of the rich past of Nin with the blessing of the sunny climate of the region, as well as the Mediterranean vegetation are the reason for the more intensive development of tourism at Nin and its surroundings.
In this place is the largest known deposit of therapeutic peloid on the Adriatic coast. The experts of the medical faculty at Vienna and at Zagreb analized the physical-chemical properties of this therapeutic peloid so that based on the excellent results a little outpatient clinic was built there, and an open air rehabilitation is performed during summer months there. The tourist area of the commune Nin is in fact an oasis of shallow long-stretching sandy lagoons, aside of direct traffic, and far from any industrial zone or great highways. The shallow sea in the enclosed bay has higher temperature for about 2-3 degrees than in the open sea, which creates greater salinity and aerosol. Your hosts expect you here offering you comfortable holidays in modern rooms and apartments. In the immediate vicinity of Nin, there is the huge apartment settlement of Zaton which also has a large camping place. You can enjoy even other accomodation possibilities in some smaller private auto-camps. The restaurant keepers will offer you well-known Dalmatian specialities, as well as other meals you may desire. For those who like to have fun, there is a most modern disco on the Adriatic coast, as well as many other recreational possibilities, as for sports: sport fishing, and the possibility for hunting as well. The lovers of cultural events can visit the Viseslav Gallery, where all year round the exhibitions of the greatest and most renown painters from Croatia take place. The time of holidays offers you the most convenient moments, when the strong urge to return to nature can easily be satisfied. This lovely place represents a natural oasis, where human hand has not yet drastically intervened. In the shade of the Mediterranean pine trees on our natural beaches, everything assumes some new significance, however very close, so as if one has lived all the time in such surroundings.
Tourist destination - Croatia - Destinations Dalamatia