Why visit Nin?
When you are in Zadar, a day trip that you must add to your itinerary is to visit Nin. Nin is situated just 20mins from Zadar, on a small island in the middle of a shallow lagoon and is connected to the mainland by two beautiful stone bridges. You can reach Nin by car or by bus.
The town of Nin was founded by the Liburnians in the 9th century BC. The age of Nin is obvious as you wander through the cobblestone streets and pass by buildings and ruins which are centuries old. Nin is also popular with families as it has several sandy beaches and is just minutes away from the Zaton Holiday Resort. So what can you see and do in Nin?
Swin at Queens Beach
Nin has over 8km’s of beaches, but the main beach is the 3km long Queens beach. The beach is part of the Nin Lagoon which is made up of sand and mud, which shift with tides and currents. The beach is ideal for families as it’s shallow and safe.
Get Muddy – Peloids
Right beside the beautiful Queens Beach are the peloids or healing muds. They are the largest source of medicinal mud in Croatia and there is a long tradition of its therapeutical use. The mud can be used to treat various complaints such as arthritis.
Rub Grgr Ninski’s Toe
The Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin) is a legend in Croatia. He was a 10th-century bishop, who opposed the pope and introduced Slavic language in church.The bronze statue of him in Nin was designed by Ivan Mestrovic. You’ll also find the Grgur Ninski in Split and Varaždin. It is said, that rubbing his big toe will bring you luck. So give it a good rub and say a prayer.
See The Gold & Silver
The collection of church art from the area is now kept in the Gold and Silver Museum of Nin. Inside there are items from the period of the foundation of the diocese of Nin. The collection also holds especially valuable reliquaries of the heavenly patron saints of St Anselm, St Ambrose, and St Marcela from the end of the 8th – 15th century. Also, don’t miss seeing the Judas silver coin, the ring of Pope Pio II from the 15th century, its utterly fascinating.
In the very core of Nin, on the location of the once Roman Forum, the remains of a grand Roman Temple can be found, the biggest on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. They date from the second half of the 1st century AD., from the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespazian 69-79 AD.
Nin Salt Museum
Salt has been produced in Nin since Roman times. The salt, known as white gold of the sea is still produced the traditional way in Nin. The production is based on natural and ecological standards using the energy of the sun and wind in saltpans. The museum is an excellent way to understand how it is made, and but salt as souvenirs to take home.
The Church of Saint Nicholas
A key photo spot in our region. The Church of St Nicholas is located in the field of Prahulje, once an important place for the rulers of the Croatian dynasty and the history of Croatia and Nin.
The Church of the Holy Cross
The Church of the Holy Cross called os referred to the smallest cathedral in the world and is the most valuable preserved monument of early Croatian religious architecture and one of Nin’s symbols. This small church, thanks to the position of its windows and relativity the sun is a kind of calendar. According to the sun’s rays, the exact date of the equinox and solstice can be determined, on this say, there is also The Festival of Sun and Light held in Nin.
If you always wanted to learn how to kite surf, Nin is an ideal place to begin. Ždrijac beach turns into the best place learn to kitesurf in Croatia each summer. After a beginner’s course, you can surf on your own or even try stand-up paddle boarding, helping you burn off those extra vacation kilos and also have a blast.