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  • If you want a vacation far from crowds that is closely connected to the authentic experiences of this area, walk it's rural paths. Here you can enjoy historical stories, luxury villas, autochthonous gastronomy and favourite drinks that are globally renowned. Fill your batteries the old fashioned rustic way!

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    Learn about the history on the site

    Relax at a luxury villa

    Enjoy a glass of award-winning wine

    Landmarks

    Peka

    Taste the tradition

    If you are a true foodie, you have to try peka!

    The food that joins every top list about Croatian food is undoubtedly – peka. Peka is better than just food – it is a way to prepare food. To prepare it you need a dome or bell-shaped terracotta or steel lid that you heat and burning wood below it. Then you place the food you wish to cook in a round tray underneath the peka and put embers on top of the peka itself which then cooks your food. The best part? You can cook almost anything. You can go traditional way and prepare the classical octopus or veal with potatoes and vegetables or be creative and make up your own recipe. The two most important ingredients are patience, because the process takes a few hours, and love!

    Wine

    Take a divine break

    Try the nector of the Gods - Croatian wine that won many hearts and awards around the globe.

    If you appreciate good wine, don't miss out on the vineyards of this region, because they are equally amazing to see and taste. Vineyards and orchards of the region have been cultivated for more than 3000 years making outstanding wines. Predominantly red wine sorts, like Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet and similar, have put the Zadar region on the world’s wine map and have won numerous awards around the world. They say that life is too short to drink bad wine – so hurry!

    Asseria

    History carved in stone

    Witness some eras gone by in the former Roman City of Asseria.

    The grand City of Asseria was nestled between the present day Bukovica and Ravni Kotari. It is one of the most important Liburnian and then Roman settlements in the area of northern Dalmatia, located in the area of the present-day village of Podgrađe close to the City of Benkovac. The city was known for its triumphal arch, forum, aqueduct and cippus, a type of a Liburnian gravestone. They were discovered in the greatest numbers in this area. In addition to cippus, numerous other stone monuments were found here: portrait steles, decorations on public structures, altars and many others. All this is proof of a very developed stonemason economy that exists even today.

    Kaštel Benković

    Fairy-tale castle with an imaginative history

    Find out why this castle has been delighting it's visitors for centuries.

    The most noticeable cultural-historical monument in Benkovac is Kaštel Benković, a fort named after the great Croatian Benković family who built it in the second half of the 15th century. However, there are also some other theories about its origin. Some say that it was built by Croatian lords in the Middle Ages. In the beginning, this mysterious castle played a defensive role. However, the Turks conquered it in 1527. The proof of the importance of this structure for this area is the fact that is marks the beginning of history of the City of Benkovac. The castle is just as important today even though it has a different function – it serves as the ideal stage for various manifestations and represents the centre of cultural life.

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    A lake from a fairy tale!

    Una River Spring

    Visit one of the most beautiful karst springs that, luckily, has not yet left any cave divers breathless, so that we may enjoy their many fantastic photographs! At its source, the Una river has created a fairy-tale-like lake of blue and green, surrounded by forests and steep cliffs. This lake is the deepest karst source in Croatia, and one of the five deepest karst sources in the world. Due to both its astounding beauty and exceptional hydromorphological value the lake was, together with the canyon and 150 metres of its downstream flow, declared a protected hydrological natural monument in 1968.  

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    Visit the home of cave bears!

    Cerovac Caves

    If you’re interested in seeing what the place where cave bears used to live looks like, then Cerovac Caves are the perfect place to satiate your curiosity!  Cerovac Caves, the largest cave system in Croatia, are located just four kilometres from Gračac, on the territory of the Lika-Senj County. They were discovered during the construction of the Lika Railroad in 1924, by the railroad builder Nikola Turkalj. They were named after the Cerovac railroad station. These caves are also one of the biggest sites of the cave bear in Croatia, and they were the place of the discovery of a bronze axe and fossilised human bones that belonged to a ˝cave bear hunter˝ who lived here approximately 20 thousand years ago.  The Cerovac caves are currently closed for visits due to project implementation.

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    Looking for a peace of mind?

    Villas/Holiday Homes

    Relax far from crowds, in a place that feels like home. A luxury home.   If you are looking to rest in silence and tranquillity of pristine nature, you've come to the right place.  A holiday house by the sea or a luxury villa with a swimming pool in the interior will give you the beauty and the pleasures of the simple life. Enjoy the view of the coastline of the mountain mass and the flatlands of Bukovice and Ravni Kotar. When you feel energized and relaxed, go for a walk. Explore many antique villages, historical Roman monuments as well as preserved medieval towns. Then head back to your beautiful home and relax in the peace of untouched nature.

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    Benkovac Fair

    Go back in time…

    …And meet the traditional inhabitants of the Dalmatian hinterland! If you want to experience authentic, loud, local fiesta you must come to Fair of Benkovac.

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    Smokva

    A festival for the queen of fruits!

    Figs – you either love them or hate them. But if you are in the first group, you will adore the festival in Zadar dedicated to this unique fruit!

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    Wine&Bike

    Wine&bike

    You probably heard of beer yoga, but we have something even better – a cycling tour that will show you beautiful panoramas and most famous wineries of the region.

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    Benkovac Fair

    Go back in time…

    …And meet the traditional inhabitants of the Dalmatian hinterland! If you want to experience authentic, loud, local fiesta you must come to Fair of Benkovac.

    The biggest fair of its kind in Dalmatia is held every 10th of the month in Benkovac, in the hinterland of Dalmatia. The fair has always a lot to offer, but the summer months are especially packed with products and people. You can find antiques, tools for everyday use and homemade products such as honey, rakija, marmelade and vegetables and fruits. If you are a wine lover, aim for September when grape harvesting objects are in the spotlight. There are a lot of animals which give a special feeling to the already colorful setting. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it is worth the trip to experience the atmosphere and get lunch! E njoy freshly roasted čevapčići, pljeskavice, kotlovina or lamb on a spit. It is a feast for all the senses, indeed.

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    Smokva

    A festival for the queen of fruits!

    Figs – you either love them or hate them. But if you are in the first group, you will adore the festival in Zadar dedicated to this unique fruit!

    You can enjoy different varieties of figs during the whole summer in Croatia, but if you are a true fan you will come to Zadar in September. That is the time when the traditional Fig festival is being held. Figs had a big comeback in the last couple of years when famous chefs introduced them in new, modern combinations. Since then they are part of the gastronomic offer of Zadar. Try numerous salty and sweet delicacies, drinks, desserts and many more and learn to love the versatile plant (even more). What a sweet ending of summer!

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    Wine&Bike

    Wine&bike

    You probably heard of beer yoga, but we have something even better – a cycling tour that will show you beautiful panoramas and most famous wineries of the region.

    Cycle through history and make breaks with delicious wine sampling from the region that is known for its rich traditions. The 39km long tour starts in Polača, at the Ražnjevića Dvori, then continues toward Nadin, Kličevice fort, and Benković citadel in Benkovac. There are three planned stops during the tour where 6 wineries will be introduced. Except for the delicious wine, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas and interesting stories of the sightseeing spots. After the tour you will get a certificate, a gift and lunch. So, your biking efforts will be worth it!