Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2024

The pretty little European seaside town hardly any British tourists will have heard of | Travel News | Travel

A pretty little seaside packed with sandy , cobblestone streets, and rocky mountains is so undiscovered that hardly any British have heard about it.

Nin is among the oldest in Croatia. It features well-preserved medieval architecture, including the Church of St Nicholas, which is one of the smallest cathedrals in the world.

It also has a notable Romanesque church, the Church of the Holy Cross, and remnants of ancient city walls.

During medieval times, this small town located 16km northwest of Zadar served as the residence for Croatia’s kings and archbishops.

Today it still possesses a charming fairytale-like atmosphere.

Its historic centre is situated on a small island within a bay nearly surrounded by a sandy peninsula, connected to the mainland by two low stone bridges.

The town is famous for its long sandy beaches, particularly the Queen’s Beach (Kraljičina plaža), which is known for its shallow waters and therapeutic mud. These beaches attract tourists seeking relaxation and wellness.

Nin’s proximity to other destinations such as Zadar, with its famous Sea Organ and Roman ruins, and the stunning islands of the Zadar archipelago, makes it an ideal base for exploring the region.

However, in recent years, Nin has become a popular tourist destination due to its historical sites, natural beauty, and recreational activities such as windsurfing and kiteboarding. 

Nin’s rich history – including ancient Greek and Roman eras – is vividly showcased at the Nin Museum of Antiquities nearby. 

After crossing the bridge, visitors can explore the Solina Nin Salt Museum, providing an intriguing glimpse into the town’s 2,000-year-old salt industry.

Travellers who have been to the seaside town shared their reviews on Trip Advisor.

One user said: “Very nice beach, close to the old city centre of Nin (13 min walking). I got there after a storm, so the water was not crystal clear, but still enjoyable.

“Nice beach, a bar available, decent prices. 20 euro for 2 sunbeds, clean sandy beach, and family-friendly.”

A second user chimed in: “Loved walking around the lagoon. It was a beautiful day and the sun reflecting off the lagoon made for a nice relaxing place.”

A third user commented: “The sand is pebbly and the water isn’t crystal clear due to muddy banks but it’s still lovely to swim.

“The beach bar has a selection of drinks, coffees, and ice cream. Hot food includes delicious burgers, hot dogs, fries, and some of the best crepes I’ve ever had.”

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