Diving: The sea around Biograd is an ideal destination for diving experts, enthusiasts, and for those taking their first steps in the exploration of sea depths. When it comes to scuba diving, many experienced divers find this area very attractive since it is characterized by an extremely diverse seabed and innumerable natural phenomena.
The archipelago of northern Dalmatia spreads over an area which includes Biograd, island of Pag to the north, islands of Premuda, Ist, Molat, Silba, Dugi otok, Ugljan and Pašman, as well as the Kornati islands on the southern end.
The sea along the outer sides of the islands is often deep up to 50 meters; the outer cliffs of Dugi otok and Kornati islands go into the sea as deep as 80 meters. These depths allow the marine flora and fauna to flourish. The waters on the inner sides of the islands are usually shallower and therefore less abundant with sea life, but they are nevertheless interesting.
What differentiates the sea in this archipelago is that no matter the weather you can find a diving spot sheltered from the wind and waves. The visibility is exceptional, going over 40 metres. Besides this, it abounds in sea walls, reefs and caves teeming with fish which makes it an ideal spot for lovers of nature photography. Note that you need to obtain a special diving licence to dive inside the Telašćica Nature Park and Kornati National Park. It is also advisable to take an experienced tour guide with you when exploring the waters of natural parks and avoid going alone. Needless to say, these sites are not suitable for amateur divers.
Excursions: Located on the coast half way between the northernmost and southernmost point of the Croatian Adriatic, the city of Biograd is the ideal starting point for further tourist expeditions of the surrounding area, but also the more distant attractions along the coast. Nearby there are three national parks, two nature parks, and several historical cities, which offer numerous sites for exploration.
If you go north from Biograd you will come upon the cities of Nin and Zadar. Zadar, often referred to as a 'city monument', stores numerous historical monuments in its city centre. Its landmark is a pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus built in the 9th century on the Roman Forum which dates back to the 1st century BC. It is also important to mention the city's modern urban attractions like the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun which constantly impress visitors with their spectacular colours and lights.
North of Zadar lies the historical city of Nin, the cradle of ''the world’s smallest cathedral”. It is a unique 9th century church, which, due to the position of its windows and the angle of the fall of light served a kind of calendar and a sundial in the past. There are many other priceless sights to be found in Nin. Further up the coast, on the southern slope of Velebit mountain ranges, resides the Paklenica National Park – a top destination of mountaineers, amateurs and all other nature lovers.
Sports and Recreation: Biograd has a large offer of sports and recreational activities. Just a 10 minutes’ walk from downtown, you can find a tennis centre in the shade of a pine forests next to the nearby beaches Dražica and Soline. The centre includes night lightning and features 14 clay and six hard courts. In immediate vicinity there are courts for football, basketball, handball, mini golf, outdoor bowling bocce and more. Inside the Soline Camp you can also find volleyball sand courts. Some of the tourist agencies and private apartments offer bike rental to their guests. Biograd with its surrounding areas has several mapped bike routes divided according to the difficulty of the route, and they stretch along Pakostane and Vrana Lake. Less enthusiastic bikers will enjoy a ride along Soline Park.
Hikers can experience something new in addition to the mapped routes in the Biograd's surroundings and Vrana Lake. Trekking and “škraping” is organized on the island of Pašman– that is, trekking on sharp island rocks. Aside from this, there is a horseback riding school, therapeutic riding, as well as the possibility of organizing a summer riding camp on a ranch house in Jankolovica next to Vrana Lake. Vrana Lake also offers a peaceful location for bird watching and fishing enthusiasts.
Sailing: Located in the most indented part of the Adriatic Sea, and the area with the largest number of islands and several national and nature parks, Biograd is an ideal starting point for sailors. It has a modern marina with 1,000 sea berths and 200 land berths, a yacht service, guarded parking for approximately 700 cars and other additional services.
Several charter agencies and a sailing club operate in the Biograd area. The best sailing period in Croatia is between April and October due to the sunny weather and appropriate sea temperature for swimming. The entire archipelago of Biograd is perfect for sailing since it has mild tidal movements and weak sea currents. The greatest problems for sailors are innumerable reefs, islets and promontories, while the winter winds can reach hurricane status. The entire archipelago is excellent for sailing, but the Kornati archipelago, with more than 150 islands, islets and cliffs, is likely to be one of the most attractive sailing destinations in the entire world. You can reach the Kornati islands by passing the southern part of Pašman Island, through the passage Ždrelac between Pašman and Ugljan islands. Another way is to sail along the northern side of the island of Ugljan. The largest island of this group is Kornat with its bays Opat, Kravljacica, Vruje, Striznja and Lucica. On the Island Zut, which stretches parallel to Kornat, there is a SACI Marina, and bays Bizikovica, Golubovac, Pinizel, Sabuni, Dragišina and Zesnja.
We strongly recommend that you visit the nature park Telašica located on the southern part of Dugi Otok. Its bays hide numerous taverns with local cuisine, such as freshly caught fish and sea food. Taverns especially praised by seafarers are Piccolo in Lojena Bay on the island Smokvica Vela, Quattro in Striznja Bay and Ante in Vruja on Kornat. Source: TZ Biograd