“Croatia full of life” or “Small country for a great vacation” are slogans that describe Croatia and the way in which Croatia wants to position itself on the tourist map of the world. Although we are a small country with only 4 million people, our guests see us as a top destination in Europe. Crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches, nature that leaves you breathless, sun, good food, even better wine … All these are the trump cards that Croatia attracts a huge number of guests every year. Vir is a part of that Croatia and completes that offer.
Vir is ideally positioned to be your base for exploring all that Croatians have to offer, and yet a place where you will have everything you need for a vacation. Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Kornati, Vrana Lake, the old towns of Nin, Zadar, and Sibenik are just some of the places that are an hour or two drive away and will captivate you with their beauty, culture, and heritage.
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is located in Gorska Hrvatska, between the mountain range Mala Kapela in the west and northwest and Lička Plješivica in the southeast. Administratively, it is located in the area of Lika-Senj (90.7%) and Karlovac County (9.3%).
With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, so on April 8, 1949, it was declared the first national park in Croatia. The process of travertine, which forms travertine barriers and creates lakes, is a unique universal value for which Plitvice Lakes received international recognition on October 26, 1979, by being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1997, the area of the National Park was expanded and since then it has covered an area of slightly less than 300 km2.
The park is mostly covered with forest vegetation, a small part with grasslands, and the most interesting and most attractive tourist part of the Park – lakes, occupy only a little less than 1% of the Park area.
You can read more about Plitvice Lakes here.
The Krka National Park is located in the Šibenik-Knin County and covers an area of 109 km² of the most beautiful course of the Krka River and the lower course of the Čikola River.
The National Park is a vast, predominantly unaltered area of exceptional and multiple natural values, and includes one or more preserved or slightly altered ecosystems. Its purpose is primarily scientific, cultural, educational, and recreational, and because of the visitors, there are also tourist activities.
With the submerged part of the Krka estuary, it is about 72.5 km long and is the 22nd longest river in Croatia. It springs at the foot of the Dinara mountain, 3.5 km northeast of Knin. With seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 224 m, Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are a fundamental phenomenon of this river.
Read more about the Krka National Park here.
Tourism slowly entered the Kornati in the 1970s. Then came the main changes in the life of the Kurnatars so far, which strongly affect the overall appearance of the Kornati. The younger generations of Kurnatars went to the cities to study where they find employment, some got a job in Murter in the growing tourist activities, which led to the neglect of livestock and agriculture in the Kornati. Today, in almost neglected fields, only olives are still cultivated, because olives require the least effort, but not nearly as much as in the best years.
You can read more about the Kornati islands here.
Whether you come to Nin for vacation, treatment, or to explore its history, natural beauty, or all that together, it is quite certain that many pleasant surprises await you. Your every day will be interesting and pleasant, and above all fulfilled. And each will be different – Nin and its surroundings are truly a real treasure!
Read more about Nin here.
Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural sights. Three thousand years old, a city with a long, turbulent and dynamic history, often demolished, looted, destroyed, each time from the ruins emerged stronger, more beautiful, and richer. Zadar first appears in history in the 4th century BC. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe Liburna – the form of the name Jader is mentioned, and passing the historical path the name is changed to Idassa (Greek source), Jadera (Roman source), Diadora, Zara (for the rule of Venice and later Italy) to today’s name Zadar.
Read more about what you can visit in Zadar here.
Šibenik is located in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic coast, in a picturesque, indented bay influenced by the Krka, one of the most beautiful Croatian karst rivers. Today, Šibenik is the administrative – political, economic, and socio-cultural center of Šibenik – Knin County, which stretches along the coast of Zadar and Split coast in the length of about 100 km, while its hinterland reaches all the way to the foot of the Dinara, 45 km away.
Here you can see more to visit in Sibenik.
I hope I helped you choose a place to visit and plan further excursions when you are at Vir. Vir is really ideally positioned to visit a multitude of facilities, and yet you have a base on the island where you can enjoy and relax. Enjoy your vacation, and if you would like to add a destination, feel free to contact us.