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Villa Nar is located in a village Galovac in the countryside of the city of Zadar, in a rustical area of Ravni Kotari, at the 6 kilometers distance from the sea. Ravni Kotari, being the most fertile part of the karst wider region of Dalmatia, this green rural area has traditionally been feeding Zadar. Along with the ancient ties to this city, the region of Ravni Kotari itself has a rich cultural-historical heritage with evidence of human presence dating centuries, even thousands of years back, and customs and traditions still preserved. The many layers of this region's history range from the pre-Roman Liburnian dominance (an ancient tribe, possibly Illyrian, inhabiting the district called Liburnia, a coastal region of the northeastern Adriatic between the rivers Arsia - today's Raša in the south-eastern part of Istrian peninsula - and Titius - today's Krka) between 11th and 1st century BC. In 33 BC Roman force ended it's independence and Liburnia became a part of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

After the Roman and Byzantine period, with Early Christian settlements, in the Middle Ages the region of Ravni Kotari was one of the focal points of the Kingdom of Croatia and later on an intersection of the Ottoman, Venetian and Habsburg empire. So this way its cultural heritage is a rich fabric of spatial and immaterial traces of different cultures and religions, visible through numerous sacral objects, ancient or even prehistoric archaeological sites, medieval fortresses, food and customs that still take part in the everyday life.

 

 


What to see nearby

Paklenica National Park
City of Zadar
Nature Park Vrana Lake
The old town of Vrana and Jusuf Maskovic Han
Town of Benkovac
Asseria
Town of Novigrad
Jankovic Castle
Town of Nin
Beach Kolovare in Zadar
Beaches in Petrcane village
Canoe safari at Zrmanja River
Biograd na Moru
Island of Vrgada
Sukosan

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below.

 

 

 
Paklenica National Park

Directions (at the 43 km distance)

Distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of the Velebit mountain range abound in various natural sculptures of rock and beautiful mountain meadows. The Park is perfect for hiking, as it offers more than 150 kilometres of marked mountain trails. The canyon of Velika Paklenica is one of the most popular rock-climbing destinations in Europe and very popular for trekking and hiking.4

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City of Zadar

Directions (at the 17 km distance)

A flourishing city you probably know something about by now. The historical and present-day center of the Northern Dalmatia region, a Liburnian settlement first mentioned in the 4th century BC but formed as a city 2000 years ago by Romans (Jader). A bit more about it's tumultous history you can find here, while today it is inevitable to mention that in 2016 it is elected the best destination in Europe.

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The old town of Vrana & 
Jusuf Mašković Han

Directions (at the 30 km distance)

A village and the remains of the ancient town and fortress near the Vrana Lake nature park. During the Middle Ages the town was highly politically important under the rule of early Croatian kings and dukes and was said to be the most cheerful place in Dalmatia. It is a hometown of Luciano Laurana (Lucijan Vranjanin), one of the most important Italian renaissance architects and the author of the image of an ideal renaissance town. In the 15th century Vrana was ruled by the Venetians and and later by the Ottomans. Recently redone Mašković Han (meaning inn) was built in the mid-17th century by Jusuf Mašković, an admiral in the Ottoman navy born in Vrana. It is the most western complex realized in the Ottoman Empire.

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Nature Park Vrana Lake

Directions (at the 29 km distance)
A bicycling path around the Vrana Lake
A viewpoint

The nature park of great biodiversity, outstanding scientific and ecological value covers the biggest freshwater lake in Croatia with a special ornithological reserve within a rare wetland system, where 110 bird species nest and are visited by 230 more species. It is placed in the northwest-southeast, extending parallel to the coastline, at less than a kilometer distance. It is actually a karst field filled with brackish water and a crypto-depression. Btw, in Croatian, vrana means „crow“. The shores of the lake have marked dwellings since prehistory to the mysterious ruins of the Templar town or Mašković Han.

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Town of Nin

Directions (at the 22.4 km distance) 

Nin is a 3000 year old city, located on a small island in the middle of the sandy lagoon (you can enter it only over two bridges from the 16th century). Once the first Croatian capital, a center of religious, political and cultural life, now it is a small town with an exceptional historical heritage. It was founded by the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians in the 9th century BC and raised to the level of urbanity in the Roman period under the name of Aenona. It is the oldest Croatian royal town),the cradle of the medieval Croatian state with the smallest cathedral in the world, abundance of Roman and medieval monuments up to the remains of famous and mighty Liburnian boats. It has kilometres of sandy beaches enjoyed by windsurfers, ), the ancient sea procession to Our Lady of ZečevoSalt MuseumSummer Solstice Festival...


 

 
Asseria

Directions (at the 29 km distance) 
A bicycle path Pakoštane - Asseria


Archaeological site of one of the most important Liburnian and later Roman settlements in northern Dalmatia, a few kilometres from Benkovac and close to the villages of Podgrađe and Buković. It is located on an important road used even 2000 years ago, leading from the Roman colony of Jader (Zadar) to the interior of the Roman municipalities Nedinum (Nadin), Varvaria (Bribir), and further to Scardona (Skradin), military camp Burnum (near present-day Kistanje) to continue to Salona (Solin), the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia

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Kornati National Park

Directions (at the 25 km distance) 

The Kornati are the densest island group in the Adriatic, with small fields, hidden oases of pines and olives, quiet and sheltered bays. The islands named after the biggest island, Kornat, include 89 islands, islets and rocks - altogether 35 km long and about 13 km wide. Over the centuries the Kornati have passed from Croatian rulers to the Venetians and Zadar nobles but after the abolition of feudalism they are owned by the farmers of nearby islands of Murter and Dugi otok, who started using them for pasture, vineyards and olive groves. The islands are uninhabited and wild, made up of rocks of magical shapes: sharp points, bare slabs, deep fissures, cracks and caves full of red corals, pearly shells, sea snails and shellfish in hundreds of different shades.

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Sukošan

Directions (at the 9.7 km distance) 

The closest coastal locality and beaches to the Galovac village. This originally hard-working agricultural seaside village today focused on tourism owes its beginnings to the deep cove in a sandy port of strange reflection under the sun called Golden Port (Zlatna luka). Marina Dalmacija, the biggest on the Adriatic, is right next to the locality, and at the other side is Tustica, a beautiful and very close beach under dense pine stripe.

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Beaches in Petrčane village

Directions (at the 30 km distance) 

Pinija beach, also known as Punta Radman, is the most popular one. On a natural peninsula, this beach is pebbly and rocky, in one part even sandy. A part of the beach belongs to the Pinija hotel so there is charged entrance. Along the beach is a dense pine forest and many beach facilities. The nearby peninsula of Punta Skala is covered with dense pine forest with magnificent natural beaches (gravel, sand and rocks). As well a part of an hotel complex so the entrance charged is some 35-40 Croatian Kuna (about 5 EUR). But it is worth it.
 

 
Beach Kolovare in Zadar

Directions (at the 16.4 km distance) 

A public city beach in Zadar with preserved, safe and comfortable environment suitable for vacation, fun and recreation based on high quality of services, clear sea as well as high standards for cleanliness and facilities. If you don’t mind the crowd during peak season, this pebbly beach with its bars will give you the perfect opportunity to mingle with the locals and be a part of the Zadar summer buzz.

 

 
 

 
Canoe safari at Zrmanja River

Directions (at the 53 km distance) 

Zrmanja is one of the most beautiful and cleanest rivers in Croatia, with perfect crystal waters, magnificent canyon and waterfalls. It is ideal for canoe tours and requires no previous experience.

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Island of Vrgada

Directions (at the 26.2 km distance to Pakoštane + 4.6 km to the island, by boat)

A tiny island in front of the coastal town of Pakoštane is an authentic fishing village, unspoiled by modern tourism and special for it's golden-red sand beaches.

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Town of Novigrad

Directions (at the 22.4 km distance) 

A picturesque historical town located at the southern coast of the Novigrad Sea, in a long and steep bay where sea has crept deep into the mainland creating a fjord embraced by stone houses, a fortress and a fishermen charm. First settled in the Bronze age, the town preserved its medieval appearance to a great measure.

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Biograd na Moru

Directions (at the 22.6 km distance) 

Biograd na Moru was once a Croatian royal town. First mentioned in the 10th century, in the 11th century it was a center of Croatian kings and bishops. Today it is a well-known tourist and nautical centre. It is situated on a peninsula surrounded by marinas and promenades with an beautiful view of Pašman canal and many islands.

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Town of Benkovac

Directions (at the 23 km distance) 
Bicycle / historical route Via Magna (the Great Road
The Benkovac fair 

Set in idyllic countryside, today an administrative centre of the Ravni Kotari region, Benkovac has been a defence and fair centre for centuries. It got it's name after the medieval Benković Castle (Kaštel Benković) built in the 15th century on a hill that dominates the entire Benkovac plain. This simple stone defense building today houses the Heritage Museum Benkovac. The town is a place where you can see the authentic rural architecture as well as rich cultural-historical heritage.

The traditional Benkovac fair held for more than a hundred years, the 10th of every month. You can practice your haggling skills and buy authentic handicrafts and locally produced food and drinks.

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Janković Castle

Directions (at the 19 km distance) 

Situated in the village of Islam Grčki, this representative example of combined fortified-residential local medieval architecture is a cultural monument of the first category. In the 17th century it was a borderline between the Venetian Republic and the Ottoman Empire. Stojan Janković, a folk hero and a military commander in the Venetian army, was rewarded with this estate for his achievements during the Ottoman-Venetian wars. A descendant of his family and eminent Croatian modern literature author, Vladan Desnica, first opened the Castle to the public. It guards archival collections connected with the history of the Janković and Desnica families but also of the entire area. The project „Jankovic Castle: historic site, generating sustainable development of the Ravni Kotari region“, implemented by the University of Zagreb, affirms the Castle as a common meeting place for different nationalities and cultures.

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