Excursion

Discover the beauties of the landscape

Let`s t start for the day excursion to the Kornati National Park!
A motorboat will take you to visit these magnificent islands. You’ll swimm and eat fresh grilled fish uder chilly olive trees. With 35 kilometres length and 150 islands, in a sea area of about 320 square kilometers, the Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.

Discover the wreck that lies close to our vacation rental Dugi otok. Snorkel in shallow water, since the upper structure of the boat pokes out of the sea. Home to myriads of fish species and coral formations.

Climb the lighthouse, which is the highest in the Adriatic sea, situated near to our apartments Dugi otok. It is situated on a rocky cape and was erected by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The views from the top are simply amazing.

A few steps from the accommodation you reach the Lucica bay with its wrecks where to swimm and snorel. It is the most easily accessible place to get to.

Live the experience of entering the Blue cave and enjoy swimming in the crystalline waters surrounding the island of Mezanj.

Get in the car and drive to the cave Strasna pec, literally frightful furnace
This cave is a visit worth to understand Dugi otok’s history. It is believed that the early humans from the island lived there. Strašna peć has a monumental entrance which is 10m wide and 7m tall. Joined stalactites and stalagmites created the space like the gothic cathedral arches. The thrilling picturesque first hall will suprise you, and the whole cave has a romantic touch.

Visit the Natural Park Telascica! The Park is situated in the South of Dugi otok. The Telasica fjord is a 8 km long and narrow inlet with 5 small islands. For its characteristics it is a good protected natural harbour where boats find refugee against winds. On the side of the open sea the land is steady and its cliffs disappear in the blue Adria. The highest cliff measures the height of 161 m. It is nice and relaxing to visit this area reachable in 50 minutes drive from our apartments Dugi otok.
Under the sea level there are corals, gorgonian corals, sponges, crabs, fish and dolphins. Many bird species nest on the cliffs, like the falcon.
The salty lake Mir lays in the southern part of the Park. The water is salty because it is connected to the sea: it is 6 meters deep and in summertime it is possible swimming in this hot waters or walking around it. When you plan a visit to the Teasica Nature Park we suggest to leave our apartment Dugi otok early in the morning or in the late afternoon in order to avoid tourists visiting the park during the central hours of the day arriving by boat from Zadar and Sibenik.
Bring an old apple with you: wild donkey will appreciate it! It takes  minutes drive from our apartments Dugi otok.

Live the adventure and enter the harbours of the submarines.
This submarine bunkers were built to protect submarines from air attack. They were built by the the Yugoslavian army during the 1970. The Yugoslavian Navy was a coastal defense force with the mission of preventing enemy landings along the Yugoslavia’s rugged 4,000 kilometer shoreline or coastal islands, and contesting an enemy blockade. In Dugi otok there were built 3 submarine pen near to our apartments. Now they are abandonned. It is interesting to walk inside and have a look at those buildings. You’ll have the chance to see where soldiers were sleeping. They are all located in the northern part of Dugi otok: bring a lantern with you.

Discover the beauty and culture of Zadar.
Zadar adopted Roman urban rules developing a flourishing centre on the Adriatic coast. The town has the typical Roman street system : the structure of the plan is rectangular. In the 3rd century Zadar had its own bishop and the community on Christians took place. With the time walls were fortified and gates were built. In the Middle Ages, Zadar fully gained its urban aspect, which has been maintained until today.
We suggest to visit Zadar during your holiday in Dugi otok. Take the first ferry in the morning and be back in the afternoon or evening.
The church St.Donat: built in the 9th century was built following the style of early Byzantine architecture. The ground plan is circular, while the interior is simple and unadorned. It is nice to refresh there during the hot hours. It’s no longer used for services.
The city walls:  a tour of the walls provides a good insight into the history of Zadar. Have even a look at the four old city gates.
In the meantime sit in a coffee bar like the locals love doing.
What you should not miss is the Fish and vegetable market, full of locals, tourists and many bright colours.
The Sea Organ: Zadar’s Sea Organ is incredible and unique. The stone stairs were perforated and descend into the sea. It is a system of pipes and whistles that produce nice and different sounds when the movement of the sea pushes air through it.
It is a nice place where to relax after walking along the green promenade along the cost and where to swim in summertime.
The Sun Salutation: is situated next to the Sea Organ. It consists on glass plates layed on the ground that collect the sun’s energy. So much energy is collected that the entire harbour lighting system is powered by it. Locals love fishing from the piers and many tourists visit this place, especially at sunset, when the nature gives spectacular sights.
There are lots of Museums to vistit: the Ancient Glass Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Church Art and many churches.

CONTACT

Miriam and Gianni
GORGONIA APARTMENTS

23287 Veli Rat – Verunic, Dugi otok, Croatia
Tel: 00385 91 737 9823
gorgonia@zadar.net

Reservation center in wintertime:
Tel. 0041-76 308 54 41 
gorgonia@zadar.net

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