The Paklenica Riviera is located along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the foot of the southern Velebit, and it includes the settlements Tribanj, Starigrad-Paklenica and Seline. Starigrad-Paklenica is a small tourist town with around 1,300 inhabitants, 45 km to the west of Zadar.
The Paklenica National Park is in its immediate vicinity; it is an area of protected unimpaired nature, rich in flora and fauna, as well as geomorphological shapes. The combination of the sea and the mountains is irresistible for numerous adventurers and nature lovers, and particularly for mountaineers and climbers who visit throughout the year.
Starigrad-Paklenica is a junction point of the mild mediterranean climate and the sharp mountain climate, equally interesting to mountaineers and bathers. The Paklenica Riviera is rich in numerous long pebble beaches, ideal for family vacations, and the Velebit channel is a paradise for yachtsmen, surfers and divers. Apart from these two neighboring pearls of natural beauty, there are another three national parks in a diameter of a few dozen kilometers (Plitvice, Kornati and Krka) and two parks of nature (Vrana Lake and Telašcica).
Starigrad Paklenica is a village and a small port on the coast of the Velebit channel. The town is built on the foundations of the ancient city Argiyruntuma. It is also a starting point for the national park Paklenica.
Starigrad is where the mountains and the sea become one and is therefore interesting to swimmers as well as hikers. Miles of sandy beaches make it suitable for families with children, while mountain Velebit and NP Paklenica are regularly visited by cavers and lovers of hiking and free climbing. Besides hiking, free climbing and recreational sports, enthusiasts can also enjoy caving, kayaking and canoeing as well as rafting on the river Zrmanja.
Visitors have at their disposal a number of tennis courts, sports fields and various equipment for water sports. Walkers and collectors of herbs can take wonderful walks on the slopes of the national park. The old part of town is rich in archaeological finds and architectural monuments such as the famous Villa Petar Hektorović.
In the summertime, the town of Starigrad Paklenica holds several „Fishermen’s Evenings,“ evenings of celebration which are held in almost all Dalmatian towns. Fish, wine, olive oil, bread and live music combine to create an enjoyable evening for everyone. Hotels also have their own evening festivities which include live music, as well as various local specialties (fish, lamb, prosciutto and various cheeses).
There are also various restaurants in this small town which offer local specialties, of which we recommend the following: '4 Ferala', 'Ante', 'Miramar' and 'Bava.' For those who prefer a more modern type of entertainment, we recommend visits to Zadar, Šibenik and Nin.