The Dalmatian city of Nin in Croatia is known as the ‘most romantic city in Europe’, and not without good reason! People visit here for fun and rejuvenation, and you can’t help but feel amorous when you’re so relaxed! Even as you come in to land at Zadar Airport you’ll start to realise just why it’s so easy to fall in love in Nin.
Nin is the oldest royal city in Croatia and is over 3000 years old. It is known as the Croatian Bethlehem and has possibly the world’s smallest cathedral. The natural landscape itself is a unique home to rare plants and animals, providing over 2000 habitats.
Nin is located in the middle of a sandy lagoon, and the lagoon is also known as Queen’s Beach. It is named after the wife of the first King of Croatia, Tomislav, and is said to have been visited by the royal family frequently as the Queen loved the beauty of the beach and the fresh sea breeze. The mud of the beach is said to have healing powers and the warm, shallow waters are so nice to dip your toes into.
The ‘Romantic Night’ in August
At the end of August, the 19th this year, a whole evening is dedicated to celebrating romance. There are kissing points and love benches, where couples take sweet photographs – the best ones can win you a free romantic dinner. There is live music, flowers and a memory wall, and the restaurants go all out with their decoration.
Nin has an impressive array of sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing or frolicking in the Adriatic Sea. Before you land at Zadar Airport, you’ll spot the 8,000 metre stretch of beaches from the plane windows. The warm sea is shallow enough to paddle in and the winds in the lagoon are great for water activities like surfing. Queen’s Beach is one of the most beautiful in the world and you shouldn’t miss it when you visit the area.
Nin is a must-visit for foodies. A multitude of restaurants serve up traditional specialties, such as šokol, which is pork neck preserved with sea salt and herbs. The fresh mountain air and sea breezes give the locally-grown herbs a distinct taste, and it’s one you won’t forget. The Burela Inn and the Ansotica café bar are personal favourites.
How to get there
Zadar Airport is the closest to Nin. Ryanair flies there from Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London Stansted for as little as £21.99. After you land at Zadar airport you’ll need an airport transfer to your hotel. Shuttle Direct’s private taxis or shared buses can be booked beforehand at a competitive price: it’s that easy.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable taxi from Zadar Airport , Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.