How to get to Paklenica?
Starigrad is a small town located in North Dalmatia, known for its proximity to Paklenica National Park and its beautiful natural surroundings.
The easiest way to reach Starigrad is by highway A1 (Zagreb – Dubrovnik) and taking exit Maslenica. You can also arrive by plane to Zadar airport and then take a car to Starigrad Paklenica which is approximately a 40-minute drive.
What to do in Starigrad?
Starigrad offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors who are interested in nature, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences. Here are some things you can do in Starigrad:
Paklenica National Park
This is the main attraction in the area, known for its stunning karst landscape, deep canyons, and diverse flora and fauna. Hiking and rock climbing are popular activities here, and there are numerous well-marked trails to explore, including the famous Velika Paklenica Canyon.
National Park Paklenica
Starigrad Sightseeing and Activities
Explore the historic town of Starigrad with its charming streets, traditional stone houses, and a variety of restaurants and cafes where you can taste delicious Croatian cuisine.
Visit the archaeological site of the ancient Roman town of Argyruntum, which is located in Starigrad. You can see the remnants of Roman buildings and artifacts.
St. Peter's Church
Explore the historical St. Peter's Church in the center of Starigrad. The church dates back to the 9th century and is a fine example of early Christian architecture.
Paklenica National Park is a rock climbing paradise with over 400 climbing routes of various difficulty levels. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, you can enjoy the thrill of climbing surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Restaurants in Starigrad
For trying some delicious Croatian food we recommend the following restaurants:
- Tavern Konoba Marasović is a great place with charm, excellent service, and fresh and tasty food. Authentic food and atmosphere make you feel you have escaped and found genuine Croatia. Many people come here to enjoy tasty octopus salads, grilled tuna, and grilled squid.
- Stake Restaurant Ante is a great steak restaurant behind the main square. Mediterranean and Croatian cuisines can be tasted. Also, the wine list is versatile, every visitor can find something that satisfies their taste.
Beaches in Starigrad
While Starigrad itself may not have extensive sandy beaches, it does offer access to some beautiful coastal areas and pebble beaches along the Adriatic Sea. Here are a few notable beaches and areas in and around Starigrad:
Beaches in Paklenica National Park: While not technically in Starigrad, the Paklenica National Park has several picturesque beaches along its coastline. You can reach them by hiking or taking a short drive from Starigrad.
Weather in Starigrad Paklenica
Starigrad has a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and calm mild winters. In summer there is almost no rain. However, in autumn, winter, and spring it rains more regularly. July and August are the hottest months, with an average high temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius.