a handful of miles from Zadar, the tiny old village of
Kozino (population 482) nestles on top of a long,
gentle hill covered in pine forests, vineyards and olive
groves. A stroll down the hill leads you past a quaint
little church, whose bell-tower dominates the old village.
Emerging from behind the last row of houses a magnificent
view of the sea and the islands breaks in front of you.
From there a narrow, winding road takes you down a gentle
slope and through the fields to the new part of Kozino,
that lies stretched along the rugged coast.
Even at its busiest (the first three weeks in August),
this new part of the village retains its island-like sense
of remoteness, but with the old-town centre of Zadar being
less than a 20 minutes drive away.
Aside from sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling, this
wonderful location makes an ideal base for exploring -
both its immediate surroundings as well as the numerous
sights and national parks in the region.
rental accommodation in Kozino is approximately 2km (1.3miles)
distance from Petrcane, only a 20-30min stroll on the
footpath that winds through the fields and olive groves
situated between the two villages.
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a few minutes drive from Kozino, (or preferably a pleasant
afternoon stroll through the fields!), Petrcane has
a perfect blend of vibrant atmosphere and rustic, old-fashioned
spirit. Charming alleyways of the old village form a small
maze framed with traditional Dalmatian stone houses. Stop
and sneak a peak into their hidden-away courtyards decorated
with fig trees and colourful oleanders, or keep on towards
the old village harbour.
This turns into a lovely sea-front promenade, lined with
modern, attractive villas and family houses that remain
mostly hidden away behind their verdant gardens and front
yards planted with fragrant pine, lemon and palm trees.
Petrcane has a post-office, several restaurants and
cafe-bars, a few well-stocked food shops, and a number of
stalls that sell local fruit, vegetables, souvenirs and
toys. Hire a dinghy or a bicycle to explore the surroundings,
take a riding lesson from the local riding school or just
laze the day away on a beach.
Sitting on one of the promenades benches, or dining
on a terrace of one of the sea-front restaurants, you can
enjoy the views of the large sandy bay with the village
harbour and the pine-clad peninsula that embraces and shelters
it from winds. The lush green islands of the Zadar archipelago
lace the horizon, providing a spectacular backdrop for the
a more lively side Petrcane is host to the annual Garden
Festival, taking place at the beginning of July. To find
out more about the Garden Festival and related music and
art events in Petrcane and Zadar visit the official website