Things to do in Nin
The town of Nin are settled on the high position the most romantic cities in Europe according to the portal Best Destinations.
On a small island in the middle of a shallow lagoon the small town of Nin can be found with its old centre, connected to the mainland by two stone bridges from 16th century. According to historians the area of Nin appears to have been settled 10,000 years ago. The present-day town on the islet developed 3,000 years ago and is one of the older towns on the eastern Adriatic. The Croats colonized Nin at the beginning of the 7th century. The first Croatian state community was formed at the end of the 8th and beginning of the 9th century. Nin was the first Croatian royal town, with its period of glory being from the 7th to the 13th centuries. In the 9th century Nin became the seat of the first Croatian bishop. Nin has had an exciting past and today a lovely present.
Nin is well known for its medicinal mud which reliably cures many illnesses. There is a salt works producing salt and whose tradition is a thousand years old. Touching the big toe on the statue of Grgur Ninski – tradition has it-brings good luck. Indeed, one foreign portal has included it among the ten most attractive world symbols of luck. It is worth giving it a try!
What to see in Nin
Church of St Nicholas
A recognisable symbol of Nin is the Church of St Nicholas, located in the field of Prahulje. According to tradition, seven Kings were crowned in Nin, and every crowned ruler rode on horseback to the Church of St Nicholas, and it was in fact here that he would be presented to the people by the same symbolic ritual on that mound he would cut with a sword the four corners of the world.
Church of St Anselm
The parish Church of St Anselm located in the centre of Nin, was the Nin cathedral during the rule of Croatian Kings and later. It was built in the 6th century and restored during the reign of King Zvonimir in 1070 and through history suffered damage several times and assumed its present day appearance in the 18th century.
The Smallest Catherdral in the World
The Church of the Holy Cross called „the smallest cathedral in the world“ is the most valuable preserved monument of early Croatian religious architecture and one of Nin’s symbols. By its position and beauty it dominates the area where it stands. It was built in the 9th century, in the Early Christian period. It is the only religious object in Nin which has remained untouched since its construction to date. It is 7.80 m long, 7.60 m wide, and 8.20 metres in height (inside measures) and the walls are 57cms thick. It was built on the remains of ancient houses which are visible even today. During the reign of Croatian Kings it served as a Court chapel for the nearby Duke’s Court. A number of medieval graves were discovered around the church.
The Church of St Ambrose
The Church of St Ambrose from the 13th century is a beautiful single-nave church with Romanesque-Gothic characteristics. It is located near the Upper City Gate where once the Benedictine Monastery of St Ambrose stood, whose original construction was mentioned as early as 941.
The Baptismal Font of Duke Viseslav
The Baptismal Font of Duke Viseslav the first Croatian Duke who reigned around 800 is one of the most important monuments of church furnishing. This hexagonal stone vessel is witness to the time when Croats were Christianised, and during the Christianisation worshippers were baptised in it. The replica can be found in the Museum of Nin Antiquities while the original is kept in the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split.
The historical story of Nin is the story of prosperity based on salt as well as its long maritime tradition, together with recognisable boats called Condura Croatica. These boats were made and probably sailed during the reign of the Croatian national Kings, Kresimir IV and Zvonimir. The discovered Condura Croatica, is kept today in the Museum of Nin Antiquates in a special pavilion, and a replica is exhibited in the sea near the lower city bridge. But that is not all, in the same museum a copy of part of the boat Serilia Liburnica from the 1st century can be seen, exactly the same as the one found in the ancient port of old Nin (Aenona), in present day Zaton Holiday Resort. However, in order to visualise the appearance of these historical boats, it is not necessary to go to museums, it is enough just to look at the shallow Nin sea where about 100 wooden boats, masterpieces of traditional boat-building, sail, and are called „kaic“, „plazulja“ or „batela“. To see them and sail in them will be an encounter with tradition and pleasure at the same time. Past and present have joined in Nin for you….
Museum of Nin Antiquities
If you want to know about an important part of the history of Nin in the shortest possible time, visit to the Museum of Nin Antiquities is advised.
Gold and Silver of Nin
There are numerous churches in Nin; those which once existed and are preserved to date are a real treasure of valuable artistic items. Part of them are kept in the collection of Church art, the Gold and Silver of the town of Nin, which can be found in a specially prepared area next to the parish Church, the onetime Cathedral. There you have the opportunity to see items from the period of the foundation of the diocese of Nin and earlier. The collection also contains exceptionally valuable reliquaries of the heavenly patron saints of St Anselm, St Ambrose and St Marcela from the end of the 8th – 15th century. The Church treasury Gold and Silver of the town of Nin also contains: a Judas silver coin, the ring of Pope Pio II from the 15th century, the painting of the appearance of Our Lady and other valuable objects.
Museum of Salt
Natural wealth is gold for Nin; they have salt, a source of existence, but also a tradition which recently was converted into a unique institution and tourist attraction The Museum of Salt. If you want to see a traditional way of salt production, if you are interested in souvenirs from salt, or would like to taste “the flower of salt“, by many called the „caviar of salt“ you are in the right place which will take you to a really special world of the salt pans of Nin, so different from what you have seen, experienced or tasted so far.
In the very centre of Nin, on the location of the once Roman forum, the remains of a monumental Roman Temple can be found, the biggest on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. They date from the second half of the 1st century AD., from the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian 69-79 AD.
Touching the big toe of the bronze statue of Grgur Ninski, the Bishop and great advocate of the old Slavonic language and national script, tradition has it that good luck is guaranteed. The Bishop Grgur Ninski, had his seat in Nin from 900-929. In 925, when Tomislav was proclaimed King, the Bishop Grgur Ninski, the symbol of national pride had a leading supreme church power in the State. He was the head of Nin Church which at that time meant being the head of the whole Croatian Church.
The longest and most famous among beaches in Nin is a three-kilometre long beach to which a legend is connected. Tradition has it that the wife of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, was especially attracted by its beauty, and the Royal Family, whenever they officially came to Nin would visit this beach to enjoy a few rare and relaxing moments there. Hence the name Queen’s Beach because of its extremely long shallow beach and beauty, families with small children even today take delight. What is interesting is that you should pass over a ten metre long shallow stretch of water in order to reach it. In its vicinity there is the largest known location of medicinal mud in Croatia. According to the choice of the American Travel Channel, the Queen’s Beach is at the top of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
What to do in Nin
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Nin lagoon is thanks to favourable winds suitable for windsurfing as well as the increasingly popular kitesurfing. For beginners and those who want to rebuild the sports skills, let’s say that here are organized and schools of all these sports and renting top quality equipment.
The local equestrian club organizes tourist recreational riding for children and adults, riding lessons and therapeutic riding.
On a nearby Donkey Farm, to which you can go by bicycle are organized tour and riding, as well as tasting healthy donkey’s milk which in addition to the health has the effect on the beauty.0