the city of Nin is quite ancient; unlike Zadar, however, it has
remained quite small.
For the visitor, Nin's small size is certainly a big
part of its charm. You don’t have to imagine the town “as it once was”
while ignoring the surrounding swirl of
traffic and modern architecture. Of course, you
might instead have to erase mentally the swirl of tourists who swarm
through it. If you’re able to go outside the usual
summer tourist season, such as in October when these photos were taken,
the tourist population will naturally be much lower.
beautiful, but one benefit of going in
summer is that you can take advantage of the fact that Nin has what’s
been called “Croatia’s best beach.” While
most of the beaches in the country are composed of pebbles, not unlike
the beaches in Normandy,
Nin’s is delightfully sandy.
there, start from the point shown in the photo at top and, rather than
crossing the Donji most into the old
town, turn left and walk three kilometers north. Once there you might
see people smearing themselves with mud from the swampy ground near the
which is reputed to have healing properties. If nothing else, it should
lift one’s spirits to sit comfortably on the sand enjoying the warm
sun while the other people provide the entertainment by smearing mud
all over themselves.