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10.12.2020. 12:03 | Zdenka Buljat Batur

Historical and geographical features: 

  • municipality and a place in the northwestern part of Zadar County, it geographically belongs to northern Dalmatia. The settlements of the municipality stretch along about twenty kilometers of the Adriatic coast and are surmounted by the mountain Velebit, on whose southern slopes is the Paklenica National Park. This area is entirely in a protected natural environment because Velebit, with its coast, since 1981, has the status of a nature park. Manita peć and Jama Vodarica are the most famous speleological objects. 
  • The area is influenced by the sub-Mediterranean and mountain climate, which affects the diversity of vegetation and its changes with altitude. In Paklenica, karst areas with low vegetation and beech forests predominate. White and black hornbeam and black pine are often found in the area of ​​the national park. Vegetation is rich in medicinal plants (sage, fennel, mint, heather, St. John's wort), endemic and relict species.
  • The Velebit area has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period !! In the early Middle Ages, the old Croatian settlement began, as evidenced by sacral buildings.            

Cultural monuments nearby:

  • Večka kula is a medieval fortress located along the coast, between Starigrad and Selin. The tower dates back to the time of defense against the Turks, and according to folk legend about King Pasoglav, it was a royal court. 
  • Paklarić is a medieval fortress located on the site of a former hillfort at an altitude of 121 meters. A path leads to the lookout point, starting at the old restored mill. Paklarić's research was conducted in 2001. 
  • The Church of St. Peter is a medieval building located along the Adriatic Highway between Starigrad and Selin, next to the Velika Paklenica stream. The church was built in two phases: medieval and late medieval. Around the church (and inside it) there is a cemetery that was used from the 14th to the 16th century. Massive stone tombstones have been preserved, decorated in places with shallow reliefs.
  • Mirila are funerary monuments along the Velebit trails created in the period from the 17th to the 20th century. One of the few pillows with an engraved anthropomorphic symbol has been preserved on the Kruškovac mirili.
  • Ethnohouse Marasovići is one of the examples of restored traditional construction. It is located in front of the entrance to the Paklenica National Park, in the old hamlet of Marasovići.
  • A special feature of the construction are the cement houses with barrel-shaped concrete roofs on the cube.

Events :

  • On August 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated with a pilgrimage to Veliko Rujno and a folk festival.
  • The International Music Documentary Film Festival has been held in Starigrad Paklenica since the summer of 2010.
  • Paklenica was one of the locations for the filming of Winnetou (1962 - 1966) and Scalawag (1973).
  • Since 2002, the international mountain race Starigrad - Veliko Rujno has been held, which is an occasional national championship in mountain running.

STARIGRAD-PAKLENICA is an ideal place to live for all those who are looking for:

  • nature enviroment and beautiful landscape,
  • proximity of the sea and sea view,
  • fresh air and mountain trails,
  • peaceful and quiet environment,
  • small distance from larger cities and accessibility of all city amenities.

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