The small Dalmatian town of Nin, situated in the Zadar County, has always attracted lovers of old history.
Croats colonized Nin at the beginning of the 7th century and Nin was historically important as a centre of a medieval Christian Bishopric.
Up to the abolition and Latinization imposed by King Tomislav in the first half of the 10th century, Nin was the centre of the autonomous Croatian branch of the Church.
Nin was also the seat of the Princes of Dalmatia. The Bishop Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) was an important figure in the 10th-century ecclesiastical politics of Dalmatia.
The smallest cathedral in the world, the Church of the Holy Cross, can be found in Nin.
Today Nin, which has been awarded the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), is a popular among tourists and boasts a number of interesting attractions, including the 800-metre long sandy beach, medicinal mud, outdoor activities, the famous historic salt pans and the amazing birdlife.
Over 200 bird species choose the Lagoon of Nin for their home. The most famous are the black-winged stilt, Kentish Plover, Little Egret and the Kingfisher.
The area is listed in the ecological network NATURA 2000 habitats, made up of areas that are important for the conservation of endangered species and habitats.
Check out the 2-minute video below as filmmaker Goran Safarek wonderfully captures the European Destination of Excellence.