27 Aug Zrmanja – Paradise for nature lovers
Experience the purity, colors and scents of nature, find a perfect balance at river Zrmanja and enjoy wild water sports surrounded by extraordinary scenery. Here the time has stopped, and through the everyday activities in nearby villages you will find out many beautiful traditional stories, as well how to live in coexistence with animals and in abundance of vegetation that brings that special feeling of balance.
River Zrmanja is 69 kilometers long, originates from a strong springs at the foot of the mountain Poštak in southern Lika and flows into the Adriatic Sea. For river Zrmanja we can say that is a ” Hidden Beauty ” as its overhead streams hidden in impassable and up to 200 meters deep canyon together with unbelivably clean water and magical waterfalls make it one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe.
Things to do in Zrmanja
When planning your trip to Zrmanja have in mind that you can approach the river from two different sides of the mountain Velebit and adjust your activities according the the place you visit. One part of the river is mostly for those looking for the complete peace and quiet, and another one is well know as a perfect destination for activities as canoeing and rafting.
- Follow the road Gračac – Knin and turn at the place Palanka. Following the road after a couple of hundred meters houses will be on your left-hand side and on the river on your right-hand side. Usually mostly locals use this road, and as it is quite narrow, and does not offer a possibility for parking it might be a good idea to ask locals if you could use their yards for leaving a car for a couple of hours, or find some other convenient place next to the road.
Here you will not find any bars or restaurants, so you should take with you some basic food in case you know you will spend here some time. The water from the river is drinkable, so you can drink it either directly from the river or from the spring well (Zrmanja Vrelo) which you will find just next to the road.
We can say that this part of Zrmanja river is for those looking for a peace, quiet and a bit an activity – tracking, walking, swimming in the river or fishing. If you decide to go for a fishing adventure, it is neccessary to issue a fishing permit. Here you can find some useful phone numbers where you can get more info about permits.
- For those looking for a bit more of an adventure – canoeing or rafting on the river Zrmanja is the perfect activity.
This excursion can be booked by a travel agency and you can arrive on the starting point in Kaštel Žegarski by your car or you can ask for an organized transfer.Kaštel Žegarski is only one hour drive from Zadar of one and a half from Šibenik. It is advisable to make a booking in advance. This is a wonderful activity for group of friends or whole families. All groups are guided by experienced guides and if having a children age 6 and more this is a perfect activity for a family quality time. During the whole day you will be enjoying in a magnificent sceneries on the way, untouched nature and in a magic of river Zrmanja.