Petrcane is a pretty resort in Croatia located only about 10 kilometers from Zadar city, and is one of the most popular vacation spots in the entire region. Really picturesque in this former fishing village is the beautiful waterfront with the fishing port and the small village center, where the typical Dalmatian stone houses exude a lot of charm. The highlight, however, are the beautiful beaches and bays of Petrcane, which make a beach vacation in Croatia absolutely perfect. You will find countless opportunities for excursions and day tours in the surrounding area of Zadar region. The beautiful center and the harbor offer a wide range of restaurants and cafés, which provide for culinary well-being. It is enough to say that Luka Modric, one of the best football players of all time decided to build his beautiful villa at this beautiful resort.

The jewel of Petrcane, however, is its small picturesque port and the promenade along the shore, which invite to walk, cycle or jog along the coast. Here you will also find most of the pubs and restaurants, but also many good accommodations in direct proximity to the sea.

The history of the village goes back to the Middle Ages about 900 years ago. At that time, Petrcane was owned by the monasteries of St. Chrysogonus and St. Plato from Zadar. Today, the building of the former St. Bartholomew’s Church from the 12th century with the bell tower is still preserved.

The Beaches in Petrcane
The beautiful beaches of Petrcane are a guarantee for an unforgettable beach vacation. On a coastline of about 5 kilometers, countless beautiful bays make you want to swim and sunbathe. Most of these beaches are pebbled beaches, which are particularly wonderful because of their excellent sea quality and the extremely idyllic ambience. The Beahes in Petrcane are voted one of the best sea quality in entire Europe, which attracts many tourist from different continents.

Beach Petrcane – Main Beach
The beach Petrcane is located directly on the promenade in the center and is the main beach of the popular vacation resort. This elongated bay is a mix of pebble beach and concrete sections at the edges. Small bushes and green pine trees provide pleasant shade here on hot summer days. The sea is also wonderfully clear and shines in picturesque blue watercolors. If you need to take a 30 min relaxation, no problem, beach provides 30 or 60 min massage for affordable price.

Food & drinks are provided by a cool beach bar on the pebble beach and a restaurant on the concrete beach. From both, you can enjoy stunning sea views.

Beach Cape Radman
A real highlight among the most beautiful beaches of Petrcane is the Plaza Cape Radman. Situated at the tip of the picturesque Radman Peninsula, this beach captivates with a particularly scenic ambience. This dream beach with fantastic turquoise sea colors is a mixture of pebble beach and concrete beach in really idyllic surroundings. You will find natural shade here under the green, old pine forests of the cape.

Beach Pinija
The Beach Pinija is also uniquely beautiful, with amazing sea colors and easy access to the sea. There you can find rocky and concrete sections, and part of the bay is a lovely pebble beach. This part of the coast is also covered with pine trees and you can rent sun beds and umbrellas for a fee. If you want to do something fun, just rent a kayak at the hotel and paddle along the beautiful coast of Petrcane.

Tip: A part of this beach belongs to the hotel of the same name Pinija Hotel, a 4-star hotel right by the sea, which delights with good food and top location.

Things to do Around Petrcane
Near Petrcane you can discover some of the best attractions of the Zadar region. Here are the most beautiful trips you can experience during your vacation:
- A highlight and only 10 kilometers away from Petrcane is the famous old town of Zadar. It’s famous for its countless beautiful attractions, such as the sea organ and the Roman forum.
- Only about 9 kilometers away is the picturesque old town of Nin, which is definitely a must-see. A trip to the island of Vir nearby, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge, is also recommended.
- Also recommended is a boat trip to the Kornati Islands and a trip to the Telascica National Park, on the beautiful island of Dugi Otok. Inside Telascica National Park you can find a beautiful lake that has beautiful view to Italy. Sweet water or salty water, you decide which one suits you best.