Petrcane, a small fishing village in Croatia, located about 10 kilometers north of Zadar. It is known for its many festivals that usually take place in the summer.
This small fishing village has a history of almost 900 years and is characterized by picturesque Dalmatian houses, beautiful beaches, clear waters, fragrant pines and mild Mediterranean climate. The beautiful bay where Petrcane is located is surrounded by two peninsulas – Punta Radman and Punta Skala.
In Petrcane you can find many lively cafes, restaurants, markets, hotels and numerous paths that lead through olive groves near the village that are ideal for hiking and cycling. In the past, the residents of Petricane were mainly engaged in agriculture and fishing, but tourism is today one of the main industries of this Dalmatian village and every year this village developed in this direction; so today Petrcane is known as a tourist resort with many apartments, rooms and villas for rent.
The historic cities of Zadar and Nin are only ten kilometers away.
Beaches in Petrcane
The most popular beach of Petrcane is located on a natural peninsula near the Hotel Pinija. This beach is also known as Punta Radman. The beach is sandy and rocky, has a part of sand that is perfect for children. A part of the beach belongs to the Pinija Hotel and the entrance to this part has to pay all but hotel guests. Along the beach there is a thick pine forest and numerous beach services that offer fun and relaxation.
A little further on there is Nela Beach Club. It is a pebble and rocky beach which offers a beach volleyball court, bar, open gym on the beach, a pirate camp, and a handful of pop, latin and rock music. This beach is a favorite gathering place for young people. Admission is free.
In the nearby Punta Skala peninsula there is a tourist village Zaton, ideal for family holidays. The peninsula is covered by dense pine forest with magnificent natural beaches (gravel, sand and rocks). This beach is also quite torn down, but you can find privacy in its slightly hidden parts. The entrara will be charged 30-35 kn. A part of the beach is reserved for naturists.
A little further on there is an uninhabited natural cove, Viševica, which is not crowded; it is possible nudism and more privacy.
Accommodation in Petrcane
Petrcane offers a large number of private accommodation, apartments, pensions and hotel accommodation. There are Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences Punta Skala and Hotel Pinija.
As for the campsites in Petrcane, there are some of them and most of them are located a few meters from the sea – Camping Puntica, located near the center of Petrcane, camping Pineta, and a little further ahead in Zaton (9 km from Petrcane) is the largest campsite in Dalmatia – Zaton Holiday Resort camping.
Ristroranti to Petrcane
Petrcane has a rich gastronomic offer that has been greatly facilitated by the development of tourism. In Petrcane you can find numerous bars, restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy the true spirit of Dalmatia and the hospitality of the local people. The gastronomic offer includes a variety of local Dalmatian dishes prepared according to traditional local recipes. Fresh fish is offered every day, which in combination with virgin olive oil, fresh local vegetables and homemade wine offers a unique gastronomic experience. There are also essential meat specialties, which in no way are inferior to those of fish, also cooked in traditional Dalmatian style.
What to do in Petrcane
Besides the excellent cuisine, comfortable rooms and beautiful beaches where you can enjoy swimming, diving, surfing or other summer activities in the crystal clear waters, during your stay in Petrcane you can also enjoy various other activities – trekking, jogging, mountain biking, horseback riding, bungee jumping, or you can opt for a day trip to one of national parks and nature parks that are in the vicinity of Petrcane.
Day trips from Petrcane
visit to the Kornati National Park
visit of the Krka National Park
visit of the Paklenica National Park
horse riding in Zaton
bungee jumping from the Maslenica bridge
one day trip to Nin
day trip to Zadar
In the center of Petricane there are several small supermarkets, butchers, markets and bakery products. If you need a bigger purchase for a few weeks, we recommend going to Zadar.
The shop on the main square (Konzum) is open daily from 7: 00-21: 00 (Sunday at 8 pm), and here you can find most of the necessary ingredients. This is quite a small shop and they tend to create big crowds around the cash register. There is a shop at the entrance of the Pinija hotel whose offer is not as rich as that of Konzum, but if you are looking for a snack and a drink and want to avoid the crowds, this shop will surely be suitable.
At the petrol station, which is on the main road, you can find a shop that is open 24/7 and generally offers some cigarettes, but it is far enough from the place and we do not recommend going there on foot.
Cigarettes, cold drinks, phone cards and newspapers can be found at the Tisak kiosk located in the main square; the opening hours are 6:00 to 00:00. There is also a kiosk in the Pinija hotel which is open until 11.00pm.
You can buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen in front of the Konzum store, every morning from 8:00 to 10:00.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are available, in addition to shops, in different locations in the village where locals sell local vegetables, fruit, olive oil and brandy – just take a walk along the coast and you will find them easily.
Nightlife in Petrcane
In Petrcane, as in other small Dalmatian places, you can have fun with Dalmatian song, dance and a wide selection of local specialties. On the beaches there are some bars where you can relax with a variety of drinks and cocktails. One of them is the Cafe Vagabundo which is known for its late night parties and good atmosphere – the staff will take care that you do not get thirsty, your task is just having fun. Located in the heart of the village, Cafe Vagabundo is located a few steps from the main square.
How to get to Petrcane
Local buses from Zadar and Zadar stop on Petrcane’s main square and Zadar bus station. Ticket price in one direction between Petrcane – Zadar is 13 kunas; the time on holiday days is the same as on Sunday.
Regular bus lines that use the coastal road stop along the main road to Petrcane and from the Zemunik airport you must first go to the Zadar bus station to take a bus to Petrcane.
The nearest airport is Zemunik near Zadar which is about 22 km from Petrcane (30 minutes by car).
The nearest highway exit is Zadar Zapad (Zadar West) which is about 30 km from Petrcane. During the summer months, the motorway can be crowded. If you come from the direction of Split or Dubrovnik, you can also use the coastal road which is more interesting because it crosses many picturesque tourist spots. As it can be very crowded in the summer, we advise you to use the motorway.