Petrcane is a small and beautifully preserved fishing village set on Croatia’s sparkling Dalmatian coast. The quaint narrow streets are lined with relaxed cafés, restaurants and cosy bars, all set in fascinating old-world buildings and its visitors and locals sit side by side, enjoying Croatian coffee and home-cooked cuisine. Peaceful, crystal clear ocean waters meet the beautiful beachfront and idyllic hidden coves come covered in pink and purple Mediterranean flora. With an intriguing history reaching back 900 years, Petrcane holidays will satisfy those searching for a true Croatian experience.
Things to do in Petrcane
Boasting a fascinating history and plenty of cultural pockets of wonder, there are a plethora of things to do in Petrcane.
Petrcane is in a perfect location for those seeking to explore the surrounding Dalmatia region and beyond. The nearby Kornati National park is ideal for outdoor activities ranging from hiking to rock climbing, whereas a short boat ride across the clear waters will take you to the Zadar Archipelago, a cluster of wild, rocky islands steeped in enchanting myth. From there you can explore the Croatian wilderness of these islands, their isolated, unblemished beaches and rare Mediterranean wildlife.
During summer, Petrcane and the surrounding Dalmatia region is host to a number of exciting music festivals, ranging from traditional Croatian folk to lively DJ nights. A Petrcane holiday wouldn’t be complete without visiting nearby Zadar, a larger town bursting with perfectly preserved architectural wonders. A short 10-kilometre drive will find you in the heart of Zadar’s old town, where a true picture of Croatian history awaits.
A Room with a View
To add a unique touch to your Petrcane holiday, stay in the town centre, where you’ll find a number of charming family-run guesthouses and villas. Many of these villas proffer from large, well-maintained gardens, ideal for a relaxed afternoon amble in the warm Croatian sunshine.
A short distance away from the historic centre, and hidden amongst the verdant pine forests, several sleek hotel complexes reside, complete with large swimming pools and easy access to the warm Adriatic waters. These hotels range from convenient affordable rooms to luxurious villa-style apartment rentals, but either way, the impeccable ocean views will enchant all.
Paradise for Nature lovers and Sun-seekers
Petrcane holidays offer something for everyone. Sun-seekers will find plenty of space to unwind on the uncrowded beachfront and the tranquil green spaces. Those interested in Croatian local history will be spoilt for choice in Petrcane’s centre, with many cultural walking tours on offer. However, exploring the streets will tell a story in itself - the beautiful houses and the occasional Romanesque church reveal a picture of Petrcane as the ancient, bustling fishing village it once was.
Nature lovers will revel in a Petrcane holiday, where dozens of hiking and biking trails lead from the village centre, through the sweeping olive groves and out toward the fragrant pines.
After a morning of exploring or relaxing, stop by the village market stalls, which present a colourful array of local fruits and vegetables, mouth-watering Croatian cuisine and one-of-a-kind handcrafted curiosities. As the sun sets across the Adriatic, stroll around the small harbour, and watch the white-washed fishing boats gently sway in the warm evening breeze.