Town wall

The tiny village of Nin is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia, the cradle of the Croatian history. Located only 14 km from Zadar on a mere 500 m wide sandbank, it was the most important port in Dalmatia and the political and cultural centre of the region from prehistoric times until the end of the Middle Ages.


King Branimir

The first inhabitants, the Illyrian tribes arrived here about 3000 years ago. They were followed by Greek shipmen who called the settlement Aenona (or Ainona) and surrounded it by walls. Under the rule of the Roman Empire Aenona grew into a flourishing municipium with a capitolium and one of the most monumental temples of the Dalmatian coast. The people who cultivated the land or worked on the surrounding salt pans felt safe within the town walls and enjoyed all the advantages the 'modern' Roman town could provide such as aqueducts and public baths.

The Slavs appeared in the 7th and 8th centuries and turned the town into a Christian centre. Churches, oratorium and a cathedral were erected and the Benedictine order founded a monastery. Nin was the seat of the first Croatian bishops who had an influence all over Croatia. Some bishops played a significant role in the Croatian history and often took an important part in the political and cultural life.

In the Middle Ages Nin was the seat of the Croatian kings, as well. Its importance was like a red rag to a bull for the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans. Venice burnt it to ruins in 1646 in order to prevent the Ottomans to build a base for their attacks against Zadar. Although Nin was reconstructed a few decades later, the town has never regained its old significance. Today only tourists bring life into the tiny village.

Getting here & around

By car

Zagreb (A1) – Bosiljevo junction (A1) - exit Zadar zapad (road 8) - turn to the north at Murvica village - Nin.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Zadar 1     117 Kn

The old town lies on a small island that is connected with stone bridges with the main land. Driving onto the island is permitted.

By bus

From Zadar buses arrive to Nin via Zaton resort.

Zagreb - Nin 135-146 Kn

Zadar - Nin  15 Kn

Tourist information

Trg braće Radića 3.

Tel:  +385 23 265 247

e-mail: info@nin.hr

At Šokolijada, the gastronomic festival of Nin, is all about šokol,a dry-cured ham made of pork. The winter northern wind, Bura plays a significant role in the drying process of the ham. All families in Nin and its environs have their own recipes that they keep in secret. At Šokolijada, held in July every year, anyone can taste this exceptional delicacy.

Church of St. Anselm

Grgur Ninski

Višeslavov trg

Formerly a cathedral from the 6th until the 18th century, this church is named after Nin's first bishop. The side chapel is the only remaining part of the original church. The nearby statue of bishop Grgur Ninski is a copy from 1969. Its original can be found in Varaždin and a much more larger copy stands in Split.

Grgur Ninski was one of the most significant bishops of Nin and Croatia. Due to the magnificent statues of the Croatian sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, he is the most well-known, as well. The bishop lived at the turn of the 10th century and devoted his life to the struggle for the use of the national Glagolitic language in the religious services.


Trg sv. Anselma i Marcele 1.
Opening hours: 15 Jun-15 Sep  10.00-12.30 and 17.30-21.30

Admission charge: 10 Kn ( children 5 Kn)

The treasures of the former cathedral are on display here. The most valuable objects are the reliquaries of St. Anselm. The oldest one from the 8th century keeps the collarbone of the saint and is decorated with golden figures of the patron saints of Nin: St. Ambrus, St. Anselm and St. Marcel. The hand reliquary originates from the 10th century. Also, you can deduce the shoe fashion in the 14th century from the reliquary that allegedly covers the foot of the saint.
The exhibited objects are resplendent in gold and silver so the title of the collection is 'The gold and silver of Nin'.

Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross

The emblem of Nin, the cross shaped church from the 9th century is located opposite to the Church of St. Anselm, among Medieval tombstones. This used to be the smallest cathedral in the world.

Main town gate

Old town

From Višeslavov trg walk down in Branimirova ulica (this is the 'pedestrian street') to get to Ulica Hrvatskog Sabora. Beyond the impressive gate of the former town wall, a stone bridge leads to the mainland.


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