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Starigrad, Paklenica, Croatia

Located by the sea, at the entrance of NP Paklenica, Starigrad is found attractive by those who like the beach and those who like hiking. Source: hotelalan.com

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Where the mountain meets the sea, in Starigrad-Paklenica, by the coast of the Velebit Strait, there used to be a Roman city. Ancient writers mentioned it as Argyruntum. Today, it is the centre of Paklenica Riviera that also includes the villages of Seline and Tribanj and is the starting point for visiting Paklenica National Park. It was abandoned in the 16th century, at the time of the Ottoman invasion. The Venetians rebuilt it in the 17th century. Traces of past have been preserved in antique objects, and the Ottoman Empire left behind Vecka kula castle, found at the Starigrad beach reef,
Starigrad, Paklenica, Croatia

Mirila - memorial funereal monuments of Velebit souls, on the hills of Velebit by the road. Source: vecernji.hr

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and Paklaric Fortress. On 15th of August, for the celebration of Assumption a pilgrimage is held to the sanctuary - Church of St. Mary, followed by a big party at the waterfront. Marasovic ethnic house has the exhibit of the tools that were once used by the local inhabitants. Eleven films were shot in Paklenica area from 1962 to 1968 about the Indian Chief Winnetou. The films were made after the books of German author Karl Mayo. A jeep safari excursion allows you to visit film locations such as Mt. Velebit and River Zrmanja Canyon. Starigrad is equally popular among beach goers and mountain
Starigrad, Paklenica, Croatia

Vecka kula at the reef of Starigrad beach Kulina that was the residence of King Pasoglav, according to the legend. Source: tripadvisor.com

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climbers. In fact, here you get both. Pebble beaches attract families with children, while adventure lovers come here for hiking and free climbing. More significant events include Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival - international music documentary film festival. Accommodation in this area is truly rich and versatile: from apartments, rooms and rural households to lodging houses and hotels to camps and tents. Due to large number of visitors, rooms and apartments in family houses in Starigrad are a normal occurrence. Close to the main Starigrad beach is the Bluesun Hotel Alan with the area dedicated to the exhibition of original props used in Winnetou films. Nearby, there are also hotel Rajna and hotel Vicko.

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