Biograd na Moru, city and port in northern Dalmatia, is situated 28 km south of Zadar (the main city of Zadar County) and, according to the 2001 Census, the town (without its surroundings) counts 5,259 inhabitants. It is located on a small peninsula and on the mainland. To the north there is Bošana Cove and to the south Soline cove. The islands of Planac and St. Catherine (with a lighthouse) are in front of the town. The average temperature in January is 7 °C, while in July it is 24.5 °C, with an average rainfall of 840 mm. Soline Cove has a large sandy beach open to the public and surrounded by a pinewood. Biograd is a local, commercial and traffic center well connected with its hinterland, surrounding coastal localities and small towns on the island of Pašman.
The economy is based on agriculture, fishing and tourism. Biograd is a ferry port for the island of Pašman. It is situated on the coastal road Zadar - Split (M2, E65). Biograd is the center of the riviera that covers Sv. Petar na Moru, Turanj, Sv. Filip i Jakov, Biograd, Pakoštane and Drage, as well as localities on the island of Pašman.: Tkon, Kraj, Pašman, Barotul, Mrljane, Neviđane, Dobropoljana, Banj and Ždrelac, and Vrgada on the island bearing the same name.
Thanks to its position on the most indented part of the Adriatic coast, this region offers excellent possibilities for nautical tourism and sailing as few places on the Mediterranean do. Three national parks are located in its proximity: Paklenica, Kornati archipelago and Krka Falls, and there are also nature parks such as Telaščica and Lake Vrana..
Besides its cultural and historical heritage, Biograd is also known for its lovely beaches, picturesque coves and various accommodation possibilities. Many town restaurants offer home made specialties and international cuisine.
The Biograd tourist development started between the two World Wars. Its first guests, from the Czech Republic, started coming to Biograd in the 1920’s. The first hotel was built in 1935 on the sight of today’s Hotel Ilirija. Numerous cultural and entertainment programs and sports events are on the summer months’ program, folk feasts in open spaces, by the water polo pool near Hotel Ilirija, and in the cinema area, while sports tournaments take place regularly.
The picturesque Pašman Canal, with its many islets and islands, protects Biograd and its Riviera from the strong sea winds, which is an advantage for bathers and boaters. Excursions to the Kornati Islands are possible, as well as excursions to the nearby Telaščica Nature Park. Lake Vrana is at 7 km distance from Biograd, and it is the biggest lake in Croatia, rich with freshwater fish. Fishing excursions are also organized.
Biograd has one of the biggest and best equipped tennis camps on the Adriatic. It consists of 14 tennis courts with earth base and 6 fields with hard base. It is situated in a pinewood, next to the beach. Biograd offers excellent possibilities for sailing and diving, as well as sailing and diving courses.
Biograd is a port visited by boaters whose destination is the Kornati archipelago. Regattas, sailing school and other nautical activities are organized throughout the year. The marinas in Biograd have 1000 sea berths and 200 places on land, and they are open all year round.