ABOUT ISLAND VIR
The island of Vir is one of the 300 islands in the Zadar archipelago, that is, one of 1186 islands and islets in the Croatian Adriatic.It lies in Sea of Vir (Virsko more) in the northwestern part of Dalmatia, and it is the twentieth largest island among the Croatian islands, and the eighth in the Zadar archipelago. It has a surface of 22.38 km, lenght of 10,12 km and its widest part is 4.25 km.
Its coast-line is 31,43 km long. Distance between Vir and Zadar is 26 km, and around 15 NM by sea-route. Vir is connected to the mainland by bridge that spans across the Shellows of Privlaka since 1976., which enabled the island to become an integral part of the mainland. Therefore, visitors can experience the typical atmosphere of the island, while at the same time can enjoy the mobility offered by a modern road network. Vir is part of the genuine Mediterranean climate. Number of sunny hours per year is 2450, or almost 300 days of sunshine, that makes it a pleasant destination out of the main season also. The average amount of rainfall is around 1000 mm, so the summer has an average of 5-6 rainy days, and during the main season this number is reduced by half. Winds are the most important climate characteristic of Vir. In the spring occurs mistral, which is a major and a refreshing wind during the summer, that reduces summer temperatures and creates good conditions for sailing and surfing. The highest average temperature in July is about 25 ° C, while the lowest is in January and is 6.5 ° C. This healthy climate affects health and life length of the population.
On the island we encounter the original parts of nature of a typical Mediterranean climate, from baren land, pasture and hills to beautiful pine forests, arable vineyards, olove grooves, fields and gardens; sandy to rocky beaches; low shores to steep clifs; old mediterranean houses to modern contemporary style villas; stone roads and macadam to asphalt highways and from the most quiet old villages to crowded town centers.
Great advantage of Vir and its natural position in which it is placed is the nearness of natural and cultural attractions that surround as only one part of his appeal. Only 8 km southeast from Vir is the first Croatian royal town of Nin located, 20 kilometers further lies for centuries the capital of Dalmatia region, today the center of region, town of Zadar. The beauty of these cultural attractions include unavoidable four unique National Parks: Plitvice lakes, Paklenica mountain, Krka waterfalls and Kornati islands, and they are all real treasuries that surrounds us.