Nin's šokolijada (Šokol festival)
Would you like to try „šokol“, the unique speciality of Nin, and see how it is prepared? Although it can be found in nearly all restaurants in this area, to be present at Nin’s Šokol Festival means far more. Namely, from 2003 this unique competition has been held which attracts a large number of „šokol“ experts in July, but also many locals and visitors who enjoy the event, the smells and tastes. However, the whole story actually starts at the very beginning of the year when the meat for the preparation is distributed to the registered competitors, and ends in July when the best „šokol“ makers are chosen.
In fact, „šokol“ – for whose preparation quality pork meat, Nin’s salt, spices and Nin’s aromatic „bura“ (north easterly wind) are needed - is a dried meat product of a recognisable taste. The neck of pork is first kept in sea salt for a few days, then it is submerged into boiled red wine and then seasoned with different spices. The rest of the process is left to the natural effect of smoke and „bura“ plus the secrecy of the recipes which are guaranteed by passing them down to the next generation by word of mouth, without any written traces. Therefore winning the Nin Šokol Festival is a matter of prestige, and the festival itself is very interesting for tourists, as well as being tasty! Enjoy it!
QUEEN'S BEACH IN NIN
In Nin large areas of sandy beaches are spreading up to 8 kilometres. Certainly the most beautiful and best known is the Queen's Beach. The Legend has it that when Croatian king Tomislav would come to Nin on vacation, the Queen would spend most of the time on the beach near the medicinal mud site. One day the king joined her and said: „When we come to Nin this place will be only yours, this is heaven on earth and this is your beach."