This walled city is the largest on the coast between Rijeka and Zadar. It is in the foothills of the Mala Kapela and Velebit mountains. Since ancient times, this region was used to cross from the inland to the coastal area. Geographers say there was once a port named Senia where Senj stands today.
Places to see
- Sundial. Don’t miss taking a photo of the famous sundial when in Senj. The city lies precisely halfway between the equator and the North Pole. The location where this sundial symbolically marks the 45th parallel cuts through Senj.
- Senj City Museum. The museum is located in the palace of the Vukasović family, one of the most respected families in Senj,
- Park Nehaj. This scenic park has a playground and a water view.
- Velika Vrata museum. The museum houses archeological collections and a collection of the recent history of Senj and the Fatherland`s war.
- Nehaj Castle. This hilltop fortress, completed in 1558, is now a museum and the site of an annual medieval festival. The fortress was made from the remnants of ruined churches, monasteries, and houses originally located outside the city walls.
- Holy Mary of Arta church.
- Writers Park. In Senj, some of the most famous Croatian writers and poets were born and lived, such as Silvie Strahimir Kranjcevic, Milutin Cihlar Nehajev, Vjenceslav Novak, and Milan Ogrizovic.
Things to do on Senj
- Go to the beach. Banja beach offers sunbeds and umbrellas for rent during the day. The evening transforms into a party spot, complete with music and DJs.
- Take a hike. Try the Jablanac – Zavratnica Bay trail, a 2.5-mile out-and-back trail near Senj, Lika-Senj. It takes an average of 1 h 4 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, hiking, and mountain biking.
- Visit the Velebit Mountain. The entire mountain is under UNESCO protection as a World Biosphere Reserve, the only one in Croatia listed as such.
- Kayak or paddleboard.
- Explore the town on a bike.
The town of Senj offers a wide variety of restaurants and taverns serving local specialties prepared according to traditional recipes. Fish and shellfish are mainstays of coastal cuisine, while vegetables, lamb, berries, honey, and Velebit rakija (schnaps) are favored in the mountains.
A few restaurants to try include:
- Restoran Martina. A small restaurant perched on a cliff gives stunning views of the water. Specializes in seafood, Mediterranean, and European cuisine.
- Konoba Lavlji Dvor. This atmospheric tavern has indoor and outdoor seating.
- Kod Veska. Seafood restaurant in the old town. With outside seating, fresh fish, large portions, and reasonable prices.
Marinas and Anchorages by Senj
The Harbor. This port is the ideal location for medium-sized boats. It is an excellent shelter since it is located at the base of the Velebit and Mala Kapela mountains.
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