Nestling at the foot of the Velebit mountains, the seaside town of Senj is in many ways the surprise package of the northern Adriatic. The alleyways of Senj’s old town are a treasure trove of historical discoveries, while the region’s stunningly varied geography provides a wealth of outdoor-adventure opportunities.
And when it comes to the scenery, Senj is extraordinarily well-endowed. The Lika-Senj County contains more nature conservation areas than any other region in Croatia, with the Velebit mountains and the Plitvice Lakes counting among the many natural attractions that lie within day-trip range of town. Senj’s wild hinterland provides unique access to a range of different climatic zones, with the brittle rockscapes and dry scrub of the Mediterranean rubbing up against the forests and meadows of continental Croatia. All of which provides the perfect setting for an active holiday, with opportunities for hiking, mountain-biking and rock climbing lying only minutes’ away from the beach.
Senj’s historical pedigree is second to none, having been the site of Roman Senia and subsequently serving as a bustling medieval trading town. During the era of Ottoman expansion Senj was home to the Uskoks, a tightly knit community of Croatian warriors whose raiding prowess on land and sea helped to keep the Turks at bay. This rich historical legacy is reflected in a fascinating clutch of museums and monuments, while a string of secluded beaches running north and south of town provides the Senj coast with bundles of summer-holiday charm. With festivals and cultural events programmed throughout the summer, Senj is a vibrant place in which to spend a holiday.
 “May God preserve you from the hands of Senj” was what sixteenth century Venetians used to say to Adriatic-bound travellers, paying backhanded tribute to the Uskoks’ warlike reputation. “May God deliver you into the embrace of Senj” would be a worthy twenty-first century equivalent. 

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