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Miletići with Ljubljana Cape
Miletići with Ljubljana Cape
The aim of this site is to provide as much as information about Rtina as possible. Rtina lies on the western side of Bočertina Peninsula, facing Ljubač Bay to the west and Island Pag's southern end on north. This side of the mainland is protected from the bura wind sweeping through Velebitski Channel on the other side of the peninsula. The scattered groups of houses, hamlets along the Pag road (Miletići, Benići, Vrankovići, Stošići, Miočići) were combined into one settlement, Rtina, which received its name after Cape Artina.

The quiet, crowd-free coast of Ljubač Bay in Rtina is not what is typical for the Croatian side of the Adriatic. However, several locations in the area has similar beaches (Nin, Vrsi, Ljubač). Most of the beaches in Rtina are gravel with concrete larger or smaller terraces here and there, for example the length of the concrete coast strip in Miočići is several hundred meters. On the SW end of the beach, in Plemići Bay, at the mouth of Jaruga Creek the beach is sandy and the swamp here, just like in Nin, is believed to be healing.

Miočići Beach to north
Miočići Beach to north
Accommodation can be found in apartment buildings in each of the hamlets. There are several restaurants available for lunch or dining, like Mate Grill on the Pag road, Restaurant Mladi Mornar, Restaurant Rtinka. Several larger apartment buildings serve food and drinks in their restaurants, as well (Augustino, Delfin Villa Rosa, Villa 4M). Miočići Beach has its own bar, next to the small harbor.

Most of the events in Rtina happen around St. Simon's Day (30th July) with concerts and other entertainment. Rtina's International Swimming Marathon is also organized around the end of July.

On the road to Miočići Beach
On the road to Miočići Beach
The area has been inhabited for thousands of years. Traces of the Illyrian, pre-Roman era are still to be seen in the Venac (Gradina) neighborhood. Cape Ljubljana above Plemići Bay facing Rtina boasts the ruins of the medieval castle of Templars, Ljubač. In the vicinity of the castle yet another historical monument is the remains of a square-shaped early medieval church with three apses. The celebrated poet of Croatia's renaissance culture, Juraj Baraković was born in Plemići, a former hamlet in the Jaruga Creek mouth area in 1548. Rtina's St. Simon's Church (Crkva Sv. Šime Bogoprimca) is a recent one - after the old church had been demolished in 1962 the new church was built as late as 1990. Rtina had a minor stake in the Yugoslav War of the 1990s. At one of the unsuccessful attempts to ruin the bridge of Island Pag the plane of the Yugoslav Army was downed and its parts fell into Plemići Bay.

While on our site, please make sure to visit our Rtina photo gallery and check out the short video taken on the beach. Our link collection contains Rtina-related websites and the place itself is shown on our map.

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