Sukošan (San Cassiano in Italian) is a village in Dalmatia, Croatia, with 4,402 inhabitants, the majority which are Croats. It is located along the Adriatic tourism road between Zadar and Biograd na Moru.
Sukošan is a beautiful holiday resort, with a spacious and cultivated long coastline, numerous intimate coves and clean clear sea. Known as a nautical center, Sukošan is a site of Zlatna luka Marina, the Tustica Nature Complex, pebble beaches, comfortable camping sites, distinguished buildings, olive groves, vineyards, hospitable people and tradition.
Situated in a bay, Sukosan has no sand beaches. The town itself offers nice walks through the traditional narrow alleys.
Sukosan cherishes the old customs. They are linked to the feast of St. Kasijan, the patron saint of Sukosan (13 August). The Nights of Sukosan is another event offering entertainment. During the carnival season, "luzari", masques typical only of Sukosan, represent a special attraction.
Due to its numerous restaurants and taverns, Sukosan is known as a place of drinking wine and singing.
The parish church of St. Kasijan, erected probably in the eleventh century (fragments with pleter motifs - interlacery ornamentation), assumed its present aspect in the seventeenth century. It tends to be open for special occasions, such as August thirteenth, the feast of St Kasijan.
A small church from the seventeenth century rises on the graveyard. Fragments with "pleter" (interlacery ornaments) are incorporated in its door-posts and on the front.
The ruins of the fifteenth-century summer villa of the archbishops of Zadar can be seen on an islet in the bay. The earth utilized to form the base of the villa was dredged from the neighborhood Punta, forming a festering tidal pool, known as Lake Sukošan, or Sukošan Jezero.
The ruins of the mediaeval fortress erected by the counts of Bribir rise on Cape Bribircina.
Chief occupations include farming, viniculture, olive growing, fruit growing and tourism.
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