Croatia is no longer a secret in triathlon tourism. More and more athletes are discovering the great opportunities that the Croatian Adriatic coast offers for training camps and family-triathlon holidays. Dalmatia is one of the last Mediterranean regions where quality is still more important than mass tourism.

The Punta Skala peninsula enjoys a unique location near the city of Zadar, and the quality of the sea along the Adriatic coast is simply stunning.  With its outstanding design, first-class facilities and a Mediterranean flair combined with excellent service and a fantastic location right by the turquoise waters of the sea, Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort is an exclusive holiday oasis where athletes have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive wellness holiday at a luxury hotel in Croatia. Hotels & residences complex offers not only two first-class hotels but a small holiday paradise. With fine restaurants, exclusive apartments, modern sports facilities, crystal clear waters and Mediterranean climate.

Imagine if only a race existed where you could sleep in a hotel right next to the start line, and where the prices of accommodation during the race would be lower than in full season. Then there would be no need to waste time driving and finding parking. You could sleep longer and be less stressed about finding parking and forgetting small items in the hotel. A race without portable toilettes because breakfast and your room are all a five-minute walk away from the start and transition. And the race that takes place in crystal clear sea, where carefree fish swim below you. Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon in Croatia is just such an event.

Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon kicks off triathlon season in Croatia

Scheduled to be held on Saturday 11 May 2019, the early season Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon half distance race (1.9 km, 90, 21) 6th edition, is situated in the breathtaking location at the tip of the Peninsula Punta Skala in Petrčane, near Zadar city in North Dalmatia region of Croatia.

Zadar is located in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, almost directly across from Rimini, Italy. Historically it was the centre of Dalmatia and is Croatia’s fifth largest city with 75,000 residents. Its position on the Adriatic Sea plus the romance of the city is slowly making this a must-visit destination. Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed. If you spend any amount of time in Zadar, someone will at some point tell you of a famous quote associated with the city. In May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock visited Zadar and claimed that “The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida.”

The event was moved to the beginning of May because of the better air temperatures (average 23° C) while the average sea temperature of 18° C is high enough for swimming with wetsuits in crystal clear Adriatic sea.

A large number of Croatian and foreign triathletes will enjoy the beauty of the Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort and its surrounding area. The race starts with a 1.9 km of swimming in front of the Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora. Swimming is then followed by the bike course of 90k ((9 + 4×18 + 9), towards a small Dalmatian fishing village Petrčane, then towards Nin, the oldest Croatian royal city. During the Roman time, Nin was an important municipality and seaport. Nin is the European destination of excellence, European Best Romantic Destination 2016, has the smallest cathedral in the world and is well-known with its natural sandy beaches, healing mud Peloid, salt pans & museum of salt and many archaeological sites. The route continues through picturesque villages of the colourful hinterland of Zadar city and then back to the Punta Skala Resort. The bike portion takes place on a gently rolling terrain without significant hills, but being a seaside race means that the wind can be a factor. Cycling course is with the lowest point at 2m above sea level, highest point 52m above sea level with Total 430m of climb and descend through 90km. Roads are in excellent condition and traffic will be regulated during the first part of the route (9km), while the section (4 x 18km) will be closed for traffic. Last, but not least, comes the run of 21k (4 laps and run course is new for 2019 race, exactly 5,27km long with 14m altitude difference per lap, which is total 21,1km with 56m of climb and descend). Here, the course will take athletes through the enchanting Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort with a stunning backdrop of the Adriatic sea.