Zadar – beautiful city with rich cultural heritage and history situated in the heart of Adriatic.
How to arrive in Zadar?
It is an easily reached destination by land, sea and air and has a good traffic connection with other bigger towns of the region.
Clime in Zadar
Zadar has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cold windy winters.
Beaches in Zadar
Top 3 beaches:
1. The main town beach Borik ; a pebble beach with one sandy cove and a concrete plateau
2. Beach Kolovare has a Blue Flag ; the beach is pebbly with paved areas and above it is a pine forest ideal for families with small children
3. Zaton Beach located near the city of Zadar ; 1,5km long beach with shallow water and sandy gravel shores – ideal for families and those who are looking for adventure.
The islands,300 smaller islets and the untouched nature (3 nature parks – Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks – Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit) classify Zadar and its surroundings at the very top ofthe Croatian tourist offer.
What to do in Zadar?
Zadar is an ancient city 3000 years old. During the turbulent history it was destroyed, looted, devastated and every time the town was rebuilt from the ruins. First time the city was mentioned in the 4th century BC as Jadera and through history it changed into Idassa, Jadera, Diadora, Zara (during Venetian and later Italian rule) up to today’s name Zadar. The town has four guardian saints: Sn. Krševan, Sn. Šime,Sn. Zoilo and Sn. Stošija .
The symbol of the city is early Middle Age (9th century) church of Saint Donat. It is a popular tourist attraction nowadays used for various musical performances.
In the city You can also see a curch of St. Šime (Simeon), church of St. Mary’s and its convent, Saint Francis church and Franciscan monastery.
During the history of Zadar walls kept Turks at bay so the town never fell.
Today we can see few city gates; the most impressive gate is Land Gate. There are also Bridge Gate, St. Rocco Gate, Sea Gate also known as St. Chrysogonus Gate, St. Demetrius Gate, and the smallest gate – Chain Gate. Other monuments and attractions :Five Wells Square, Foša, the Forum, Narodni trg and the remains of the church of Stomorica with a fascinating floor plan like a key.
Take a walk through the most famous street of this city – Kalelarga, also known as the Wide Street.
The Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ are two world known attractions of Zadar, both made by the same architect Nikola Bašić.
Sea Organ is situated near the new cruiser port, as part of Zadar’s Riva, and can be observed as a differently shaped part of the coast which consists of several stairs that descend into the sea. While The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi – layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone – paved waterfront in the shape of a 22 – meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates there are photo – voltage solar modules trough which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound.
Where to eat in Zadar?
Zadar and its surroundings offer you a true experience of traditional meals with great Dalmatian wines.
Pizzeria “Bruschetta” – located in the city center
Pizzeria ”Šime” – this pizza place is at Borik
Fish restaurants – Foša (in the center of the city) and Niko (at Borik)
Where to sleep in Zadar?
If You need a place to sleep in Zadar you can find all types of accommodation like tourist villages, hotels that have 2,3 or 5 stars, private apartments and camping places.
Hotels: Iadera, Art Kalelarga, Porto, Donat…
Tourist villages: Zaton Holiday Resort, Zelena Punta, Falkeinsteiner Peterčane and many other villages
Fun & Sport
Places to go out in the evening are Varoš (located at the old town), Maraschino bar and Q bar, Hitch disco.
Sport in Zadar, OK many things you can do here, like:
– windsurfing,kayaking,volleyball, tennis, badminton, jet ski, water slide, iceberg…