Zadar is a 2000-year-old Mediterranean city with well-preserved Roman, medieval and Venetian architecture, which includes the Church of St Donatus, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia and the unique fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida, applauded at every evening. – May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock
Zadar is located on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coast, in the region of Dalmatia. Historically, it was the center of Dalmatia and is the country’s fifth largest city with 75,000 residents. The city has been through a lot but is now stronger than ever.
The Old Town’s peninsular position along with the city’s famous romantic vibe make this a must-visit destination.
Nowadays, the city of Zadar is one of the most popular destinations on the Croatian coast in addition to Split and Dubrovnik. Why is it a must-visit? The first reason is its impressive 2000-year-old history with well preserved Roman, medieval and Venetian architecture, which includes the Church of St Donatus, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia and the unique fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Secondly, Zadar’s wonderful Mediterranean charm makes it a vibrant and enjoyable place for residents and visitors alike. As soon as you walk through the gates you sense it, especially after you walk down the narrow streets, past countless cafes full of people enjoying the lovely afternoon weather.
Besides the ancient sites, it’s almost unforgivable to miss their two modern attractions positioned right next to each other.
The Sea Organ, a unique water installation, is Zadar’s most popular attraction. What seems to be a mere set of steps leading into the sea along the city’s famous boardwalk is actually a working organ, operated entirely by the water. What cool and relaxing sounds it makes!
The Greeting to the Sun, another unique installation, represents the solar system. It soaks up the sun’s rays during the day, only to dazzle everyone with its colorful light show at nightfall.
There is, however, much more to Zadar than its remarkable history. Its fantastic culinary scene and lively nightlife are also the reasons to include this city on your Croatian itinerary. Make sure to taste at least some of the delicious food locals are so proud of – fish, shellfish, olive oil, wine and of course the unique Maraschino brandy.
- 75,346 (2015)
- Famous citizen:
- Luka Modrić (footballer)
- Roman Forum
Church of St. Donatus
St. Anastasia's Cathedral
St Chrysogonus's Church
St Mary's Church
The Land Gate
Greeting to the Sun
- Museum of Ancient Glass
Museum of Illusions
- Queen Jelena Madijevka Park