Zadar is a 2000-year-old Mediterranean city with well preserved Roman, medieval and Venetian architecture including the St. Donatus rotunda, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and the unique fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida. – May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock
Zadar is located on the Croatian side of Adriatic coast, in the region called 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 in its history, but is back and stronger than ever. Its position on the water plus the romance of the city is slowly making this a must-visit destination.
Nowadays, the city of Zadar is, together with Split and Dubrovnik, the most popular destinations on the Croatian coast.
Why is it a must-visit? The first reason is 2000-year-old history with well preserved Roman, medieval and Venetian architecture including the St. Donatus rotunda, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and the unique fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Reason number two is the Mediterranean vibe that makes this place so living, vibrant and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. As soon as you walk through the gates you sense it, especially after you walk the narrow streets, past countless cafes full with people enjoying the afternoon weather.
Besides the ancient sites, it’s almost unforgivable to miss their two modern attractions right next to each other.
The Sea Organ, a unique water installation and the most popular Zadar attraction. What looks like steps leading into the sea along the city’s famous boardwalk is actually a working organ, operated entirely by the water. What a cool and relaxing sounds it makes!
The Greeting to the Sun, another unique installation representing the solar system, soaks up solar rays the whole day long, only to dazzle people with them in the form of colored light patterns as night falls.
Zadar is not only about the huge history. Fantastic culinary scene and lively nightlife are also the reasons to plan this town as one of your stops in your next trip to Croatia. Make sure you taste at least some of the specialties locals are so proud of – fish, shellfish, olive oil, wine and of course 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