What to do and see in Zadar?

Discover Zadar, one of the oldest cities in Europe that is continuously inhabited for 3000 years. Its old town is situated on the peninsula and for centuries it was the capital of Dalmatia region.

The city is situated in center of the Adriatic coast and it is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets that hide amazing beaches. It is on the crossroads of 4 national parks (Plitvice lakes, Krka waterfalls, Kornati archipelago and Paklenica canyon), and in the hinterlands flows emerald green river Zrmanja well known for its magnificent canyon. Velebit mountain borders this area and offers untouched nature with an unforgettable panoramic views.

Since Zadar is positioned in the very heart of the Adriatic coast it was point of interest for many foreign conquerors. The city was ruled by Venetian Republic, Austrians, Napoleon, Italy and all of them left the trace not only in its history but also in gastronomy, language and tradition.

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Why you should visit Zadar?

Zadar is famous for popular modern installations Sea Organ and Sun salutation, situated on the sea promenade. You should listen to the unique melody played by Sea organ and watch colorful light show  of Sun salutation. Take a walk along sea promenade called “Riva” and enjoy the view of the closest islands Ugljan and Pašman.

Walk across “Kalelarga” main and the most famous street in the city, older than the city itself. Discover remains of the largest Roman Forum built in Croatia and take photos in front of the church of St. Donatus built in 9th century. Visit Zadar’s cathedral dedicated to St. Anastasia, or church of St. Simeon, St. Chrysogonus and many others.

9th century

The Church of St. Donatus, which is one of the most recognizable symbols of Zadar, was built in 9th century.

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City walls protected by UNESCO

Take a walk along city walls built by Venetian Republic in 16th century to resist Ottoman sige. The walls are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. You should also visit picturesque port called “Foša” decorated with beautiful Land gates.

Taste Maraschino, traditional liquor produced in Zadar from 16th century whose distinctive taste enjoyed Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Baudelaire, Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin and queen Victoria.

16th century

Traditional liqueur “Maraschino” that was recognized around the world, has been produced in Zadar since 16th century

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