Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean port city. The old town, surrounded by walls and towers on a peninsula, with a new, urban part is connected by a bridge, a symbol of the city.
Situated in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the urban centre of northern Dalmatia as administrative, economic, cultural and political centre of the region.
The Zadar archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks – Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 National parks – Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.
Built on Roman urban principles, where there are several major longitudinal streets traversed by a greater number of latitudinal streets, give the city a rectangular shape. The old town is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments, since Zadar is rich with heritage: the church of sv. Donat (St. Donatus), the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga – the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of sv. Stošije (St. Anastasia), an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums…).
Another symbol of the city is the church of St. Donatus from the 9th century built on the remains of the ancient Roman Forum. Initially dedicated to the Holy Trinity, it was named after the Zadar bishop Donatus in the 15th century. The church has not been used for any sacral function for a long time, but due to its extraordinary acoustic characteristics it is the location where “The Musical Evening of St. Donatus” have been taking place for more than 50 years.
In a city elected for Best European Destination 2016, with the most beautiful sunset, with a maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets, which protect the city from the strong winds, enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Pozdrav suncu (Greeting to the Sun).
Enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, taste the sweet Maraschino cherry liqueur, and take a swim from one of the beaches in the Zadar area !