Zadar is located in the middle of the Adriatic, full of historical monuments and ancient atmosphere. It is a city with an interesting history and precious cultural heritage. Zadar has been appointed as the “center of entertainment on the Adriatic” by the London Times. Access to this beautiful Mediterranean destination is very flexible. It can be reached by land, sea and air and has good connections to the other large Croatian cities.
This beautiful town enjoys the reputation as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. Partly because The Guardian named it “the new Croatian capital of cool”. The history has left many reminders of Zadars turbulent past. The city contains many churches and cultural monuments from different times. The most valuable cultural monument is the church of St. Donat (symbol of the city and the most famous monumental building in Croatia from the early Medieval period – 9th century). Worth visiting are also the cathedral of St. Stošije (three-nave Romanic building, and the largest church in Croatia), church of St. Šime (early Christian church which houses the powers of St. Šime – Zadar’s most popular saint), church and monastery of St. Mary (female Benedictine monastery), church and monastery of St. Francis (the oldest Dalmatian Gothic church, built during the lifetime of St. Francis Asiški). The remaining old city walls, fortresses, gates and church of St. Krševan is also worth a visit.
Among many other famous attractions in Zadar you find the world’s first Sea Organ and the urban installation “Salute to the Sun”. The Sea Organ is a large instrument built into on one of Zadars piers where music is created by the movements of the sea. “Salute to the Sun” is an installation composed of multi layered glass panes, underneath which solar modules create a symbolic communication with natural light. Famous buildings are Forum, Fosa, Museum of Antique Glass, Kalelarga, promenade, Arsenal – just to mention some.
Zadar is surrounded by many small and beautiful islands like Ist, Molat, Iž, Rava, Olib. You can visit them by yourself or join one of the many excursions. If you prefer visiting nature parks (Telašćica, Sjeverni Velebit and Vransko Jezero) or national parks (Paklenica, Plitvice, Kornati, Krka and Velebit) Zadar has a very central position. You can also find many other and very beautiful areas in the Zadar archipelago.
The younger generations can entertain themselves in “The Garden” bar, “Arsenal” lounge bar, “Peppers club” or “Maraschino” night club. The most famous bar is “Hitch bar”. With its theme nights, international DJ’s, and concerts by Croatian and international artists this bar offers a perfect place for entertainment and fun. The older generations can enjoy various festivals, concerts, exhibits and various plays. Culinary lovers can enjoy specialties of the region in some of the citys many famous restaurants, such as “Foša”, “Kornat”, “Fortuna”, “Lungo Mare” and “Pet Bunara” – to mention a few…
One more reason why you should visit lovely Zadar are the many beautiful beaches in this area.
Borik is pebbly and sandy beach located north of the city. It is popular by hotel guests, but is open for everyone to enjoy. While the kids entertain themselves in a attractive aqua-park, parents can relax in beach bars, cafeés or rent equipment for water sport activities such as windsurfing and jet skis, or the inevitable pedal boats, tubes, banana, parasailing etc. It is also possible to rent various types of boats. Smallerer children will enjoy the many entertainment facilities that are offered to them.
Kolovare is a area of Zadar located South of the city center with many various beaches and nice bars along the sea. There is simple entrance to the sea and deckchairs can be rented.
Bazen is part of the Kolovare beach where visitors can enjoy a natural pool of sea water. Local water polo teams is also training here. A diving board of 10 m height makes this location even more attractive for those who like excitement.
Punta Bajlo is a beautiful rocky beach where parking is free and your car is perfectly safe in the shadow of pine trees. This beach is a fine place for swimming, or just for relaxation in the shade spending pleasant time with your family or friends…
Vitrenjak is a beach located in the marina “Uskok”. This beach is a suitable area for families with children, in addition to the beach there is a cafe and a small playground for children. Part of the beach is equipped with a ramp and suitable for people with disabilities.
Puntamika is a pebble beach located near the lighthouse named Lanterna where visitors can relax in the sun and enjoy the beautiful view towards the nearby city piers.