Zadar, the centre of Dalmatia with 3000 years of history, has an impressive Roman forum, the largest one on the Croatian side of Adriatic, with beautiful Romanesque churches such as St. Donatus, St Anastasia ad St Chrisogonus as well as many natural historical attractions. The region of Zadar tells the story of the past of Croatian cultural heritage better than any book.
Zadar takes pride not only in its abundant archaeological and monumental treasures, wel guarded over the centuries, but also in the fact that foundations of the oldest university in the Land were laid here in 1396. Zadar is also the city in which the first Croatian novel was written, as well as the very first newspaper in Croatian luggage was published.
On a peninsula in the heart of Dalmatia, Zadar is a hub providing access to many small islands in the Adriatic. Zadar may not be as popular as Dubrovnik & Split but has abundance of history, natural beauty and character and even though there is plenty to do and see. The popular cafes and bars are scattered through the narrow streets, always busy and buzzing with life, and only few steps away from places such as the Roman Forum, Church of St Donatus, the beautiful Zadar Cathedral, the largest one in Dalmatia not just the few places to visit and enjoy the rich heritage city has on offer.
From one side of the town to the other is a mere few minutes’ walk and you get to see the highlights of the city from the Roman Form to magnificent natural sound-and-light spectacle of the contemporary architectural monument the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation in a short stay. As Alfred Hitchcock once said, one can watch the most beautiful sunset in the world from
Zadar waterfront, it is certainly one to witness and be to be mesmerised by.
Zadar is a living, vibrant city, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and popular year-round. Less touristy comparison to other popular cities, Zadar and the surrounding areas offer excellent value holidays to people looking to escape to pristine natural beaches, plenty of Mediterranean sun and excellent cuisine as well as a city break option or a stopping place for few nights for a multi-centre holiday when discovering the amazing Dalmatia coast.