Zadar is Dalmatia’s cultural and political beating heart, and has been for centuries. The historic city is home to the oldest university foundations in the country, and many important archaeological sites, monuments and ruins that date back to Roman and Venetian times. Located in the northwest area of the Ravni Kotari region, on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing and vibrant city of colour, culture and contrasts. The enticing city also boasts a cool vibe and fewer crowds than Dubrovnik.
The Old Town of Zadar is a treasure trove of ancient and medieval churches, landmark structures and fine architecture. On a stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town you will discover many interesting historic and cultural sights. Seek out the Venetian gates in the city walls, and visit the grand 12th century Cathedral of St Anastasia, and the famous 9th century pre-Romanesque St Donatus’ Church. There are cosmopolitan cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy refreshments whilst watching the world go by. Zadar also flaunts a beautiful seaside promenade where people gather to listen to, and admire, the stunning art installations and to observe spectacular sunsets. It’s believed that the world famous movie director, and master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock once proclaimed that: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world”.
Visit the ancient relics that are dotted along Zadar’s stunning coastline and explore its equally beautiful green and hilly hinterland. As one of Croatia’s primary transport hubs, you can easily access neighbouring archipelago islands via the city’s ferry links. If you appreciate art, you won’t have far to venture to discover two unique attractions. Situated on the scenic promenade are the mesmerising sound and light shows of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation (or Monument to the Sun), both artistic creations designed by architect Nikola Bašić.
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