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.
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 – the church of Sv. Donat (St. Donatus) where every summer the sounds of Zadar’s musical evenings echo, 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…).
In a city with the most beautiful sunset, in 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” (Greetings to the Sun)near the new harbor for cruise ships.
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4 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ZADAR:
1) Zadar was rated as no.1 city according to TripAdvisor in 2016 season
2) Amazing check-in location if you wish to visit natural park Kornati
3) Full of nightlife & amazing restaurants
4) Alfred Hitchcock said: Better sunset than the one on Island Santorini
MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS
Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)
Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, designed by local architect Nikola Bašić, is unique. Set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that exude wistful sighs when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. The effect is hypnotic, the mellifluous tones increasing in volume when a boat or ferry passes by. You can swim from the steps off the promenade while listening to the sounds. This is a superb spot to peacefully watch the sun go down to the mesmerizing tones of Zadar’s most popular attraction.
The Greeting to the Sun
Another wacky and wonderful creation by Nikola Bašić (along with the nearby Sea Organ), this 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with 300 multi layered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy during the day. Together with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ’ssound, it produces a trippy light show from sunset to sunrise that’s meant to simulate the solar system. It also collects enough energy to power the entire harbour-front lighting system. The place is packed with tourists, excited children and locals every night, especially at sunset, when the gorgeous sea views and the illuminated pavement make for a spectacular sight.
Zadar City Gate and walls
Once the largest city-fortress in the entire Republic of Venice, Zadar’s walls allowed it to retain more of its independence than most of its neighboring cities. When you pass the walls you will see famous Five Wells Square.On top of the bastion above the Harbour Gate is a promenade called the Muraj – a peaceful vantage point over the mainland opposite and the people crossing the bridge. Best thing is just to wander in streets of Zadar and be surprised by walls of Zadar.
The Cathedral of St. Anastasia (Croatian: Katedrala sv. Stošije) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Zadar, Croatia, the seat of the Archdiocese of Zadar, and the largest church in all of Dalmatia. The church’s origins date back to a Christian basilica built in the 4th and 5th centuries, while much of the currently standing three-nave building was constructed in the Romanesque style during the 12th and 13th centuries. The site has been submitted to UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
ZADAR IS ALL ABOUT EATING QUALITY FOOD
Presenting few restaurants, cafe, and market where you can expect only superb food, produce and amazing dishes for good prices. Everything you need for gastronomic superb experience
Hotel Bastion’s fine-dining restaurant offers contemporary takes on classic Croatian cuisine (octopus stew, stuffed squid, Pag cheese). France and Italy also make their presence felt, particularly in the delectable dessert list. Opt for the white-linen experience inside or dine on the battlements overlooking the harbor for a memorable evening’s dining.
Restaurant Pet Bunara
With exposed stone walls inside and a pretty terrace lined with olive trees, this is an atmospheric place to tuck into Dalmatian soups and stews, homemade pasta and local faves such as octopus and turkey. Save room for a traditional Zadar fig cake or cherry torte.
Sitting pretty in a prime harbour-front spot with lots of polished wood and a slim covered terrace, this elegant place is one of Zadar’s best restaurants. The cooking marries fresh Croatian produce, rich French-style sauces and plenty of Italian touches. The seafood, however, is a touch on the pricey side for what you get.
Beneath the Art Hotel Kalelarga, this chic little beige cafe is your best option for a cooked breakfast or a decadent cake. As the day progresses, the focus shifts towards more substantial Dalmatian fare. Service is very good here.
With a gorgeous terrace that juts out into the harbor and a sleek interior that combines ancient stone walls with 21st-century style, Foša is a very classy place. The main focus of chef Damir Tomljanović is fresh fish, plucked from the Adriatic and served grilled or salt-baked.
This wildly popular hotel restaurant is great for grilled fish and other seafood, though the menu has red meat and vegetarian dishes too. It’s your best bet down the Borik end of the city.