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Zadar region

Zadar is a city of romance and love, as well as a place of passion and spirit! This is a town that does not mind exploring new art forms and ideas to enrich its extraordinary setting and complement its grand physique. Zadar is both a peaceful community and a dynamic modern centre that greets everyone with open arms and leaves a lasting mark on every enamoured visitor!


Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ - Zadar

All senses awakened

First you have to meet THE SEA ORGAN – a sound art object and experimental musical instrument that creates lovely chimed tunes using only the rolling power of sea waves. The installation looks like a series of broad steps leading down into the sea hiding clever engineering beneath their surface. Nikola Bašić, a renowned architect, has devised an ingenious system of resonant chambers that produces syncopated ever-changing tunes which soothe and excite the minds of countless amazed visitors "chilling" on Riva.

Right next to it is THE GREETING TO THE SUN - another installation of the brilliant architect symbolizing the communication between man and nature. This stirring monument consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates that absorb solar energy during the day and create a spectacular waterfront light show just after sunset. These installations are a holiday for all your senses. 


St. Donatus - Zadar

Explore 3000 Years of History

Get to know the symbol of Zadar – the Church of St. Donatus and travel through time. The Church of St. Donatus is an amazing church from the 9th century, a sightseeing must and the largest pre-Romanesque structure in Croatia! It's 27 m high and 22 m wide, has a specific cylindrical shape, a double interior and it stands out with its originality. Today, it mostly serves as a remarkable venue for medieval renaissance music. The whole structure is an architectural example of the Carolingian period and it is considered the most significant of its kind in Europe. Most of its ornaments largely originate from the ruins of the nearby Roman Forum. Built between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD and commissioned by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, the forum complex features an elaborate design of temples and colonnades with one proud column standing intact to this day. Take spectacular photos on the site!


UNESCO Fortifications - Zadar

Feel like a knight!

See if you like the City Walls as much as UNESCO does. Zadar was once the largest city-fortress in the Republic of Venice and its City Walls were an important part of an elaborate defence system.The City Walls of Zadar, together with the other five components of the Venetian Works of Defence of the 16th and 17th century, located in today’s Croatia, Italy and Montenegro, joined UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2017 as an outstanding monument of the modern maritime fortification scheme.The most impressive part of the Walls is the Land Gate, the main historical entrance to the city built in 1543 by Michele Sanmicheli, a famous Venetian architect. As an integral part of the Walls, it is considered one of the finest Renaissance monuments in whole Dalmatia, boasting its triumphal arch, central passage and two smaller side arches for pedestrians. Study history in a new way!


Restaurants and Bars

Step by step hedonism

Learn about the local food and rituals every step of your walk-through Zadar – from colourful markets, fresh Mediterranean ingredients, local dishes and coffee get-togethers that last for hours. Zadar nucleus' lively feel, with its restaurants, bars, coffee shops and bakeries makes spending time here one of the most enjoyable things to do. This vibrant quarter with a great atmosphere is in the oldest part of the Town of Zadar where the present meets the past. Wander around many narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways or splendid, picturesque squares. When you feel the need to take a break, stop at a traditional “konoba“- a trattoria style restaurant featuring local delicacies. Afterwards, act like the local people: find your favourite spot and experience the feeling of coffee drinking being less of a habit and more of a sacred ritual. They enjoy drinking it for hours. Try some delicious, fresh Mediterranean local foods, taste some of the excellent regional wines, or find the best ice-cream in town. Regardless of what you do, just soak up that cheery atmosphere.


Kalelarga - Zadar

Also known as the Wide Street, Kalelarga is the main and the most beloved street in Zadar, probably older than the city itself! Extending in the east-west direction, following the print of the main longitudinal Roman street (Decumanus Maximus), Kalelarga, for many, is a place of fun and leisure, processions and celebrations.


Five Wells Square - Zadar

The Five Wells Square is located on a site between the medieval City Walls and the Renaissance Grimani Bastion. It features five lined-up wells built during the siege by the Turks in the 16th century. You can find the oldest park in Croatia on top of its adjacent bastion.


Episcopal Complex (Churches) - Zadar

Or even better – a whole complex. The Episcopal complex of Zadar includes the Roman Forum, the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Church of St. Donatus, the Zmajević Seminary, the Orthodox Church of St. Elias, the Benedictine Nunnery and several other buildings. For some golden moments, visit the permanent Exhibition of Church Art – the Gold and Silver of Zadar! 


There are a number of well-charted cycling trails in the region that will offer excitement and pleasant first-rate recreation.

If you decide to take a ride north the coast of Zadar, head towards Zaton, Nin, Vir Island, Starigrad and Pag Island and enjoy a wonderfully diverse setting. At the same time, you will be passing the most western part of mainland Dalmatia at Privlaka, the rugged moonlike surface of Pag, the rocky hills of Vir, the steep trails of Paklenica National Park and many other beautiful locations.

If your journey takes you south towards Bibinje, Sukošan, Biograd, Pakoštane and Lake Vrana Nature Park, you will bike on slightly less demanding routes and come closer to the beautiful sea resorts. If you however prefer biking around islands, you may try great scenic trails of Pašman and Ugljan or take a ferry and roam around free on incredible Dugi Otok. Either way – you can't bike wrong!


Explore our hiking trails! The most famous hiking destination in this area is National park Paklenica, for sure. You can have a memorable trekking experience on numerous scenic trails in the park as there are several very popular routes that offer magnificent views of the Adriatic and take your breath away. Or discover the beatiful Zrmanja and Krupa River! The spectacular canyons and waterfalls that were carved by Krupa and Zrmanja river can only be topped by the monastery that was built on its banks. See what happens when nature and history work together!

Please choose the category that best suits you and your experience and conditions, take adequate clothes and necessary nourishment and enjoy Zadar region trails!


Best Places to Discover Sailing

Although sailing adventures are salty, they leave sweet and lasting memories forever kept in a swelling heart and an elated mind, so come to experience maritime bliss of the region! 

Whether you sail around pine-covered islets of the untouched bays or you decide to spend more time exploring jagged cliffs and rugged surfaces of the rocky islands, your sailing experience in the region will be utterly enjoyable and entirely rewarding. 

Set sail through the Zadar Channel, navigate your way across the Zadar Archipelago, circle around true gems of nature like the heart-shaped island of Galešnjak and meandering Telašćica Bay, visit sandy lagoons around Nin, discover heavenly coves of Pag Island and Dugi Otok (Long Island), linger in extraordinary spots like Sakarun Beach and the Queen’s Beach, stop in the beautiful harbours of Zadar and Nin and by all means rest in the exceptional marinas of Biograd and Sukošan! Do you need any more reasons to leave everything and sail away this minute?

BIOGRAD IS THE IDEAL STARTING POINT 

Located in the most indented part of the Adriatic Sea, an area with the largest number of islands and several national and nature parks, Biograd is the ideal starting point for all those who love sailing, especially between April and October.

The town has a long and proud maritime history and it is one of the most popular nautical spots in Northern Dalmatia offering excellent facilities of well-equipped marinas along with the cosiness and intimacy of little private bays and numerous opportunities to explore the stunning natural environment. No wonder it attracts many yachtsmen and boating enthusiasts who come for one of the 50 annual regattas. Sail away!

SAKARUN COVE

Imagine your dream beach. White sand, turquoise water and pine trees? Well, now you can also visit it. Sakarun Cove is a natural gem of the region, widely known and regularly listed among the most beautiful coves in the world! But there is another great beauty in the area.

Sakarun is a wide 800-metre-deep sandy cove with a view of the open Adriatic Sea. It is located on the northwest coast of Dugi Otok (Long Island). This exceptional beach has gained a well-deserved reputation for its distinctively white sand, clear turquoise sea and thick rows of pine trees that provide a welcome shade on hot summer days. Sakarun is a spectacular place of beauty, peace and tranquillity suitable for everyone, as the calm shallow waters surrounding the beach offer safety and relaxation in an extraordinary setting of changing hues and colours.

TELAŠĆICA - THE SAFEST BAY IN THE ADRIATIC SEA

Telašćica is a wonderful bay and a designated nature park located on the south-east part of Dugi Otok (Long Island). This beautiful bay set in a harmonious environment includes 6 charming islets and is surrounded by 13 islands, all covered with lush vegetation of evergreen forests. Telašćica was proclaimed a nature park thanks to its rich flora and fauna, distinctive geomorphological phenomena, clear seabed teeming with marine life, as well as its interesting archaeological heritage. Choose your favourite spot among 25 small beaches, 161 m high cliffs, a salt lake with medicinal properties, picturesque and unusual islands and amazing viewpoints!

HEART-SHAPED ISLAND

The Island of Galešnjak is known for its heart shape, but there are more reasons to fall in love with it. As most things related to love, discovering this island was also an accident. This tiny island of only 0.132 square kilometres of land was accidentally discovered during a Google Earth search. It instantly became a topic on TV channels such as CNN and BBC. The whole world found out about Galešnjak, the island with the most perfect heart shape in the world. You can plan your romantic trip also but note that it does not have any kind of man-made structures or accommodation facilities. In our opinion, that makes it even more romantic, don't you think? Enjoy romantic moments under the stars or swim along the clear pebble beaches surrounding the tiny island with your loved one.

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