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Sightseeing
This is the best place to catch a stunning sunset. I would recommend to be there around 20.20 h and wait for the stunning moment when the sky starts to change colors.
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The Greeting to the Sun
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This is the best place to catch a stunning sunset. I would recommend to be there around 20.20 h and wait for the stunning moment when the sky starts to change colors.
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 exudes 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.
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Sea Organ
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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 exudes 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.
This early-Byzantine church was built all the way back in the year 800 and remains in a near-perfect state of preservation. Over time St. Donatus’ tall, rounded outline has become a symbol and a source of pride for Zadar, the first building you’ll see on postcards. You don’t have to be an amateur historian to appreciate the primitive beauty of this pre-romanesque building. These days the church is a venue for renaissance music performances, the 27-metre-high walls complementing the sound perfectly. The church was built on the Roman Forum, which you’ll find out about below, and building material from this site were used in its construction.
St. Donatus
This early-Byzantine church was built all the way back in the year 800 and remains in a near-perfect state of preservation. Over time St. Donatus’ tall, rounded outline has become a symbol and a source of pride for Zadar, the first building you’ll see on postcards. You don’t have to be an amateur historian to appreciate the primitive beauty of this pre-romanesque building. These days the church is a venue for renaissance music performances, the 27-metre-high walls complementing the sound perfectly. The church was built on the Roman Forum, which you’ll find out about below, and building material from this site were used in its construction.
Zadar’s is the largest Roman forum east of the Adriatic. It was established by Emperor Augustus at the turn of the first century according to two inscriptions found at the excavation site when the forum was rediscovered in 1930. After bomb damage in the Second World War the space was cleared and by the 60s the forum began to take shape once more. What remains are fragments of a colonnade and a pillory, where criminals received a very public punishment! The temple and basilica that once stood here are gone, but you can still trace the raised ground of its foundations.
Roman Forum
Zadar’s is the largest Roman forum east of the Adriatic. It was established by Emperor Augustus at the turn of the first century according to two inscriptions found at the excavation site when the forum was rediscovered in 1930. After bomb damage in the Second World War the space was cleared and by the 60s the forum began to take shape once more. What remains are fragments of a colonnade and a pillory, where criminals received a very public punishment! The temple and basilica that once stood here are gone, but you can still trace the raised ground of its foundations.
A possible future World Heritage Site, Zadar’s cathedral is on the site of a very early Christian basilica that was founded back in the year 300. The building you see today was started in the 1100s and is yet another example of Zadar’s fine collection of romanesque architecture. It was consecrated by Pope Alexander VII in 1177 and then more than 800 years later, Pope John Paul II paid the cathedral a visit in 2003. Inside you can see an early-Christian mosaic dating back to the original basilca. The cathedral’s magnificent bell-tower is newer, having been started in the 15th century and only completed at the end of the 1800s.
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Cathedral of St. Anastasia
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A possible future World Heritage Site, Zadar’s cathedral is on the site of a very early Christian basilica that was founded back in the year 300. The building you see today was started in the 1100s and is yet another example of Zadar’s fine collection of romanesque architecture. It was consecrated by Pope Alexander VII in 1177 and then more than 800 years later, Pope John Paul II paid the cathedral a visit in 2003. Inside you can see an early-Christian mosaic dating back to the original basilca. The cathedral’s magnificent bell-tower is newer, having been started in the 15th century and only completed at the end of the 1800s.
Food & Drinks
Zadar’s signature drink is advertised all over town, splashes of cherry red embellishing uniform walls and bursting out of billboards. After olives and grapes, maraschino cherries are the third largest crop in the region and they have gone into the commercial production of the sweet-yet-slightly-sour liqueur Maraska since the 1700s. Most cafés and bars will sell it, matured in special oak casks and poured from a particular type of bottle encased in hand-woven reed. Revived in modern times, the liqueur has long been an essential element of sophisticated cocktails such as the Aviation, created at the Hotel Wallick in New York in 1916.
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The Garden Lounge
6 Liburnska obala
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Zadar’s signature drink is advertised all over town, splashes of cherry red embellishing uniform walls and bursting out of billboards. After olives and grapes, maraschino cherries are the third largest crop in the region and they have gone into the commercial production of the sweet-yet-slightly-sour liqueur Maraska since the 1700s. Most cafés and bars will sell it, matured in special oak casks and poured from a particular type of bottle encased in hand-woven reed. Revived in modern times, the liqueur has long been an essential element of sophisticated cocktails such as the Aviation, created at the Hotel Wallick in New York in 1916.
With slick, eccentric, semi-industrial decor, a bar with a line of hams and garlic hanging above, Portuguese-style tiles and a welcoming, open-to-the-street approach, this is one of Zadar's hippest bars. There's a good range of Croatian wines by the glass and an extraordinary selection by the bottle – best enjoyed with a variety of Pag cheese and prosciutto.
La Bodega
1 Široka ul.
With slick, eccentric, semi-industrial decor, a bar with a line of hams and garlic hanging above, Portuguese-style tiles and a welcoming, open-to-the-street approach, this is one of Zadar's hippest bars. There's a good range of Croatian wines by the glass and an extraordinary selection by the bottle – best enjoyed with a variety of Pag cheese and prosciutto.
Classy Foša's gorgeous terrace juts into the harbour, and its sleek interior that combines ancient stone walls with 21st-century style. The main focus of chef Damir Tomljanović is fresh fish, plucked from the Adriatic and served grilled or salt baked; the beef tenderloin with truffles is another star. Also try the Adriatic shrimp with smoked-mussel gnocchi.
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Foša
2 Ulica kralja Dmitra Zvonimira
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Classy Foša's gorgeous terrace juts into the harbour, and its sleek interior that combines ancient stone walls with 21st-century style. The main focus of chef Damir Tomljanović is fresh fish, plucked from the Adriatic and served grilled or salt baked; the beef tenderloin with truffles is another star. Also try the Adriatic shrimp with smoked-mussel gnocchi.
Ledana's gorgeous garden setting and cheesy music choices make it a good place for a trashy night out. Party nights see guest DJs, dancers and (occasionally) live bands entertaining the troops. If it's chilly outside, grab a seat in the circular 19th-century ledana (icehouse).
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Ledana Lounge Bar and Club
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Ledana's gorgeous garden setting and cheesy music choices make it a good place for a trashy night out. Party nights see guest DJs, dancers and (occasionally) live bands entertaining the troops. If it's chilly outside, grab a seat in the circular 19th-century ledana (icehouse).
Harbor Cookhouse & Club sits on the waterfront of Zadar harbour, unsurprisingly, offering impeccable views of the water and of Zadar's old town on the other side. Decked out in the fashion of a stylish yacht, this coastal eatery is certainly one to have on your 'must-go' list if you're visiting the area. Popular with locals and tourists alike, you'll find something here to suit at all times of day; whether a coffee to start the morning, a cool glass of vino over a light lunch, or a few beers with your dinner. There are offers each day, a business lunch menu proves exceptional value. The à la carte menu is very much that, with the meals on offer changing. If available, try the seafood burger.
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Harbor CookHouse & Club
6A Obala kneza Branimira
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Harbor Cookhouse & Club sits on the waterfront of Zadar harbour, unsurprisingly, offering impeccable views of the water and of Zadar's old town on the other side. Decked out in the fashion of a stylish yacht, this coastal eatery is certainly one to have on your 'must-go' list if you're visiting the area. Popular with locals and tourists alike, you'll find something here to suit at all times of day; whether a coffee to start the morning, a cool glass of vino over a light lunch, or a few beers with your dinner. There are offers each day, a business lunch menu proves exceptional value. The à la carte menu is very much that, with the meals on offer changing. If available, try the seafood burger.
Beach
The beautiful, natural, sandy beach at Pine Beach is one of the best beaches in Zadar region, the distance from our apartment is around 35 km. Besides sand, the 1 km long coast also offers hidden cliffs and wooden pontoons for sunbathing and swimming. You can enjoy diving, windsurfing, sailing boats, kayaking, the water park and beach volleyball. Entrance has to be paid around 5 EUR per person.
Pine Beach Pakoštane
45 ul. Brune Bušića
The beautiful, natural, sandy beach at Pine Beach is one of the best beaches in Zadar region, the distance from our apartment is around 35 km. Besides sand, the 1 km long coast also offers hidden cliffs and wooden pontoons for sunbathing and swimming. You can enjoy diving, windsurfing, sailing boats, kayaking, the water park and beach volleyball. Entrance has to be paid around 5 EUR per person.
Sakarun, one of the most famous beaches of Zadar County, is located on the northwest coast of Dugi Otok island. Near the beach are the villages of Verunić, Soline and Božava. Its reputation comes from its whiteness of the sand and cleanliness of the sea, and it is surrounded with a pine tree forest which offers welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 metres long, and at 250 metres from the shore it is only 3.5 metres deep, which means that the space for bathing is extremely large and shallow.
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Sakarun
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Sakarun, one of the most famous beaches of Zadar County, is located on the northwest coast of Dugi Otok island. Near the beach are the villages of Verunić, Soline and Božava. Its reputation comes from its whiteness of the sand and cleanliness of the sea, and it is surrounded with a pine tree forest which offers welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 metres long, and at 250 metres from the shore it is only 3.5 metres deep, which means that the space for bathing is extremely large and shallow.
On the southeast part of the town there is a string of beautiful beaches surrounded by a thick pine forest. It begins with the hotels Ilirija and Adriatic and continues with the pebbly beach of Dražica all the way to Soline cove. The beaches stretch along a beautifully landscaped promenade and are equipped with all the necessary facilities. There are numerous cafés, restaurants and snack bars, pancake stands, fast food outlets, shops and stands with beach goods and souvenirs. On the beach various services are available such as open-air massages, entertainment for both children and adults, scooter hire, pedalos, canoes and boats plus many other water sports and fun activities. The beaches are equipped with changing cubicles and showers, and sun loungers and sunshades can also be hired.
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Biograd na Moru
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On the southeast part of the town there is a string of beautiful beaches surrounded by a thick pine forest. It begins with the hotels Ilirija and Adriatic and continues with the pebbly beach of Dražica all the way to Soline cove. The beaches stretch along a beautifully landscaped promenade and are equipped with all the necessary facilities. There are numerous cafés, restaurants and snack bars, pancake stands, fast food outlets, shops and stands with beach goods and souvenirs. On the beach various services are available such as open-air massages, entertainment for both children and adults, scooter hire, pedalos, canoes and boats plus many other water sports and fun activities. The beaches are equipped with changing cubicles and showers, and sun loungers and sunshades can also be hired.
Kolovare Beach is the traditional town beach, located just outside the hotel Kolovare, east of the Old Town. The beach is sandy and pebbly with paved parts. Just above the beach there is a green area and a deep shade where people can hide when it’s too hot. The beach is equipped with showers, changing rooms and sanitary facilities.
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Kolovare Beach
11 Kolovare ul.
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Kolovare Beach is the traditional town beach, located just outside the hotel Kolovare, east of the Old Town. The beach is sandy and pebbly with paved parts. Just above the beach there is a green area and a deep shade where people can hide when it’s too hot. The beach is equipped with showers, changing rooms and sanitary facilities.
Shopping
Supernova center Zadar is the most attractive and the most visited shopping destination in Zadar, while in the region of Dalmatia takes place at the very top. Working hours are every day from 9-21, and in period from June 1 to September 1, the opening hours are 9-22 every day.
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Supernova Zadar
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Supernova center Zadar is the most attractive and the most visited shopping destination in Zadar, while in the region of Dalmatia takes place at the very top. Working hours are every day from 9-21, and in period from June 1 to September 1, the opening hours are 9-22 every day.
National parks
Stretching from the western foot of the Dinaric Range into the sea near Šibenik, the 73km Krka River and its wonderful waterfalls define the landscape of Krka National Park. The waterfalls are a karstic phenomenon: over millennia river water has created a canyon up to 200m deep through limestone hills. It's the most dramatic natural sight in the region, but there are also several artificial sights within the park that are well worth the effort to reach.
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Krka Waterfalls tours
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Stretching from the western foot of the Dinaric Range into the sea near Šibenik, the 73km Krka River and its wonderful waterfalls define the landscape of Krka National Park. The waterfalls are a karstic phenomenon: over millennia river water has created a canyon up to 200m deep through limestone hills. It's the most dramatic natural sight in the region, but there are also several artificial sights within the park that are well worth the effort to reach.
Plitvice Lakes is one of the most unique places to visit in Croatia. With easy walking trails, boardwalks suspended over the turquoise water, stunning viewpoints, and photogenic waterfalls, this is the type of place that is perfect for visitors of all ages.
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Nationalparken Plitvicesøerne
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Plitvice Lakes is one of the most unique places to visit in Croatia. With easy walking trails, boardwalks suspended over the turquoise water, stunning viewpoints, and photogenic waterfalls, this is the type of place that is perfect for visitors of all ages.
The Kornati islands are an archipelago consisting of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km). Most of the islands are part of the Kornati National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why.
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Kornati
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The Kornati islands are an archipelago consisting of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km). Most of the islands are part of the Kornati National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why.