Zadar Croatia Traveler Info
Zadar is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic. Its almost three thousand years origins are the reason why Zadar is full of historical and cultural monuments. Today Zadar is a preserved monument of different historical times and cultures that have placed their mark in the urban appearance. Full of archives, museums and libraries, it is the keeper of literary and musical treasure and it is also the city inside which is the oldest University among Croatians (1396).
Zadar and its surroundings are at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer. That tourist offer is diverse and rich with seaside and countryside sights that are worth visiting. Zadar area is made of archipelago that counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks – Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko lake and 5 national parks—Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit.
How to get to Zadar?
Zadar is an easily reached destination by land, sea and air. It has a good road connection with all the bigger cities in Croatia and Europe. Airport in Zadar is located only 9 kilometers from the city center and the ferry port is newly built and has sufficient capacity for tourist and local needs. You can plan your route via michellin route planner.
What to see in Zadar?
First of all, you must see unforgettable sunsets over Zadar! Words can not describe this, not even photos. This is MUST SEE. I am local, living in Split, I have seen this magic sunset twice so far. Colors are spectacularly intensive and sunset is spread on the entire sky so you are looking at 180 degrees wide and all over the sky.
When in Zadar there are many things to see. Here are the ones that are definitely a must see.
Sea Organ is on the western end of Promenade. The organ looks like a series of broad steps that are leading down into the water. This site is a magnificent blend of human ideas and skills accompanied with the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood that create pleasant notes. The sea organ never sounds the same twice because the sea is always shifting and changing. Each sound you hear is completely unique. The architect Nikola Bašić that built the sea organs got a European prize for Urban Public Space built.
The Greeting to the Sun on the end of Promenade and Zadar Peninsula show a true symbiosis of nature with modern architecture. Solar modules collect the sunlight throughout the day and make a symbolic communication with light, just like the Sea organs do with the waves.
The forum is a place where the church of Saint Donat and the Archbishop’s Palace are located. It is a municipal square from the time when Romans lived there and it was built in 1st century BC.
Church of Saint Donat is a symbol of the city of Zadar. It originates from the early Middle ages, from the 9th century and it is a best preserved monument from that time. Holy Masses and musical performances are still held in this church due to its extraordinary acoustic features.
St. Mary’s Church and Convent was constructed on 1091 and together with St. Donat church is one of the oldest preserved churches. Its most beautiful part is a bell tower built in Romanesque style. You can see in the church a permanent exhibition of the objects that date back to the 8th century and are one of the most valuables in Croatia.
Reactor’s Palace is cultural-historical complex that is renovated I 2017 and it became a new tourist attraction in Zadar. It holds a museum space, an atrium, concert hall, halls for temporary exhibitions, video gallery and spaces for creational workshops. Modernly renovated Rector´s Palace became a must-see-place in Zadar and won the annual Croatian tourist award in the category of cultural attractions in 2017.
Gold and Silver of Zadar is a permanent display located in the Benedictine Convent of St. Mary. It is set on the surface area of about 1200 square meters in modernly equipped halls. This priceless treasure has been preserved by the Benedictine nuns and holds many great works of the locally known and unknown masters of Zadar region.
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