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Zadar Travel Guide

 

Zadar is the fifth largest city of Croatia, the administrative centre of North Dalmatia. In the south, North Dalmatia ends with the city of Primosten, and in the north, with the isle of Pag.

The population of Zadar is 72 718 people (2006).

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Zadar is the administrative centre of North Dalmatia.

Zadar history

Zadar was founded in the 1st century BC. Initially, it was called Jader. This was the name given to it by Romans, who founded the city.

However, in the 4th century BC North Dalmatia was captured by Slav tribes. Then, this area was under the rule of Byzantine Empire.

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Starting from the 7th century, for three centuries, Zadar remained the main city of the Byzantine region of Dalmatia most of the time. The influence of Byzantine empire was evident in the fact that there are Orthodox churches in the city, of the kind of architecture which is characteristic of them. In 1358 the king of Hungary and Croatia captured Zadar once more. And in 1409 Venetians came to power.

In the 14th century a university was founded in the city. Zadar was under the Venetian rule for for centuries. And in 1797 in was captured by Napoleon, just like Venice itself.

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From that moment to 1805 Zadar was part of the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1813, after Napoleon was defeated, the city and all of Dalmatia came under the power of Austria. But in 1918 Zadar ecame part of Italy. In 1941, thanks to Mussolini all the territory of Dalmatia was made part of Italy. However, 3 years later, Yugoslavian troops liberated it.

And in 1947 Dalmatia formally returned to Yugoslavia. During the Second World War Zadar was badly damaged in air bombings, and many buildings had to be restored from the ground up.

In 1991, there was military action in the vicinity of Zadar once again. The city was under Serbian fire. Moreover, a bridge was destroyed. After the military operations, a number of minefields remained close to Zadar. 10 years later many of them have been disposed of, but in some areas minefields still pose danger.

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The University of Zadar – www.unizd.hr – is one of the oldest educational institutions of Croatia.

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The Old city of Zadar is located on a picturesque peninsula, mightly fortress walls have preserved it until our time.

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Stara Siroka is a street stretched in place of an ancient Roman road, it separates the city into two parts toward the west.

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The main sights of Zadar are concentrated around the street: the church of St Simeon (a Roman sarcophagus decorated with unique bas reliefs), People’s square in place of an ancient Roman forum — the centre of the city life.

The city lodge of the Venetian period is also located here, now it is an exhibition gallery.

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The naval gate in the northern part of the square lead to a more modern part of the city.

To the west of People’s square is the Roman forum (the largest Roman forum on the eastern shore of the Adriatic), and the symbol of the city — the church of St Donatus (there’s a fee for entering it).

Great acoustics allows for having concerts of classical and folk music. Behind the Forum there is the fascinating Archaeological museum with excavations of the Roman period.

The cathedral of Zadar is in the northwestern part of the Forum.

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One of the modern sights of Zadar is the Sea organ, built on the embankment in 2005. It looks like numerous stone steps leading to the sea, the sound is made by underwater pipes.

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Summer evenings, when enjoying the sunset, the guests of the city enjoy this natural symphony.

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These cities are considered part of the riviera of North Dalmatia: the city of Sibenik, the resort of Vodice, the city of Biograd na Moru, the city of Nin and others.

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The number of major and minor isles in North Dalmatia is as high as 500: Vir, Pag, Krapanj, Iz, Ugljan, Pasman, Silba, Molat, Zlarin.

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The National parks Palenica and Kornati National natural park and the natural reserve Telascica, located on the isle of Dugi, the resorts of Nin with its famous sandy beaches, and Biograd na Moru are considered part of North Dalmatia.

Zadar is the best European destination in 2016

The rating of Best European Destination tourism portal based on a survey of more than 300 000 users.
Zadar was elected of the Best European Destination 2016 ahead of Athens, Plovdiv, Nantes, The Azores Islands, Paris, Novi Sad, Brussels, Kotor, Milan, Prague, Rome, Vienna, Madrid and Nicosia…

Zadar is the best European destination 2016

Croatian Atlantis – underwater Liburnian village 3500 years old!

Zadar archaeologists in the past year found the underwater city of Liburnia area – part of ancient Illyria – now this is the territory of Northern Dalmatia – Zadar riviera and islands.

Underwater Liburnian village Zadar Croatia

Underwater Liburnian village Zadar Croatia

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What to see around Zadar?

in 87 km – city Sibenik and Cathedral of St. James (UNESCO)
in 95 km – National park KRKA
in 127 km – famouse city Trogir (UNESCO)
in 147 km – Vranjace cave
in 151 km – the ruins of the Ancient Roman city of Salona and Turkish fortress Klis
in 157 km – city Split with Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO)
in 187 km – resort city Omis, rafting on the Cetina river, the Pirate fortress
in 208 km – natural park Biokovo & city-resort Makarska
in 149 km – National natural park Plitvice lakes
in 346 km – famous city Dubrovnik (UNESCO)
in 287 km – the capital of Croatia – Zagreb

Beaches in Zadar & islands

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The beaches of Zadar and of the islands of the riviera of Zadar are exceptional for the variety and richness of the seashore, there are many large and small bays, islands and peninsulas here. Some islands of the riviera of Zadar are not inhabited and are open for the “Robinsons” seeking rest.
The islands, beaches of Zadar and the riviera are also different, there are sandy, small-pebbled secluded beaches among the rocks. The beaches of Zadar invite wind surfers and kite surfers, children and lovers of night life. Here, everyone will find his own “piece of Paradise!”

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Hotels in Zadar

Hotel Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora 4* Zadar

Hotel Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora Zadar
FABULOUS rating 8.9 / 10
Review score based on 139 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: seafront
Distance to center of Zadar: 13 km
Distance to airport Zadar: 24 km
Add: on private peninsula of Punta Skala, pool and spa area, outdoor pool, free swimming lessons for children, air conditioned, sat TV, Falky-Land for children
Cost room 2 per: from 184 euro

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Hotel Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik 4* Zadar

Hotel Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik Zadar
FABULOUS rating 8.7 / 10
Review score based on 312 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: seafront
Distance to center of Zadar: 3 km
Distance to airport Zadar: 15 km
Add: air conditioning, balconie, offers you beaches and wonderful spa and health club facilities, international and Croatian cuisine during your all-inclusive stay
Cost room 2 per: from 162 euro

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Hotel Kolovare 4* Zadar

Hotel Kolovare Zadar
GOOD rating 7.5 / 10
Review score based on 232 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 100 m
Distance to center of Zadar: 3 km
Distance to airport Zadar: 14 km
Add: in peaceful part of Zadar, modernly rooms, free Wi-Fi, free parking, restaurant serving Croatian cuisine, in the summertime you can dine on pool terrace
Cost room 2 per: from 113 euro

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Private apartments in Zadar

Apartments Dijan 4* Sukosan Croatia

Private apartments Zadar Croatia
FABULOUS rating 8.8 / 10
Review score based on 43 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 100 m
Distance to center of Zadar: 13 km
Distance to airport Zadar: 15 min drive
Add: apartments offer a complete kitchen with modern equipment, LCD TV,
air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, each apartment also has a balcony with furniture
Cost apartment 2+2: from 55 euro

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Apartments Villa Ivana B&B 3* Zadar Croatia

Private apartments Zadar Croatia
SUPERB rating 9.3 / 10
Review score based on 156 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 20 m
Distance to center of Zadar: 3 km
Distance to airport Zadar: 8 km
Add: just steps from a beach with free use of the deck chairs and parasols, spacious rooftop terrace with a bar overlooking the sea, garden, air conditioning, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, breakfast is served daily at the breakfast hall
Cost apartment 2+2: from 78 euro

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Apartments Parac 3* Petrcane of Zadar riviera

Private apartments Zadar Croatia
FABULOUS rating 8.8 / 10
Review score based on 63 reviews
Distance to the nearest beach: 100 m
Distance to center of Zadar: 12 m
Distance to airport Zadar: 26 km
Add: situated just 100 m from the sea, air-conditioned apartments with balcony, free Wi-Fi, sat TV, barbecue facilities, free private parking, mosquito net, DVD player, the nearest pebbly beach is only 140 meters
Cost apartment 2+2: from 39 euro

Photo and description apartments Parac 3* Petrcane

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Get to Zadar

Getting to Zadar by air:

Airport of Zadar – Zimunik – is in 15 km from the city centre.

It is the destination of planes travelling from other Croatian cities – Zagreb, Split, Pula,
and from many foreign countries – Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Shttudgard, Zurich, Cologne, Gothenburg, Brussels, Paris, London, Stockholm, Oslo, Dublin, Bratislava, Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Marseille.

Offical web site of airport Zadar www.zadar-airport.hr

Phone of airport Zadar: +385 023 205 832

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Distance from Zadar to international airport of Split – 129 km
Distance from Zadar to international airport of Zagreb – 291 km

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Get to Zadar by train:

Croatian railway website with the train schedules travelling around Croatia, with the possibility of booking a ticket www.hzpp.hr
Address railway station of Zadar – 23000 Zadar Ante Starcevica, 3

The railway station of Zadar is the destination for trains and cars from the capital of Croatia — Zagreb and Split, and of some cities of Europe.

Getting to Zadar by bus:

Bus traffic connects Split with all cities of Croatia, and with some European cities – Trieste, Ljubljana, Vienna, Zurich, Rotterdam, Munich.
Official web site the Zadar bus station www.liburnija-zadar.hr

You can get information about timetable and tickets by bus in Europe:

Get to Zadar by ferry:

Ferries and catamaran ships travel from the ferry port of Zadar to many islands of Croatia – isle Mali Losinj, isle Pag, isle Pasman, isle Dugi and other.

Get to Zadar by car:

Motorways connect Zadar with all cities and regions of Croatia. Zadar can be reached by the free motorway Jadranska (E65), which goes along all of Croatia’s coastline, or the paid highway (A1).

Distance from Zadar to to cities of Croatia:
to city Trogir – 130 km
to city Split – 140 km
to resort Omis – 187 km
to city resort Makarska – 200 km
to city Dubrovnik – 345 km
to city Sibenik – 85 km
to city Crikvenica – 200 km
to city Rijeka – 242 km
to city Pula – 348 km
to Croatian capital Zagreb – 286 km

Get to Italy from Zadar city

From Zadar ferry port ferries ships travel to port Ancona of Italy daily.

Timetable daily ferry Zadar city, Croatia – Ancona city, Italy

Official website Croatian ferry line http://www.jadrolinija.hr

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Map of Zadar

Weather in Zadar

Average monthly temperatures in Zadar Croatia:

January +5 С
February +7 С
March +10 С
April +15 С
May +21 С
June +25 С
July +27 С
August +28 С
September +25 С
October +19 С
November +15 С
December +7 С

Average monthly water temperatures in Zadar Croatia:

January +11 С
February +12 С
March +14 С
April +15 С
May +19 С
June +21 С
July +24 С
August +26 С
September +22 С
October +20 С
November +17 С
December +13 С
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