With its ideal central location on the Adriatic coast, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia. It represents administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region and counts around 75.000 inhabitants. Because of its turbulent history, rich cultural heritage and natural beauties which surround the city, it has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.
Numerous churches and monuments from different historical periods and architectural styles, from Roman times through the Middle Ages to modern architecture, make valuable cultural heritage of the city. Around 70 of them are located in the historical old town center, and the total number includes over 600 cultural monuments in the immediate and wider surroundings of the city.
Apart with cultural monuments, Zadar will delight every visitor with its atmosphere and a multitude of events which make it one of the most interesting cities in which you can spend your holiday in Croatia. Concerts, museums, festivals, various tourist programs and numerous activities which city offers will not disappoint even the most demanding tourists. Zadar waterfront is the ideal place to relax with a view of the sea and Zadar archipelago, and during the walks you will also find modern creative works such as the world's first "Sea Organ" and urban installation “Greeting to the Sun". They will represent an unforgettable experience for your senses through the play of tones and lights in the rhythm of the waves.
The whole Zadar region is a true nautical paradise that stretches from the borders of Kornati in the south to the Kvarner islands to the north. It consists of 24 large and about 300 smaller islands and reefs, with over three thousand berths at marinas, harbors or anchorages. If you don’t have your own boat, rent a sailboat proves to be an interesting solution if you want to visit all these beauties in the best possible way.
With so many options that Zadar region offers, it has proven to be the best area for sailing in Croatia, and therefore it is not a surprise that today one third of nautical tourism in Croatia is realized right here. Numerous marinas offer all necessary infrastructure, and there are a variety of sailboats and motorboats for rent.
It doesn’t matter how you decide to explore Zadar and its surroundings, in any option you just can’t make a wrong decision. The choice of three nature parks and five national parks which are located in the vicinity guarantee you will spend an unforgettable holiday and discover even more than you ever expected.