About Zadar


Zadar is connected to Europe and the world by land, sea and air, which makes it one of the most accessible destinations on the east coast of the Adriatic. Zadar is located in the middle of the Adriatic Sea itself, only 280 kilometres from the Croatian capital Zagreb or 160 kilometres from Split in the south. Zadar is easily accessible by road from Budapest, Milan, Prague, Vienna and other Central European metropolises, as well as by car ferry from Ancona.

Zadar is both an atmospheric time machine and an open-air museum. Here you will find some of the most beautiful monuments of architecture and cultural heritage of the eastern Adriatic coast.

The ancient city dates back to the 9th century BC, when it was called Jadera. Since the earliest records, Zadar has been one of the most important cities on the Eastern Adriatic coast. In the 1st century BC the city was taken over by the Romans and in the following period it was completely urbanised. From the 11th until the 14th century Zadar was under the Republic of Venic until the fall of Venice at the end of the 18th century. Since 1991 Zadar has been a part of the Republic of Croatia. Today, Zadar is a city of students, it has around 70,000 inhabitants, while around 100,000 people from other municipalities, towns and islands of Zadar County look up to Zadar as an inspiring centre.

Here on display, you can see the church of St. Donatus, Zadar Cathedral, Art Installations: The Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, The Roman Forum, City Walls and Gates, Zadar Archaeological Museum, The Church of St. Mary  & Benedictine Monastery and many other sights. Read more about Zadar history and culture.

In addition, there are two national parks - Kornati and Paklenica - and three nature parks in this area - Telašćica, Vransko jezero and Velebit - known for the diversity, preservation and unique beauty of nature. From the depths to the heights - at every turn you will find a part of nature that will amaze you and your senses, whether it is islands and rugged coastlines, crystal blue sea or rugged mountain massifs.

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