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Sightseeing in Zadar

Thanks to its rich heritage, tourists in Zadar can enjoy in numerous churches and monuments, as well as tourist attractions. Most of the sights are located on the peninsula of Zadar, like Roman Forum from 3rd century, which was the public area and market. The remains are today located next to the church of St. Donat and they represent parts of the construction of a few public buildings. The church of St. Donatus, constructed in 9th century by stones from Roman Forum, has a specific round shape, which is the largest example of Byzantine architecture in Dalmatia, incredible acoustical space appropriate for music events like Musical Evenings in Saint Donat.

During your walk, after 100 meters, you can find an adorable tower and cathedral of Saint Anastasia from 9th century, although, they were rebuilt during 12th and 13th century in Romanesque and Gothic style. The special attraction is a stunning tower from 15th century with beautiful view, which you shouldn’t miss. Zadar has unique tourist attractions, such as Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, simply unavoidable places where you can take the best photo of the most beautiful sunset in the world, enjoy in the wonderful music of waves and sit or lie down on a some kind of circular installation (made of glass plates and solar cells), which lights up during the night after it collected sun energy and creates an unique atmosphere.

For those who like to enjoy in cultural heritage, Zadar is the right place due to its numerous churches, monuments and museums like church of St. Mary with the exhibition of Gold and Silver of Zadar, the museum of Ancient Glass, city walls and gates, Archaeological museum (second oldest museum in Croatia from 19th century), church of St. Chrysogonus, church of St. Simeon, incredible gate etc.

 

Useful information for every tourist who comes in Zadar

When you come to Zadar and leave your luggage in our apartment, be prepared for amazing and unforgettable experience! Wherever your apartment is, the conections by bus are great so you can easily reach to peninsula, just tell the driver that your station is „mala pošta“ then you should just cross the bridge and you are on the peninsula (the possibilty to find a parking place is really complicated during summer season) where you can start your sightseeing by yourself or with a tourist guide. If you are going to explore Zadar by yourself, don’t forget to take a map of city in tourist board at the main square (the People’s square – Narodni trg). We recommend you walk through narrow small streets where you can see a great combination of historical and modern buildings. You should also take a walk through the main street, well-known as Kalelarga (domestic name) or Široka ulica (official name). The main street connects Five Wheels Square where you can see a stunning archaeological monuments under the glass floor surface, the People’s square, Roman Forum and cathedral of St. Anastasia with tower. When you pass the main street, you should just go straight and a little bit on the left, because you will be very close to the best Croatian tourist attractions – The sea organ and Greeting to the Sun, where you can take a break and just lie down and enjoy in a beautiful music and best sunset in the world, possibly with coffee to go in your arm! J When we talk about coffee, the old tradition in Croatia is drinking a lof of coffee at the best places, if possible somewhere at the square like Roman Forum or the People’s square, so don’t miss it and do that like real Croats, order big macchiato!

Nightlife in Zadar, during summer, is really exciting and full of events and parties. Our recommendations are Ledana (close to the Five Wheels Square) where you can sit, lie, dance or walk around, because the bar is in the park and its open most of the time! The another one is Garden, similar to Ledana, located close to the end of main street, on the other side, maybe 10 minutes by foot. Before your visit disco clubs, you should take a few drinks in small bars on the peninsula which working time is till 2 a.m.. They are located in the narrow streets and most of the time you can become a part of the streets parties (fešta), where you can find out domicil inhabitants. Afterwards, you can go to Svarog, which is a popular disco club with open-air terrace and adorable furnished interior, where pop and r’n’b music is played, as well as electro house music. The other disco clubs are not so far, like Posh Pub and Podroom (10 or 15 minutes by foot) and there is mostly folk music. For clubs like Yachting or Famous Beach Bar, you should take a taxi, because they are in the area Puntamika.

The best places to go eat on peninsula are restaurants: Il Padrino, Bruschetta, Bon Appetit, Groppo, Malo misto, Skoblar, Dva ribara etc. where you can try delicious Croatian specialities from seafood and risotto.

If you wanna try the best ice-cream in Zadar, then you shouldn’t miss Slastičarnica Donat, next to the cathedral of St. Anastasia!

Even though almost all is on the peninsula, the best beaches are still outside the city in Diklo and Borik also in other places like Nin (Queen’s beach), Sukošan, Petrčane etc.