Zadar is a Croatian city located between Rijeka and Split, not far away from Sibenik. It is a few thousand years old town and it was the capital of Dalmatia for many centuries. The Zadar peninsula still preserves very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD.
The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat dates back to the 9th century, and it is certainly Zadar's most famous spot.
Zadar is also well known for having the attractive Romanesque churches: Cathedral of St. Anastasia from 13th century and Church of St. Chrysogonus from 12th century as well as the church tower of St. Mary dating back from 12th century too. The town is fortified with medieval walls, distinguished for their pretty and impressive ports – entries in the city all dating back to the sixteenth century.
Throughout history, Zadar was the centre of key Croatian and Dalmatian cultural events : the establishment of the first Croatian university (1396), the writing of the first Croatian novel (1536) and the publication of the first Croatian newspaper. The famous permanent exhibition of sacral art and the traditional St. Donat Musical Evenings represent only a small part of numerous cultural events that Zadar offers to its visitors.
The Zadar archipelago consists of couple hundred smaller and larger island with only twenty of them permanently populated. Most of the islands has no permanent residents including popular Kornati Islands National Park and Telascica Nature Park. Due to its amazing landscape and clear waters this archipelago is among the most popular places to visit in Croatia..read more
Accommodation in Zadar:
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Hotels in Zadar:
- Hotel Bastion ★★★★☆
Hotel Bastion is a new 4-star hotel in the city centre of Zadar, within walking distance of many of the city's sights, including the renowned sea organ. Prices from €113 - Number of rooms: 28 - Check Hotel Bastion, Zadar availability
- Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana ★★★★☆
Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana is located in Zadar and features elegant, air-conditioned suites with balconies. The à la carte restaurant has a charming terrace and serves Mediterranean specialities. The sea is only a short walk away. Prices from €114 - Number of rooms: 48 - Check Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana, Zadar availability
- Hotel Kolovare ★★★★☆
Hotel Kolovare is situated in a peaceful part of Zadar, offering modernly decorated rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas and free parking on site. The restaurant seats up to 270 people, serving national and international cuisine. Prices from €82 - Number of rooms: 203 - Check Hotel Kolovare, Zadar availability
- Hotel Donat ★★★☆☆
Hotel Donat in Zadar enjoys a perfect location next to the crystal-clear sea and a marvellous beach, offering a wide diversity of sports, recreation and activity possibilities. Prices from €37 - Number of rooms: 240 - Check Hotel Donat, Zadar availability
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Hostels, and Private accommodation in Zadar:
- Zadar B&B, Private Rooms, Apartments and Guesthouse Accommodation - browse various Zadar accommodation pages:
- Youth Hostel Zadar
Situated 5km from the centre of this ancient town, the hostel is opposite a marina and offers easy access to a beach.Youth Hostel Zadar Obala Kneza Trpimira 76, Zadar, Croatia 23000
Prices from €13.22 - Check Youth Hostel Zadar, Zadar availability
- Hostel Komin
This is the opportunity to introduce you to the new Zadar hostel. Our desires are to fulfill your expectations with high quality and reasonable prices.
Prices from €16.53 - Check hostel komin, Zadar availability
- Old Town
Hostel is located in the city center of Zadar, only 20 meters from the main city sqare...
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Getting to Zadar - Zadar Arrival and Departure:
Zadar Arrival and Departure: Zadar, being located at the very centre of Croatian coast, is easy to get to from almost all places in Croatia. There are frequent buses riding north and south along the Croatian coast and inland to Zagreb and Osijek..read more
Flights to Zadar: Various air companies fly to Zadar Airport, most of them in period between April and October. Croatia Airlines, the Croatian local air company does domestic flights to Zadar from Zagreb and from Pula ... read more
Zadar Airport : Zadar Airport (ZAD) , locally called "Zracna Luka Zadar" is located in Zemunik Donji, a small place about 8 km from the Zadar city centre, and its railway and bus stations... read more
Zadar Buses : Zadar is very well connected by buses from various places in Croatia. It also has its own local bus network..read more + see Zadar Bus map
Zadar Trains: Zadar is connected by four daily trains from Zagreb, which proceed further to Sibenik and end up in Split ... read more
Zadar Ferries: Ferry Zadar-Ancona-Zadar Timetable and info: Ferry Ancona - Zadar is Jadrolinija's ferry line that sails between Ancona in Italy and Croatian port of Zadar. The ferry line is in operation all year around... check timetable
Ferry Pula - Unije - Mali Lošinj - Ilovik - Zadar timetable and Info - convenient ferry line for connection between Zadar ad Istria.
Zadar ferries update:For most comprehensive listing of all ferries to and from Zadar, check Zadar Ferries @ CroatiaFerries
Zadar Photo Gallery:
Photos of Zadar include: Antique Cross Zadar , Church Facade Zadar, Church Sveti Kriz Nin, Claustor Zadar, Nin , Nin Relief , Nin Sv Kriz Detail, Relief Zadar, Rozeta - Zadar, Stone Relief Zadar, Sveti Donat Church Zadar, Krstionica Kneza Viseslava, Sculpture Jesus and Maria - Zadar, Zadar Hotel Borik Old Luggage Label
Zadar Travel News and Blog:
Check Zadar Travel News from Zadar Travel Blog - a weblog about travel to Zadar. Bellow are latest entries from Zadar Travel Blog:
Rafting on Zrmanja River
Zrmanja, one of the cleanest rivers in Croatia is hosting rafting enthusiasts in its unique canyon. A traditional regatta, which has made this karst river famous even outside the Croatian borders, will be held in April. The race lasts for two days,...
New Flights by Croatia Airlines
Croatia Airlines, the Croatian national air carrier, has recently officially confirmed that it has introduced many new direct flights in their summer timetable. New seasonal flights are being added from Zadar airport to Munich and Zurich. The first regular flight...
Zadar: New Media Art Gallery opened
The first exhibition of New Media Art Gallery that was opened in Zadar, the exhibition titled ‘She_story’ began on 13th of March in the space of ex cinema Pobjeda in Zadar and will last until 31st of March. Exhibition ‘She_story’ is...
Soundwave Festival Croatia – 23-25 July 2010
The Soundwave Festival in Croatia has announced a second round of acts with The Cinematic Orchestra, DâM FunK & Zero 7 (DJ set), amongst those joining the likes of Toddla-T, Benji B, DJ Format, Andreya Trianna and DJ Vadim already...
Ferry line Zadar to Istria - For time beeing, this new ferry line will be seasonal, with two to five sailings a week, depending of season, with connections to Unije three times a week and Ilovik twice a week. It is proposed ferry line Pula (Unije)-Mali Lošinj-(Ilovik)- Zadar will be operated by ferry which speed is at least 26 knots with minimum capacity of 260 passengers...read more
Zadar's Sea Organ and Skradin Bridge nominated for CEMEX Building Award: The Sea Organ from Zadar and the suspension bridge at Skradin, both built in Croatia in the last two years , have been nominated for the prestigious Cemex Building Award 2006. The prize will be awarded in November this year in Monterrey, Mexico, the city where Cemex's head office is located.. read more
What to see in Zadar:
- Zadar Attractions: The Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ
- Visiting Zadar - Placed neatly on small peninsula with shiny and polished stone streets it is somehow built to fit human measures. It is an ancient place, lovely in different seasons. Sacred arts, from architecture to liturgical objects are so rich and plentiful that even in repeated visits you will discover something new... read more
- St. Donatus' Church from the 9th century - unique in Europe
- Forum from the 1st century at the time of Emperor Augustus - the largest explored Forum on the eastern side of the Adriatic
- The Monastery of St. Francis - treasury and oldest gothic styled church in Dalmatia
- St. Stosija's Cathedral from the 13th century is one of the most beautiful samples of Romanesque architecture in Croatia, with floor mosaics dating from the 5th century.
- St. Grisogono's Church from the 12th century - belongs to the best samples of Romanesque architecture in Croatia
- Bell Tower of St. Mary's Church from 1105 is a fine example of Romanesque architecture; it was built by the Croat Hungarian King Coleman
- The Churches of St. Peter and Andrew the Elder from the 5th - 6th centuries
- St. Simon's casket with the saint's body is the most valuable sample of medieval Croatian goldsmith workmanship
- The fortification walls with a first rate renaissance Land Gate from the 16th century
- The Sea Gate with an incorporated Roman arch
- The Permanent Ecclesiastic Art exhibition- where the main exhibits are gilded religious objects in the shape of relics, as well as pictures from the churches of Zadar and surroundings.
Zadar - Location on the map
Suggested excursions in vicinity of ZADAR:
Other Croatian places: Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Dubrovnik, Split , Sibenik, Pula, Sinj, Trogir
More info : Zadar Tourist Board : firstname.lastname@example.org, Sv. Leopolda B. Mandica 1, 23000 Zadar , Croatia
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