Zadar is a city on Dalmatian coast of Croatia. It is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular old town. The particularity of the city is irresistible for those who respect and admire historical monuments and cultural heritage. It is the oldest continuously occupied city in Croatia. Today, Zadar is a historical centre of Dalmatia, Zadar County's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation centre.
Climate: The climate here is mild and wet winters, and generally warm humid summers. The rainfall in Zadar is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. Winters are much cooler and wetter though still pleasant enough. The peak summer months of July and August attract the most visitors with blissfully hot days and ideal water temperatures for swimming. Also the milder daytime temperatures of May and June make it a great time for outdoor activities in Zadar.
Casual dress is fine during the day and smart casual in the evening. Nov to May are the rainiest months, but showers can happen any time of year, so bring a waterproof jacket and umbrella. Summer days on the coast are hot, and evenings mild – a lightweight sweater or shawl is a good idea for evening. Inland, summers can be sweltering (think light, breathable fabrics) and winters cold and snowy (pack sweaters and a warm coat).
By Air: There are daily flights to Zadar from both Zagreb and Pula in the summer, with a flight time of 45 and 40 minutes respectively. These routes are operated by Croatia Airlines.
By Car/Bus: One can reach Zadar by way of the Adriatic Coastal Road from the western and eastern directions, and from the north by the road which connects it with the Dalmatian hinterland and with the continental part of the country and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
By car, one can also travel from Italy by taking one of the ferries which connect Zadar with Ancona.
By Ferry: Jadrolinija also runs year-round (and frequent) local ferry routes to and from many of the islands very close by to Zadar, including Ugljan, DugiOtok, Rava, Silba, Olib, and the island of Mali Losinj which is further north. G & V Lines also run year-round catamaran routes connecting Zadar and its nearby islands.
By Train: - There are train services connecting Zadar to Zagreb and Split. There is a couple of services a day to Zagreb with a journey time of either 7 and half or 9 and half hours.
Places of Interest
MorskeOrgulje( sea organ)
Location: Zadar, Croatia
Visiting Time: Open all 24hours of 7days of week
The Sea organ is an architectural object located in Zadar, Croatia and an experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps. It is really a unique experience to hear how sea transforms its waves into music. Just sit on the promenade and enjoy the sound.
Zadar city gate
Location: incrocio Obala Petra Krešimira IV eUl. Ante Kuzmanića, Zadar, Croatia
Visiting time: Open 24hrs all 7days of a week
The main entrance to the old town and the most impressive among the Zadar gates is the ornate City Gate (also called the Land Gate-Kopnenavrata in Croatian), on the southern side of the old town in the little Foša harbour. It was built by a Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli, finished in 1543 and it is considered one of the finest monuments of the Renaissance in Dalmatia.There are lots of opening's through the city wall. They're nice to look at during a walk around the city.
Greeting to the sun
Location: Promenade in the Zadar Old Town | IstarskaObala -Obalakralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar, Croatia
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week after sunset.
The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle.This is a work of modern art - flat surface paved with solar panels showing the most beautiful sunset in the world. In addition, the planets of the Solar System are placed above the Greeting to the Sun and are designed in proportion to the size of the sun. As the sun sets, the elements of lighting that are installed in a circle are turned on. These produce an impressive and marvellous show of Sound and Light that moves in rhythm. Locals and tourists come to watch this amazing presentation.
Location: incrocioSirokaulica - TrgSveteStošije, Zadar, Croatia
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of week; 06:30pm-07:00pm (Mon-Fri), 08:00am-09:00am (Sat), 08:00am-09:00am &06:00pm-07:00pm (Sun)
This is the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia. Its oldest parts are an early Christian basilica, but its present Romanesque appearance was put together in the 12th century. During the crusaders´ siege and conquest of the city in 1202, it was damaged, however later it was later reconstructed. Zadar's cathedral has a richly decorated facade and an impressive three-nave interior with the remains of frescoes in the side apses.
Paklenica National Park
Location: Starigrad, Croatia
Visiting Time: Open all 7days of a week
Paklenica is Croatian National park that covers the most attractive parts of southern Velebit, as well as its highest peaks, all located in Lika region. Paklenica is an area of unusual contact between the sea and the mountain, rich in natural forests of beech, black pine and mountain pine.The main attraction of the Paklenica Park is two impressive canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica, vertically cut into the mountain from the sea to the Velebit’s highest peaks. In this small area of the national park, there are several unusual cast forms, caves, and varied flora and fauna. There are various species of large mammals in the park too. There are challenging trails for Hiking and Climbing and some gentle ones for those who wish to walk and enjoy the nature at its best.