Zadar Travel Guide, Croatia
People have kept coming here because they’ve been attracted by the city’s old heritage, the ruins, architecture but also because of its vicinity to national parks like Plitvice, Paklenika or Velebit and the many islands, coves and beaches.
Zadar has been for a long period of time a key point for all the vessels that came in from Venice or Trieste its port being a busy one. The sea routes had Zadar on their map as an important port where they could get supplies and could get repaired. The port is a sheltered one and many ships have docked here throughout the years taking advantage of the geographical position of the city.
This position also favors its climate that is quite mild in both winter and summer, the lowest temperatures dropping to about 6 degrees Celsius and in summer it reaches 25. The climate favors the growth of subtropical plants and the area abounds in vegetation.
Today Zadar has about 76 thousand residents that enjoy a rich historical heritage of about 3 thousand years. It was ruled by many and it suffered great destruction throughout the years but it still knew how to revive and its reconstruction is still going on.
The oldest part of the city is in the north western part of the peninsula, the new suburbs in the north eastern part and anew port industrial zone lies in the south-east. The airport is in Zemunik Donji.
The oldest part of the city is where the tourist zone lies maybe to parallel the age of the city to its old age as a tourist destination.
The symbol of the city is the church of St. Donatus built in the 9th century, but besides this one there are a lot of other churches to be visited.
The old architecture that includes the churches and other old buildings beautifully blend with the new in an exceptional mix.
Zadar is ranked among the most attractive touristic region in Croatia offering all types of tourism: yachting, historic, natural, beach, artistic, cultural and entertainment. Entertainment is assured in Zadar due to the charming atmosphere together with the many opportunities to have fun in the clubs, bars, on the beach, on water or in many of its restaurants and taverns offering home made specialties. One of them is a typical drink of the city, a local drink made from a type of cherry that grows in the area, you just have to ask for Maraschino. Everybody can try it because there are versions with and without alcohol.
There are a lot of recreational and sport facilities for all those who want action in Zadar. Water based activities include: sailing, yachting, angling, rowing, windsurfing, swimming, scuba-diving and snorkeling while land based activities include football, handball, basketball and tennis.