Located on the lovely Dalmatia coast, Zadar is a 3,000-year-old town surrounded by beaches, islands and national parks. With a history dating back to the 9th century BC, it has a rich historical legacy, and today is a popular holiday spot for Croatians and international tourists alike.
Most tourists to Zadar are looking for some sun and relaxation on one
of the many gorgeous beaches. Some of the best include: Punta Bajlo, Kolovare (the main city beach), Vitrenjak, Borik and Diklo. Those who love sailing can rent a boat and head to one of the hundreds of nearby islands. Only fragments of the Roman forum remains, but the square still serves as the center of the town. From here, you can easily walk to the 9th century church of St. Donat and the intriguing Archaeological Museum.
The Zadar region is home to as many as five national parks: Paklenica, Kornati, Plitvica Lakes, Krka Waterfalls and Northern Velebit. There are also several towns worth visiting in the area. Nin features the Little Church of St. Kriz, dating back to 9th century and known as ‘the smallest cathedral in the world’. There is also an archaeological collection with two reconstructed Liburnian vessels. Meanwhile, Biograd is quaint, with a local museum with exhibits from a sunken ship. The city of Pag is graced with St Mary’s Cathedral with a lace shaped rosetta.
Plitvica National Park is worth a special mention, not because the Croatian war of independence sparked here, but due to its stunning beauty and extraordinary hues as a dozen turquoise colored limestone lakes tumble into one another through pristine forests, creating an area of unique and unbeatable beauty. The park is a 90 minute drive from Zadar.
A fine selection of cafes, bars and clubs are located on the peninsula, the center of the city. There are plenty of decent international restaurants, along with numerous local taverns where you can try some of the local cuisines. This area also serves as the main shopping district, offering a collection of simple street stalls and modern malls.