With its ideal central position on the Adriatic coast, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia, which represents the administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region. The city is home to about 75,000 inhabitants, and because of its turbulent history and rich cultural heritage, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds it, has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the country.
With its ideal central position on the Adriatic coast, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia, which represents the administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region. The city has a population of about 75,000 inhabitants, and because of its turbulent history and rich cultural heritage, as well as the natural beauty that surrounds it, has become one of the most important tourist centers in the country.
Numerous churches and cultural monuments from different historical periods and all styles of construction, from Roman times through the Middle Ages to modern architecture, make a valuable monumental heritage of the city. About 70 of them are located in the historical center, with a total of over 600 immovable cultural monuments with a narrower and wider surroundings.
Besides cultural monuments, Zadar will delight every visitor with its atmosphere and many events that make it one of the most interesting cities in which you can spend your vacation. Concerts, museums, festivals, various tourist programs and numerous activities offered by the city will not leave even the most demanding tourists indifferent. Zadar's waterfront is an ideal place to relax with a view of the sea and the Zadar archipelago, and in the walk you will come across modern creative creations such as the world's first "Sea Organ" and an urban installation "Greetings to the Sun" that, with the play of tones and light in the rhythm of the sea waves to represent an unforgettable experience for your senses.
The entire Zadar region is a true nautical paradise, extending from the borders of the Kornati islands to the Kvarner islands, with 24 larger and even 300 small islands and rocks, and there are over three thousand berths in marinas, harbors or anchorages. If you do not own a boat, renting a sailboat has proven to be an interesting solution if you want to get the most out of these beauties.
With so many opportunities that the Zadar region offers, it has proven to be the best sailing area in Croatia, so it is no surprise that today, one third of nautical tourism in Croatia is realized right here. Numerous marinas offer all the infrastructure you need, and there are various sailing boats and motor yachts for rent.
No matter how you choose to explore Zadar and its surroundings, you will not go wrong in either option. The choice of as many as three nature parks and five nearby national parks guarantees that you will spend an unforgettable vacation here and discover more than you expect.
Zadar is well connected and easily accessible by land, sea or air. It is directly connected to other major Croatian cities such as Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik with new expressways, and only 3km from the city center is Gaženica, a new ferry port, as well as a port for accepting cruisers and large tourist boats. The airport is 9km away from the city center and is connected to major cities in the country, as well as to various European capitals.
We'll let you explore the paved streets of the city yourself and take a break at one of the many restaurants, patisseries or cafes, and we'll tell you more about its nautical offer and the beauty of the sea.
Sail or sail freely with good wind in the stern and hair, among the playful shores, islands and yachts. Sail along fishing boats, drywall, olive and cypress covered islands, outlines of fortresses, a stone lighthouse or a fishing village. Stay in secluded coves in a secure berth and stop by the tavern for a good seafood meal and a glass of wine.