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Zadar holidays 2021
Set on Croatia’s sun-kissed coast, and overlooking the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, the city of Zadar is steeped in history, making for a cultured and relaxed holiday. The centre boasts remains of Roman architecture and towering white-stone churches, and a short walk through cobbled streets leads to stretches of beachfront glistening with pristine sand. With a quaint café-culture and teeming with family-run seafood restaurants, you may be tempted to remain in the town centre, but those seeking more adventurous Zadar holidays can visit the nearby national parks for a range of outdoor activities. Zadar offers a wide selection of accommodation, suited for both those craving a taste of luxury, and those travelling on a tighter budget. Zadar’s old town boasts stately hotels set in white-stone Venetian buildings, where the city’s historical splendour is at your doorstep. Along the harbour and overlooking the aquamarine Adriatic waters are a range of affordable, boutique hotels offering both rooms and apartments. Toward the south of Zadar, in the city’s more urbanised district, there are sleek modern all inclusive hotels, with enormous swimming pools and easy access to the area’s lively bars and bustling shopping scene.
Why book Zadar holidays
Top attractions to visit
Visit the early-Byzantine St. Donatus’ Church, the Roman Forum & the City Walls
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Head to Zadar’s waterfront to witness the impassive sea organ that plays music generated by the waves!
Alfred Hitchcock famously sang praise to Zadar’s striking sunsets
Lush natural wonders
A stunning natural attraction like Plitvice Lakes National Park is a must in anyone’s list – including yours!
What could be more fun than exploring Zadar’s coast from a boat?
Must-visit historical sites
History buff? Head to the Archaeological Museum or visit the early Christian church of St. Anastasia’s Cathedral
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Your guide to Zadar holidays
Start of your holidays in Zadar with a visit to the famous Church of St. Donatus, the most recognisable symbol of Zadar, and one of the best preserved pre-Roman buildings in the world. It’s no longer used for religious ceremonies, and instead houses a museum, which is also worth visiting. On special occasions it’s used as a classical music venue. The atmospheric old town of Zadar is an attraction in itself. Located on the peninsula, there are a large number of old churches, small alleyways and beautiful architectural styles from different periods to be seen here. The well-preserved remains of the old Roman Forum are also worth a visit. It’s common to see locals sit down and relax by the ruins on a warm summer's day.
The Sea Organ, or Morskje Orgulje, built in 2005 and designed by local architect Nikola Basic, has become one of Zadar's famous attractions. Located on Zadar's seafront, this organ works with the motion of the ocean waves to create a fascinating musical soundscape and is as popular with locals as it is with tourists. Occasionally it is accompanied by a light show, creating a truly awesome spectacle.
Soft golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean make Zadar the perfect destination for your beach getaway. It’s quite common to see people bathing and enjoying the fabulous weather all along the coast, but there are three main beach areas.
Kovolare is located conveniently close to the city centre, and is less built up for tourism, which makes it a favourite with the locals. Bornik is a huge hotel complex, which, besides a magnificent beach, offers numerous action-packed activities such as parasailing and water slides, to name just a couple. Finally, Vitrenjak is a family-friendly beach located near Zadar's sailing club. Here you can also find a lovely open-air café offering cool refreshments and delicious snacks.
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