One of the most important centers on the Dalmatian coast, Zadar is an amazing combination of long and turbulent history and fresh and lively energy of a modern coastal town. It started out as an Iron Age settlement in the 4th century BC and transformed into an urban center in the Roman times. Roman ruins are still visible on Zadar peninsula, the town’s historic center where most of its attractions are located. Some of its best known monuments date back to the Medieval and Renaissance period. If you climb the monumental St Anastasia bell tower, you can enjoy amazing view of the town and its beautiful archipelago. We recommend that you do this at sunset − and check Alfred Hitchcock’s claim that Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world.
Zadar is also known for its modern attractions, especially the Sea Organ and Monument to the Sun. The Sea Organ is a fascinating and unique sound installation. It looks like a set of steps on the waterfront, but it is in fact an instrument played by the sea waves. It is connected with the Monument to the Sun, a nearby light installation whose lights ‘dance’ in the evening to the rhythm of the music created by the sea. Cool, right?
During your stay in Zadar, make sure to explore its many interesting cafes, bars and restaurants. Try local craft beers or the famous Maraschino, Zadar’s signature liqueur made from Marasca sour cherries. Also, keep in mind that there are some spectacular national parks and nature reserves nearby. Canyons, waterfalls, magical islands and lakes... If you have time, just take your pick and visit at least one of them. If you wish to discover Zadar, we recommend that you check out our Wonders of Croatia Cruise.