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Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the urban centre of northern Dalmatia as the administrative, economic, cultural and political centre of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. It can trace its roots back to Neolithic times and owes its grid street layout to the Romans. Almost razed during World War II, it has only a handful of old buildings, but those that survived are beautiful and exude several centuries of Mediterranean architectural influences. Zadar is a monument in its own right, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organ in the world. The city has a modern and cultural feel, yet is welcoming and unpretentious. Rebuilding the city gave its residents the opportunity to blend old architecture with the new, resulting in a city full of character. Zadar and Biograd are ideal starting points for discovering their beautiful surroundings - five national parks (Kornati, Krka, Paklenica, North Velebit and Plitvice Lakes) and two nature parks (Lake Vrana and Telašćica). The historic city of Šibenik and the town of Nin are very close.
The variety and vast offer of events and manifestations in Zadar and Biograd na Moru will thrill every visitor. There is something for everyone whether you like concerts or theatre performances, traditional folklore events, gastronomic manifestations or sporting events.
Throughout history, Zadar and its surroundings have witnessed many turbulent events which have turned Zadar into a sort of a city–museum. Zadar is a city where huge spaces are left for pedestrians. Using your ArrivalGuide, your walk along the cobblestone streets of the city will become a walk through history, but also an experience of the contemporary city life. When tired, take a break in one of the restaurants, pastry shops or coffee shops that you can find in this guide. Enjoy listening to the concerts, visit the theatre, museums, and exhibitions.
Zadar is surrounded by fertile valleys of the Ravni kotari region in the hinterland and with a group of sunny islands abundant in natural beauties and crystal clear sea. Mild Mediterranean climate is ideal for an organic food production. Vegetables, olive oil, aromatic plants, oily fish and seafood in general are the basics of Mediterranean cuisine which is well-known worldwide and appreciated as the healthiest and the tastiest diet. In addition, some of the best-known local delicacies are spit-roasted lamb and pašticada. For a starter you should try well-known sheep's cheese of Pag and Dalmatian smoked ham or prosciutto. Our region is an ideal place for those who enjoy good food and wine, and for those who want to experience the scents and sounds of a typical Dalmatian atmosphere.
Each street in the Zadar old town is studded with cafés. You can pull up a chair and watch the fashion show as the locals go by.
Much of the city’s evening entertainment takes the form of a relaxing meal at one of many traditional restaurants, having a couple of drinks in a bar or lounge bar, and after that dancing the night away in one of the clubs.
Zadar offers a wide range of specialized boutiques, where everything from antiques and fashion to crafts such as ceramics, paintings and woven textiles made by local artisans can be found to some impressively spacious shopping centres.
Biograd na Moru is a Croatian royal town first mentioned in 10th century, while it was the seat of Croatian kings and bishops in 11th century. Biograd experienced its greatest flourishing as the capital of medieval Croatian rulers, and in the year 1102 the Croato-Hungarian King Coloman was crowned in Biograd. Biograd has preserved from its past history the Christian sacral buildings of the parish church of St Anastasia (1761), early Romanesque church of St Anthony (13th cent.), and the church of St Rocco (6th cent.) From the ancient edifices of Biograd only the basilica of St John (9th cent.) survived the Venetian destruction of Biograd in 1125, but on the nearby island of Pašman still stands the 800-year-old Benedictine monastery of St Cosmos and Damian (1125) and the Franciscan monastery of St Dujmo dating from 16th century. Biograd is also a very interesting destination for cycling. Those who are ready to undertake long and demanding endeavors will find the cycling trails around Lake Vrana interesting and can thus reach the viewpoint Kamenjak from which there is an unforgettable view over the entire archipelago and the island of Pašman. The position of Biograd makes it ideal for sailing. Sports recreational fishing fans, whether freshwater or sea, will find here the perfect location for their hobby. Lake Vrana is only a couple of kilometres from Biograd and it is ideal for angling with numerous kinds of birds making it also ideal for bird-watching. The waters around Biograd are ideal for diving fans – for professionals as well as those who wish to take their first steps in discovering the sea depths. The town offers a handful of sports and recreational activities. A tennis centre is located in the pinewood near Soline Beach, close by are soccer five-a-side fields, basketball and handball courts, Italian bowls and beach volley. There is also an equestrian club in the proximity which offers recreational and therapeutic horseback riding and riding excursions. The town beaches are situated in a marvelous pinewood, in the very centre of the town and connected with a walkway. On the beach you can rent a scooter, motor boat, canoe or pedal boat, and if you are looking for adrenaline, you can fly a parachute over the waters, water skiing, surfing and other water activities and sports. In Ilirija swimming pool you can play water polo or join a swimming club. If you wish to have a special treatment on the beaches of Soline and Dražica, massage treatments are available. Ilirija hotels, Hotel In and Hotel Adria offers a complete wellness experience. A special offer is the discovery of the submarine world in a semi-submarine. Here is a list of cafes with beautiful terraces overlooking the sea. COFFEE BAR FIRMA - Dr Franje Tuđmana COFFEE BAR KALDI – Dr Franje Tuđmana COFFEE BAR TONČI – Obala Kralja Petra Krešimira IV COFFEE BAR OBALA – Obala Kralja Petra Krešimira IV LAVANDER BAR – Ilirija d.d. – Hotel Adriatic Also, there are plenty of bars, cocktail bars and nightclubs at Soline beach. COCTAIL BAR POCCO LOCCO AWAKE BAR SAGAPO BAR NIGHT CLUB AQUA
The best way to get around Zadar city centre is on foot. Taxis, buses and rental cars are available and give you the opportunity to explore districts such as Puntamika or Diklo. The bus and train stations are located at the crossroads just east of the Old Town, heading toward Split, Rijeka and Zagreb. There are three companies that operate ferries and boats from Zadar to the nearby islands.
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