A city and port in central Dalmatia; population
76,343. The old town, located on a sheltered peninsula with a suitable
natural harbour, had good opportunities for establishing of traffic
connections with the hinterland. Zadar had the most favourable combination
of heavy sea routes from Ravenna, Venice or Trieste with the Eastern
Adriatic system of channel traffic. More difficult navigation conditions
for sailing ships at the open sea in regards to channel navigation
have rendered Zadar a port of rest, where ships can be repaired
and get their supply. Together with the development of steamships
and motor ships, the port of Zadar became too narrow and too shallow
for large vessels. Also, along with the concentration of traffic
in the ports of northern Adriatic and with the development of Split
and Sibenik, Zadar began to lose the advantage of its relatively
easy connection with the hinterland. The development of traffic
connections (the Adriatic Highway, 1959: the railroad Knin - Zadar,
1966, the port of Gazenica, 1968, and the airport, 1969), under
new circumstances, has pointed out the advantages of the geographical
position of Zadar.
The location of Zadar on the low littoral greatly
contributes to its climate. An average air tempera-ture in July
is 25 °C and 6.5 °C in January; with 200 sunny days a year.
Due to climatic conditions, the Mediterranean vegetation prevails
(in town parks grow exotic subtropical plants).
The oldest part of the town had developed in the
north-western part of the peninsula (4 km long and 500 m wide on
average), closing the Old Port and the Jazine bay. New suburbs,
Vostarnica and Brodarica, are located mainly along the north-eastern
coast of the Old Port, outside the peninsula. In the north-western
part of the town is the tourist zone with hotels and restaurants
(Borik). In the south-east, around the port of Gazenica, a new port-industrial
zone is developing.
Many cultural institutions are located in Zadar:
Faculty of Arts (1956); Historical Archives (main archives for Dalmatia,
1625), Institute of the HAZU (Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences),
numerous museums, the Permanent Exhibition of Sacral Art (1976),
Musical Evenings in the church of St. Donat (initiated in 1961).
Zadar is located on the main road (M2, E65). Ferry pier; ferry lines
with Preko, Zaglav, Mali Losinj, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Ancona.
Zadar Airport is located in Zemunik Donji.
City tourist association: Ulica Ilije Smiljanica
Zadar and the tourist region of Zadar are located
in the very centre of the Croatian Adriatic, in the most indented
part of the Adriatic archipelago. At a smaller or greater distance
from Zadar are the national parks Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka and
Kornati, nature parks Velebit and Telascica, as well as more than
300 islands and islets. Natural beauties, numerous coves and beaches,
cultural and historical monuments, restaurants and hotels offering
selected national specialities make Zadar and its surroundings one
of the most attractive tourist regions in Croatia.
Tourism in Zadar has a long tradition. More recent annals note that
in June 1879 a group of tourists from Vienna visited Zadar; in 1892
the Society for the Embellishment of Zadar was established (it remained
active until 1918), while "Liburnija" Hiking Club and
the Tourist Association were established in 1899. Early in the 20th
century, in March of 1902, Hotel Bristol (today's Hotel Zagreb)
opened to the public.
Tourist attraction of Zadar is also based on the
combination of yachting tourism, various types of accommodation
and catering services, atmosphere, charming beaches and promenades,
excursions to closer and farther surroundings, as well as interesting
cultural, artistic and entertainment events and programs and on
especially valuable cultural and historical monuments.
The historical part of Zadar is fascinating to
all those who respect historical monuments and cultural heritage.
The church of St. Donat, the symbol of the city, is a must in each
itinerary, as well as the museums of Zadar: the Archaeological Museum
(established in 1830), one of the most important in Croatia, with
about 80,000 exhibits from the Stone Age to the late Middle Ages,
the National Museum with the Art Gallery and the Department of Natural
Sciences, the Maritime Museum with exhibits of the development of
navi-gation in northern Dalmatia, as well as the Permanent Exhibition
of Sacral Art with about a thousand valuable exhibits from the past
centuries, known under the popular name The Gold and Silver of Zadar
(Zlato i Srebro Zadra).
In numerous restaurants and taverns of Zadar tourists
should taste home-made specialities. Among drinks, the first place
belongs to the famous liqueur Maraskino. As early as the 19th century,
this unique drink was a favourite drink at European courts (London,
Vienna, Moscow) and has been produced in Zadar since 1821.
Zadar has top conditions for sports and recreational
activities. It has numerous tennis courts, as well as a football
field, basketball and handball courts. It offers great opportunities
for water activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, rowing, scuba--diving,
Numerous and rich cultural and artistic programs
are also organized. They include the traditional Music Evenings
in St. Donat, New Theatre Performances, Zadar Theatre Summer, as
well as various visual arts exhibitions. The city celebrates the
holiday of St. Krsevan, which is, at the same time, the day of Zadar
(24th of November).
Excursions are regularly organized.
Zadar offers top yachting opportunities and services.
Borik Marina is located inside the Borik Hotel Complex, in the Borik
bay; it has 200 berths in the sea and 100 places on the land; it
also owns a charter fleet.
Tankerkomerc Zadar Marina is situated in the city
harbour; it has 300 berths in the sea and 200 places on the land.
"Kelava" - Turanj, 23207 Sv. Filip i Jakov
Apartments "BirkiŠ" - Turanj - "Gaj", 23207 Sv. Filip
"ERO" - Mala Makarska - HR - 23206 Sukosan
and apartments "Vila 4m" - Razanac - HR - 23248 - Miletici
"Kiko" - RIVIERA PAKLENICA - HR - 23244 Seline
Villa "Margarita" - Darinka Putnikovic - Kornatska 4 -
HR - 23210 Biograd n/m
"Vicko" Jose Dokoze 20 - HR - 23244 Starigrad-Paklenica
and Camp "R&B" - 480 Turanj - HR-23207
Sv.Filip i Jakov
and camp "Planik" - HR-23248 Razanac
Tomislav - HR- 23271 Kukljica - Island Ugljan near Zadar
"Zaglav" - HR - 23281 - SALI - DUGI OTOK
- Starigrad Paklenica- HR - 23244 Zadar