The city was founded around 400 BC and throughout its long history was ruled by several ancient world and regional empires which left their mark on the city's development and architecture.
In ancient times, the coast of Dalmatia was populated by Illyrians and eventually was occupied by the Roman Empire 200 BC. It became a Roman colony and remained under the Roman empire until 400 AD when Zadar was conquered by the Huns.
In the Middle Ages after the fall of the West Roman Empire, the city, together with the whole Roman province of Illyria, became part of the newly formed East Gothic Empire.
Meanwhile, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the city of Zadar was ruled by Hungary, Austria, France, Italy. After the Second World War it finally became a Croatian city in the Republic of Yugoslavia.
After independence in 1991 the city began rapid modernization and construction to become one of the fastest growing cities in Croatia.
The reasons for visiting Zadar are several.
Zadar is an ancient city where you can see and experience culture with a history that extends more than two thousand years back. It was molded by its inhabitants and the mighty empires that dominated the Mediterranean region and each had an impact on city's architecture that has been preserved until now.
What do you usually visit in Zadar?
The old city's core is the most visited place in the city.
- Saint Donatus church built in the 800s and the old forum square.
- Sea organ where 35 pipes let the sea create their own music.
- Greetings to the sun where solar cells create light effects in the evening.
- Archaeological Museum provides a complete picture of the city's long history.
These places are very close to each other, so if you take an evening walk you can experience each place under a setting sun and the beautiful sea view.
Beaches in Zadar?
Beaches in Croatia are not as sandy as Australian beaches. The Croatian coast is very rocky and sandy beaches tend to be of the rougher kind, it is good to have beach shoes.
Here you usually go to the beaches Kolovare and Borik.
Activities and excursions.
Zadar Archipelago consists of 300 surrounding islands and is actually very suitable as a base for visitors who want active holidays.
From here you can quickly reach several popular excursions both by boat and car and there are plenty of local travel arrangements.
- Krka National Par - travel by car or organized excursion
- Plitvice Lakes National Park - travel by car or organized excursion
- Kornati National Park (Boat Tour) Organized
- Kajaksafari on the river Zrmanja – travel by car or organized excursion
How to get to Zadar?
Zadar is well connected with all the most important means of transportation
There are highways that pass by the city and are a part of the very modern Croatian highway network.
The airport near the city makes it possible to travel from and to most major destinations in Europe during the busy summer season.
Ferry from the city's port takes you to the surrounding islands.
It is possible to get to Zadar by train. Train schedules are available on the Croatian railways website.