Travelling Croatia may be one of the best investments for your sailing holidays this year. Croatia is known for its various islands that have been around for thousands of years, and one of the oldest ones is Zadar. This article will help you understand everything you may need to know about Zadar and what locations you should visit if you are on an Adriatic cruise:
Zadar is the oldest Croatian city that has never been left barren. It has always been inhabited by some civilization. Because of low overall crime levels in the city as well as a completely tourism-friendly location, Zadar has been making a lot of strides in recent years. Here are some facts that you should know:
The land where everything is introduced
Zadar has been a strategically very important location for the past civilizations. Under the Venetian rule, it was the largest fortified city. In the recent centuries, especially from the 19th century onward, Zadar has been the first city where everything has been getting introduced.
For example, in the Napoleon era, it was the first Croatian city to ever have newspapers printed. Later, it became the first city to harbor a public park. The first operation under ether narcosis was taken here too.
There is a Sphinx here too
It is certainly interesting how many Sphinxes have ended up in the Croatian region. Of course, Zadar would get one too, and why wouldn’t it? It has always been a popular destination for civilizations for thousands of years.
The sphinx here was built by Villa Attilia’s owner to commemorate his wife. If you are on a romantic luxury cruise to this location, you will definitely want to visit the Sphinx. It is said that this Sphinx can help grant romantic wishes.
Saint Donatus’ Church
You may have heard of the City of Four Lakes or even the Four-Gated City novel, but have you ever heard of the city that had four legendary patron saints? Saint Simon, Saint Chrysogonus Martyr, Saint Zoilus and Saint Anastasia. All of these saints have their own stories to tell, though since we don’t want to spoil it for you, you should visit their tombs to find more about.
Saint Donatus’ Church may not be one about of these legends’ but there certainly is charm to the most visited Church in the city.
The Roman Forum is not only one of the most important landmarks of the city, but also seems to harbor the most location for a landmark in the city. It can take around two hours trying to fully tour the entire Forums as there is a lot to cover. A rather interesting thing about these ruins is that they seem to randomly pop up from the city’s streets -as if they were meant to be the center of civic life.
If you are visiting Saint Donatus’ Church, this forum directly links to it.
The Sea Organ
Of course, looking at old ruins all day may wear out the best of people – no pun intended. If you are looking for modern architecture that compliments nature’s beauty, you will certainly admire Sea Organ’s tranquil sounds that combine the soothing sound of the sea organ and the beauty of the human architecture. This unique instrument was built in 2005 and has about 35 pipes of different lengths and diameter. The sea plays the sounds – and there is something new every single day.
Greeting to the Sun
If you loved the Sea Organ, the same architect: Nikola Bašić designed a beautiful piece of art that is known as the Greeting to the Sun. It is also a great piece of art that is meant to applaud nature. A 22-meter diameter circle that consists of 22 solar panels embeds the sidewalk. As the sun sets, the energy that is absorbed by the solar panels then turns it into a psychedelic light show for everyone to enjoy. It is not only a greeting to the Sun, but also a prayer to the saints that watch over this location. Certainly, a piece of art that the civilizations of the future will appreciate.
Queen Jelena Madijevka
If you are coming here through a private charter, you may want to spend a few moments of your arduous journey resting in a public park. We mentioned earlier that Zadar was the first city to introduce a public park in all of Croatia, right? It is none other than Queen Jelena Madijevka and you can either take a public bus to the location or trek a little. It was built around 200 years ago, so you should still be able to appreciate its beauty.
Here are a few things that you should try in Zadar:
Here are a few restaurants in Zadar that you should definitely check out:
We hope that you were able to find everything you needed in our simple Zadar guide. If you are on a 7-8-hour trip to this location, we recommend visiting the Roman Forums as well as the Sphinx. Oh, and for food, our choice is Pet Bunara though if you want something affordable, Burgers & More is almost always open.
We do recommend that you upgrade your trip to our special 7-day luxurious trip that gives you access to a private charter and a boat of your own choice. If you are visiting a city for the first time, you should do it the right way!
National Park Kornati
National Park Krka
National Park Plitvice