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Tourism in Zadar


City ​​with a summer tradition, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia. In the surrounding area there are 5 national parks (Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Kornati, Krka, Velebiti) and three nature parks: Telascica, Northern Velebit and Vrana.

The archipelago consists of 24 larger and about 290 smaller islands and rocks.


Historical sights:
- St.. Donat 9st.
- Five Wells Square 16 St
- Cathedral of St.. Anastasia
- Kalelarga or Broad Street
- Forum 1st.
- St.. Grisogono 1175 g.
- St.. Simon, 1380 g.
- St.. 9 Cross St
- Fort Novigrad 1386 g.

Natural sights:
- Canyon of Zrmanja
- Modrica cave

- Sea Organ: The architect Nikola Basic
- Greetings to Sun -22m diameter
- Museums in Zadar


More things to see

Kalelarga – The Lifeline of Zadar

In the ancient days, this was the main street in Zadar. Translated from Italian, it means „wide street“. To the people of Zadar, Kalelarga is more than just a street. There is a saying in Zadar – Everything that has happened or is about to happen is first heard on Kalerarga. It is also said that all great loves begin and end on Kalelarga. To the people of Zadar, it is a cult place where city celebrations and festivities occur, it is the center of city life, swarmed with caffes and stores and it even has its own hymn sung by Tomislav Ivčić, which is gladly listened to in all parts of Croatia.


The sea promenade called Riva was constructed in 1874 when the city's development towards the sea began. If offers the view of the Zadar Channel and the islands Ugljan and Pašman. The Riva is an ideal promenade, quite peaceful and covered in trees and small parks with the Sea Organ and The Greeting to the Sun as its alluring ornaments that all together attract the attention of tourists from all over the world. It is a perfect place for gatherings and long walks from which the most beautiful sunset in the world is enjoyed daily.


This small picturesque harbour underneath the Renaissance Land Gate was once the main entrance into the city, with a stone lion from the coat of arms of the Republic of Venice carved into it. Along the harbour, a paved way leads to the building of the historical University of Zadar and furthermore to the amazing Riva.

The Sphinx of Zadar

The story of this Sphinx is very romantic, but sadly almost entirely forgotten since it is now located in the most prestigious part of Zadar, a somewhat long walk from the peninsula. The easiest way to reach it is by the barkarijoli row boat. Among the Italian villas from the Belle Epoque period there is one named Villa Attilia. In front of it is the sphinx. The owner of the Villa was Giovanni Smirich, a painter, historian and a member of Zadar's nobility who studied in Italy and there met his wife. Together they moved to Zadar where they had 5 children. Since they were both into history and mythology, they built a garden around the Villa with a cave, an exedra and several other interesting details. When his wife died, Giovanni had the biggest sphinx in this part of Europe built to her memory. There are many legends and superstitions enveloping the Sphinx, the most popular of which are that it is filled with gold and that it grants wishes.


Kolovare is a sandy and pebbly beach surrounded by green areas and a promenade with beach bars and restaurants. It is cleaned and maintained regularly in order to hold the prestigious Blue Flag as an indication of its high environmental and quality standards.

See also

The main tourist destinations in Croatia

The City of Zadar


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