Zadar is a place where you can easily sit for hours in one of the cafes and enjoy the sun, the city, and the Croatian people.
Zadar is a university city home to the University of Zadar which was founded in 1396, making it one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest university in Croatia.
There is nowhere more relaxing to walk around than the old town of Zadar which looks out over a fabulous peninsula. There are more than 30 churches to be found in this part of the city and much can be learnt about Zadar's history by visiting them. Some of those which are worth seeing are the church of Saint Donat's, the church of Saint Simeon, the church of Saint Mary and Saint Simeon. Also of interest are the Cathedral of Saint Anastasia and the Roman Forum.
The Archaeological Museum is well worth visiting as is the Sea Organ on Zadar's Riva which works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create music.
When you are navigating your way around, having a car spares you from making the 15 minute walk from city centre to the bus and train stations. It is also far more convenient as taxis have to be called (970) and can take up to 20 minutes from the call to arrive. This can be even more in the busy summer season. The trains are also slow and take a long time to get anywhere, though the scenery is great.
Other transport options in Zadar are to take the large Jadrolinja ferries which run every few days up and down the coast between Rijeka and Dubrovnik. They stop off at ports including Zadar as well as various Croatian islands along the way. There are also daily ferries throughout the summer from Ancona in Italy. It is also possible to Rent a boat and explore the stunning surrounding islands, especially Kornati.
Zadar is not a long car journey from the amazing Plitvice National Park. Plitvice National Park was put onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979 to protect its spectacularly beautiful system of 16 interlinking lakes and wonderful forest. Having been inhabited by all sorts of races including Thracians and Celts the park became a major tourist attraction in the 1990s. However, Plitvice National Park, which is filled with gorgeous turquoise coloured lakes, was also where many mines were laid during the 1990 war.
There is an evening flight from Zagreb to Zadar. During the summer seasons there are also various tourist flights from several European cities. Cheap flights exist but may be hard to find. Ryanair has added low cost flights from London Stansted, Edinburgh and Dublin to Zadar.
In terms of food the Kornat restaurant near the harbour serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine. You can also go to the adjacent Restaurant Nika, beside the harbour in the Puntamika district, which offers good food and service in beautiful settings for low prices.
Some recommended places to drink in Zadar are The Garden which was opened by UB40 drummer James Brown and The Arsenal, a seventeenth century Venetian naval warehouse which is now a restaurant, bar and night club.
For those on a budget there is the Youth Hostel Obala kneza Trpimira in Borik, while mid range accommodation consists of the Hotel Kolovare in the city center and the three star Hotel Adriatic to the south of Zadar. As with car hire it is always a good idea to book your hotel well ahead of time as Zadar can get very busy during the summer months of June, July and August.
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Article Added on Monday, August 24, 2009
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