Zadar is one of the most famous and beautiful cities on the Adriatic coast, like an open-air museum. Church of St. Donat, the Sea Organ, Greeting to the Sun, Foša and the beautiful archipelago are just some of the symbols of Zadar. It is located in the heart of the Adriatic and is an easily accessible destination by land, sea and air.
Many stories are dedicated to this city, and the famous director Alfred Hitchcock said during his visit to Zadar that Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful even than the one in Key West, Florida, which is applauded every night. At the very entrance to the city is Foša. The fairytale port has served as an inspiration to many, and what makes it even more interesting are the Land Gate, which is also the main entrance to the city. The special charm of the old part of the city is Varoš, where many narrow streets intertwine and old stone houses proudly stand, preserving the soul of this Mediterranean city.
Most visitors know the most famous Zadar promenade under the name Kalelarga, although it is still officially called Široka ulica (Calle Larga), Kalelarga is more than the main street and promenade for the inhabitants of Zadar. It is a symbol of the city and a place for socializing and fun. At the very end of Kalelarga is the old Roman forum which is still quite well preserved today. Within the Forum, there are two buildings, the church of St. Donat and the bell tower of St. Anastasia.
The Church of St. Donat is one of the most famous buildings in Croatia dating back to the 9th century. Next to the church is the bell tower of St. Stošije which allows you to get to know the city from a height of 62 meters.
The sea organ in Zadar is a special phenomenon. This orchestra whose conductor is the sea is located on the Riva. It is a place where you can enjoy the music produced by the waves, and also a perfect point where you can take a couple of great photos considering that the organ offers a view of the canal, islands and sunset.
Next to the Sea Organ there is another attraction - Greeting to the Sun. It is a circular light installation that works on the principle of absorbing solar energy. During the day, the sun fills the solar panels located under the structure itself, and after sunset, the magic begins. Another interesting fact is that Greeting to the Sun is associated with the Sea Organ. Namely, the sound produced by the organ is transmitted to the light structure, influencing the colors and dynamics of the image on the glass, and thus in the evening there is a play of sound and light.
About thirty kilometers north of Zadar are the Paklenica National Park and the Northern Velebit National Park. Paklenica National Park is famous for its sculptures in the rocks created by nature and mountain meadows. If you are adventurous you can try rock climbing. Natural sources of drinking water will provide you with real refreshment from the heat, and the spirit of nature will fill you with a sense of carefreeness.