The walled port of Zadar lies on the dramatic northern Dalmatian coast. Located between Rijeka and Split, it is quieter than its neighbouring resorts on the south coast and rich in history and natural beauty. [ReadMoreMob]
The capital of Dalmatia for many centuries, Zadar has an old network of narrow streets in which you can lose yourself marvelling at the roman ruins and Romanesque churches.
The Zadar region oozes natural beauty and boasts 200 hidden islands and islets, bays and isthmuses that create an opportunity for all types of water sport activities.
Exploration of the archipelago is a must and a short boat ride will take you to the islands of Dugi Otok, Pašman and Ugljan.
If you want to explore further afield, Zadar is also the perfect base from which you can explore this part of Croatia and especially its national parks. It’s barely an hour from Krka National Park for some swimming and walking or Paklenica National Park if you fancy a spot of hiking or rock climbing.
Paklenica National Park
Situated approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from Zadar, the Paklenica National Park is very popular with walkers and climbers due to its huge lime stone gorges. Designated a UNESCO Biological Reserve, the rugged park was established to
protect the diverse flora and the many different species and colonies of birds and wildlife, along with the spectacular gorges that cut through the mountains.
St Anastasia Cathedral
The Cathedral of St Anastasia, which is the largest in Dalmatia, was originally built in the ninth century by the Byzantines and rebuilt in Romanesque style in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral features numerous blind arches and two stunning rose windows, one in Gothic style and the other in Romanesque. An internal visit will reveal the ninth century remains of St. Anastasia, the stone ciborium covering the high altar, the carved choir and the bell tower, which dates back to the 15th century and can be climbed to capture amazing views of the town.