Zadar, another gem in Croatia's crown, is located slap in the middle of the country lapping the shores of the beautiful Adriatic in the up and coming area called Zadar Coast. Holidays in Zadar have all the promise of great history mingled with modern life which flourishes in student-filled cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants and a vibrant bar scene. A holiday in Zadar also means enjoying a place of real natural beauty that still remains a little undiscovered.
Zadar is the historical and religious centre of Dalmatia and has superb remains of a Roman Forum (dating from Roman Emperor Agustus in the 3rd century) and the remarkable St Donatus Church with its huge rotunda and some of the finest metalwork in all Dalmatia. The People's Square (Platea Magna) dates from the Middle Ages and Five Wells Square does exactly what it says on the tin - it has 5 wells all lined up in a row!
Enjoying a holiday in Zadar, means travelling to the end of the Peninsula to appreciate the amazing "sound & light show". The Sea Organ, man-made stone stairs extending 70m along the coast with pipes and whistles (playing 7 chords of 5 tones), creates music from the waves, blending human skill with nature's energy. Beside it, the astonishing Greeting to the Sun is 300 multi-layered glass plates fashioned in a 22m circle to communicate with nature's light, in tandem with the most beautiful sunset in the world. Zadar holidays are full of wonderful surprises!
However, holidays in Zadar are also full of sunshine, delicious pine-scented beaches, nearby almost deserted islands, dramatic strips of gorgeous coastline and superb national parks providing hiking, climbing and swimming opportunities. Lovers of the great outdoors will love Zadar holidays. Be sure to board the local ferry from the harbour to visit one of the islands and have a day beach lounging or swimming in the crystal waters of the Adriatic.
The old town of Zadar is lovely too with its walled port and many historic buildings. Seek out the atmospheric fish restaurants, bustling cafes for people watching or relax with a typical Maraschino liqueur in a local bar. A Zadar holiday has many different faces, so expect lots of natural beauty, plenty of summer festivals attracting a young crowd, historic treasures and traditional art and, naturally, sun and sea in abundance.
There are direct flights to Zadar from Dublin and we offer a good selection of hotels to suit all budgets.