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Almost entirely surrounded by the warm waters of the Adriatic, Zadar may not be large, but it will charm you with its character. A thoroughly cosmopolitan space, the city is full of extraordinary architecture and offers some of the best sailing around Zadar's archipelago and along the western coast of the Dalmatia region.

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Church of St Donatus
Crkva sv. Donata, Šimuna Kožičića Benje

The Church of St Donatus is considered by many the symbol of Zadar. This majestic circular building is one of the finest examples of Byzantine style in the whole country. Nowadays it's no longer used as a church but as venue for cultural and musical events. The ground floor houses a permanent exhibition of the medieval collection. The first floor is dedicated to the permanent exhibition of the ancient collection. The second floor shows off the permanent exhibition of the prehistoric collection.

Cathedral of St Anastasia
Katedrala sv. Stošije, Trg Svete Stošije 2

This Romanesque Cathedral was built in the 12th century on the plan of a former Christian basilica and it's the biggest one in the Dalmatian region. Behind the ornamented facade remains of frescoes and a carved choir decorate the interiors of the church. From the top of the bell tower visitors can enjoy views of the old town below.

Mihovila Pavlinovića 12

Offering Italian dishes as well as traditional Dalmatian seafood, at Bruschetta the focus is on traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant serves quality food in a casual environment and it's popular with locals for its lunch deals.

Liburnska obala 6

By many considered the best restaurant in town, Kornat offers top-quality food in a delightful location and charming atmosphere. The restaurant can boast a set of Dalmatian dishes prepared with prime-quality ingredients and a good selection of Croatian wines just to be savoured by customers on the great front-harbour location. Try the black risotto and the angler fish.

City Market
Ulica Pod Bedemom 1/A

A lively market with fresh fish, fruits and vegetables from local farmers, herbs and countless homemade products. Rooting back to the Middle Age, Zadar's market is one of the biggest and oldest in the Dalmatian region.

Archaeological Museum Souvenirs & Replicas
Arheološki muzej, Trg opatice Čike 1

The Archaeological Museum produces replicas of many of the artefacts on display (mainly made of pottery and artificial stone) that are on sell in its souvenirs shop.


Travellers who want to enter Croatia must have a passport issued within the past 10 years and valid for 3 months after their planned departure from the country. EU citizens are only requested to provide their ID card to enter the country. In most cases visas are not required for stays up to 90 days, but travellers are advised to check the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry's website.

Best Time to Visit

The most popular period with tourists is between May and August, when the weather is hot and slightly humid. To enjoy warm weather and find cheaper accommodation, April and September may be the best options.

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