Zadar is a beautiful town on the Northern Adriatic Coast, with its own airport and close to the fascinating island of Pag which is linked by a mainland bridge. It is also close to the beautiful island of Ugljan and the incredibly fabulous archipelago of the Kornati islands – highly prized by the sailing fraternity. The holidaying/vacation value of Zadar is enhanced by several awesome natural parks – Velebit mountain, Paklenica and Krka within an hour drive and the world famous Plitvice Lakes within 2 hour drive of the town.
Zadar is the principal city in the Northern Adriatic Dalmatia region; a busy and lively Mediterranean coastal town with charming narrow streets and alleyways bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants. Historic sites include the city gates and fortress and in particular, the Byzanthium-influenced Cathedral of St Donat originating from the 9th Century is the finest example of the architecture of the old Croatian period. The city has 30 churches all rich in architecture and art and worth visiting.
Zadar has a very lively night life with many restaurants, clubs and bars. It is the centre for music parties, and world famous DJs are frequent guests throughout the year. For lovers of classical music there are many concerts too. Famous music festivals take place in Petrcane Village just outside Zadar, (“the New Ibiza”, epicentre of the cutting edge music. In the nearby island of Pag, another venue attracting young holiday makers is Zrce, famous for beach parties and music. For those who enjoy classical music, Musical Evenings at St Donat Cathedral provide classical concerts in magical surroundings.
The Kornati are a fascinating group of 140 small islands. Astronauts have said that from space the sea around these islands is the clearest blue in the world. Nowhere in the world are these so many islands in such a small area. The only habitation is by fisherman and sheep farmers who spend the summer on the islands. There are no roads, cars or electricity in the Kornati ecological paradise. The islands are famous for sage honey, lamb grazed on herb pastures and an underwater world rich with coral, algae, sponges and antiquities from the Roman era which attract divers. There are many boat trips and excursions that can be made to the islands from Ugljan island and from Zadar. There are twenty restaurants dotted around the islands in sheltered bays where you can relax and swim before enjoying fresh fish and organic produce beautifully cooked before your eyes.
Paklenica National Park (a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve) is located on the mainland between the highest point of Velebit Mountain (1758m) and the sea and is a one hour drive from Zadar. Two fantastic canyons in the Park are Velika and Mala Paklenica canyons and are world famous for mountain climbing. This national park has pine forests, interesting caves, and primaeval landscapes. This is a fantastic place for walks, climbing and a wide range of sporting and leisure activities such as free-climbing and trekking.
This is the biggest island of Zadar's archipelago, 50km long and about 5km wide. It is quite distant from the coast - one hour and a half by ferry from Zadar and it remains one of those few places where you can enjoy tranquillity even in high season, ideal for tourists that will appreciate the peace and the natural beauties. In the northern part of the island there are some fine sandy beaches in particular the beach of Saharun situated on the wooded northwest coast of the island.
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