Zadar: Church of St Donatus

Zadar: Church of St Donatus

The only real problem with Zadar is there’s so much to see and do. As you’d expect of a city that can trace it’s history to neolithic times, there’s plenty of history, but also more modern attractions such as the Sea Organ.

Many of the sites are within Zadar’s old walled city, on the peninsula opposite the  marina. Whether your interest is Roman ruins, medieval churches, museums, installation art or cafe’s, restaurants and shopping you’re well catered for.

One of the best known landmarks in is the church of  St Donatus, dating back to the 9th Century and now used for concerts. Right next door is the Roman Forum

If you’re looking for something bigger, head for St Anastasia’s Cathedral, the largest in Dalmatia. If that’s not enough, there are over 30 other churches in the old city alone, of which the best known are St Simeon’s Church, St Mary’s Church, and the Franciscan Monastery.

Zadar: Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery

Zadar: Cloister of the Franciscan Monastery

For something newer, the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun should not be missed.

The Sea Organ was opened in 2005 and appears at first to be a serious of wide steps leading down to the water edge. However, hidden beneath are a series of pipes leading down to sea level. The sea forces air up the pipes and through whistles at the top, providing random but surprisingly harmonic music.

Adjacent to the Sea Organ, the Greeting to the Sun is essentially a large solar panel built in to the pavement, which not only provides power to light the seafront but at sunset provides a light show.

If that’s not enough, there are several museums to choose from, including the Museum of Ancient Glass, and the Archaeological Museum. There’s even a beach, Kolovare, about a kilometre from the old city (about 2km from the marina).

As you’d expect of a small city, Zadar has plenty of shops, including a number of good sized supermarkets. Better still is the market in the old city, selling fruit & veg, meat and fish. With plenty of restaurants and bars too, what more could you want?

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