SUNSET & SUNRISE
Zadar Achipelago is the urban poerhouse of northern Dalmatia.
Located in the heart of the Adriatic, the Zadar Achipelago is the urban powerhouse of northern Dalmatia. Despite the city’s humble 75,000 inhabitants it manages to remain an administrative, economic, cultural and political centre in Croatia. The archipelago counts an impressive 24 big-ish islands and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, plus 3 nature parks! Apart from Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero there are anpther 5 national parks named Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit. This untouched nature combined with the costal allure of the region is what makes Zadar truly magical and puts it at the very top of the European must-see travel list.
WHY WE LOVE
The Zadar Archipelago is known for its eventful history, beautiful architecture, and rich cultural heritage. It is home to the city of Zadar which is truly is a city of tourism. Zadar offers everything from exciting outdoor activities to beautiful beaches and quirky monuments. The city is surrounded by historical ramparts and contains a treasury of archaeological and monumental riches. Here you will find many gates, towers, monasteries, and churches. It is very easy to fall in love with Zadar’s fascinating culture and design which manages to blend the ancient from medieval times with the modern through many contemporary architectural achievements. Few places create embrace both 9th century roman buildings and 21st century artistic sculptures.
We also love that travellers can kayak, row, and or boat between Zadar’s rocks, islands, and islets. The archipelago allows you to have fun while transferring from one place to another. Plus, the city is small and easily walkable! The city covers 25 square kilometres (9.7 square miles) and only has a population of 75,082. This makes Zadar the second largest city of the region of Dalmatia and the fifth-largest city in the nation, yet it manages to keep its quaintness.
Zadar is welcoming and filled with hearty handshakes, laughter, and down-time. Locals are warm and inviting, just like the city. Despite its cosy streets and small mom and pop shops, Zadar is also unexpectedly elegant. Modern designs and smooth lines can be found within new buildings and or monuments, not to mention some streets are paved with shiny white marble!
Also famous for its quirks and sunsets, Zadar offers more than just a place to retreat. The Zadar Archipelago lets you be one with nature while also keeping you connected to the happens of the contemporary world. One minute your kayaking between deserted islet, the next you’re dancing and bouncing around enjoying the city’s nightlife and or free outdoor entertainment.
Zadar Archipelago Gallery
DID YOU KNOW?
- Zadar was once under the control of Italy. The Italian military forces overtook Dalmatia back in 1918.
- Similarly, to Venice, Zadar also has a water taxi service, although they are not called gondolas barkajolis.
- Zadar has four patron saints; St Simon, St Chrysogonus Martyr, St Zoilus and St Anastasia!
- Croatian architect, Nikola Bašić, is responsible for the creation of Zadar’s Sea organ and or Morske orgulje. This architectural sound art object is an experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.
- Alfred Hitchcock once famously said, “The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida.”
- Zadar has its own Sphinx! It is in the Uvala Maestral, or Bay of Maestral, and was designed by local artist, painter, and historian Giovanni Smirich.
- On the Western point of the Zadar peninsula you will find a 300 multi-layer glass Monument to the Sun, also known as The Greeting to the Sun. This beautiful flat monument symbolizes communication with nature and aims to communicate with light.