Zadar is the seat of the county of Zadar and Knin, maritime, economic, cultural and tourist center. Zadar consists of the old core on the small peninsula, and of the new parts near the coast. The town of Zadar has developed industry (ship building, metallurgy, textile and food industry), three valuable museums (archaeological, ethnographic, and museum of natural history), the art gallery, one of the richest historical archive, scientific library, etc.
The pleasant climate with rich Mediterranean vegetation attracts numerous tourists to Zadar. In the vicinity (Borik, Puntamika) there are numerous hotels and recreational objects.
Zadar has traffic communication (the Adriatic Road) with Rijeka and Split, and the international airport in Zemunik. Zadar also has constant ship lines to the northern and southern Adriatic and Italy.
Zadar has already been mentioned in Greek sources, and Romans called it lader. It kept the urbane structure of the Roman castrum, and most of the buildings in town are reconstructed houses from the Romanesque and Gothic period. The layout of the streets survived from the antiquity, as well as the parts of the water supply system from the lake Vrana, fourteen meters high pillar and excavations on Forum, parts of the emperor Trajan's triumphal arch, and many architectural fragments.
Zadar Marina has exchange office, post office, and shops. It is open through the whole year.
Zadar and the tourist region of Zadar are located in the very centre of the Croatian Adriatic, in the most indented part of the Adriatic archipelago. At a smaller or greater distance from Zadar are the national parks Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka and Kornati, nature parks Velebit and Telascica, as well as more than 300 islands and islets. Natural beauties, numerous coves and beaches, cultural and historical monuments, restaurants and hotels offering selected national specialities make Zadar and its surroundings one of the most attractive tourist regions in Croatia.
The county of Zadar is located in the middle part of the Croatian coast-line and it is filled with numerous attractive areas, natural beauties and 3000 year old history. In the Zadar area there are four National Parks - Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica, Krka and Kornati and three Nature Parks of Velebit ,Telašcica and Vrana lake.
The Zrmanja canyon, the underworld of karst and a lunar landscape on the
Pag are also very interesting.
The sea around Zadar is very clean and transparent, offering a range of recreational content, starting with nautical activities, visits to various authentic sites, to enjoying scuba-diving and underwater sites.
The county of Zadar is the region of historical towns and tourist resorts Zadar, Biograd, Pag and Nin.
The capital of the county is Zadar, about 3000 years old with its monuments Roman Forum, church of St. Donat from 9 th century , romanesque cathedral of St. Anastasia from 13 th century, strong town walls etc.
Among other well-known things about this city there are the Permanent Exibition of Gold and Silver, and also the authentic liquor Maraschino and the fruit, vegetable and fish market.
The tradition of tourism in this part of Croatia is almost one hundred years old and it goes back to 1899 when the Tourism Association “Liburnia” wasfounded.
In numerous restaurants and taverns of Zadar tourists should taste home-made specialities. Among drinks, the first place belongs to the famous liqueur Maraskino. As early as the 19th century, this unique drink was a favourite drink at European courts (London, Vienna, Moscow) and has been produced in Zadar since 1821.
Zadar has top conditions for sports and recreational activities. It has numerous tennis courts, as well as a football field, basketball and handball courts. It offers great opportunities for water activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, rowing, scuba-diving, angling. Come here and enjoy! :-)