Zadar is the oldest inhabited city in Croatia. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea, at the NW part of Ravni Kotari region. Zadar Croatia is the seat of Zadar County and the wider northern Dalmatian region. The city area covers 25 km2 (9.7 sq mi) with a population of 75,082 in 2011, making it the fifth-largest city in Croatia.
Zadar is a historical center of Dalmatia, Zadar County’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation centre. Because of its rich heritage, Zadar is today one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, named “entertainment center of the Adriatic” by The Times and “Croatia’s new capital of cool” by the Guardian. In 2016, Zadar was named “Best European Destination” by the Belgian portal Europe’s Best after a three-week period of online voting and more than 288,000 cast votes.

Zadar Croatia gained its urban structure in Roman times; during the time of Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus. The town was fortified and the city walls with towers and gates were built. On the western side of the town were the forum, the basilica and the temple, while outside the town were the amphitheatre and cemeteries. The aqueduct which supplied the town with water is partially preserved. Inside the ancient town, a medieval town had developed with a series of churches and monasteries being built.

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Zadar - What to Visit?

Roman Forum – the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic, founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, as shown by two stone inscriptions about its completion dating from the 3rd century.
Church of St. Donatus – a monumental round building from the 9th century in pre-Romanesque style, has been erected on the site of a temple of Juno. It is the most important preserved structure of its period in Dalmatia. The massive dome of the rotunda is surrounded by a gallery in two stories which also extends around the three apses to the east. The church treasury contains some of the finest Dalmatian metalwork; notably the pastoral staff of Bishop Valaresso (1460).
St. Anastasia’s Cathedral (Croatian: Sv. Stošija), the basilica in Romanesque style built in the 12th to 13th century (high Romanesque style), is the largest cathedral in Dalmatia.
St Mary’s Church, which retains a fine Romanesque campanile from 1105, belongs to a Benedictine Convent founded in 1066 by a noblewoman of Zadar by the name of Cika with the permanent Ecclesiastical art exhibition “The Gold and Silver of Zadar”

What is the Weather Like in Zadar?

Zadar has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate, since only one summer month has less than 40 millimetres (1.6 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. Zadar has mild, wet winters and very warm, humid summers.
Temperatures can consistently reach over 30 °C (86 °F) during the summer months, but during spring and autumn may also reach 30 °C almost every year. Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) are rare, and are not maintained for more than a few days. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature around 7.7 °C (46 °F).

Zadar Greeting the Sun

Zadar - How to Get There

In the 20th century, roads became more important than sea routes, but Zadar remained an important traffic point. The main road along the Adriatic passes through the city. In the immediate vicinity, there is the Zagreb-Dubrovnik highway.
Since 1966, a railway has linked Zadar with Knin, where it joins the main railway from Zagreb to Split. However, passenger trains between Knin and Zadar are replaced with the buses.
Zadar Croatia also has an international ferry line to Ancona in Italy. Ships also connect Zadar with islands of its archipelago from two ferry ports: one located in the town center serving catamaran services and other one located in the suburb of Gaženica (Gazenica) serving ferry and distant services.
Zadar International Airport is located in Zemunik, around 14 kilometres (9 miles) to the east of Zadar and accessible via the expressway.




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