The Zadar region is the northernmost part of Dalmatia, its gate of welcome to all those who travel from the north of the Adriatic. It is full of contrasts, rich in historic heritage and breathtakingly beautiful nature.
The first, and therefore perhaps the most intense experience of these parts, are the intense colours, that particular harmony of the vivid blue of the sea and over it the dark green of pine trees or olive groves that descend all the way to the shore. And to all that the brilliant white of the Dalmatian stone must be added – it forms the beaches either in slabs or broken down into gravel or pebbles, attracting numerous tourists.
This is a region which numbers as many as 200 island and isles, with only 17 of them being inhabited. Come the summer, their lives become very dynamic – dynamic but not stressful. At other times they are peaceful and totally relaxed.
This is a region boasting no less than 3000 years of continuous human habitation that has been recorded in streets and squares of cities like Zadar, the centre of the region. The town which you will most certainly remember by the monumental pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus that was built at the beginning of the 9th century and which, in the summer season, becomes the venue for the highly popular Music Festivities of St. Donatus.
But though St. Donatus may be the most striking of all the monuments here, there are many other things – churches, monuments, exhibitions and cultural events that make this Mediterranean town ever interesting, beautiful and different.
Recently the element of different has been greatly added to by the urban installations- the Sea Organ and the Salutations to the Sun – which are equally attractive for the locals and their visitors. But Zadar is by no means the only tourist jewel of the region.
There is also Nin – the oldest seat of the Croatian kings, Biograd na moru with its historic heritage, the town of Pag on the island of the same name, etc. However, the most defining features of this region are undoubtedly its national park – Paklenica and the vicinity of four more – the Plitvice Lakes, the Kornati Archipelago, the Krka Waterfalls and Northern Velebit.
And there is still more – the nature parks and the canyons of the rivers Zrmanja and Krupa whose rapids are proving to be irresistible to those seeking the adrenalin rush through organized adventure sports.
And while here, and when going home, do not forget the tasty indigenous souvenirs like the widely appreciated and ever so delectable Pag cheese, olive oil, the Maraska liqueur.