In 2016 Zadar (map) won a contest for the European Best Destination. Its Venetian city walls are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Zadar 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.
Roman Forum (map) – 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.
Walk around the atmospheric streets of the old town (map), located on the peninsula. There are 34 old churches on the peninsula, and all of them with a very rich history. The oldest is St. Simeon (Sv. Šime, map).
Crkva svetog Donata (Church of Saint Donatus, map). The church is one of the best preserved pre-Romanesque buildings in the world. It is pretty difficult to miss, as it has become the most recognizable symbol of Zadar. The church is no longer in use for religious ceremonies, and today is a museum.
Katedrala sv. Stošije (Zadar Cathedral or Cathedral of St. Anastasia, map). In the cathedral there is an impressive organ that was nearly destroyed in the last war. Climb up the bell tower for a nice view over the city. The bell tower’s entrance is separate from the rest of the cathedral.
St. Mary & St. Simeon, Trg Šime Budinica (map). St. Mary also houses a museum of antique religious relics and artifacts.
Arheološki Muzej (Archeological Museum, map). Houses artifacts that testify to Zadar’s long and rich history. The third floor covers prehistory up until Roman times. The second floor covers Roman times and the first floor covers post-Roman periods.
Krka National Park (map) where you can explore the breathtaking scenery and swim close to the waterfalls. Kornati National Park (map) – a national park of more than 80 islands where you can find peace and quiet.