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    Zadar – a brief overview

    Boasting an enviable location on Croatia’s island-sprinkled Adriatic Coast, Zadar enjoys further kudos thanks to a cultured Old Town, some impressive Roman ruins, a strong café scene and a set of excellent museums. Its setting inevitably makes it a popular transport hub for those heading out to the islands, but there’s plenty to keep you lingering in the city itself – and what’s more, with most visitors to the Croatian coast drawn to Split, Dubrovnik and the islands further south, you’ll generally find it’s far from thronged with visitors.

    For cultural tourists, its cobblestone streets and through-the-ages architecture hold real reward.

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    Sea Organ

    Istarska Obala
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    A wonderful installation, set right on the ocean, that “plays” music thanks to a series of tubes set under its marble steps. It remains one of the best known sights (and sounds) in the city.

    Franciscan Monastery and Church

    Trg Sv Frane 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800

    A gem of a 13th-century complex, despite much of it being redeveloped in later years, the monastery also houses a treasury containing some significant items and artworks.

    Roman Forum

    Forum
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    A legacy of Zadar’s rich past, which witnessed centuries of overseas attention, the old Roman forum is today marked by a high pillar to which criminals were routinely tied. The area has today become part of the fabric of the city.

    National Museum Zadar

    Poljana Pape Aleksandra III 4
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Founded in 1962, this comprehensive museum includes a gallery of fine arts, a natural history department, an ethnological department and a museum dedicated to Zadar itself.

    The Greeting to the Sun

    Istarska Obala
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    The second of Zadar’s two extraordinary public urban installations, this horizontal sculpture comprises some 300 multicoloured plates of glass, which collectively reflect the sun’s rays to create a mesmerising effect.

    Museum of Ancient Glass

    Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 363 831
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-2100

    A relatively new attraction that exhibits exactly what it says on the tin – ancient glass, most of it dating back to Roman times. Cups, goblets and jars all feature.

    Zadar Cathedral of St Anastasia

    Trg Svete Stosije 1
    Ulica Šimuna Kožičića Benje
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1700-1830

    A remarkable triple-naved cathedral, dating largely from the 12th and 13th centuries and containing frescoes, choir stalls and the sarcophagus of St Anastasia herself. The building has been reconstructed since wartime bombing.

    Archaeological Museum

    Trg opatice Čike 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 516
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100 (Sep-Jun)
    Daily 0900-2200 (Jul-Aug)

    History buffs will enjoy the collections on show here, ranging from prehistoric times to more recent centuries. Expect to see everything from weaponry to ceramics.

    Gold and Silver of Zadar

    Trg opatice Čike 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 516
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1800-2000
    Sun 1000-1300

    A permanent exhibition housed in a Benedictine convent, this is a repository of valuable items from the eighth to 18th centuries – the painstaking work of some of the goldsmiths and silversmiths is remarkable.

    Church of St Donatus

    Trg Rimskog Foruma
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 316 166
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100 (Sep-Jun)
    Daily 0900-2200 (Jul-Aug)

    One of the most iconic sights in the city, the structure dates back in part as far as the ninth century, and its circular design is emblematic of the Byzantine era.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    With a gorgeous coastline and over 1,100 islands, Croatia is one of Europe’s top seaside destinations.

    But it’s much, much more than just sea and sunshine.

    Geography

    Croatia stretches along the Adriatic coast, narrowing north-south, with a larger inland area (Slavonia) running west-east from Zagreb to the border with Serbia. The northern two-thirds of this border are formed by the River Drava, the east by the Danube, the southern part by the Sava.

    The country borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast and Bosnia & Herzegovina (southeast from Zagreb; northeast from the Adriatic coastline). The coastline is highly indented, with over 1100 islands and islets lying offshore.

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    Key facts

    Population: 4475611

    Population Density (per sq km): 79

    Capital: Zagreb.

    Language

    The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Ethnic minorities living in Croatia also speak Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German.

    Currency

    Kuna (HRK; symbol Kn) = 100 Lipa. Notes are in denominations of Kn1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Kn25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lipa.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Epiphany: 06. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Anti-Fascist Resistance Day: 22. June 2016
    Statehood Day: 25. June 2016
    Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day: 05. August 2016
    Independence Day: 08. October 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Epiphany: 06. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Anti-Fascist Resistance Day: 22. June 2017
    Statehood Day: 25. June 2017
    Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day: 05. August 2017
    Independence Day: 08. October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Zadar

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    The long summer months see Zadar hitting party form, with a string of sea-facing bars and terraces helping create an unpretentious goodtime vibe for visitors.

    The Old Town is a focal point for many of the best spots.

    The Garden

    Liburnska obala 6
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Sitting on top of the city walls, this beautifully relaxed bar grants good harbour views.

    Barbara Bar

    Ulica Majstora Radovana 7
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Part of the Hotel Borik, this is a tasteful bar with indoor and outdoor seating.

    Beach & Cocktail Bar Bamboo

    Obala Kneza Domagoja 88
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    A beach setting makes this all-day spot a winner.

    Kult Caffe

    Stomorica ulica 6
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Located in the Old Town, with a large terrace and good music.

    Caffe Bar Zodiac

    Šimuna Ljubavca 2
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    There’s an arty vibe at this tiny bar, where things can get crowded.

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    Restaurants in Zadar

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    Having the Adriatic Sea so close means some fantastic seafood and much in the way of Italian-influenced cookery – be sure too to sample maraschino, the local cherry brandy.

    Pet Bunara

    Stratico ulica
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Price: Expensive

    A quality Dalmatian restaurant, with good regional produce and a strong wine list.

    Pasta & Svasta

    Poljana Sime Budinica 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Price: Moderate

    A highly rated pasta restaurant with good service levels.

    Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga

    Ulica Majke Margarite 3
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Price: Moderate

    Inventive local dishes on offer at this bistro, part of Art Hotel Kalelarga.

    Kaštel

    Bedemi Zadarskih Pobuna 13
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Price: Moderate

    The restaurant at 4-star Hotel Bastion, specialising in fish, homemade pasta and oven-baked bread.

    Fast Food Nana

    Varoška ulica 1
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Price: Cheap

    Cheap and cheerful snacks such as pizzas and burgers – a filling feed for those on a budget.

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    Calendar of events

    International Choir Competition

    19 – 22 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: National Theatre.

    Amateur choirs from around the world are invited to Zadar each spring to participate in this renowned choral contest. It’s a chance for music lovers to listen to an extraordinary selection of ensembles of an exceptionally high standard. A jury awards a Grand Prize to the winning group.

    Rise Up Festival

    30 June – 2 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Jazine Old Puppet Theatre.

    This two-day festival is dedicated to urban culture and extreme sports. Over 30 artists perform to a pumped crowd across two music stages. Meanwhile, BMX riders and rollerbladers skid, jump and flip their way through a series of super-impressive stunts in demo sessions behind the city library.

    Summer Theatre Festival

    June – August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Throughout the summer, the Croatian National Theatre hosts a thrilling series of plays staged in unique venues such as ancient churches or courtyards of historical buildings. Audiences can also enjoy dramatic dance displays and concerts performed by outstanding professional musicians.

    Musical Evenings in St Donat

    6 July – 7 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Zadar’s oldest musical festival has been entertaining summer audiences for over half a century. World-class Croatian and international ensembles and soloists perform a dynamic programme of classical concerts featuring everything from early music to 21st-century compositions. Venues range from squares and churches to museums and parks.

    Kalelargart Street Art Festival

    28 – 29 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Zadar is transformed into an open-air stage for this terrific two-day summer street festival. Magicians, jugglers and acrobats amuse kids young and old with their mind-blowing tricks and astonishing moves. Theatrical and comedy performances create plenty of laughs, while live music and dance shows entertain passersby.

    Avvantura Film Festival

    21 – 26 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The focus of this jury-led international film festival is European co-productions. The event also aims to bring together filmmakers at its industry forum as well as attracting cinema fans to its enthralling week-long programme. Not to be missed are the open-air screenings.

    Night of the Full Moon

    18 August 2016

    Venue: Riva, Zadar’s promenade.

    Street lights are switched off and candles and torches illuminate the coastal promenade at full moon in the middle of summer. Boats gather at the quay, selling fresh tuna, clams and mussels along with hunks of cheese and clumps of figs. There’s dancing and singing on the beach until dawn.

    Fig Festival

    1 – 12 September 2016

    Venue: City centre.

    Organised by the producer of a popular brand of fig spread, ‘Šinjorina Smokva’, this celebration of Croatia’s ubiquitous fruit includes cooking demonstrations and a fair in Zadar city centre selling all manner of fig goodies. The spread itself is produced on an organic farm just outside Zadar.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Zadar

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    Zadar draws enough tourists to ensure there’s plenty of good choice in and around the city, and while there’s only a limited amount of quality accommodation actually in the Old Town, there are some great options further afield.

    Hotel Bastion

    Ulica Bedemi zadarskih pobuna 13
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 23 250 468
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    Category: Expensive

    A boutique hotel in Zadar’s historic core, complete with a spa.

    Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera

    Punta Skala
    23231 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Category: Expensive

    A sleek resort with more than 200 guest rooms and suites and great sea views.

    Hotel Niko

    Obala Kneza Domagoja 9
    23000 Zadar
    Croatia
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    Category: Moderate

    A smart family-run hotel with a seafront location.

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    Best time to visit

    Today: Sunday, 11.12.2016 01:00 UTC

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    6°C


    wind direction

    south

    wind speed

    11.875 mph

    humidity

    61%

    7 days forecast

    Monday

    12.12.2016

    12°C / 8°C

    Tuesday

    13.12.2016

    11°C / 7°C

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    14.12.2016

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    15.12.2016

    11°C / 4°C

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    Saturday

    17.12.2016

    -2°C

    Sunday

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    4°C /

    Climate & best time to visit Croatia

    Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast. Peak season is July – August, with temperatures in the high 20s or in the 30s in places like Split, but you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast, and the shoulder seasons (May-June and September) are among the best times to visit Croatia. Inland is also hot in the summer but can be bitterly cold in the winter with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall. Winter on the coast is milder but can be quite rainy.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan16 °C-9 °C10 °C3 °C72 %68.7 mm83.8 h
    Feb17 °C-8 °C10 °C3 °C70 %67.2 mm84.9 h
    Mar20 °C-6 °C13 °C6 °C73 %72 mm65.8 h
    Apr27 °C0 °C16 °C9 °C73 %63.5 mm66.9 h
    May31 °C3 °C21 °C13 °C74 %53.9 mm68.5 h
    Jun33 °C8 °C24 °C16 °C72 %53.4 mm59.9 h
    Jul35 °C13 °C28 °C19 °C68 %29.7 mm411.3 h
    Aug35 °C11 °C28 °C19 °C69 %55.5 mm410.7 h
    Sep31 °C7 °C24 °C16 °C75 %98.1 mm68.3 h
    Oct26 °C2 °C20 °C12 °C74 %106.5 mm75.8 h
    Nov21 °C-2 °C15 °C8 °C73 %99.2 mm94.2 h
    Dec18 °C-6 °C11 °C5 °C72 %89.7 mm103.5 h
    year35 °C-9 °C18 °C11 °C72 %857.3 mm796.9 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +385

    Telephone

    Telephone booths are operated by phonecards available at post offices, news stands and in some tourist shops. There are also payphone booths in many post offices.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Local SIM cards are also readily available, often bundled with credit and a phone.

    Internet

    Internet cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns. They are easy to find (start by looking in one of the tourist agencies), though the connection speed varies.

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    Shopping in Zadar

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    Key Areas

    As well as bottles of maraschino brandy, classic Zadar souvenirs include glassware, ceramics and jewellery, making the museum shops great places to pick up quality items – particularly the Archaeological Museum. You’ll find plenty of other souvenir shops around the Old Town, with goods ranging from mass-produced to high quality.

    Markets

    Zadar’s daily market (Hrvoja Hrvatinica) is a colourful attraction in its own right, showcasing mounds of fresh regional produce. You’ll find everything on sale from figs and olive oil to cured ham and local cheeses. It’s a superb option for picking up a few local delicacies for a picnic.

    Shopping Centres

    City Galleria (Murvicka 1) is a mall set in an eye-catching building with various well-known brands on offer, among them Adidas, Kappa, Lee and Timberland. Another good option is Supernova (Akcije Maslenica 1), a shopping complex 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of town.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    People normally shake hands upon meeting and leaving.

    Smoking is generally acceptable but there are restrictions in public buildings and on public transport.

    Photography

    Certain restrictions exist.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Food is almost universally safe, and tap water is fine to drink.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. Precautions should be taken against tick bites. For anyone planning to spend long periods of time in forested areas, carrying a pair of tick tweezers is advised, and immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is also a possible precaution. Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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