Zadar

  • Zadar

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Zadar market

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Zadar

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  • St Donat's church, Zadar

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    © Carly Calhoun/Time Out
  • Zadar

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  • Zadar

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  • Zadar boatman

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  • Zadar

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  • Zadar

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    © Antonija Butković/Time Out
  • Sun Salutation, Zadar

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  • St Donat church, Zadar

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    © Antonija Butković/Time Out
  • Zadar

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    © Antonija Butković/Time Out
  • Zadar

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    © Matt Field/Time Out

There seems to be no stopping Zadar, the main city of northern Dalmatia.

This formerly rather frumpy seaside town has in the last few years attracted some of Croatia’s most visionary initiatives: the Garden club and its various festival offshoots; landmark public installations such as the ‘Sea Organ’ and ‘Greeting to the Sun’; and the Arsenal, an arts centre in a beautifully-restored Venetian armoury.

Despite taking a battering from the recession, Zadar’s nightlife scene shows no sign of letting up, with a rash of new bars filling the gaps left by businesses that didn’t quite make it through the crisis. The world-renowned Garden Festival spent six years at Petrčane just up the coast, and since 2012 has been based at Tisno, just down the coast in the Šibenik direction.

Back at Petrčane, Falkensteiner’s huge Punta Skala Resort, centered around five-star spa hotel Iadera, has helped to propel Zadar’s tourist profile into the international luxury league.

In Zadar itself, the excellent Museum of Ancient Glass has bolstered the city’s sightseeing potential. Once the city authorities decide what to do with the notoriously derelict Hotel Zagreb (a promenade-hugging building once patronized by Alfred Hitchcock and other celebs), the city’s transformation will be complete.

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Hotel Bastion
Boutique Hotels, Zadar

Villa Hrešć
Hotels, Zadar



Restaurants in Zadar

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Pet Bunara
Restaurants

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Kornat
Restaurants

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Foša
Restaurants

Lungo Mare
Restaurants


Festivals and events near Zadar

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The Garden Festival
Festivals and events

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Stop Making Sense
Festivals and events

Electric Elephant Festival
Festivals and events

© Hollie Fernando

Soundwave Festival 2014
Festivals and events


Bars and clubs in Zadar

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Arsenal
Live Music

Djina
Bars

Hitch Bar
Clubs