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5 good reasons to go to Zadar
To see / do
Culture and history
The Roman Forum
Zadar’s forum is the largest on the eastern Adriatic coast. Built by Emperor Augustus in the 3rd century AD, it is one of the must-sees of any visit to Zadar. Stroll through the surrounding wooded park and immerse yourself in its history as you admire the ancient Roman columns, pillars, temples and stones.
Designed by Nikola Bašić and built in 2005, the Sea Organ is one of the pride and joys of Zadar. Located at the end of the promenade along the Adriatic sea, this hydraulic organ composed of 35 buried pipes is played by the ebb and flow of the waves. The site is as magical as it is intriguing and affords stunning sunsets as you listen to the sea playing the music of its mood.
The Museum of Ancient Glass
The Museum of Ancient Glass is well worth a visit. Interactive and fun, you can observe ancient pieces found during archaeological digs and watch glass-blowing demonstrations. It is an ideal activity for entertaining both children and adults, as well as art lovers!
Gates and fortifications
The medieval city of Zadar is known for its ramparts and high surrounding walls. The impressive gates built at different points around the city allow you to make a grand entrance! You can't help but be impressed by the two main ones, the Sea Gate and the Land Gate, which also offer superb views.
The Friday night feel
Discover the “Feštice petkom”, literally "Friday festivities” in Croatian! Throughout the summer, the Croatians start the weekend in a festive mood. The historic districts are transformed into incredible festive venues. On the programme: traditional Dalmatian music (and more!), local specialities for tasting and exchanges with the locals. It is an ideal atmosphere for soaking up the Zadar feel and having a good time.
A feast for the senses in the market
Stop by at Gradska Tržnica, one of the most colourful markets on the Adriatic coast. Drawing both locals and tourists who love good food, it offers numerous local specialities and products such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan olive oil, cheeses, fish, meat and even sage honey. An intoxicating whirlwind for the senses!
Smoked ham and sheep's cheese
You can’t leave Zadar without tasting the famous Croatian smoked ham and sheep's cheese: two national specialities! Croatian Pršut (pronounced pershoot) is aged for several months or even years and will delight the taste buds of young and old. If you like fine cheese, don’t miss the Paški sir, a PDO cheese made on the island of Pag, just off the coast of Zadar.
Made with fish or meat accompanied by vegetables and herbs, Peka is an emblematic Croatian dish. This culinary speciality is cooked in a cast iron pan to bring out all the flavours and aromas. Most residents have a special fireplace and cast iron pan for making this traditional dish with its unique Mediterranean flavours, proof of its importance in in the culture of the country.
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