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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar (Italian: Zara) is a city located in northern Dalmatia, Croatia.

Climate

Zadar has a borderline humid subtropical (Cfa) and Mediterranean climate (Csa), since only one summer month has less than 40 millimeters (1.6 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. Zadar has mild, wet winters and very warm, humid summers. Average annual rainfall is in excess of 917 mm (36.10 in). July and August are the hottest months, with an average high temperature of around 29–30 °C (84–86 °F). The highest temperature ever was 36.3 °C (97 °F) on 4 August 2017. Temperatures can consistently reach over 30 °C (86 °F) during the summer months, but during spring and autumn may also reach 30 °C almost every year. Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) are rare and are not maintained for more than a few days. January is the coldest month, with an average... Read more

Zadar, Croatia

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Zadar (Italian: Zara) is a city located in northern Dalmatia, Croatia.

Climate

Zadar has a borderline humid subtropical (Cfa) and Mediterranean climate (Csa), since only one summer month has less than 40 millimeters (1.6 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. Zadar has mild, wet winters and very warm, humid summers. Average annual rainfall is in excess of 917 mm (36.10 in). July and August are the hottest months, with an average high temperature of around 29–30 °C (84–86 °F). The highest temperature ever was 36.3 °C (97 °F) on 4 August 2017. Temperatures can consistently reach over 30 °C (86 °F) during the summer months, but during spring and autumn may also reach 30 °C almost every year. Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) are rare and are not maintained for more than a few days. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of around 7.7 °C (46 °F). On 23 January 1963 was recorded the lowest temperature ever in Zadar, −9.1 °C (15.6 °F). Through July and August temperature has never dropped below 10 °C (50 °F). October and November are the wettest months, with total precipitation of about 114 and 119 mm (4.49 and 4.69 in), respectively. July is the driest month, with total precipitation of around 35 mm (1.38 in). Winter is the wettest season, however, it can rain in Zadar at any time of the year. Snow is exceedingly rare, but it may fall in December, January, February and much more rarely in March. On average Zadar has 1.4 days of snow a year, but it is more likely that the snow does not fall. Also, the sea temperature is from 10 °C (50 °F) in February to 25 °C (77 °F) in July and August but is possible to swim from May until October, sometimes even by November. Sometimes in February the sea temperature can drop to only 7 °C (45 °F) and in July exceed 29 °C (84 °F).

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Zadar, Croatia: Port Information


Zadar is a stop on lots of Adriatic and Med cruises. The ships normally dock at the "new" ferry port south of the town center, and not particularly walking distance to the center. A shuttle will normally be offered to the Old Town by your cruise line, often for a fee, and will take around 15 mins.

Another option is to take a public bus. Take bus #9 from a stop near the cruise terminal, and transfer to bus #2 or bus #4 to get to Old Town.

Get around Zadar, Croatia


The Old Town is easy enough to get around on foot. To reach the bus/train stations you can walk or catch one of the frequent local buses (bus 2 or 4 will take you there from the Old Town).
Buses in Zadar are relatively new and well maintained, and you will be able to catch a bus to any part of the city from the main hub in the city called Mala Pošta (Little Post Office); ask any local where this is and they can direct you to it. Two-way tickets are only available for purchase at newspaper stands, although they are easy to find. One way tickets are available for purchase upon entering any bus. Buses are run by Liburnija; an online timetable is available.
Do not attempt to board a bus without a ticket, without purchasing a ticket or avoiding stamping a bus ticket. Bus drivers in Zadar are notoriously militant about enforcing payment, and you could get into trouble.
Taxis - Ask before you get in the cab - there should be a printed price list, although many drivers will not obey this list. There are taxis waiting on both sides of the bridge in the Old Town and around the bus/train stations.

What to see in Zadar, Croatia


  • Walk around the atmospheric streets of the old town, located on the peninsula. There are 34 old churches situated on the peninsula and all of them with a very rich history. The oldest is St. Simeon (Sv. Šime).
  • St. Donat's church

    . 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. It also holds a series of classical music concerts every summer. 
  • Roman Forum. Well preserved remains of a Roman Forum. This is a common place for locals to stroll, sit down amongst the ruins and enjoy a nice summer day.  
  • The cathedral of St. Anastasia 

    (Zadar Cathedral). The city's cathedral with an impressive organ that was nearly destroyed in the last war. 
  • St. Mary's church. Houses a museum of antique religious relics and artifacts. 
  • St. Simeon's church (Sv. Šime). Houses the silver reliquary of the saint, one of Zadar's main sights. 
  • University of Zadar. Originally founded by Dominican monks in 1396, it is the oldest university in Croatia, and one of the oldest universities in Europe.
  • Archaeological Museum (Arheološki muzej). Covering the period from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, the collections of this museum testify to Zadar's long and rich history. Romanesque stone carvings are of particular interest.  
  • Sea Organ

    (Morske orgulje). This man-made organ on Zadar's Riva works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, and accompanied by a light display that creates visualizations of the sounds being produced by the organ. The Sea Organ, which was officially opened in 2005, was designed by a local architect, Nikola Bašić, and was a winner of the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2006. 

What to do in Zadar, Croatia


Sit, Just lounge around in one of the cafes and enjoy the city, the sun, and the people. There are very few Internet cafes. For more information visit the tourist office.
Swim, Take a dip in the beautiful clear waters. It's quite common to see people sunbathing and swimming along virtually the entire coast of Zadar. The most popular beaches are:
  • Kolovare, Situated close to the city center, a favorite for locals.
  • Borik, A massive hotel complex hosting numerous activities such as parasailing, water slides, and other activities.
  • Vitrenjak, Located close to Zadar's sailing club, Uskok. A beach frequented by mostly families. In the nearby sailing club, you can find a lovely open terrace cafe offering refreshments and food
Walk, Take a stroll along the paved seafront on a summer evening for one of the best sunsets in Europe and listen to the relaxing sounds of the rather original 'sea organ' set into the harbor wall.

What to eat and drink in Zadar, Croatia


Eat

Budget
There are many excellent pizzerias throughout the old town - offering massive slices of pizzas. Otherwise, enjoy a burek or other pastries from one of the local bakeries.
Restaurants
  • Restaurant Kornat, near the harbor, excellent Croatian Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Restaurant Nika, beside the harbor in the Puntamika district, fantastic food, and service in a beautiful setting.

Drink

There are plenty of small bars close to each other in the narrow streets of the Old Town, for example along Kovačka ulica.
As drinking in public is legal, it's also common to buy something in the store and go to the seaside, for example to the sea organ.
  • The Garden, Bedemi zadarskih pobuna +385 23 254509. A fancy open bar with a lovely view over the harbor, opened by UB40 drummer James Brown. The Garden also hosts an annual electronic music festival.
  • The Arsenal, Trg tri Bunara, +385 23 253 820. A 17th century. Venetian Naval Warehouse, now a cool Restaurant-Bar-Club.
  • Hitch Bar, Kolovare Beach. A bar and club with dance music and concerts, located right on the sea. 
  • Maraschino Bar, 091 321 2323. A large bar and club just outside the Old Town. It has a relaxed bar, a packed dance floor and, in the summertime, a large outdoor bar area.
  • Lounge & Bar Ledana, Perivoj Kraljice Jelene Madijevke, 23000 Zadar, Croatia, +385 95 3963 996. An outdoor bar located in the nice park Perivoj Kraljice Jelene Madijevke, close to Pet Burana in the south end of the Old Town. Relaxed lounge atmosphere, with music playing and good seats for sunny days. 

Shopping in Zadar, Croatia


If you are looking for a good printed tourist guide try the Petar Zoranic bookstore, Knezova Subica Bribirskih 10

Safety in Zadar, Croatia


During summer make sure you use adequate SPF to protect yourself from sunburn. There are no ozone holes over Croatia but it's fairly easy to burn in the sun. If this happens make sure you get out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids and rehydrate your skin. The locals will often advise covering the burnt spot with cold yogurt bought from the supermarket.

In case of an emergency, you can dial 112 - responsible for dispatching all emergency services such as fire departments, police, emergency medical assistance, and mountain rescue.

No vaccinations are required when going to Croatia.

Tap water in Croatia is perfectly safe, and in some areas considered the best in the world. However, you can still choose from several brands of excellent bottled water (Jamnica being the most popular, and Jana, several times awarded as the world's best-bottled water).

Though the water may be some of the best in the world, avoid drinking the home-made wine sold in refilled plastic jugs in many local farmers' markets as it may cause intestinal distress.

Language spoken in Zadar, Croatia


Croatian is the official language. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

11:45 am
November 17, 2019
Europe/Zagreb

CURRENT WEATHER

18.56 °C / 65.408 °F
moderate rain
Mon

15.83 °C/60 °F
light rain
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17.65 °C/64 °F
moderate rain
Wed

15.07 °C/59 °F
moderate rain
Thu

14.97 °C/59 °F
overcast clouds

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