Zadar Croatia - City Guide
Zadar is situated on the west coast of Croatia, on the Adriatic, around thirteen feet above sea level. Of its 80,000 inhabitants, the large majority are Croat, with just ten percent or so of its people originating from other countries.
Whilst Zadar is not famed for its tourist industry, there is plenty to see and do in this part of Croatia.
Weather-wise, temperatures are fairly stable throughout the year. From May to September you can expect lots of sunshine and average temperatures of between 20C and 25C. During the winter, it will feel a fair bit cooler, although the temperature very rarely falls below 10C.
The city is rich in history, and as a result boasts a fabulous array of architecture, much of which dates back to Roman times when the city’s structure was laid down and fortified with huge city walls.
Visitors will want to take in the city’s most famous Roman landmark, the Roman Forum, which was built by Emperor Augustus in the third century AD.
Zadar’s strong religious history (since it became a diocese in 381 AD, more than eighty bishops have presided over the city) means that many tourists come to visit the numerous churches scattered around the city. Some of the more significant ones include St Anastasia’s Cathedral, a 12th Century Basilica and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, and St. Donatus’ Church.
St. Donatus’ Church was built around the 9th Century AD. It is said to have been built on the site of the temple of Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. The church’s structure is made up of an enormous dome, which is surrounded by a vaulted gallery. Within it lies some of Croatia’s finest examples of Dalmatian relics, including the famous silver ark of Simeon, which has been dated back to 1380 AD.