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Why travellers love Zadar

Good food, clear seas, warm weather and an Old Town picturesque enough to inspire a hundred fairytales. Here are five reasons why Zadar in Croatia is so popular among international travellers. *

Old Town

The Old Town in Zadar

The Old Town in Zadar

The quickest way to understand Zadar’s appeal is to spend a day wandering around the city’s Old Town. Here you’ll find a plethora of ancient churches, some dating back to before the Romans made their presence felt.

Speaking of which, the Roman Forum is a popular meeting and sitting place among Zadar’s locals, especially on the city’s frequent sunny days. Stay in the heart of the Old Town and check into the Borelli Palace Deluxe Apartments.

Sunsets

A magical experience

A magical experience

Thanks to a happy coastal location to the west of the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is blessed by a glorious array of sunsets. The city’s haunting Sea Organ makes watching the sunset an even more magical experience as the soft motion of the waves into artfully engineered organ pipes creates a unique soundscape.

These self-catered apartments are only a few minutes’ walk from the Sea Organ and have a balcony overlooking the sea for sunset-lit dining.

History

Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral

Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral

In addition to a picturesque Old Town and well-preserved Roman forum, the Zadar Cathedral will transport visitors back through the centuries. As the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia, the architecture of the Zadar Cathedral (also known as Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral) is truly impressive.

Destroyed during a siege in 1202, the cathedral was rebuilt in a Romanesque style and remains a highlight of Zadar’s skyline. Wake up to a view of the cathedral by booking one of the Roman Forum Apartments.

Food

Grilled squid with seasonal vegetables

Grilled squid with seasonal vegetables

As is to be expected from a coastal city, Zadar has an abundance of delicious, fresher than fresh seafood. Mediterranean flavours are well-represented with places like Restaurant Bruschetta serving up black risotto made from squid ink.

One of the most popular eateries in Zadar is the Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga, housed within the Art Hotel Kalelarga. Offerings include a completely seasonal menu, coffee that will triple your productivity, and freshly baked pastries worth travelling for.

Ambiance

Five wells square in Zadar city centre

Five wells square in Zadar city centre

Visitors to Zadar inevitably comment on the warm, peaceful atmosphere. Despite being one of Croatia’s most popular coastal cities, Zadar has retained a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Filled with sun-drenched squares and meeting spots like the Roman forum, this is a city brimming with opportunities to get to know your neighbours. Even travellers who stay just a few nights report being welcomed into the community.

** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the activities most endorsed in Zadar by international travellers. This is part of a series looking at the top 10 trending destinations for 2018.