Zadar Region is unique. No other region in Dalamtia offers so many exciting, diverse and easily accessible visitor experiences; all set a superb, natural, Mediterranean environment. Dramatic coastline, wild beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbours, spectacular Velebit Mountain at the background. The region is a paradise for nature lovers full filled with stunning grace - an aquatic playground and a land of unspoilt natural beauty. It has to be seen to be believed.
The Zadar Archipelago consists of some 300 islands with beaches that run into crystal clear water. The region is very Mediterranean in nature with olive trees growing on the islands, and farming and fishing being the main means of livelihood. Most of them are serviced by ferries and have hotel accommodations. Some of the more popular islands include Dugi Otok, Ugljan, Pasman, Pag, Premuda, Molat, Silba, Olib, and Kornati National Park.
The Zadar Region is surrounded by five National parks: Paklenica, Kornati, Plitvice lakes, Krka waterfalls and Northern Velebit. In only an hour or two by car or by boat it is possible to reach National parks or nature parks from all the tourist resorts in the region. Telascica (a bay on the island of Dugi otok), lake Vrana (the largest natural lake in Croatia) and the Velebit mountain are nature parks in the Zadar region. UNESCO proclaimed Velebit a world biosphere reserve in 1978. We welcome you!.
The Zadar Region boasts a wealth 3000-year-old history. Historical sites and artefacts can be found throughout the region.... Nin, Pag and Biograd were once royal towns, and Zadar, with its historical and cultural heritage, is one of the most interesting cities in Croatia, lying in the heart of the region. Zadar Region's culture, history and natural maritime beauty are matched with world-class facilities and some breathtakingly locations.
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For the adventurous - explore Zadar Region's natural beauty, safe harbours and temperate climate by bike or sailing by boat. Cycling trails are well marked on The island of Pag, The island of Pašman, The island of Ugljan, The island of Dugi otok, mountain-bike trails in National park Paklenica, part of Velebit mountain
There are a lot of opportunities for rafting on the Zrmanja River, trekking around the islands, hiking, free rock climbing in Paklenica National Park, cave exploration, or walking around and visiting restaurants and disco clubs.
Enjoy fine regional harvested food and wine, arts and crafts, fishing and diving or boating right across the Zadar archipelago. Archipelago is a natural aquatic playground: 5 modern marinas; sheltered anchorage. Great diving, great fishing, charter yachts, kayaks and other boats provide for a huge choice of the water experiences.
Thanks to an extremely indented shoreline, over 200 islands and islets, many straits, channels and coves and a suitable climate, the waters of Zadar are a paradise for all sorts of waters activities.
Spring 2005 saw Zadar gain something absolutely unique: the world's first pipe organ that'\'s played by the sea. It's an art installation designed to let people enjoy the point where urban space meets the sea on Zadar\'s new pier for cruisers on the end of the Old Town peninsula. Simple, elegant stone steps have been built on the quayside, perfect for sitting on. Underneath, 35 pipes end in whistles with openings on the quayside above. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and - depending on the size and velocity of the wave - chords are played. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds.As you sit and listen to the ever-changing sounds created by the sea's energy, you can bask in the sun, enjoy one of Zadar's famous sunsets or enjoy the balmy night air. This is proving to be an extremely popular spot for culture and leisure, bringing new life to a new part of the city.
The project's architect was Mr Nikola Bašiæ, and a team of experts from Zagreb and the island of Murter engineered the organ itself.
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