Zadar is a medieval port city surrounded by walls and towers and pretty beaches
Boasting an incredible history and a rich cultural heritage, the city of Zadar, in Croatia, takes yacht charter guests a step back in time. With historical artifacts from the ancient and Medieval eras scattered across city streets, Zadar was unintentionally designed with the explorer in mind.
Characterized by quaint cobblestone streets – each of which are surrounded by elements of Zadar’s obvious culture: like outdoor concerts, theaters, museums and archeological exhibitions – the city is a world of its own.
Contrasting its historic feel is its reputation as the urban center of northern Dalmatia. Home to more than 75,000 residents, a large number for a city of its size, Zadar is the administrative, cultural, economic and political center of the area; making it the perfect place for yacht charter guests to come experience its antiquated past, delicious local fare, mystical Adriatic Sea views and enchanting way of life.
Things to Do and See in Zadar
During your next Croatia yacht charter adventure through the Adriatic, anchor at Zadar and explore its beautiful sites listed below:
The Church of Saint Donat
Dating back to the 9th century, the Church of Saint Donat – the most famous monument in all of Zadar – was built upon the remains of the Roman forum, by the very bishop after which it is named. First made public by the Byzantine Emperor, Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos, in the middle of the 10th century, this church is used, today, for important musical performances; due primarily to its extraordinary acoustics.
Located in front of The Church of Saint Donat and the Archbishop’s Palace, Zadar’s Roman Forum was founded by the first Emperor Augustus – as documented on two of the monument’s stone inscriptions (“Illyricum, Tamfil Vaale”), dating back to the 3rd century. A symbol of Zadar’s complicated past, this site is also home to the “pillar of shame,” known for being the place where punished individuals were chained during the Middle Ages.
Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral
Built on the prior site of an early Christian church, Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral is the largest of its kind in all of Dalmatia. Characterized by an early Christian basilica, 12th-century Romanesque architecture and an inscription of Archbishop John dating back to 1324, this piece of Dalmatian heritage tells a new story everywhere you turn.
The Church of Saint Simeon
Dating back to the 16th century, the Church of Saint Simeon is a product of much historical reform – changing from a Christian three-nave basilica, to a piece of Gothic architecture, to even later, a provincial baroque church. One of the most notable elements of this church is the silver chest that sits on its altar. Once belonging to Saint Simeon himself circa 1380, this relic was ordered by Queen Elizabeth herself, and designed by Franjo, a popular goldsmith from Milan who lived in the city of Zadar.