The Zadar Riviera is situated in the north of Dalmatia. Old culture-rich towns trade places with newly developed areas, strung along this beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coast. Seeing as how Zadar is surrounded with as many as five National parks and two natural reserves, visitors are certain to be awed by the natural sights, while man-made sights can likewise hardly fail to impress.
The latter are particularly prominent at the prehistorical site of Vinjerac, as well as Ždrijac, the most Croatian pre-Christian burial site. The town of Nin has also had a storied history as the Croatian kings' first capital. Nearby Bibinje also has remains of the former royal holdings.
In Privlaka on the Zadar Riviera, visitors are introduced to the tradition of ludra or "driving the fish crazy", sand excavation which has been the basis of local economy for centuries, and the story of the Sokolar wellspring, named after a mythical tragic romance. In Sukošan, a swim through the Golden Harbor's clear waters takes one to an artificial island, where the remains of a fifteenth-century manor can be seen.
Zadar – The Riviera pearl's 3000 years of history
The city of Zadar is at the heart of its riviera, and a walk through its Old Town, on the peninsula, can be best described as a visit to an outdoor museum. 3000 years old, Zadar has amassed the cultural wealth of diverse historical periods, from the remains of a Roman Forum, the city's symbol, the Romanesque church of St. Donatus, and the sixteenth-century curtain walls, to the latest installations – the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun, which create an incredible visual and sound experience right on the promenade.
Zadar Riviera near five National parks
Pebble and rocky beaches dot the entire Zadar riviera, some of them offering numerous entertainment facilities, while the charm of others is the untouched nature waiting for the lovers of reclusive tranquility.
The Zadar Riviera's enviable location, close to numerous National parks and natural reserves, is an invitation to visit at least one of them. They are as diverse as Plitvice lakes, Krka falls, the 89 members of the Kornati archipelago, and the crags of Velebit mountain.