Dalmatia - Zadar

Dalmatia - Zadar

This is the largest of Croatia's historical regions and is located in the northernmost part of Dalmatia, with Zadar as the main centre. Visitors choose the Zadar region for its picturesque coastline of over one thousand kilometres, encompassing the coastlines of three hundred islands and islets that belong to it.

Among the larger and more famous islands are Pag, Dugi Otok, Ugljan and Pašman. This region also borders the Kornati islands and the national park of the same name.


A large part of this 'paradise', by which it is referred by regular visitors to the Zadar region, is located in the hinterland.

Above all, the Paklenica National Park is to be found there, where Mother Nature carves out one of her great spectacles through the majestic canyons.


More adventurous campers can try out canyoning here – travelling through the canyons using various modes of transport: walking, climbing and swimming. This kind of exploration will allow them to get up close to the phenomena that make this part of Croatia completely different from others. In the vicinity of this national park, there is a place called Modrić, with a cave of the same name, 840 metres long and full of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The Plitvice Lakes, Northern Velebit and the Krka National Parks are all also easily accessible from the Zadar region. This part of Croatia is also home to numerous nature parks: Telaščica on Dugi Otok (‘Long Island’), Lake Vrana, the largest natural lake in Croatia, and the Velebit mountain range. If you are looking to spend at least a part of your holiday in solitude on some sandy or pebble beaches far from the main tourist destinations, you can, with the help of your host, go to one of the uninhabited islands to seek that real ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style of tourism. You will find some of the natural bounty on the menus too. Thus, for example, in the Zadar region, the tradition of using lavender flowers in cooking has been revived, mostly in desserts, so you can sample ice creams, mousses, biscuits or sorbet made with lavender. Zadar's Maraschino (maraskino), a liqueur that is well-known throughout the world and whose recipes are documented in the Dominican monastery in Zadar from as early as the 16th century, is made of bitter Dalmatian Marasca cherries, which grow at their best in the immediate vicinity of Zadar.

Maja Danica Pečanić
Šokol, a cured dry-meat product made out of pork neck, and various specialities of fish, shellfish and seafood, seasoned with olive oil, will precede a lavender-scented dessert and a glass of the liqueur made of Zadar's cherries. The choices available are extensive and it’s up to you to enjoy selecting from amongst them.


Dalmatia - Zadar

Where Croatian culture begins.

A land that inspired the gods

Dalmatia - Zadar

A Riot of Colour

With the intense blue of sea, the lush deep greens of pine and olive groves and the pure white of Dalmatia stone, the Zadar region’s colour palette is extraordinary and unique in the world.