The reason

Why is Zadar a Place of Peace

The eastern Adriatic coast, nowadays mostly located in the Republic of Croatia, has an extremely diverse coastline full of islands, bays and natural harbors, unlike the western coast of the Adriatic, which is deprived of natural shelter. Zadar is situated in the center of the eastern coast. Zadar was one of these focal points on sea route. Venice, the new naval force, was formed in the north of the Adriatic. The control of the eastern Adriatic coast was of paramount importance for its naval position. Since the 9th century Venice had been in conflict with the Croatian rulers on the eastern coast, and that conflict continued after 1102 when the Croatian kingdom became part of the Hungarian state. Already in 1346 then the young Hungarian king Louis the Great tried to conquer Zadar from the hand of the Venetians. The war in front of the city forced Venice to give up and on February 18th 1358, in the sacristy of the monastery of St. Francis in Zadar the Treaty of Zadar was signed.

The consequences of the Treaty

After Zadar entered in the same state with its hinterland, a period of a great economic prosperity commenced. The greatest witness to that prosperity is the Museum of the women’s Benedictine monastery which keeps religious artifacts of gold and silver from that period. Louis’ wife, Queen Elizabeth of the Bosnian dynasty Kotromanovic, financed the golden cover of the casket of St. Simeon, a great work of medieval goldsmiths. Next 50 years after the treaty is considered as the most prosperous period in Zadar’s history.

Read more and bibliography: Treaty of Zadar 1358 (pdf, 135kb)

Visit a beautiful town surrounded by blue.

Discover the historical peninsula and the broader area of the city, embracing a beautiful town surrounded by the blue Adriatic sea, the city that “sails like the stone ship”.

Discover St. Franciscan Monastery.

This is the place where the Zadar Peace Treaty was signed in 1358 between the Croatian and Hungarian King Ludovico I and Venetian Republic.

It is not by chance  that the Zadar Peace Treaty was signed here – the Franciscans themselves played a major role in concluding this historical peace.

Be prepared to discover a wonderful Renaissance cloister, the Gothic church (the oldest of its kind in Dalmatia, consecrated in 1280), the sacristy (where the 1358 treaty was signed) and a small treasury.

Dive into the magic of sound and light at the Cruise Port.

Two exceptional urban installations: Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, built in 2005 near the new cruiser port at the western part of old peninsula gave new life to this area.

Sea Organ consists of stairs that descend into the sea for about 70 meters along the coast. Inside the stairs a system of pipes and tubes were built in, through which air compressed by tides or waves produces magic sounds. Original melody united with unique beauty of the spot, attracts numerous visitors that come to see it and absorb this beauty.

Greeting to the Sun is in  the immediate vicinity. Modern installation consists of a 22 meters large circular plate made of 300 multilayered glass pieces and photo-voltage solar modules. This is a small solar plant which absorbs solar energy during the day and sent it to the electric power system. During the night, it draws electricity from the local network and produces dynamic lighting effects. Thus this project fulfills modern principles of saving energy and promotes awareness of renewable energy.

How to arrive


The city of Zadar is an easily reached destination by land, sea and air. It has a good traffic infrastructure through which it is directly connected to other bigger cities of the Republic of Croatia: Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik, with extraordinary accommodation and contemporary service of numerous marinas. Whichever way you want to reach Zadar, the natural beauty of the landscape will not leave you equanimous.

The ferry port as well as the new tourist port for cruisers are located on the new and spacious Gaženica port, some 3 km away from the center of the town (tourist cruising ships as well as local ferry and ship lines with Preko, Zaglav, Mali Lošinj, Pula and Ancona/Italy).

Air transport, even though the airport is small it is contemporary (9 km distance from the center), and connects Zadar with bigger cities of the Republic of Croatia and some European capitals. Other destinations are accessible with changes in Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia and in the network of international air traffic (London-Stansted, Paris-Beauvais, Berlin, Stockholm, Bruxelles-Charleroi, Marseille, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Zürich, Oslo-Rygge, Dublin, Manchester, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Göteborg, Billund, Wroclaw, Haugesund, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Bratislava, Friedrichshafen, Warsaw and Gdansk).

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What to Eat

Discover the delicacies of Zadar

Dalmatian prosciutto which is very often served with world famous Pag cheese and home made bread is one of the most popular traditional Zadar dishes which can be served just as an appetizer or even main dish.

The first-class tuna that is grown in  Zadar aquarium  is one of the most popular dishes in the city restaurants. It can be prepared in lot of different ways, both raw or cooked.

An increasingly popular dish in Zadar is the tuna sushi. To its popularity greatly contributes the Festival of tuna and sushi, which is held in February each year in Zadar.

To conclude, do not forget to try a very simple and traditionally dish, very famous among our visitors, which is boiled asparagus with eggs.

Things to Do

Be active around Zadar

  • Discover Zadar cultural heritage.
  • Have a drink with your friends. Our delicious food is waiting for you and is perfect to be shared.
  • Looking for some action? We have high adrenaline activities suited for everyone!
  • Zadar has the the world’s nicest sunsets. Come and experience them for yourself.

Useful Information

Take note of this important piece of data

  • Address

    Municipality of Zadar
    1, Narodni trg
    23000 Zadar

  • Phone

    +385 23208100