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Known for its Roman and Venetian ruins and set on a peninsula on the stunning Dalmatian coast, Zadar is a beautiful historic city and an intriguing one at that. Quiet streets of marble, pine-scented beaches, ancient relics, medieval churches and cosmopolitan cafes, Zadar is a wonderful destination for a relaxing villa holiday. Enjoy a villa with a private pool in Zadar and you will be perfectly located to explore many of the sights in the region such as Plitvice Lakes National Park. 

Things to do in Zadar

There are so many things to do in and around Zadar. Sail to the nearby island of Sali, with its large saltwater lake and national park. Visit the south quay area of the city called Stomorica which is lined with pavement bars. Visit the impressive Roman Forum constructed between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD and see the many ruins. Here you find an intact Roman column, which served as a shame post for wrongdoers in the Middle Ages. Explore the secret bays and beaches and visit the many Byzantine treasures such as the Church of St Mary. All of our villas in Zadar are ideally situated for you to explore the surrounding areas of Croatia with ease.

Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, Croatia

History and culture in Zadar

Zadar has a rich history which dates to Neolithic times. In the 8th-century BC, it was the home of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians, a tribe of great sailors and merchants. As the Romans began invading this part of the world, Zadar found itself under Roman rule for several hundred years. When the Holy Roman Empire split, Zadar became part of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). A long turbulent history follows as the city fell into the hands of the Slavs, Venetians, Crusaders, Turks, Austrians, Italians and Germans. It suffered badly in the break-up of former Yugoslavia. The city was shelled by Serbian forces from 1991 to 1993, cutting the city off from both Zagreb and the surrounding region. 

Family holidays in Zadar

Whilst staying in your family villa in Zadar one of the many attractions for parents, who have children to amuse, is the curious Sea Organ art installation and the Sun Salutation light displays; two great installations children can have fun interacting with. When you are not splashing around in your villa's private pool, there are some great beaches within easy reach, and you can find walking trails accessible to children of all ages in Plitvice National Park. 

Paklenica National Park, Dalmatia, Croatia
Paklenica National Park, Croatia

Adventurous activities in Zadar

If you are wild at heart, there are plenty of adventurous activities available. From climbing and hiking in Paklenica National Park, kayaking, sailing and surfing, rafting and birdwatching in Plitvice National Park, you can be active as you wish. Our villas for large groups are ideal for friends who wish to explore adventure together,

Romance in Zadar

For a romantic break away, Zadar is a city that is quiet and less crowded than other Croatian cities, and you will find plenty of beautiful places to spend quality time with each other. Enjoy relaxing evenings sipping maraska liqueur and enjoy romantic boat trips at sunset. During the day, why not sunbathe on remote stretches of the beach or go wine-tasting in nearby villages.

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