Located in the region of northern Dalmatia, Zadar is prefectly connected to the main land with the new highway. It takes only 3 hours from Zagreb to reach this beautiful coastal city. Over the last few years Zadar is booming, which resulted in new streets and buildings, parks, a big shopping mall and more and more cultural events.
The city center and old town is located on a peninsula, with a lot of historic and cultural sights. Amongst Zadar's biggest attractions are the 'Sea Organ' and 'The Greeting To The Sun', installations on the seaside promenade that just have to be heard and seen. There are also a few museums and galleries, and during the summer season a lot of different festivals and venues. Just keep your eyes out for posters or ask at the tourist information office at the main square.
Hotels are mostly located on the outskirts of town, in the suburbs of Borik and Diklo. There are two hostels, one in Borik and one in the city center. Zadar has a lot of restaurants and Konobas where you can try traditional dalmatian meals. Cafes are obligatory, no Croatian town can exist without a cafe :)
Zadar is a young city, with the university certainly contributing to it. Therefore, you will always find some venue that suits the young traveler, and I observe that the varity of events is becoming more and more diverse each year. The more autumnal traveler may get his treat with the traditional classical concerts and fine restaurants. A wonderful pastime for travelers of all ages is just exploring the city, walking through its ancient streets and relaxing in a local cafe.