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LOCATION

Pitch your tent or park your camper in the center of the Dalmatian coast, near Zadar. Enjoy peace, sun, sea and sweet smelling Velebit air; yet be close to National Nature Parks, Split, Dubrovnik and a lot of other things.

CROATIA ZADAR

CROATIA

Squeezed between the Adriatic Sea and Eastern Europe, Croatia is wonderfully naturally diverse country with the cleanest sea, 8 beautiful national parks and 1246 islands all yours for exploring. Not to mention fresh fish, interesting local wines and food that grows all around you, nice and fresh.

Diversity does not end with nature. This tiny and beautiful country is a home to many different cultures, mentalities, dialects, climates, lifestyles, cuisines, cultural and historical heritages.

For instance, climate varies based on the region, from mild continental, to mountain, to Mediterranean. That means that average temperatures inland range between 0 - 2ºC in January and 19 - 23ºC in August; and on the coast 6 - 11ºC in January to 21 - 27ºC in August. Still, we have the sunniest beaches in all of the Mediterranean, average of 2,600 sunny hours per year, with sea temperatures in August somewhere between 25 - 27ºC. Cleanest sea and the largest number of national parks and nature in relation to the size of the territory make us an ecological wonder. So green, so clean, so hospitable.
In terms of history, we have so much to offer, being the battlefield of many cultures since the dawn of time. If you are pressed for time, here is an UNESCO`s World Heritage List:

Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč
Diocletian's Palace in Split - close to Odmoree
Cities of Dubrovnik and Trogir - close to Odmoree
Cathedral in Šibenik - very close to Odmoree
(hey, three out of four, that's good :)

Croatia is also the home of the tie, gingerbread hearts, cheese and Pag lace.

ZADAR

Halfway between Rijeka and Split, Zadar is shaping up to be the centre of Dalmatia, with hip new music festivals happening, a unique sea organ and sun greeting art installations, ruins of the old Forum, church of St, Donat, walls, towers, museums, bars, restaurants and probably the most beautiful sunset in the world.

It has always been vibrant, since as long as anybody can remember.
Encircled by impressive city walls and gates, Zadar peninsula, this tiny tongue of land is where it has been at for thousands of years, since emperor August built his Forum in the 1st century BC. Ruins are still there, right nest to St. Donat 9th century pre-Romanesque church with a circular plan and three apses, now a symbol of Zadar.
If you got your church on, then you'll be pleased to hear that Zadar has lots of those. Start with Cathedral of St. Stošija (St Anastasia) which is in parts Early Christian basilica, as well as Romanesque (12th century). Benedictine Convent of St. Mary dates back to the late 11th century and the bell-tower of the convent was built in the Lombard type of Romanesque architecture (*for the architecture and archeology buffs among you).

City walls were constructed in different historical periods, some during the Middle Ages, others under the Venetian rule. Today only parts of the original walls remain with its eight gates. Michele Sanmicheli designed the Land Gate in the mid-16th century. It once served as the main entrance to the town. The architectural form of the gate is a triumphal arch with a central passage and two smaller arches. The decorative reliefs include St. Chrysogonus on his horse and the Shield of St. Mark. Two more gates are worth seeing: St Rocco Gate in the vicinity of the town market and the Sea Gate (also called St. Chrysogonus Gate).

Then there is Kalelarga, main street of the historic center and the centre of urban life of Zadar. Vibrant, colorful, crowded even in the winter it is a perfect spot to grab some lunch or at least enjoy a coffee in the sun like locals do.

Seaside promenade or Riva, as people in Dalmatia call it, full of lawns and palm trees, offers a lot, such as the Zadar University building, the sea organs and the light installation called Greeting to the Sun.