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Zadar as one of the world’s top cities for walking (according to the New York Times)

Croatia’s tourism industry continues to achieve remarkable success, with Zadar as one of the world’s top cities for walking. The prestigious New York Times recently included Zadar in its list of the seven best cities worldwide for walking, alongside renowned destinations such as Paris, Marrakesh, Seoul, Sydney, St. Louis, and Rio de Janeiro. The New York Times highlighted Zadar’s exceptional walking experience, taking visitors on a captivating journey through Croatia’s extensive history that dates back to the 9th century BC, when the Liburnians settled the breathtaking Dalmatian coast.

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The recommended walk spans a little over 3 kilometers and commences in the northwestern part of the peninsula near the Sea Organ, a unique installation consisting of 35 pipes located beneath the 70-meter section of the city’s seaside promenade known as the Riva. Acclaimed with the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2006, the Sea Organ produces enchanting dissonant melodies as the Adriatic Sea’s waves crash against the stone and push air through the pipes, transforming the promenade into an ethereal, invisible orchestra.

The article also highlights other notable attractions in Zadar, including the mesmerizing Salutation to the Sun, the enchanting Old Town, the picturesque City Bridge, Kalelarge, Petar Zoranić Square, Pet Bunara Square, Perivoj Kraljica Jelena Madijevka, and the Church of St. Simon. The walking tour culminates once again at Salutation to the Sun. The enticing description of this brief walking experience has inspired many to add beautiful Zadar to their summer bucket list for 2023. 

Zadar as one of the world's top cities for walking doest not surprise Croats

The city’s historical charm, pedestrian-friendly layout, natural beauty, and vibrant atmosphere make it an appealing destination for pedestrians and contribute to its reputation as a great walking city. The city’s historical and cultural significance makes it an attractive destination for both locals and tourists who appreciate walking through its centuries-old streets. Zadar’s layout and infrastructure are designed to be pedestrian-friendly. The city center is relatively compact, allowing visitors to explore its main attractions on foot conveniently. The waterfront promenade, known as the Riva, is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists to take leisurely walks while enjoying the scenic beauty.


Salutation to the Sun: Located on the waterfront in Zadar, Croatia, the Salutation to the Sun is an iconic art installation and a popular tourist attraction. Designed by architect Nikola Bašić, it consists of a large circular surface embedded with solar panels that collect energy during the day. In the evening, the installation comes to life as the solar energy powers an enchanting light display, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle that mirrors the patterns of the sunset.

Old Town: Zadar’s Old Town is a captivating historical district that showcases the city’s rich heritage. Steeped in history and charm, it features narrow cobblestone streets, well-preserved medieval architecture, and impressive landmarks. Visitors can explore ancient Roman ruins, such as the Roman Forum and St. Donatus Church, as well as enjoy a variety of quaint shops, vibrant cafes, and cultural attractions within the atmospheric Old Town.

City Bridge: The City Bridge, also known as the “Most,” is a picturesque bridge that spans the Zadar Channel, connecting the Old Town with the rest of the city. This iconic bridge is not only a functional crossing point but also offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the scenic waterfront and the historic cityscape.

Kalelarge: Kalelarge is a charming square located in the heart of Zadar’s Old Town. It is named after a local hero, Petar Zoranić, and is adorned with a statue dedicated to him. Kalelarge Square is a bustling hub filled with lively cafes, shops, and restaurants, making it a popular gathering place for both locals and visitors.

Petar Zoranić Square: Named after the renowned Croatian Renaissance poet Petar Zoranić, this square is a vibrant and cultural hub in Zadar. It features a statue of Zoranić, paying tribute to his literary contributions. The square is surrounded by historic buildings and serves as a lively meeting point for locals and tourists.

Pet Bunara Square: Pet Bunara Square, also known as the Five Wells Square, is a charming and picturesque square in Zadar’s Old Town. The square derives its name from the five historic wells that line its perimeter. Visitors can enjoy the quaint atmosphere, surrounded by well-preserved architecture and a peaceful ambiance.

Perivoj Kraljica Jelena Madijevka: Perivoj Kraljica Jelena Madijevka, or Queen Jelena Madijevka Park, is a serene green oasis located near Zadar’s city center. This beautiful park offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city streets, featuring lush greenery, well-manicured gardens, and scenic pathways. It provides a perfect spot for leisurely walks, picnics, and relaxation.

Church of St. Simon: The Church of St. Simon is a significant religious landmark in Zadar. Located in the heart of the city, it is a beautiful Baroque-style church with intricate architectural details and ornate interior decorations. The church is dedicated to St. Simon, a patron saint of Zadar, and holds religious and cultural importance to the local community.

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Come and discover the cobblestone streets lined with ancient churches, explore the narrow alleys that whisper stories of the past, and stroll along the stunning waterfront promenade, where the sea meets the sky in a mesmerizing display. Indulge in the lively atmosphere, enjoy the local culture, and soak up the warm hospitality of the locals.

Plan your visit to Zadar now and explore this walking paradise. Book your trip, pack your bags, and let the journey begin! 

Your CTC Team

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