The town is well protected by the island of Ugljan and is a small provincial town of about 80,000 inhabitants. Its 3,000-year history has also marked the town, where the old town in particular shines, having been rebuilt and restored after the war. Less than 20 years ago, Zadar, like so many other towns in the area, was a sad part of the war that was unfolding in the Balkans. Outside Zadar will continue to bear the sad testimony of, among other things, warning signs about mines. But the city has had a turbulent history, being subject to the Romans, the Byantine Empire, Venice, the Ottomans, Austria and Italy, which actually ruled the city until the end of World War II, after which it became part of Yugoslavia.
Take a ride on the mini train that runs through the old town, starting and ending at the 9th-century Church of St Donatus, located next to the Roman Forum. The many alleys and winding streets also house several shops. But there are newer sights too, like the famous sea organ, where the lapping of the waves forces air up into the organ pipes, which return the favour with soft and slightly mournful sounds from the sea organ on the stone pier. Experience a sunset accompanied by nature's own organ sounds, an incomparable experience in the light of the large light sculpture, which with a diameter of 22 metres shines far and wide and also acts as a gathering point for the town's inhabitants.
Down at the ferry terminal there are daily departures to Ancona in Italy.
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