Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There is also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus.
The Riva, or seaside promenade, is popular for strolling and sunset viewing. The Sea Organ, which looks like steps descending into the sea, is an enormous musical instrument played by the movement of wind and water; the Sun Salutation is another Old Town installation by the same artist, Nikola Bašić. The Archaeological Museum presents an extensive survey of pieces from the city’s long, tumultuous history. East of Old Town, pebbly Kolovare Beach offers bars and restaurants. Just offshore, Kornati National Park offers sailing, diving, and snorkeling.