Host Cities / Stage 2

Zadarska županija

The Zadar region is situated in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic.  The playful island archipelago gives it diversity, a blue clean sea, huge sea surface, fertile Ravni kotari and the peaks of the Velebit, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Rich nature and a pleasant Mediterranean climate have left numerous human traces and historical monuments. The tourist value of the region is made up of live tradition and customs, rich gastronomy and an abundance of natural attractions accompanied by warm hospitality.

The playful sea is determined by the shape of the indented Adriatic coastline with three rows of islands, about 300 with islets and reefs, channels, coves and small closed seas. The vicinity of 4 National parks (Kornati, Krka, Plitvice lakes  and Velebit), the home of Paklenica National Park Nacionalnog parka Paklenica, the diversity of 1,200 kilometres of winding coastline, the biggest freshwater lake in the country and Lake Vrana Nature Park,  lovely karst river of Zrmanja and the Velebit mountain range with Sveto brdo reaching a height of 1 700 metres above sea level.

Culture and history are reflected in the towns that remember times before the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Sea Organ and the Greetings to the Sun best show the creativity of modern times, which were added to the historical works by this generation.

The climate is defined by more than 2,500 hours of sun, vegetation of 250 plant species on the Velebit to the olives and vines that have been here from times immemorial as the Greek historian Tukidid mentioned that they raised the Mediterranean man from barbarianism.