The beautiful Croatian city of Zadar has beaten off the likes of Paris, London and Rome to win the title of ‘European Best Destination 2016’…
Organised by portal European Best Destinations, Zadar and 19 other destinations in Europe, including Athens, Prague, London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Milan and Rome, were nominated for ‘European Best Destination 2016′. Voting ended on 10 February, and after more than 288,000 votes it was the gorgeous Dalmatian city which won.
Some big names had got behind Zadar tourist board’s #birajzadar (Choose Zadar) campaign to help secure the title, including Real Madrid star and Zadar’s own Luka Modrić who asked his fans on social media to support his hometown.
The city of Zadar is a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage, a city of tourism. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first Sea Organ in the world.
Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia as administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. The coast is particularly indented, the islands and the untouched nature allures many boaters to this regions. The archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks – Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks – Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Sjeverni Velebit classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.
The city of Zadar is an easily reached destination by land, sea and air. It has a good traffic infrastructure through which it is directly connected to other bigger cities of the Republic of Croatia and Europe, with extraordinary accommodation and contemporary service of numerous marinas. Whichever way you want to reach Zadar, the natural beauty of the landscape will not leave you equanimous – is how Zadar was described to voters.
It is the second Croatian to win a European Best Destination title, in January Zagreb was voted the ‘Best European Christmas Market’ by travellers.