The tour starts by the bridge that represents the connection between the mainland part of Zadar and the peninsula. This is where the greatest sights are located. While running on the city walls built in the 16th century, we will pass by Arsenal, a cultural monument of zero category (meaning it is highly esteemed) that used to be an ammunition warehouse and is today Zadar’s main cultural and entertainment location. Just a few steps down the walls, the tour pass by The Garden Lounge bar, a must see paradise with a stunning view of the old port and Velebit mountain. The location and view of the bar was enough for Nick Colgan of the band UB40, to fall in love with it and simply – buy it.
As our running tour continues, we pass by the Roman Forum dating back to the 1st century AD, featuring a symbol of the city of Zadar, the church of St. Donatus from the 9th century, and numerous other cultural and historical buildings. Apart the historical sights, this is the tour where you can enjoy the world’s most beautiful sunset (according to Alfred Hitchock) while listening to the unique instrument played by nature – the Sea organ. On this tour we will pass by the Greeting to the Sun monument, one of the most recent architectural sights of the modern age. Here we usually decrease our running pace so runners can enjoy the spell of sea sounds mixed with incredible colours in the sky.
Running along the sea, our tour continues along the beautiful Zadar seafront, passing through the narrow city streets built according to the strict principles of Roman urbanism, all the way to the largest street Kalelarga. The name comes from the Italian Calle Larga which means a wide street (through time Zadar was under Romans, Venetians and Italian rule, and even had its own Italian name Zara). Today, Kalelarga can no longer be said to be a wide street, as its name says, but it still remains “the” street in the city with numerous buildings and palaces reminding us of the valuable cultural heritage that Zadar has.
As the tour is coming to an end, it passes along the Landward Gate (known as Kopnena vrata by locals), one of the most beautiful monuments from the 16th century as well as the charming little harbour Foša, and the city park which is located in the very centre of the city.
By running through the medieval streets of the city of Zadar, you will also be able to experience the Dalmatian šušur (pronounced shu-shur) and fjaka (pronounced fi:aka), and get a few tips on how to advance to perfection with this Dalmatian invention. Also, on all our routes we will have the opportunity to discuss our favourite bars, restaurants, clubs, beaches, islands and excursions you should not miss.
Gerald W –
Nives was fantastic in showing me and my wife around, taking photos and showing us some history about the city. We had a lot of fun enjoying a coffee after the run as well.
She’s great to talk with and a taught me the beauty and value of Fjaka – one thing I definitely brought back to the States from Croatia.
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