This tour is designed for runners who want to see the city’s most important sights on the peninsula as well as a few others such as Kolovare. With the sea accompanying us almost all the time during the running tour, it will take runners along the sea to one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where there are numerous villas from the beginning of the 20th century, to the beautiful park, where it passes by one of the largest sphinxes in this part of Europe (and is special because it is built in memory of the beloved woman and according to the legend, fulfils all loving wishes).
The running tour continues to the city centre where the main sights are located. City walls which are going all around peninsula will remind us of an ancient history since they were built in the 16th century. On city walls we will pass by Arsenal, a zero category cultural monument that used to be an ammunition warehouse and has since been turned into the city’s main cultural and entertainment location. Just a few steps down the walls, the tour will pass by The Garden Lounge bar, a must see paradise with a stunning view on the old port and Velebit mountain. The position of the bar was enough for Nick Colgan from the band UB40 to fell in love with it and simply – buy it.
As our running tour continues, we will run by the most historical part of the town, including the Roman Forum and the church of St. Donatus from the 9th century. The Roman Forum is one of the biggest forums with a width of 45m and length of 90m while the church of St. Donatus is now a place where “Musical Evenings in St. Donatus”, one of the oldest Croatian music festivals, is held during July and August.
Besides historical sights, on this running tour you will be able to enjoy the music of the sea, played by a unique instrument – the sea organs that are located at the end of the Riva. Nearby, one of the greatest new Zadar sights is located – Greetings to the Sun. These two architectural sights will be enough for you to enjoy the most beautiful sunset, of which even Alfred Hitchock said: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, in Florida, applauded at every evening”.
Running along the sea, our tour continues through the beautiful city streets which on first sight look pretty much the same but each one of it has its mark while the largest street is known as Kalelarga, coming from the Italian Calle Larga which means a wide street.
As the tour leaves the peninsula, it continues towards another magic promenade along the sea, called lungo mare by the locals, allowing runners to have unforgettable view of the city, navy blue sea and the surrounding islands.
This will also be a great opportunity to experience 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.