ZADAR (44° 07'N; 15° 13'E), city (pop. 76,343 in 1991) and port in Zadarski kanal.
Approach: Landmarks: two belfries in the town, the lighthouse on Ostri rat point, the round white stone tower (white light); the concrete tower with a green dome (green light) on the N corner of Istarska Obala (Istra Quay); the concrete tower with a red dome (red light) on the head of the breakwater.
Warning: Anchoring is prohibited in the following areas within Zadarski kanal:
In the area, 1.4M in width, between the mainland coast and the coast of Ugljan Island; its SE boundary is a line extending from the church in the village of Arbanasi, bearing 213°, to Kali harbour (0.2M east of the harbour light). Its NW boundary is the line joining the small jetty on Obala kralja Petra Kresimira IV, bearing 220°, with Preko harbour (0.2M northwest of the harbour light).
In the area, about 0.5M in width, between the mainland coast and the coast of the island of Ugljan, its SE boundary being the line joining Ostri rat lighthouse, on a bearing of 230°, with a point some 0.4M northwest of the light on Sv Grgur point. Its NW boundary is the line extending from a point some 0.7M to the southeast of the church in Diklo village, on a bearing of 235°, to a point about 0.4M northwest of the harbour light in Lukoran veli harbour.
Prevailing weather conditions. The bora is moderate; the sirocco can be strong but does not cause waves. Summer storms with winds blowing from NNW, may send in a swell into the harbour but present no danger either to vessels entering nor to those lying in the harbour. The SW waterfront of the town, Obala kralja Petra Kresimira IV, is exposed to NW and SE winds and waves.
Mooring: The harbour is protected by the peninsula on which the old part of Zadar is situated and by a breakwater (on the opposite side). The entrance is 70m wide. Yachts can use the berths laid by Zadar Marina in Vrulje cove. The berths in the harbour are reserved for merchant ships. A good anchorage is some 1 mile S of the Ostri rat lighthouse.
Facilities: A permanent port of entry; harbour master's office and customs, hospital and post office.
Provisions in local shops, water from the hydrant on the waterfront, fuel at several petrol stations, one of them in the Marina. Naval charts and other publications can be bought in the PLOVPUT Plovno Podrucje Zadar, office at Jurja Biankinia 8.
The Maritime Museum (Pomorski muzej) of the Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Zagreb) is situated in a park in Brodarica, a suburb of Zadar. The Historical Archives, established in 1625, contain many documents and other material relevant to the history of shipping and fishing in the East Adriatic. Zadar has a secondary marine school. Tankerska plovidba shipping company, Zubatac Fishing Club. NW of the Old Town is Borik, a recreation area with a motel, camp site, beach and several hotels.
During the summer season Zadar hosts a series of concerts in Sv Donat church (Veceri glazbe u Donatu).
Car-ferry lines: Zadar - Preko; Zadar - Zaglav (Dugi Otok); Zadar - Brbinj (Dugi Otok); Zadar - Ancona (Italy); Rijeka - Zadar - Dubrovnik (see Rijeka).
Coastal passenger lines: Zadar - Olib - Silba - Premuda - Ilovik; Zadar - Premuda - Silba - Olib; Zadar - Molat - Brgulje - Ist - Zapuntel - Olib - Silba - Premuda - Ilovik - Mali Losinj; Zadar - Rivanj - Molat - Brgulje - Zapuntel - Ist; Zadar - Rivanj - Sestrunj - Dragove - Bozava - Zverinac - Soline - Veli Rat; Zadar - Iz Mali - Iz Veli - Brbinj - Savar - Mala Rava - Rava; Zadar - Sestrunj - Bozava - Zverinac - Molat - Brgulje - Ist - Zapuntel - Premuda - Olib - Silba; Zadar - Mali Losinj - Pula.
Sights: Remnants of the old Roman Forum (1 C, with foundations of a temple, basilicas, columns and shop walls). The churches: of Sv Donat (with a rotunda from 9 C), of Sv Marija (1091, Romanesque, reconstructed in 16 C in the Baroque style; furnishings from Romanesque to Baroque; belfry from 11 C), of Sv Stosija (St Anastasia, Romanesque cathedral, 13/14 C, choir stalls from 1418-50, crypt), of Sv KrsevanKrisogon (St Grisogonus, Romanesque, from 1175, with apses, Baroque furnishings), of Sv Simun (St Simeon, first recorded in 12 C, later reconstructions, contains the silver coffin of St Simeon from 1377-80), of Sv Franjo (St Francis, from 1283, reconstructed, choir stalls from 1394, Renaissance cloister).
Remnants of old fortifications along Gradska luka (Old City Harbour) dating from 16 C, Porta Terraferma the Old Town Gate dating from 1543, the defense tower Bablja kula (1314 C), Veliki Arsenal (Great Arsenal from 1752), the palace of the Venetian governor (1607), the Loggia (1565), Gradska straza (City Guard from 1562).
Museums and collections: Archaeological Museum, National Museum, Natural History Museum, Ethnographical Museum, Maritime Museum, Art Gallery and permanent exhibition of Sacral Art.
ZADAR MARINA is situated on the east quay of Gradska luka (Old City Harbour) in Vrulje bay.
The berths are laid on the inner side of the breakwater in the harbour (vessels up to 35min length), along the quay and pier (vessels up to 25m in length); there are 300 berths along 5 floating fingers (four-point moor) and 400 dry-berths (in the open and in sheds). The depths in the bay are 36 m, along the NE waterfront and the breakwater 1.52 m, near the head of the breakwater about 7 m.
The marina operates the year round.
It has restaurants, snack-bar, duty-free shop, laundry, toilets and showers, food shop, ship chandler's. Water and electricity hook-ups on the waterfront and the piers, telephones. Fuel pump on the SE entrance to the bay.
Repairs to the hull, marine engines and electrical installations are undertaken; maintenance and servicing of all types of vessels and engines in the marina. A travel-lift (50 t) and hoists (6.5 and 15 t).