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Friday, 18 January 2013

Zadar Has One Of Europe's Best Small Ports According To National Geographic (+Photos)

Medieval and Renaissance era Old Town district of Zadar.

I'm throwing this in quickly because I haven't really touched upon the town of Zadar before, and because on my last trip to Croatia I was finally able to visit here in person for a short while including most of the Old Town Zadar landmarks. (This isn't a post to try to get the reader to run and get plane tickets to go here, but rather just general info that's good to know courtesy of National Geographic). What and where is Zadar anyway? Zadar is another city on the Adriatic Sea that doesn't get enough exposure I think, compared to some of the other coastal cities and towns. I brought back with me some cool photographs from Zadar, and even some worn smooth pebbles from the beach, which I do from every beach I visit there, it's one of the cheapest yet coolest meaningful souvenirs you can bring back. (some photos at bottom). Besides, being on a best list in National Geographic is better than being on some other kinds of best lists, or even a worse list especially. In the summer numerous cruise ships stop here dropping off tourists and plenty of Croatans from other parts of the country also like to spend time here, the local marina is is usually pretty filled. Just as supplementary information, currently around 16 million tourists visit Croatia annually with Germans, Slovenes, Austrians, Italians, Poles and Czechs accounting for more than half, and with Hungarians, Slovaks, Swedes, Swiss, South Koreans, Ukranians, Spanish, Australians, Japanese and French and England, Scotland and Ireland making up most of the next largest chunk, and the Zadar area has been one of the popular destinations lately. The Zadar area has been used as a filming location over the past number of years and even plenty of celebrities from Hollywood and elsewhere have been spending time here, not that it's particularly meaningful to me or important, just a fact I came across here and there.

I wanted to spend a few more day here when I visited and explore more of the modern day city across the bridge, do a whole evening thing and maybe check out a sports or other event the next day, so much so that when I was going to take the bus back to Zagreb at about 11:00 pm, (because I had pre-arranged stuff to do the next day), I decided to nix it and take the one at about 4:00 am instead and have a few more drinks and sight see locally. Even the bus station must have had about 10 or 15 cafes/bars that were still open even when my bus left. It was still bustling with people, drinking, eating, music playing, it was pretty cool. On the other hand, if someone is into the camping life, there are also lots of unbelievable places to camp with amenities, or you can even rent houses or rooms on the cheap, you don't have to go to the fancier hotels because you'll hardly want to spend any time there except to sleep and shower anyway.

This old town section of Zadar has a cool waterfront, and beaches even just walking distance away, cool shops, boutiques, cafes, bars, places to eat, all located near the historic town center, amazing architecture and buildings all mixed in with the newer. It's really something having dinner, going for drinks, whatever, and being able to look at the various arhitecture and buildings that stretch back so many centuries. Zadar was the birthplace of the Croatian Humanist Renaissance writer Petar Zoranić who wrote the first Croatian novel "Planine" (Croatian: Mountains). As well as Petar Zoranić, other Croatian Rennasisance era writers and poets such as Brne Karnarutić, Juraj Baraković and Šime Budinić also contributed to Croatian literary history during the time Zadar was controlled by Venice. Šime Budinić even introduced for the first time the diacritics Č and Ž in Croatian literary works already in 1581, borrowed from Czech orthography for the already existing same sounds and then standardized by Ljudevit Gaj in the 19th century.

Zadar is also very close to the town of Nin, a town very important in Croatian history also. Numerous Croatian Kings and rulers from the 8th to 12th centuries are connected to the history of Nin. You can even see Nin from Zadar which is only about 20 km away). In 925, Tomislav, the Duke of Croatian Dalmatia at the time, united Croatian Dalmatia including Zadar and the other coastal cities and islands, with Pannonian Croatia establishing the first recognized and official Croatian Kingdom. King Tomislav thus politically de jure and de facto united the Dalmatian cities with the continental Croatian hinterland and was lawfully recognized as such by Rome, Constantinople, the Bulgarian Tsar and the Frankish Carolingian empire. Croatian King Stephen Držislav (969-897) especially aided Zadar from later Bulgarian and Byzantine attacks. In historical sources and Zadar royal charters, Zadar was mentioned as a strategic town of the Croatian Kingdom led by King Petar Krešimir IV the Great in 1069 and his Ban Dmitar Zvonimir (Viceroy/Governor), a town that again repulsed invasions by the Venetians, Bulgarians and the Byzantine empire. During the reigns of Croatian King Dmitar Zvonimir (1075-1089), Zadar flourished again and experienced increased trade and peace, largely ensured by the presence of the Croatian Navy. Zadar was part of the Croatian Kingdom right up to the time of the political union with the Hungarian crown in the 12th century and later Habsburg Monarchy centuries, Basically, Zadar today is one of the oldest Croatian coastal cities with lots of history from the Middle Ages.

The summer night life in Zadar is amazing too, comparable to Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka etc. In 1990 after Democratic elections, Serbian minority armed separatist extremists from this inland region of Croatia sealed roads and effectively blocked the city and surrounding area from the rest of Croatia. A number of Non-Serbs were expelled from the area and several Croatian policemen were killed. During the Croatian War of Independence, these Serb extremists supported by the former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA, at the time under Serb President Slobodan Milošević's control but in truth being strictly just the Serbian army by then but with all the JNA weapons and air force) both then converged on the city and subjected Zadar's civilian popualtion to artillary bombardment (because it was just a civilian city), trying to take control of the city and all of the northern Dalmatia region of Croatia as well. It was all part of a newly orchestrated plan and vision by communist turned nationalist Serb political leaders and radicals in Serbia to create an ethnically cleansed new Greater Serbia from the Republics of the failed Ex-Yugoslavia state (ironically, because it really was absurd and ironic, from lands and other Republic areas that have never in history been Serbian or part of any Serbia, and because the Serbian church heirarchy and leadership in Serbia openly called for volunteers and enthusiastically promoted the continued shelling and attacks there and elsewhere, already promoting such in 1990 before the first democratic elections even occurred). Simultaneously many Serb paramilitary volunteers and radicals from Serbia and even Serb minorities living in other Republics, under Serb church initiatives and organizational support, then joined and together they continued to shell  Zadar for over a year, other towns in the area were also shelled sporadically for several years resulting in civilian deaths, damage to buildings and homes as well as UNESCO protected sites. (the last time and only time Zadar ever suffered similar voilent bombardment was from Turkish artillery of the encroaching Ottomans empire in the 16th century during the Croatian-Ottoman and Habsburg-Ottoman wars). After a number of nearby towns and villages were attacked early on, Zadar was soon effectively cut off from the world, similar to the Siege of Dubrovnik. Connections with Zagreb and free mainland Croatia areas were severed for over a year until January 1993 when the siege of Zadar and the surrounding area was stopped by Croatian forces during Operation Maslenica. Soon afterwards the bridge link was re-opened to allow the expulsed Croats and any other Non-Serb minority civilians to return to their homes and live safely.

I got into a conversation actually with a hot female cop that was doing her rounds, I'm talking babe model hot cop, not exaggerating. (She told me they just apprehended a group of Serbs that illegally entered the country through the B-H on a purse snatching spree). If I was going to stick around longer in Zadar I'm sure I probably would have hooked up with her based on chit-chatting, maybe next time. I'll probably get another tattoo here next time too. (If you're one of those types that is lost without a mall to waste time in, not to worry, there's mall's too for all of your shopping needs, even hanging around, farting, ass scratching and looking and acting like a fucko while picking your nose if you desire, just like the many malls and libraries I've been to, because there's much more than just the historical older section of Zadar people should know about). Zadar is also one of the cleanest, litter and garbage free locations I was at during my whole trip, just an observation. It was weird and shocking, no litter, no dirty underwear or socks, not even paper cups, crushed cans or anything lying around (well maybe a a few here and there but hardly worth mentioning). It was really bizarre, I guess they must have city staff/people working in that department around the clock. Anyway, below is some more information.....

National Geographic: Zadar one of Europe’s best small ports


“The peninsula city’s natural beauty is matched only by its epic history” writes the National Geographic of Zadar in Traveler’s February/March 2013 issue. The magazine voted this Adriatic classic one of Europe’s six best small ports. The other five are Alesund (Norway), Tallin (Estonia), Gdansk (Poland), Ajaccio (France) and Valletta (Malta).

Among features that put Zadar on the list are its varied architecture, short distance to no less than five national parks, and its laid back charm. Traveler reminds readers to eat like the locals when visiting with grilled fish, calamari and mussels, which are best washed down with a glass of rakija (brandy). Read more below.

Europe's Best Small Ports

 Above: For nearly 3,000 years, Zadar—a Croatian port on the northern Dalmatian coast—has absorbed the legacies of foreign powers and added it's own, visible today in the Old Town Peninsula's varied architecture and ruins. Photograph by Aaron Huey

Zadar, Croatia: Design Within Beach 

Anchor of a sprawling Adriatic archipelago. Architecture that spans millennia. Public art installations. Zadar is the laid-back little sister to Dubrovnik.

The Scene

Flanked by dozens of idyllic Adriatic islands and within an hour’s drive of five national parks, the peninsula city’s natural beauty is matched only by its epic history. For nearly 3,000 years, this port on the northern Dalmatian coast has tried to fend off foreign powers with varying success. Architectural legacies of these interlopers are visible today in the city’s Roman forum and in various Venetian ramparts around town. While the city center is on the Old Town Peninsula, most of Zadar is on the mainland. Modern public art and a lively café scene keep all parts of the city very 21st century.

A little known fact is that the University of Zadar is the oldest University in Croatia. It traces its lineage to 1396, thus making it also one of the oldest in Europe. More info HERE.  Image:

"Night of the Full Moon" activities in the summer. (Noć Puni Mjesec)

City Gem 

With its signature cylindrical shape and distinctive dome, the ninth-century Church of St. Donat has become synonymous with Zadar. No longer used as a church, the monument welcomes visitors and hosts a series of summer concerts—ranging from guitarist Daniel Wolff to the Zadar Chamber Orchestra—made all the more resonant by the building’s acoustics.

Insider’s Tip 

The “Sea Organ,” an art installation of pipes below the new pier, harnesses the energy of the ocean waves to produce an otherworldly soundscape. “The sound is so soothing, and sitting by the water is just a great way to unwind after a day walking around the city,” says Marijana Gucunski, a Croatian expat who spends part of every summer at her family beach home nearby. “Of course, grab a delicious Croatian sladoled (ice cream) on the way.”

If you came to Zadar to try Croatian food and especially various seafood based dishes, then you came to the right place. Zadar has plenty of restaurants, pubs/cafes and places to eat with dishes that will satisfy anyones particular tastes. From fine dining to fast food or more laid back simple casual dining like these places, they're found tucked in all over the place. Although you can and people do dine inside, most people by far actually prefer to eat outside in the summer and enjoy the views and summer breeze. (It's like that no matter what city or town you're in because it's the summer outdoor cafes and patios season). I recommend eating at least once at one of the restaurants right by the sea for some amazing views, especially come sunset. Chances are good that the fish and seafood came out of the sea that very day. (In the year 753 a Croatian fisherman invented the first garlic-butter dipping sauce for shrimp and lobster probably)

Like I've mentioned before and should note again, the hostels in Croatia are topnotch modern, clean, secure, include Wi-Fi, modern amenities, kitchens, washers/dryers and importantly very affordable (as in cheap) compared to the fancier larger hotels and many times just a short walking distance from postcard stuff, many of them even have beer and liquors to purchase on site that's cheaper than the bars and pubs, so you can get started early and save even more money. (actually some of them are so cool the people after finishing a day of sightseeing just hang out at the hostel and nix the bars altogether, I know from experience).  It's a great option for single or small group travellers staying overnight just once or twice, because trust me you'll hardly even want to be there except to sleep and shower anyway, instead you'll be going out and seeing the sights and do stuff every opportunity you can, just an inside tip to keep in mind.

Local Flavor

This is the Adriatic, land of grilled seafood; you can’t go wrong ordering fish, calamari, and mussels na gradele (grilled). Wash it all down with a glass of rakija (brandy) or travarica (an herbal spirit). For a late-night snack or breakfast, try burek, a savory cheese-filled phyllo pastry, with a cup of the strong style coffee favoured by Croats at the myriad of bakeries in Varoš—the historic heart of town—that are open into the wee hours.

 Dugi Otok, the largest island in the Zadar archipelago, with views of the Veli Rat lighthouse. (I plan to do a post eventually about the many lighthouses in Croatia and how some of them have been turned into rentable modern accommodations, even the ones located on small islands for super privacy, it's just frikin amazing and so cool). Also no need to worry because there's plenty of beaches in and around Zadar for every need or requirement. Photograph by Hans Madej, laif/Redux


After dark, any hip Zadrani walks to the Garden, a minimalist-chic boîte atop the city walls opened by UB40 drummer James Brown and music producer Nick Colgan, for live jazz, Latin grooves, or electronica. Sip a local Karlovačko beer and play a game of chess or just soak up the seductive loungy, relaxed atmosphere that seems distinctly European.

 The good thing also is you don't have to bus, drive or sail into Zadar, at Zadar Airport you can fly in from and to many locations in Europe, which people do. (more info

By Sea 

 The marina is full of boats vying to ferry you to the Zadar archipelago, where beaches, medieval villages, and snorkeling excursions await. Take a half-day trip to Dugi Otok, the largest island, to spend an idyllic afternoon on the sandy, uncrowded Saharun beach.

I was going to add some of my personal photos with commentary from my time in Zadar, but decided to add this footage where the girl is walking the viewer through the exact spots I was at and where my photos below were taken. She's mainly visiting and describing the old part of the city and highlights the touristy stuff, she describes some of the historical things to see there and will save me a lot of typing. At the 2:55 mark you'll notice the guy and girl buzzing around on Segways. I saw quite a few of them in Rijeka and Split also, they remind people to cross the bridge and return to the safety of the city before dark, as that's when when many tourists get abducted or worse. (they also help with directions, give out maps, coupons and other freebies sometimes)

There's more touristy professional videos out there, but this personal one also pretty well explains some of my own added photos. (Also like I mentioned at this post with my own personal pics from Split, the part where he talks about pizza slices and especially ice creams is true because it's cheap and quick especially for tourists on the go, but there are plenty of Croatian fast foods also because I was there and had some often. But many people may not know that in Croatia we've been eating pizza long before Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, Domino's or Chicago and New York style pizza came along, way long before, at that post I also include a pic of Split's and Croatia's oldest pizzeria, so it's sort of historical also)

Like I said above, there a variety of events/festivals and things to see and do besides the typical touristy stuff, or after it. The new Avvantura Film Forum Festival Zadar is something definitely worth checking out for movie buffs. More information at Film Forum Zadar.

The following pics are snapshot images of just the historic old town section of Zadar. (Not the newer modern day city of Zadar which is the vast majority of the city, important to remember). I think it was a Wednesday afternoon. This part of town has a mixture of old Roman ruins, early and late Medieval, Pre-Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance era architecture and buildings all mixed in with the newer architecture and new shops. Similar to Split but on a smaller scale. After doing some beach time, I started heading to the old town. Some guys were starting a game of what else? football/soccer on the beach volleyball court.

 Later, on the seaside walkway towards the "Greeting to the Sun" and the "Sea Organs", a bunch of people started playing....what else?...water polo of course. (Keep in mind, all these photos here are of just the historic Old Town Zadar, which is a small part of the modern day city of Zadar. Also keep in mind that these are all summer photos and that there is a winter season in Zadar so dress accordingly, and I wouldn't recommend playing water polo in the Adriatic sea in Janauary either.

 Most of these pics were taken around dinner time and the streets were thinned out because it's sort of break time, later on when the sun starts to go down is when the walkways and cafes become more filled with people again and all the shops are opened.

  The main entrance into the old town through the gates. (Brief interesting history lesson - For those not familiar with European history, the Venetian Republic intermittently controlled various coastal parts of the Adriaatic Sea and Mediterranean Sea and ports up to the 18th century during the age of empires. After the Ostrogothic Kingdom failed to make permanent inroads to the coastal areas and eventually ended in the 6th century, Croatian tribes arrived to ancient Dalmatia, Panonnia and Illyricum from areas north of the Danube and in and around the Carpathians (aka the Harvaða mountains in accounts of the early common era) and they freed the lands of nomadic pillaging barbarians that arrived from the east, the pagan Croats then settled and eventually formed principalities, a duchy and a Croatian Kingdom. In the Middle Ages Zadar became a growing nuisance to the ambitions of a rising powerful Venetian presence in the Adriatic at that time. The Zadar citizenry repelled a number of Venetian seiges, especially as the city was integrated politically, culturally and economically with the surrounding Croatian state. During the reign of Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV is when Zadar's city classes and citizenry were predominantly Croats, military defence, political life but also important judges, barons, magnates, princes, dukes and nobility were Croats. Interestingly also, just north of Zadar there is a small town called Nin where the medieval Croatian Kings were crowned over a thousand years ago as well as being an official royal residence, Nin was also a residence of the preceding early Croatian Dukes, most notably Duke Branimir. Queen Helen is one of the most famous women from Zadar during those times, known as Jelena Slavna (Helen the Glorious), she was Croatian Queen and wife of King Mihajlo Krešimir II (Latin: Michael Cresimirus). After King Michael Krešimir's death in II in 969 she ruled as regent of her underage son who became the future Croatian King Stjepan Držislav in 988. Zadar was also one of the official residences of Croatian Bans/Viceroys who were personal representatives and governors of Croatian Kings in the Middle Ages. Zadar was included when the rest of the Croatian Kingdom joined in a political union with Hungary at the beginning of the 12th century. Through the past more than millennia attempts to permanently occupy or attack strategically located Zadar have been numerous including the Byzantine empire, Moors and Saracen pirate raid attempts, Venice, the Ottoman Muslim Jihads, Napolean's empire, Austria for a time and lastly by Serb terrorists and paramilitaries in the 90's. Today there are a number of museums in Zadar, including the Zadar City Museum and Archeological Museum of Zadar with archeological remains, charters, documents and thousands of other items documenting from even the Paleolithic and up to the centuries of the Croatian Kingdom and royal dynasties centuries)

 A scene just outside the main gate into the old town district of Zadar. The Croatian coast has been compared many times by visitors to the French Riviera, aka Croatian Riviera but much less expensive.

Lots of these artists are found around where you can get an amazing lifelike sketch of yourself in a jiffy for peanuts. (Tip, when out in the old historic section of Zadar don't go topless, leave the topless for the beach, hotel, favela or when taking a dump in the washroom with your boyfriends. Locals just think it looks kind of ghetto and sloppy and it upsets the chidren, it was a pretty warm night but a light t-shirt isn't really that heavy)

 A lot of the shops are really cool, you have the usual typical souvenir shops of course, but also shops selling high quality designer clothes, sunglasses, jewelry, art, museums etc.

The view just outside another main gate on the other side of the old town. There's a bridge that takes you to the mainland and the more modern day city of Zadar, which makes up the vast majority of the city of Zadar. (you know, as in much less ruins and medieval stuff but more modern malls, arenas and other stores stuff)

  Reverse image from the previous photos, standing at the gate entrance into the old city from the bridge. The billboard to the right is for regular ferry and tour boat rides through the Kornati Archipelago and to some of the local islands, it's a great idea if you have the time or spare day.

 I was running into the same problem as when I was in Rijeka a few days previous. (Pics Here). I didn't see any alleyways at all. You turn a corner and think your going to walk down an alleyway and it hits you...more shops, cafes, pubs, galleries, designer clothes shops and quaint little restaurants even. It was like I was in a scene out of a terrible science-fiction/horror movie, being chased by alien mutants people and wanting to duck into an alleyway to climb some fire escape stairs to get away for a breathe of non-cafe and patio air, but every time I get blocked...blocked by waitresses...people in cafes...chairs and tables with even flowers on tight buttocked and cleavaged babes staff pointing out menus to the left and right of me with specials of the day highlighted, then blocked by more cafes, Croatian music playing on speakers and more clinking glasses and aromas of roasted and baked just about everything in the air. It was pure hell especially when it got darker and those fiendish candles were lit, there was no alleyway or gutter to be found at all for some normalcy alleyway goings on and peeps...the horror.

There's lots of fruit and vegetable stands to be found just a stones throw away from the historic part of the old town of Zadar. I've mentioned this before, fruit/vegetable stands are found in all the central areas of the towns and cities and a very common sight, there's plenty of large modern grocery stores but this tradition goes back many centuries and will be around to stay. (This is the exact same fruit/vegetable stand where even Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone himself bought some corn on the cob during a family visit to Zadar btw, I think he was also eyeing some watermelons, peaches and tomatoes but don't quote me on that)

It was a very hot day around mid 30's, even these nearby cats had enough after their free scraps from the nearby fish market.

Different views of the 8th-9th century Church of St. Donatus, the largest Croatian Pre-romanesque building in all of Croatia and synonymous with Zadar. It was partly constructed using stones from the nearby Roman forum ruins and has had a very interesting and event filled history. It was built around the year 800 but mentioned for the first time only in mid 10th century in the documents of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos. The interior and floor plans of the circular formerly domed 27 meters high building bear a slight resemblance to Charlemagne's court chapels, especially the one in Aachen (now Aachen Cathedral) and coincide with the rise of the first recorded organized Croatian ruled realms. These days it isn't used for any services and hasn't been for about 200 years, it's been used as a location for films but because of its extraordinary acoustic features and large interior open space, a number of musical performances take place in it throughout the year including the annual International Festival of Medieval Renaissance Music featuring Croatian and even other European musicians. (more info at

There are also tours of the local historical points of interest of course if one is so inclined, and I'm pretty sure they're free. If you don't have a clue the tour guide explains the history of what it is exactly that you're looking at. (there's much more to see than these photos I added)

There's many types of very old architecture, motifs and stone reliefs stylization on the various buildings and just like in other parts of Europe especially on old churches and cathedrals. (I really like the gargoyles in Zagreb). In the modern Zadar city you can see cool ultra-contemporary architecture and museums, but this older section of Zadar is an ideal place for people who are into or appreciate the art, craftsmanship and architectural styles of stone carvings and reliefs from the medieval times, and the various later Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles from centuries past.

Leftover Roman era stuff can still be seen here and there.

Jewelry stores, more shops, ice cream parlours, places to eat or drink etc, and all within a cool hip but laid back cozy atmosphere. The stones that make up all the walkways literally shine, they're worn smooth after many centuries of pedestrian traffic...

More ruins from an ancient nearby Roman forum that date from around the 1st century BCE. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, in 481 Dalmatia including Zadar became part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom for a time, then the pagan Croat tribes arrived in the 6th-7th century to ancient Dalmatia, Pannonia and Illyricum. Zadar later became an important seat and royal residence of Croatian Princes, Dukes, Bans (King's Governors) and even some Kings during the medieval Croatian Kingdom centuries, like I said there's lots of history to soak in and explore in this Old Town Zadar section.

Finally I did eventually come across something that I guess technically could be classified as an alleyway or alleyway-ish.

The old city quarters central square is a popular place to chill and hang out, have drinks or eat etc.

  The "Greeting to the Sun" looks pretty cool too as it comes alive with lights at night from stored solar energy, and the sounds of the nearby "Sea Organs" are powered and actually played by the waves of the Adriatic Sea, it's almost like the sea is talking.

More tucked away shops and stuff, practically a window shoppers paradise too...

The "Sea Organs" mentioned in the video. First of it's kind in the world and very creative idea. This isn't really a beach swimming spot, but people do anyway. I jumped in for another quick dip too since I was there. (later I carved my name into a step as a lasting reminder for posterity that I was there, 3rd step on the far right side, check it out next time you're there)


Last photo that I'm permitted to add here to protect the identities of some very important VIP's, after the sun goes down various unexplained phenomena and paranormal magic takes place. (oh yeah I almost forgot, importantly there are also various types of balloons and balloon-like items)

Actually, after finishing this post here's the very last photo with an amusing short story. On the way to Zadar from Split the bus took a brief rest stop, but I was busy crunching numbers, going over notes, listening to music and wasn't reading all the road signs, well it turns out that the quick unplanned rest stop was actually in Šibenik and I didn't realize it, and it wasn't even scheduled as far as I knew because the ticket was for just from Split to Zadar with no stops in between. (maybe the bus driver had to use the rest room, whatever). So anyway I got off the bus and I snapped a few quick pics and yep, there off in the distance is the Krka Bridge and the main 15th century Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral dome in the old town city centre, so that was an unexpected surprise after browsing my pics back home. The very city called "Krešimirov grad" (Krešimir's city), because it was mentioned for the first time under its present name in a 1066 Royal Charter of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV the Great who occasionally held his seat here back then, which is pretty cool and good to know. So I can technically say I've been to Šibenik now, but next time I'm going to look around and stay for more than just 10 minutes though.

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