Before we arrived in Zadar, we felt sorry for it. After our three-week stay in idyllic Rovinj, we thought our next destination would surely disappoint. The fact that we were trading in one seaside town perched on a peninsula for another made us think we would easily draw comparisons and, in our minds, nothing could beat Rovinj. After staying in Zadar, experiencing the city and seeing the sights (which are included in our Zadar self-guided walking tour), we felt differently.
While there are some comparisons that can be made between Rovinj and Zadar, the two cities are drastically different. Even though Zadar may not be dripping with charm like Rovinj, it certainly has it. And, something it has that Rovinj doesn’t is a slew of sights – from Roman ruins to historic churches to a modern seaside promenade complete with new age art. Something else Zadar has: a university – and its students fill the streets and cafes, bringing a lively, youthful feel to the city.