Chances are you couldn't pick Zadar out on a map. But after Eva Longoria Parker visited the city on the Croatian coast to celebrate her third wedding anniversary, Zadar is well and truly in the spotlight.
Known as Croatia's festival capital, it's not yet deluged with tourists like Dubrovnik in the south, but with Ryanair flights during the summer months, it's not far off the beaten track that it's impossible to reach for a week's holiday or city break weekend. Surrounded by five national parks, there's the Dalmatian coast and the Old Town to explore as well as live music and art - before you go, here's our pick of the best.
Starter for 10: Zadar
The Romanesque cathedral itself is the biggest in Dalmatia, dating to the 12th century, although some of the oldest parts were constructed in early Christian times. There's 700-year-old carvings on the portals, so don't miss these on your way up.
With craft, design, classic and modern shows, you're likely to find something to enjoy – and there's shops dotted around as well, including Croatian fashion, if the art doesn't tempt you. It's open every day, so check online to see the upcoming events.
As you wander the winding alleys of the Old Town, you'll pass the Franciscan monastery near the Cathedral, and a string of churches – there's 70 historic religious buildings and cultural monuments in the historic centre. For more background to the city, stop in the National Museum to check out the scale models of Zadar from different periods, with entry costing around £1, as well as Roman relics in the Archaeological Museum. Entry costs around £1.50.
For a taste of both, head to Niko (Obala Kneza Domagoja 9), which is a favourite with locals as well. Grab a table on the terrace overlooking the sea for woodfire-grilled fish with olive oil, green tagliatelle scampi and their famous tiramisu.
Walk in through the tree tunnel entrance, and chill out on one of the beds or sofas, and enjoy the live music. Or for something a bit more intimate, there's three cabanas which each have private service, to feel just that bit more VIP.
Or head to Gallery Pia (Madijevaca 9, +385 2325 1460), which exhibits bags, paintings and ceramics by local artists. And Syudio Lik (Don Ive Prodana 7, +385 9827 3473) is perfect if you're looking for traditional crafts, including hand-made lace, woven textiles from Dubrovnik and glass.
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