Zadar (Italian: Zara) is Croatian city ​​at Adriatic Sea, the center of Zadar County and the wider regional complex of the north Dalmatia and Lika, within the European NUTS 2 region of Adriatic Croatia. According to the number of inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Dalmatia, and the fifth in the Republic of Croatia. The inner city has about 80 thousand inhabitants, while the urban area of ​​Zadar has about 118 thousand inhabitants.

It developed in a favorable position in the center of the Croatian part of the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, protected by a number of Zadar islands from the influence of the open sea, which was of great importance in the period of predominance of sailing maritime traffic. The mainland coast forms a spacious flat space (Ravni Kotari), which enables its unhindered spatial expansion, which distinguishes it from most other coastal cities in Croatia. By the mountine Velebit , the coastal area is morphologically separated but also associated with Lika and continental parts of Croatia, which has recently been valued by the construction of a modern highway, i.e. the tunnel Sveti Rok.

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