Dalmatia’s capital for more than 1,000 years, Zadar is frequently overlooked by travelers heading for Split or Dubrovnik. They are missing out on an intriguing city with few crowds and plenty of character. This medieval port city is known for its well-preserved old town set on a small peninsula and surrounded almost entirely by the warm waters of the Adriatic. This historic peninsula preserves a network of charming city streets lined with fascinating Roman ruins, cosmopolitan cafes and impressive museums. Other popular Zadar attractions include the 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat, an impressive light installation known as the Sun Salutation, and The Sea Organ, an innovative musical instrument powered by the waves that crash against the city’s spectacular coastline.