and the tourist region of Zadar are located in the very centre of the Croatian
Adriatic, in the most indented part of the Adriatic archipelago. At a smaller
or greater distance from Zadar are the national parks Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka
and Kornati, nature parks Velebit and Telascica, as well as more than 300 islands
and islets. Natural beauties, numerous coves and beaches, cultural and historical
monuments, restaurants and hotels offering selected national specialities make
Zadar and its surroundings one of the most attractive tourist regions in Croatia.
Tourism in Zadar has a long tradition. More recent annals note that in June 1879
a group of tourists from Vienna visited Zadar; in 1892 the Society for the Embellishment
of Zadar was established (it remained active until 1918), while "Liburnija" Hiking
Club and the Tourist Association were established in 1899. Early in the 20th century,
in March of 1902, Hotel Bristol (today's Hotel Zagreb) opened to the public.