Just months after Zagreb was voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations ( www.europeanbestdestinations.com ), the Dalmatian city of Zadar has followed suit, beating 19 other cities to the title of Best European Destination 2016 for the same website, in results announced on February 11, 2016.
Voting started on January 20 and ran until February 10, and Zadar is in competition with Athens, Prague, Amsterdam, Kotor, Brussels, Paris, Novi Sad, Berlin, Plovdiv, Vienna, Edinburgh, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, Nicosia, Azores, Nantes, London and Milan.
Here is what European Best Destianations said about the winner after all the votes were cast:
"Welcome to Zadar European best destination 2016 ! Zadar is a great city, a city full of tradition and modernity, a city open to the sea. Stroll along the waterfront and hear the amazing sound of the "sea organ" while watching "the most beautiful sunset in the world" according to Alfred Hitchcock.
This city of Zadar is marked by its history and turned towards modernity. Zadar is a different city, incomparable, with a soft and cozy atmosphere, a holiday atmosphere of tranquility and serenity. Zadar is quiet and safe: you can go for walks during the night as well as during the day. You will discover splendid vestiges of the Roman era, but also fine shops, restaurants at affordable prices, fruit and vegetable markets, outdoor concerts.
In Zadar you will enjoy delicous food and nice walks along the docks and you will listen to the sound of the sea organ, a unique facility in Europe that allows the sea to compose a sweet and enchanting music."