Fought from 1991 to 1995 between Croatian forces loyal to the government of Croatia - which had declared independence from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) - and the Serb controlled Yugoslav National Army (JNA) supported by local Serb forces in Croatia, the war is primarily referred to as the Homeland War.
During that time, Zadar had 7 JNA military bases within the city which made the situation extremely difficult for Croatian forces. Trying to expel the JNA with minimum casualties, Zadar was attacked from all means disposable and faced annihilation.
Exploring the region's most recent tragic events on our private guided tour, you will gain insight and understanding of the complex history and wars that have shaken the proud people of Croatia and the Balkans. Learn of the battles of Prkos and Novigrad, see the memorials of the brave young men and women who died fighting for freedom and visit the tragic site of the Škabrnja massacre. Perhaps the most moving part of the tour is passing through the empty villages of charred buildings and broken homes that were destroyed and have been abandoned ever since. Regardless of whether the villages were once home to Serbians or Croatians, the real scope of the tragedy is felt the most here.
We end the tour visiting the infamous JNA military base on the hill Križ over the village of Bibinje, passing by one of the destroyed JNA tanks left as a memory to those days of glory and sorrow. Your local guide for the day was present in Zadar during the war and will provide you with personal insights about living in these difficult times but also with bright perspectives of the present-day and Zadar re-establishing its position as the Croatian tourism jewel.