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Zadar

Expect unique art installations, Roman ruins, and fascinating museums from this coastal Croatian city.

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Our most recommended things to do in Zadar

  • From Zadar: Kornati National Park Full-Day Boat Trip

    1. From Zadar: Kornati National Park Full-Day Boat Trip

    Visit the jewel of the Adriatic Sea on a full-day tour to Kornati National Park, departing from Zadar. Leave in the morning and make your way to the park via boat. Enjoy breakfast as you travel to the 109 islands that make up the park.  During the tour, you will stop for 3 hours to go swimming. Then relax as you are taken on a tour around the park, checking up the dramatic karst-limestone formations that tower around you. In the middle of the day, you will also be treated to lunch.

    Great boat trip, good mix of swimming and hiking. Food was good for the price of the tour. Free Croatian wine was a nice touch, sometimes the guided tour information was difficult to hear.

  • Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

    2. Zrmanja: Full-Day Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

    Zrmanja and Krupa are among the most beautiful rivers in Europe: perfectly clear warm water, spectacular canyon with magnificent waterfalls. They are easy and safe enough for beginner canoeists but their scenery makes them also very exciting. You will see many fish and birds and explore typical karst phenomenon – living travertine waterfalls. The trip begins in Kastel Zegarski, only one hour drive from Zadar. You will quickly learn how to handle sit-on-top kayaks as you slowly enter the canyon. After the first hour of paddling down easy rapids you will – if time and weather permit – visit beautiful Krupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls and rapids wait for you as you continue down Zrmanja towards Muskovci where the trip ends. At the end of the trip optionally you can enjoy refreshments at a nearby restaurant or take a picnic on your own. Itinerary: 10:00 - Arrival to dest...

    Well organized, probably better during the beginning of summer. We missed a bit of water in September…

  • From Zadar: 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience

    3. From Zadar: 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience

    Did you know that Zadar county in Croatia has more than 100 islands? In front of the town of Zadar, discover the island Ugljan with its great beaches. On this boat tour, you can decide between a three or four-hour tour. Enjoy the amazing views of the town of Zadar from a boat ride with a private skipper and go for a swim on the island's amazing beaches. Tours start from Foša in Zadar (Land Gate - Leon Gate) and head to the island Ugljan, Preko: • From Zadar (Foša) to Kostanj - Ošljak-Preko tour for 4 hours • From Zadar (Foša) to Frnaza - Preko - Ošljak tour for 4 hours

    Great experience! You get the chance to decide whether you want to swim, how long you stay on an island etc. I can highly recommend the tour!

  • Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

    4. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

    Sail toward the southern part of Dugi Otok Island. This is where the sea embraces Telašćica, whose name derives from the Latin "Telagus" (meaning 3 lakes). Relax on the boat with a book or sunbathe on deck. Enjoy views of the picturesque Mediterranean landscapes along the way. Chat with the skipper if you are interested in sailing and hear all the secrets of their ancient craft.  Upon arrival at Telašćica Nature Park, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Go for a stroll and give a treat to the timid donkeys. There's a donkey reserve within the park and the coastal (or Dinaric) donkey is an indigenous Croatian breed. Currently, there are 14 donkeys living in Telašćica, while the entire area abounds with flora and fauna. The park has 3 smaller bays within its wider area. Telašćica is the largest and best-protected natural harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It has 5 islets...

    Die Tour hat super Spaß gemacht. Wir sind drei Stunden zur der Insel Dugi Otok gefahren, wo wir an einen Teil des Telascica Naturpark gehalten haben. Dort kann man ganz gut was trinken, zu einem See spazieren, eine Eselfarm anschauen und einen traumhaften Überblick über die Klippen auf der andere Seite der Insel! Das ist ein Muss. Danach ging es dann in eine Bucht wo wir schwimmen gehen konnten. Schnorchel Equipment gab es hier auch und das Wasser war hier auch super schön. Auf dem Rückweg haben wir viel gesegelt und das schöne Wetter weiterhin genossen. Sehr zu empfehlen!

  • From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

    5. From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

    Depart Zadar and journey to Krka National Park, famous for the limestone formations of dissolved calcium bicarbonate in the water of the Krka River and waterfalls. Upon arrival, take a 1.5-hour tour of the park with a licensed guide to see some of the waterfalls, such as the beautiful cascades of Skradinski buk. Admire the travertine and stone walls of the historical water mills of Šibenik-Knin County, where wheat was milled for various towns in ‎Dalmatia in historical times. Get 2 hours of free time for lunch at a restaurant and to go for a walk or swim under the cascades of the biggest waterfall in the park. Return to Zadar via the historical town of Šibenik, where the kings of Croatia were crowned. Avail of 1-hour of free time to discover the UNESCO World Heritage monument of the Cathedral of St. James, stroll the promenade to get stunning views of the Adriatic Sea or just enjoy a c...

    Krka Park lovely. Description of your not very accurate. We didn’t have a guide explaining about the flora and fauna or anything else. Talked a lot in German but when it came to English it was minimal.

  • Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

    6. Zadar: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

    Book your entrance ticket for Zadar's Museum of Illusions and get access to dozens of exhibits including the Vortex Tunnel, the first of such in this part of Europe.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand.  Be brave enough to jump into the crazy illusion created by the Vortex Tunnel. Experience a feeling of heavy struggle as you try to step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat.  Deform the image of yourself in a Mirror Room. Loose yourself in the Infinity Room and resist the laws of gravity, size, and ratio. Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Visit the...

  • Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

    7. Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar

    On this full-day kayaking excursion you’ll experience the natural beauty of Dugi Otok, a rugged island located to the west of Zadar. When you arrive, a van will transfer you to the bay, where the kayaking adventure begins. During the tour you’ll encounter secret bays, numerous sea caves and soaring cliffs. Later, when you return to the starting point you’ll be transferred to the north of island, where you’ll have lunch. Afterwards, you’ll paddle your kayak to a sunken ship, which offers a spectacular snorkeling experience. The final part of the tour is spent at the white sandy beach of Sakarun, where you can relax, swim and play the local game of picigin – a real treat for all.

    The kayaking experience was set up very well and great for all levels of experience. Zoki was an excellent guide.

  • Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

    8. Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

    Explore the waterways of the Zadar Canal sea passage between Zadar and the island of Ugljan, and experience the stunning seascapes and rich underwater world of the Adriatic Sea. Encounter numerous islets spread all over the canal, each one with its own unique story. Depart from Zadar in the morning (09:00 AM - 01:00 PM) or afternoon (02:00 PM - 06:00 PM) and dock in the small island village of Preko. Take a walk around the small port or have a coffee in one of the beach bars. Go for a swim or visit the nearby islet and green oasis of Galevac, with its 14th-century monastery.  Then, sail towards a secluded bay and relax and enjoy the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Make your way back to Zadar and learn some basic sailing techniques from your skipper. 

    Was a great trip! Friendly and courteous captain, great little stay at the cute village on the opposite island (swimming in clear water, clean and pretty waterfront with cafes), and back again. Best activity we did in Zadar! Good for families or couples

  • Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

    9. Zadar: Private Walking Tour Through 3,000 Years of History

    Zadar represents one of the most interesting and oldest urban localities in the Mediterranean, constantly inhabited from 1000 BC. In the 1st century it became a Roman colony and acquired the characteristics of a city. You will visit remains of a Roman Forum, the biggest one built in Croatia and the center of social life at the time. Zadar was the capital of Dalmatia region from the fall of the Western Roman Empire until the end of the First World War. Hear the story of its defensive walls that the Venetian Republic built in the 16th century for protection against the Ottomans and see the picturesque port of Fosa with its beautiful Land Gate. You will walk the famous Kalelarga, the main and most famous street in the city. Stand in front of the church of St. Donat, the symbol of Zadar and see Zadar Cathedral dedicated to St. Anastasia. Zadar is famous for its Sea Organ and Greeting to t...

    Ended up with a private tour and my guide was fantastic. As a local she was very well informed, personal, and was able to share a wealth of info.

  • From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    10. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

    Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and sur...

    A beautiful National Park, with amazing crystal clear water and waterfalls. The ecosystem it provides is spectacular. It is one of natures beauties. It gets very busy and we visited in low season. Boardwalks get a bit crazy and pull off areas would be great. A must do if in Croatia.

Frequently asked questions about Zadar

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    If you can, arrive at either end of the tourism season – May/June or September/October – to experience perfect seaside weather without the crowds that come in the peak months.

  • How many days?

    Zadar has a wide variety of attractions, including an archipelago that's perfect for island-hopping! You could complete your city sightseeing in a weekend, but we recommend taking it slow and relaxing into Mediterranean life. If you do choose to explore the islands, allow at least a week.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    Go in late spring or early fall for the best of all worlds – warm weather, better prices, less crowds!

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What people are saying about Zadar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,517 reviews

This kind of guided Tour through Zadar is definitely different to what you are used to. Really funny and interesting. A Mix of standard tour with the virtual reality elements concluded. Absolutely recommend to do this :)

Guide was great (knowledgeable and friendly) lunch was good, great route around the park was chosen. Transportation was good but instructions for pick up were a bit unclear

Great nature and great guide Sandra. She was attentive made sure the pace was good for all of us. Fantastic day. Do it you won’t regret it. Needs good walking shoes.

I liked absolutely all. We had time to swim in the beautiful place and walk in small town on the island. Sailing was amazing.

Wonderful 4 hour boat trip around the islands around Zadar. In between, we took a dip in a beautiful bay. Friendly captain!