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Best things to do in Zadar

For all its historic buildings, ruins, and eccentric attractions, Zadar is a lively city that rises far above the trappings of your typical Dalmatian tourist destination. Here are the attractions that'll lure you away from its beaches!

Church of St. Donatus

Built on top of the old Roman Forum, this Byzantine church incorporates many of the ruins' structural elements. The floor has even been removed so visitors can look down into it!


If you came to Zadar to relax, board a boat south to the island of Ošljak. No crowds, no cars, just rustic fishing villages, cypress-lined hills, and the best seafood restaurants!

Sea Organ

This beloved art installation is essentially an instrument played by the waves. At night, the nearby Greeting to the Sun provides a fittingly impressive visual accompaniment.

Paklenica National Park

Established to protect the mountain region's diverse flora and fauna, this UNESCO biological reserve is a hiker's dream, as well as a paradise for birdwatchers!

Archeological Museum

You may notice how Roman ruins seem to jut out of Zadar's every corner. For a great round-up of Dalmatia's colorful history, head over to Croatia's second-oldest museum.

Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi in Zadar

The city's religious focal point for centuries, this monastery was built around 1221, and was where the Venetians signed away their Dalmatian holdings in 1358's Treaty of Zadar.

Zadar Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Anastasia blends architectural styles from the Byzantine to the Gothic. Climb its bell tower for beautiful views over the city and sea.

Planning your Zadar 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
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

Wonderful day trip to the scenic Plitvice National Park!

The crystal clear water, and the intricate systems of lakes and waterfalls at Plitvice is breathtaking. Despite the rain, the tour ran very smoothly. Our guide is very attentive and makes sure no one is left behind -- An excellent job, especially when there are a large number of tourists during this time of the year.
Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar Reviewed by Ah Sock Angie, 07/21/2015

Lots of fun; the long boat ride was pretty and worth it.

If you go: Go to the rocks to dive off near the end of the salt lake. There were lots of cliffs to jump off and was great for swimming and snorkeling. Bring sandals which work well on sharp rocks. The boat ride was a lot of fun.
Kornati National Park Full-Day Trip from Zadar Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/18/2015

One of the most beautiful places in the world!!

Wow - this place is an absolute must see. Incredibly beautiful, crystal clear water, gorgeous views and walks so close to nature. Our hostess, Marina, was absolutely excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable, funny and chatty and put us at ease and looked after us very well including making sure our 21 month old son was happy and well. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone. I read some reviews saying people felt rushed but we found we had enough time to take plenty of photographs, enjoy the views and go at a pleasant pace on the walks. The food was also excellent value - loads of tasty food for such a small charge. Thank you so much for a fantastic day which we will always have fond memories of!
Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar Reviewed by Nicola, 06/22/2015

The tour of Plitvice National Park was a highlight of holiday

The tour of Plitvice National Park was a tour we had always been looking for. It was a highlight of holiday and the reason we stayed in Zadar. Staying at accommodation near the lakes may have given more time to see this natural wonder. Anyone going to Coatia should make this tour a must see at the top of your tour lists.
Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar Reviewed by Debra, 06/18/2015

Fun, scenic, educational, relaxed pace with good and congenial guide.

Really liked the relaxed pace of the tour, but we still saw and did a lot and were given plenty of free time for picture taking and swimming by the waterfalls. Thought our guide did a really good job of managing the tour and provided us with educational background related to the tour, e.g. a walk through of the ethnographic museum and structures. Very pleased with this tour.

Based on 53 reviews of GetYourGuide customers