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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!

Ošljak

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
    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

Good guide and safe driver; the park was amazing.

All arrangements were excellent. The guide was excellent also and made our tour a fun. The park was really a fabulous experience.

Individual great Trip with a stunning view

My boyfriend and me booked this trip. We were the online passengers. We were told, that the maximum is two couples on one trip and that every Tour is individual. We could notice this by the friendly behaviour of our guide who let us paddle close to the rocks to show US some seastars in the cristal clear water. The trip was breathtaking yet exhausting, we had time for a break and finished of with a romantic dinner and delicious wine on the rocks, which was prepared for us. If you go on this trip, expect some sport, wet pants (You might bring some clothes to change) incredible view, nice guides and lots of Qualität time for the two of You. We would book it again!
Kayak Sunset Tour Reviewed by Julie, 09/19/2016

An excellent excursion, would recommend to all

This trip was lovely. Only a 90 minute drive from Zadar in a comfortable air conditioned bus. The guide, Magdelana, was wonderful. She was kind a friendly and spoke enough of different languages to engage with all the different groups and people on the bridge. We went just off peak season and it was still very busy, so I wouldn't recommend going during peak season if you can. All in all a great trip
Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar Reviewed by Charlotte, 09/04/2016

Brilliant day out, everybody loved it and would recommend it.

collected and brought to cruiser, staff very helpful and moved people around to accommodate our party all at the same table. Plenty of information from the staff, especially Lucy! Island and beach were out of this world, plenty of time to sunbathe and swim, waters there amazing. Lunch was delicious, especially the Fish, all fresh and plenty of great wine. The trip was great value and I would really recommend it.
Full-Day Guided Trip to Saharun Beach from Zadar Reviewed by Michelle, 08/23/2016

Sandra is a great guide and Zadar is wonderful

There is so much to see in Zadar it is incredible so much to explain about the history and Sandra managed to inform us and take us round the sites in a very enjoyable and structured way. We cannot praise her highly enough for her knowledge and enthusiasm for Zadar!
Zadar: 2-Hour Walking Tour From Roman Times till Now Reviewed by Jonathan, 07/15/2016

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