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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMAZING!! Easy pickup point at the edge of the old town. Very comfortable vehicle for our small group of 12. We had the most glorious sunny weather. We arrived at Entrance 1 outside the cafe. Our guide gave us a box breakfast & we sat at the tables in front of the cafe. You have time to get a coffee here. We walked into the park & down towards the bus that took us to the top of the upper lakes. We are in our 60’s & reasonably fit but our guide set the pace to accommodate all in our party. The walk is incredible & our guide explained various things along the way. We walked down passed all of the upper lakes & then took a boat to connect with the lower lakes. At this point there is a comfort stop & time to grab something to eat. There is also a stop at a restaurant on the way home for a more substantial lunch or simply a snack. I cannot speak more highly about our guide Ante. He was exceptional & I truly appreciated hearing the history of Zadar, Plitvice Lakes & Croatia. Fabulous!

From Zadar: Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Lavinia, 10/29/2019

It was great experience and adventure to my wife myself. We tasted rakija, we were given breakfast as well. Additionally we were hosted with delicious dinner - fish and meat. Futhermore we drunk very good white wine and had a great day on boat.

Die Tour hält an ca. 9 Orten wo die VR-Brille aufgesetzt werden kann. Die Gebäude werden dann virtuell betreten oder Animationen zeigen schematisch Veränderungen der Altstadt. Tolle deutschspraige Tour-Leiterin.

Virtual Reality Walking Tour of Zadar's History Reviewed by Daniel, 08/10/2020

We enjoyed the tour a lot! There were only two of us on a tour what made it even more special. Sime showed and told everything about Zadar, gave recommendations. We also tried delicious cheese and local liquor

Zadar Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Alexander, 06/21/2020

This was an excellent experience. Due to weather conditions, we could not finalize the scheduled program, but Filip tried his best to get the best out of the day. He did a wonderfull job.

Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok from Zadar Reviewed by Patrick, 08/01/2020