Zadar

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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 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

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!

This was an amazing experience! We loved every part of it and as our guide said, it was memorable. The park is heavenly beautiful and very well protected. It was a good choice to go with an organized tour, as we got many useful insights. You should take into consideration that the park is in the continental part of Croatia and when we went, there was a 15 degrees temperature difference between Plitvice and Zadar (from 30 to 15). A bit cold, but fortunately, there is a souvenir shop that sells hoodies.

Simply amazing!! If you come to Zadar, you shouldn't miss this experience! Thanks to this trip we discovered some magical islands and had one of the best days ever! The crew is friendly - the sweetest member was their dog that came with us, there are drinks and food included as well as watermelon, the music was great. All in all, great value for the money and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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

Ante was a great guide. He tailors each guide to each group and their capabilities. Very nice guy and lots of information available about the various places along the trip