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Zadar isn’t as well known as its coastal neighbors like Split, the famed walled city of Dubrovnik or even the capital Zagreb. In the past, it has been overlooked as a destination by many people traveling to Croatia, but that’s now changing. And, let me tell you that this ancient seaside city is jam-packed with incredible sights. I know; it’s my new hometown!

Zadar is the second-largest city in Dalmatia, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. I’m ashamed to admit, but after living in Zadar for so many years, I have overlooked Croatia’s fifth-biggest city on our travel blog myself. *Slaps forehead*.

What was I thinking?

I was too busy exploring the rest of Croatia and paid no attention to one of the best Croatian cities to visit. Well, enough is enough. It’s time to share with you my hometown of Zadar and give her a moment to shine on Chasing the Donkey. This is our guide on the things to do in Zadar in 2019, what to see in Zadar, including all the major Zadar sights, and suggestions on where to lay your head after all of the sightseeing.

Warning: this Zadar Croatia travel guide is long…very long…

Things To Do In Zadar Croatia

The Sea Organ

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One of the best things to see in Zadar is the Sea Organ. The magic that is the Sea Organ, known as the Morske orgulje in Croatian, is mesmerizing. Okay, it’s not magic. The music actually comes from the waves. The waves push air through 35 underwater pipes stretching across 70 meters, and the sound pops up all along the waterfront promenade known as the Riva.

Now, I know I said it was an organ, and it is, just don’t think you can make a song request or even expect to hear anything you’ll recognize. Because it’s nature, the notes played are a touch haunting, very enchanting but always relaxing.

The Sea Organ, created by Croatian architect Nikola Bašićis, is a harmonious mix of modern design and nature. It’s an area you can enjoy all year round. Take a seat on the broad marble steps that flank the water or along the long rows of bench seating.

We always love taking our friends to see the Sea Organ, which never ceases to amaze our visitors. On a hot summer day, we pack towels because inevitably this happens…

Being one of the major Zadar attractions, the Sea Organ is busiest at sunset, with hordes of photographers and sun gazers waiting to see one of the famous sunsets. This is definitely one of the top 5 things to in Zadar.

Local Tips: Head to the Sea Organ at least a half-hour before the sun is scheduled to vanish behind the horizon to claim your front row seat or, even better, come to Zadar in autumn and spring when there are fewer tourists.

And, we recommend you get an ice-cream from Slasticarna Donat. It’s the best ice cream in town. Now, I can’t recommend you a flavor as there are far too many to choose from. I can only suggest you close your eyes and point and take what you get. Once you have your ice cream, you can sit along the steps and enjoy the show.

Greeting To The Sun

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Things to see in Zadar: Greeting to The Sun Photo Credit Silimon

After you’ve watched the sunset, turn to your right, and just next door is a solar powered work of art that explodes with an array of brightly colored lights – The Greeting to the Sun. Tap dance, tip-toe or waltz across its glass surface as it changes hues.

The Greeting to the Sun consists of 300 multi-layer glass plates in the shape of a circle 22 meters in diameter. It is conceived as a spatial installation in the form of an amphitheater surrounded by stone blocks with a presentation of all Solar System planets and their orbits.

This light display is one of many great family activities when traveling with children in Croatia. The same artist who created the Sea Organ created the Greeting to the Sun as well, and once again created something uber-cool.

Gold & Silver Museum

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Gold & Silver Museum. Photo Credit: Zadar Tourist Board

The are quite a few museums in Zadar, and this is one of our favorites. Head to the church of St Mary’s, and then turn left. There, you’ll see a small door selling tickets. This museum with priceless treasures has been preserved by the Benedictine nuns and has been since WWII.

The priceless treasures are so well maintained for items that are centuries old. Of particular note are fabrics embroidered with golden threads made by local nuns, crowns, and a set of hands of several saints enclosed in gold.

Museum Of Ancient Glass

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Things to do in Zadar: Ancient Museum of Glass Zadar. Photo credit: Pilar Torres

One of our other favorite museums in Zadar is this one. This Museum is home to numerous glass artifacts, some of them dating as far back as the 1st century and others that were created far more recently. 

Demonstrations of various glass-working techniques, including bead making and glass blowing, are also held at this spot. Visitors can easily stroll the halls where additional exhibits touch on such topics as the origins and history of glass.

A visit to the Ancient Museum of Glass in Zadar is an absolute must-do when you visit Zadar. Moreover, because the museum continuously organizes new events and houses temporary exhibitions, even if you have been once, you can always go back for round two or three. 

St. Anastasia’s Cathedral

Open mainly for worship rather than for tours, parts of this historical church building were constructed as early as the 3rd century. However, most travelers visit for the great views from the bell tower. Climbing this structure is a feat not for the faint of heart or the mobility impaired because the steps are very steep. Admission to the bell tower costs about USD $2.50 (€2 or 15 Kuna). Travelers should note that this portion of the site remains closed on Sundays and holidays.

St Anastasia Zadar was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, in the Romanesque style. Contained within the church is the sarcophagus of St. Anastasia. Head up high to the viewing area. Once there, you’ll have magnificent panoramic views across the St. Donat’s Church and Roman Forum as well as to the Velebit Mountains.

St. Donat’s Church

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Things to do in Zadar: Me playing tour guide with my buddies from Australia

Those who are interested in architecture will want to make their way over to this church because it is widely considered to be among the finest examples of Byzantine church architecture. 

The rounded interior is designed so that the light that falls into the sanctuary creates varied patterns at different times of the day. However, because the inside of the building is somewhat plainly decorated compared to the exterior, those of you who are not architecture enthusiasts may only want to view the building from the outside rather than venturing in.

Once night falls during the summer, you can enjoy the sounds of the Musical Nights Festival. This classical music festival runs from July to August each year, bringing the 9th-century St. Donat’s Church and Roman Forum to life.

Archaeological Museum

Found across the street from St. Donat’s Church, this museum provides travelers with some background information on Croatia’s history, from prehistoric times to around the Middle Ages. The museum is very well organized, and most of the displays are accompanied by excellent English translations.

You will want to allow several hours for your visit. Museum admission typically costs around $5 USD (€4 or 30 Kuna) for adult visitors.

The Forum

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Things to do in Zadar – Explore Roman Ruins. Photo Credit: Ivan Coric

The first time I visited the forum was when I was six years old. I remember skidding along the polished stone street, Kalelarga, and turning the corner at the Archeological Museum and seeing the Forum for the first time.  I was awestruck by the ancient ruins. Being a kid from Sydney, I had never seen anything like it before. It really got me thinking about the world, its many ancient sites. This is where I got my inspiration to travel.

The Forum in Zadar is located in the heart of Old Town Zadar, where passersby can walk among the remains of the Romans.

Why not relax at one of the cafe’s in the Forum and take in the history and gorgeous architecture of the area. The Forum was built from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD and is located beside St. Donat’s Church.

Local Tip: Look at the foundations of St. Donat’s church, and you will see the remains of Roman structures that were reused.

Narodni Trg (Peoples Square)

This square has been at the center of public life in Zadar for generations. Even today, people use it as a meeting point. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes. Sit down, relax and watch the world go by, or discover Zadar with this fun, interactive new game – Jadera Secrets – that starts in the Peoples Square and literally walks you through the Old Town’s history.

Local Tip: Krostula, the best bakery in Zadar, lies 50 m down Jurja Dalmatinca Street (this street joins the Narodni Trg). Grab yourself a pastry or perhaps a kremsnite before going for a coffee.

Foša Land Gate Zadar

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Things to do in Zadar: Zadar Land Gate

People often ask me about things to see in Zadar. To me, no visit to Zadar is complete without taking a look at (and a photo of) the Land Gate located next to the port of Foša. Built by the Venetians in 1543, this massive Zadar city gate served as the main entry into the city. There is an excellent example of the Venetian Republic Lion at the top of the gate.

Local Tip: Foša seafood restaurant, which is located in the Foša port, is a highly recommended seafood restaurant.

Zadar Pijaca

The Zadar Pijaca (market) has been operating since the Middle Ages and is quite large by Dalmatian standards. It’s your typical market with fresh food and vegetables. Pick up some famous Pag cheese (Paski Sir) from one of the local producers or try out the award-winning Gligora cheese.

If you do get to the Pijaca, be sure not to miss the Peskarija (fish market). This place has a wide variety of fish available and changes on a daily basis. If you’re staying in Zadar and have a kitchen at your disposal, the Pijaca and Peskarija are where you can pick up everything you need to try and cook some Croatian recipes.

The Museum Of Illusions Zadar

This fascinating museum is where you can have a mind-blowing adventure where nothing is like it seems. At the museum, your senses will be tested, your brain challenged, and most importantly, you will have an absolute blast.

You may have already heard about the one in Zagreb, but the one in Zadar is different. The Zadar Museum of Illusions brings many new exhibits, including a bamboozling vortex tunnel, the first of this type in the region, a room of mirrors that distort everything providing a unique perspective on reality, a room with a chair that changes the perception of the size of people and will have you scratching your head wondering what is going on.

As if that was not already enough fun, in the museum, you can defy gravity and walk on the wall of a room. Just like Spiderman! And, for anyone wanting to test their brain, there are a number of didactic puzzles that will challenge even the sharpest of sharp minds.

The Sphinx

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Things to do in Zadar: Sphinx. Photo Credit: Mario Padelin Family Archive

Yes, you read it right, there is a sphinx in Zadar. This sphinx, however, was not built by the Ancient Egyptians but made by a local artist named Giovani Smirich.

He had the Sphinx built in 1918 after the death of his wife, as a memorial to her. Interestingly, this sphinx is distinctly different from its Egyptian relatives in that it’s made of concrete and it has fingers instead of paws. You’ll find the Sphinx in the garden of Villa Attilia located in the bay of Maestral, which is in Brodarica.

It’s quite a walk to get there so make sure you wear some comfy travel shoes.

Places To Visit Near Zadar – Day Trips From Zadar

Paklenica National Park

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Day Trips from Zadar: Starigrad Paklenica. Photo Credit: Marko Katić Photography

Paklenica National Park is about a 40-minute drive from Zadar. All you need to do is follow the signs to Starigrad Paklenica, which is the location of the entrance to the park. We strongly recommend this as one of your day trips from Zadar. Paklenica National Park is utterly beautiful and really popular with climbers and hikers.

The park was established in 1949 and is Croatia’s second-oldest national park behind Plitvice Lakes National Park in Northern Dalmatia.

Paklenica National Park is 95 km2 and consists of two dolomite limestone canyons called Velika (big) Paklenica & Mala (small) Paklenica in the Velebit Mountains, which is Croatia’s largest mountain range. Mrs. CtD is always saying that the Velebit often looks like a Hollywood backdrop on a clear day.

The park has around 150km of hiking trails, which, if you have the legs for it, will ultimately take you up to the highest peak of Vaganski Vrh at 1,757 meters. The mountains rise sharply from the sea, and while the park initially looks very rocky, you’ll be surprised to find out that 75% of the national park is, in fact, primarily beech and black pine forest.

We enjoyed the photo jeep safari in Starigrad Paklenica – check it out.

 

Nin

For another one of the many great day trips from Zadar, add the first capital of Croatia, Nin, to your list. It’s only 15 km from Zadar, so the drive is conveniently short. Alternatively, you can easily catch a bus as well.

The town of Nin has a long history, 3,000 years, in fact, which is evident when you walk through the town. Nin town center is located on a small island in the middle of a shallow lagoon and is connected to the mainland by two stone bridges. Make sure you check out the Roman ruins, including the mosaic tiles that were discovered, rub Gregory of Nin’s (ninski Grgur) toe for good luck, visit Solana Nin to learn how salt has been produced for centuries, and don’t forget to get a photo at the church of Saint Nicholas.

Benkovac Farmers Market

The Benkovac Farmers Market is held on the 10th of every month, and many locals make day trips from Zadar to get to this massive market. Benkovac market is all about locals picking up monthly supplies for rock bottom prices.

You can buy almost anything in this market, from livestock and food to clothes and tractors. In fact, a year or so ago Mrs. CtD tried to convince me to buy her a donkey. This market has basic facilities, so don’t expect pretty cafes and soy caramel cappuccinos to be available.

Don’t leave without eating some spit-roasted lamb, though. It’s mouthwateringly delicious!

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Kornati National Park

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Things to do in Zadar: Kornati Islands

Stretching along the central part of the Croatian Adriatic are the Kornati Islands. If you’re in Zadar, you absolutely have to go and see the Kornati Islands for yourself.

The Kornati Islands were designated a national park in 1980. The park consists of 89 islands, islets, and reefs and is perfect for sailing or cruising. The islands are very barren and rocky with little vegetation on them.

The Adriatic Sea is at her glorious best in the park, crystal-clear and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Also, there are some cool remote restaurants scattered throughout the Kornati Islands that can only be reached by boat. One of the best restaurants is Konoba Opat.

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Explore The Islands Of Zadar

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Silba Island. Photo Credit: Amir Rijavec

The Zadar archipelago has hundreds of islands, most of which are not inhabited. The islands, sea, and coastline in this region are absolutely stunning and best seen by boat. We have previously spent a week sailing through the Zadar archipelago and had an incredible time.

One of the highlights was stopping at an islet between Molat and Silba and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic with no-one in sight. The Adriatic was ours for that moment in time, definitely a unique experience.

If however, you don’t have a boat, it’s easy to take a ferry to the family-friendly islands near Zadar. There are numerous ferries leaving daily. They make going on day trips from Zadar a piece of cake. The islands I would suggest are Dugi Otok (for Telašćica Nature Park, see below), Ugljan, Pašman, Molat, Iz, and Ist.

Pag Island

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Zadar Day Trips – Zrce

Pag Island is perfect for Zadar day trips because its connected to the mainland by a bridge, so it’s easy to reach. Pag island is famous for clubbing in Zrce, Pag Cheese (Paski sir), sheep and lace.

If you’re young and into partying all night long, Zrce is undoubtedly the place for you. Through summer, they have clubs that operate 24/7. Aquarius and Papaya are the two big clubs, and throughout summer there are numerous events with the world’s biggest DJ’s playing.

We love Hideout festival and even run Hideout Transfers from our second business.

An absolute must try – Pag cheese (Paski Sir).

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Zadar Day Trips – nibble, nibble on some Pag Island cheese

It’s a sheep’s milk cheese and what makes it so good is the milk that comes from the Pag ewe’s. They live on a diet of wild grass and herbs, and this imparts a unique flavor to the milk and, in turn, the cheese.

You can try the cheese at roadside stalls from local producers or go to Kolan for a factory tour at the award-winning Gligora Dairy like we did. Afterward, head to the tasting room and try the wide variety of cheeses they have on offer.

 

Telašćica Nature Park

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Zadar Day Trips – Telascica on Dugi Otok. Photo Credit: National TZ

Telašćica Nature Park is located on Dugi Otok and consists of thirteen islands, islets, and reefs and is a popular destination for boat enthusiasts and day trips from Zadar. Telašćica Nature Park is known for its massive cliffs that plunge into the Adriatic and the unique Salt Lake Mir, which is said to have curative properties.

We have been to Telašćica many times, and it’s a great day trip. We love swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear bay. Oh, and I have to give a special mention to the local donkeys that wander the park who are extremely friendly!

 

Asseria

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Zadar Day Trips -Asseria. Photo credit: Carole Raddato

A few kilometers from Benkovac are the remains of the ancient town of Asseria.

This town was built by the Liburnians, then later taken over by the Romans and was an important position on the route between present-day Zadar and Split, as well as other municipalities in the region. The remains are 600 by 150 meters, and much of the site is yet to be excavated. However, there is still plenty to see with the three-meter-thick ramparts and cippi (Liburnian carved tombstones).

Rafting / Kayaking The Zrmanja And Krupa Rivers

We always recommend rafting or kayaking along Croatia’s most beautiful rivers in crystal-clear waters.

They’re surrounded by a karst canyon that makes it easy on the eyes as well as fun!  Almost anyone can do this activity because it requires no experience whatsoever. This is definitely a great activity if you’re visiting Croatia with kids. Rafting will get you up close and personal with nature, and you can even go swimming under the Krupa waterfalls.

 

Other Zadar Day Trips

Zadar is booming with day trip options, including biking trips, skydiving, and kayaking just to name a few. Here are just a few more ideas.

Best Beaches In Zadar Town

Zadar County is blessed with

Kolovare Beach

Kolovare is a public beach in Zadar city. This Zadar beach is clean (Blue Flag status to be exact!) and has all the facilities you’ll need, including showers, toilets, changing stalls, lounge chairs and beautiful pine woods that provide excellent shade when the sun gets toasty.

For families with children or teens, this beach is ideal as the water sports options and other activities are endless. Get your kiddos excited with a game of beach volleyball or ping pong, a chance to parasail or ride water bikes, or even take a short cruise on a yacht or catamaran. Plus, given its proximity to the Old Town, you have all the restaurants, bars and shopping still at your fingertips.

Borik Beach

Borik Beach lies four kilometers from the Old Town of Zadar and buses are a convenient transportation method to and from its sandy/pebble shores. It’s part of the Falkensteiner Resort, which really has a family holiday vibe and is a favorite Zadar beach.

They have geared the beach so that there’s loads of entertainment for the children. The beach itself is shallow with a sandy bottom. Borik Beach Zadar also has all the facilities you’ll need for a day out, such as food and drinks, toilets, changing stalls and showers in case you want to wash the sandy sea from your skin before dinner in the Zadar city center.

Diklo Beach

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Dugi Otok. Photo Credit: Ivan Coric

Further west from Borik, you will find Diklo. Diklo has a few beaches that are all pebbly. Scattered along the way, visitors will find cafes, restaurants and various vendors selling food and drink. This area of the seashore is less touristy than Borik and visitors love the relaxed, quiet vibe of the area.

The waterfront is clean, making it great for families on holiday. The area is also known for hosting many sporting events in the Zadar region, an excellent place for those looking to participate in a few water sports activities while in Croatia.

Best Zadar Beaches – Zadar Region

Zadar County is blessed with numerous, stunning beaches. Here are a few of our faves.

Petrćane Beach

Petrćane is a beautiful village located between Nin and Zadar. The village has a stunning harbor and boasts multiple pebble and concrete beaches for visitors to enjoy. Once in the water, sandy floors make these great beaches for families. The waterfronts along this village are also perfect for those seeking recreational sports on holiday.

Complete with restaurants, hotels, and ways to easily travel to Zadar for additional cultural sightseeing, the village of Petrćane itself has become a tourist destination that visitors choose as their home base when exploring the Zadar region. This is one of my favorite Zadar beaches.

Queens Beach Nin

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Queens Beach Nin. Photo Credit: Nin Tourist Board

We can’t leave the famous sandy Queens Beach of Nin off our list. This three-kilometer stretch of sand near the town of Nin runs along the Privlaka peninsula and is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is an excellent beach for families with small children as the beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its cleanliness. The waters are shallow, while the sand is ready for castle building.

If you are looking for something a bit more unique to do while visiting Queens Beach, go kite-surfing or find the peloids of Nin to apply to your skin, a healthy mud that is known the world over for its great benefits for skin and other ailments. In summer, lots of people use this Zadar beach, so get in early and grab your spot.

Zaton Beach

Zaton Beach is quite possibly one of the largest beaches in the Zadar region and another with the desired Blue Flag status. You will find these sandy/pebble shores just west of Zadar. Beach day equipment is available for rent, including scooters, and both bar and food choices are closeby for those in need of refreshment.

This beach is part of the famous Zaton Holiday Resort, which has received excellent reviews from families with children. Additionally, the use of the resorts nearby pools and slides is available as well. This Zadar beach is definitely one for the family.

Pisak And Kulin Riviera

Pisak and Kulin are beautiful natural pebble beaches located on the Starigrad Paklenica Riviera shore, just northwest of Zadar.

If your holiday plans include visiting Paklenica National Park for a few days, a stop at these beaches is worth considering. The beaches are known for being family-friendly. Kulin is one of the top ten beaches of the Adriatic, while Pisak is known for its crystal-clear waters.

The area along the Riviera, at the foot of the Velebit mountains, provides stunning natural beauty along with shade from pine and beech trees. If you’re in Paklenica, this you should your go-to beach.

Sakarun Beach

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Sakarun Beach. Photo Credit: Aleksander Gospic

Leave the city behind with a day at Sakarun Beach. About thirty kilometers west of Sali on Dugi Otok, this pebble/sand beach is one of the most beautiful in the region and arguably even Croatia. Shallow waters bring warmer sea temperatures along with the opportunity to walk far out into the bay. Grab your snorkel gear and a towel to spend the day here.

Cocktails and bites to eat are available at two locations along the shore, and a train also makes a stop here should you need public transport. This Zadar beach is just stunning.

Zadar Accommodation

If you’re looking for a hotel in Zadar or any other Zadar accommodation, we have selected the best in each category for you to choose from.

PLUS WE HAVE A WHOLE POST ABOUT WHERE TO STAY IN ZADAR HERE

Zadar Hostels

The Drunken Monkey

This fun hostel near the Kolovare promenade has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, and it’s easy to see why. Offering a bar and lounge, sun terrace, splash pool, free Wi-Fi, close beach access and the option of tours to area hotspots, you will feel right at home. Dorm and private rooms are available.

Design Hostel Mr. Charles

If you love the jazz, blues and art style of the 60s, this unique design hostel is calling you. Stay in one of the eclectically designed rooms, each named after a famous artist of the time. Free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, city maps, and bike and car parking are available on site. Located within walking distance from the new sporting center and Zadar town, the location is perfect for Zadar cultural explorers and sporting enthusiasts.

Tequila Bar Hostel

If nightlife, good music, and local events are your thing, Tequila Bar Hostel is right where the action is. Found in the town center, enjoy nearby bars or socialize at the on-site bar. Stroll to the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun before your night’s activities. Bike rental, free Wi-Fi, kitchen access, a shuttle bus and more are available.

Get the rates and availability on all of these hostels in Zadar here.

Zadar Apartments

Add apartments to your list of where to stay in Zadar. Apartments are hit and miss, so do your research. Find vacation rentals through places like Booking.com, or you can take a more personal route and use an Airbnb host. Hosts are helpful and will give you local info, such as where to eat. Use this link to get a credit when you join Airbnb.

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You can also find other cheap Zadar apartments for rent when you arrive. There are just that many!

Brand New Apartment

A beautiful new stylish and modern two-bedroom apartment with lounge, kitchen, dining room and laundry. Great location with views of the sea, the Old Town, and neighboring islands. Centrally located within easy walking distance from archaeological monuments. This apartment sleeps four and is very close to the Zadar Pedestrian Bridge into the Old Town.

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Grand 100-Sqm Apartment

If you need a little more space and like a touch of luxury, head for the Grand 100sq waterfront apartment! You’ll get panoramic views over the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea and the Marina. Boasting the perfect location, this luxurious apartment has a large living area with leather sofa, dining table, fully equipped kitchen and king-size beds.

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Central Palace Apartment

A private accommodation in the heart of Old Town Zadar, this apartment offers accommodation for up to four people in a modernly decorated space. If looking for a home away from home, this quaint apartment is full of great features. The beautiful, sandy Kolovare beach is just a short walk away, as are the ferry port, Sea Organ, Greeting to the Sun and other fabulous bars, restaurants and a market in the Old Town Zadar neighborhood. Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, washing machine, flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher and all!) are available.

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Apartments Vila 4M – Ražanac

For an escape from the city, Apartments Vila 4M are an idyllic option. Located in the cove of the little village of Miletici (right between Zadar and Pag), enjoy a relaxed, seaside vibe from the comfort of your private lodging. Various suites are available, all for 2-4 people. Sip coffee from your sea-view balcony while watching the sunrise over a pebble beach just a few meters away or mix up a cocktail in your kitchen niche before watching boats dock along the pier. Free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning are available as well as a local grocery store and restaurant for dining options.

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The Sunny Fig – Petrčane

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Located 1.1 km from Petrcane Beach, The Sunny Fig offers free bikes and free WiFi. The units come with air-conditioned bedrooms and a kitchen with an oven, toaster, and fridge. Some units feature a seating area and/or a terrace.

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Luxurious 5-Star Zadar Hotels

Hotel Falkensteiner Iadera

If you love luxury and opulence along with the lure of the gorgeous dark-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and a sparkling plunge pool, Hotel Falkensteiner Iadera is just what you need. The Zadar region got a whole lot sexier with the addition of the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera a few years ago when it opened on the private peninsula of Punta Skala in Petrčane. Enjoy dramatic views of islands across the sea and the grand Velebit mountain range standing tall from behind while staying in the hotel’s various rooms and suites.

Each room comes decked out with a mini-bar, bathrobe and slippers, and flat-screen TV. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at some excellent restaurants serving up Adriatic cuisine and Dalmatian specialties, or order room service to enjoy from the comfort of your bed. For extra indulgence, book some time in the spa, which has an intimate feel. The massages will make you want to stay for hours.

Local Tip: We suggest a Junior Sea Side Suite: you won’t regret the extra expense. If you enjoy spa time, the Hamam Treatment is top notch. Read about our experience here.

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Our Balcony at the Falkensteiner Hotel Spa Iadera

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera

Pure Luxury in Zadar

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For a touch of luxury and something, a little left of center, spend your vacation in a converted Lighthouse on the island of Vir.

4-Star Zadar Hotels

Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora

Located in Petrčane, Family Hotel Diadora offers a truly unique lodging experience for families. If you are traveling with little ones (even babies), keep reading! Diadora excels in combining resort-style options that allow adults to relax to the fullest and children to play to their heart’s content. Kids can explore Falky-Land, an indoor and outdoor children’s world, along with splashing around in the children’s water-world and Falky-Spa, which includes a baby paddling pool. Childcare/babysitting and entertainment are available as well as baby equipment and tons of fun TV, disco, teenager and theater rooms to explore.

After dropping your little swimmers off at swim lessons, adults can indulge in a treatment at the Acquapura Spa on-site or take a steam bath and a dip in one of the four on-site pools. Restaurant and bar service are available on site, and food can be enjoyed from the comfort of your modern designed room should that be more your style. You will not get a better family-friendly hotel in Zadar than this.

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Hotel Bastion

Built on the remains of the medieval fortress “Kastela,” Hotel Bastion is a boutique hotel of style and culture. As a TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice and Certificate of Excellence winner, this Zadar hotel stands out among others in the area. Stay in one of the 28 luxurious rooms, each equipped with smart-room technology. Use free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s aperitif bar, restaurant or on the terraces or just disconnect for a while and take in the magnificent views of the city.

Cocktails, tea, and coffee along with Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed on-site after spending an afternoon in the hotel’s spa, sauna, and relaxation zones. Guests also will benefit from the convenience of location and the opportunity to catch one of Zadar’s stunning sunsets by walking just a few steps to find the beautiful Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun.

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Art Hotel Kalelarga

As the name suggests, Art Hotel Kalelarga is a modern, chic, art design hotel located on the most famous street in Zadar – Kalelarga. You will feel pampered in luxury while staying in one of the hotel’s ten rooms, each designed with the idea that functionality, color, shape, and stone can all co-exist. The stone found in the rooms is meant to resemble that of Kalelarga street, bringing harmony to the atmosphere of your stay in Zadar.

Enjoy room service of fresh pastries and coffee on the days you want to relax in bed or opt for packed lunches while exploring nearby Five Wells Square, the Sea Organ or Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Unwind with hand-selected wines in the evening, while enjoying conversation on the hotel’s restaurant terrace. A perfect combination of artsy charm in the heart of the old city.

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3-Star Zadar Hotels

Rog Dogg Rooms

Most 3-star Zadar hotels are found outside the city center, but that’s not the case with Rog Dogg Rooms. Conveniently located near the St. Donatus Church, and near various restaurants and bars, visitors wishing to visit the major Zadar tourist attractions while on a budget will find this to be an excellent accommodation. Rooms are clean, cozy and have modern, private bathrooms with great showers. An airport shuttle runs to the hotel, and shuttle services to other locations can be arranged.

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Hotel Villa Niko

Charming Hotel Niko has all the European style you could ask for on holiday. This small, family-run Zadar hotel, is known for incredible hospitality and guests have called it a hidden gem of the city. Located in the picturesque area of Zadar called Puntamika, Hotel Niko is part of Restaurant Niko, which serves up some world class traditional Dalmatian cuisine.

Choose from a small selection of rooms and enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquility. With a beach nearby, sea breezes coming through your window and quiet evenings, the location is perfect for a holiday getaway. With such a stellar restaurant, bar and room service on-site, you may never even leave! Parking and Wi-Fi are both free for guests of the hotel, and airport shuttles are available for a surcharge. Also, good to note, pets are welcome upon request.

Local Tip: Be sure to try the house specialty – scampi fish – which are caught fresh and can be hand selected by you.

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Hotel Vicko

Many visitors stay in Zadar because of its proximity to gorgeous national parks. Approximately 50 km from Zadar you will find the small, family run, Hotel Vicko. This gem is just a few kilometers from Paklenica National Park and within reach of no fewer than four other national parks. If you’re looking for an active holiday full of cycling, hiking and/or climbing, while being treated like you’re at your best friends house, you need Hotel Vicko.

Hotel Vicko’s specialty is active holidays, and they can customize an itinerary for you in any configuration you like, including transfers and guides. Rooms are clean and comfortable and come with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, and satellite TV. One of the best features of the hotel is the traditional Croatian breakfast served at on-site Restaurant 4 Ferela: a delicious selection of cheeses, meats, olives, eggs, and bread baked on site.

Local Tip: Be sure to save room for a Knedle. A typical food from the Zagorie region in northern Croatia and one reason I need to go back to the hotel to try it again! Read about our experience here.

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You could also take a look at RCI Timeshare, a timeshare exchange network. Timeshare owners can use RCI to exchange their timeshare week for more than 4,000 resorts around the world, including Croatia. Eg.: if someone owns timeshare in Florida they could use RCI to exchange their yearly week for a resort in Croatia instead.

Zadar Restaurants

You’ve made the journey to Zadar and now need to know where to eat. Given this is our hometown, we have some great tips for you. These are the restaurants in Zadar that we recommend.

Restaurant Foša

If you are looking for something that’s a bit more upmarket, Foša is the restaurant for you. Serving traditional Dalmatian food with a bit of a modern twist, this place specializes in fish and has a tremendous Croatian wine list to go with it. More than 120 varieties! Located in the little Foša harbor of Old Town, after which this restaurant is named, enjoy breathtaking Adriatic Sea views from the terrace. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a big night out. This is one of my favorite Zadar restaurants.

Restaurant Bruschetta

Known for its beautiful plates of hearty Mediterranean and Dalmatian cuisine, enjoy lunch or dinner at this establishment. The menu is full of excellent options for all palates, from pizza to octopus salad, and the prices are reasonable. House wines are delicious and come highly recommended. Enjoy dining indoors or take a seat on the charming patio. Free Wi-Fi is available in case you need to catch up on a few emails or post some holiday shots online. This is the Zadar restaurant we love for pasta dishes.

Local Tip: Start off with ordering the Bruschetta…you’re dining at Restaurant Bruschetta after all!

Pet Bunara

You’re in for a real treat when dining at Pet Bunara. Serving up a fusion of contemporary dishes alongside Mediterranean meals, stop in for lunch, dinner or simply a glass of the delicious house wine. Whether you are in the mood for a romantic evening or a family dinner, this charming and the cozy restaurant does it right. The prices are decent, the staff are knowledgeable, and the service is fantastic.

Nostalgie Restaurant

Located in the heart of the Zadar Old Town, Nostalgie Restaurant is a well-rated restaurant in a relatively quiet area. People appreciate the service, decor, ambiance and location. Its menu features a variety of dishes, but there is a main focus on fish and seafood. Order a seafood platter, fish soup, ravioli with crab filling or tuna steak, sit back and enjoy an evening in a typically Dalmatian restaurant.

Konoba Pece

As one of the best konoba’s in the region, this gem sits on a hilltop in the little hamlet of Vinjerec, just north of Zadar. The interior may seem a bit plain, but don’t let that fool you. The food that is served here is unlike anything you’ve tried before. Fish are caught fresh daily, and the dishes prepared with them are delightful and full of flavor. If you love seafood, this konoba is an absolute must!

Local Tip: Book in advance and ask for a table on the terrace because the view is absolutely breathtaking.

Bon Appetit

A relatively recent addition to the Zadar restaurant scene, Bon Appetit has already made a name for itself as one of the “must-try eateries” in the city. This popular and well-rated restaurant serves modern Mediterranean and Dalmatian food, including fresh fish, pork ribs and excellent wines. You can dine in the cozy atmosphere of its interior or sit outside overlooking the waterfront at sunset.

4 Kantuna

Restaurant/pizzeria 4 Kantuna lies in the very heart of the Old town of Zadar and is a wonderful place for a hearty dinner after a long day of exploring. Featuring a modern interior design, the restaurant’s menu is almost overwhelmingly extensive. There’s everything from pastas, risottos, bruschettas and salads to fish and seafood, steaks and lamb chops. The star of the menu, however, is the pizzas.

ART Kavana

Not technically in the restaurant in the strictest sense of the word, ART Kavana is a superb pastry, dessert and cake shop. If you didn’t order dessert with dinner and suddenly find yourself craving something sweet, there’s no better place to go in Zadar than this one.

Zadar Food and Wine Tour

If you really want something special and interactive, a food and wine tour + cooking class might be just what your taste buds need. We loved this tour so much we devoted a special post to our experience. Check it out for an overview of foods and wines you can expect to sample from the Zadar region.

Additionally, for more culinary delights, joining a cooking class in Zadar is an unforgettable experience as well.

Coffee In Zadar

Coffee and Cake

This well-rated and ever-so-popular establishment features warm and cozy space, where the coffee is tasty, and cakes are homemade. Situated in the middle of the Old Town, it’s the perfect place to rest your legs during a long exploratory walk in the afternoon. Take a seat inside, or choose a table on the terrace for some world-class people-watching. Follow the page here. 

Caffe Bar Guam

Start your morning off with one a great cups of hot coffee, while watching the glorious sunrise over the sea. Nothing beats starting your day off by reconnecting with nature. Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and outdoor seating options are available.

Kult Caffe

A favorite meeting place for locals, this cafe is perfect for grabbing an afternoon coffee. Enjoy seating on the terrace and prices that won’t break the bank.

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Art Kalelarga

Even if you don’t stay at the hotel adjoined to this cafe, do stop in to sample the amazing pastries and coffee from the bakery. Located on the main street of Kalelarga, it won’t be hard to find. We recommended trying the cake made from authentic maraška sour cherry, but if that’s not your style, there are plenty of other delectable treats to be found.

Cafe Danica

Another great option in Old Town is Cafe Danica. Enjoy fresh, hot coffee as you peruse the fantastic selection of pastries. If you are looking for ice cream, this is your place. Order yourself a generous scoop (or two!) of fresh, homemade ice cream made using an original Italian recipe. The variety of flavors might have you stopping back each night for an after-dinner treat!

Bars In Zadar

Lounge & Bar Ledana

The live music, outdoor seating and chilled vibe of this bar make it a favorite in the city. Found in the garden of Queen Jelena Park, it boasts multiple terraces for watching performances while sipping a refreshing beverage. The neon lighting gives it a funky atmosphere at night, and sun lovers will enjoy soaking up the rays during the afternoon hours.

The Garden

Lounge on sofas atop the old city walls at The Garden while listening to all forms of jazz, dub, electronica, and Latin music. Gaze over the harbor while enjoying a pre-dinner drink or spend the evening in the open air, watching the sun drop to the chill tunes.

Back-Door Bar

For something a little different in the city, this intimate, cozy bar fits the bill. With a 1920s feel and seating for just a few, you will find yourself transported to another time and place. Enjoy island wines, homemade rakija, beers, cocktails, and coffee while listening to lounge, blues, jazz and soul music. We suggest you reserve a seat if you’d like to drink here!

Tequila Sunrise Beach Bar

Described as a hidden gem of Croatia by a fellow blogger, this unpretentious bar has a prime waterfront location about 30 minutes on foot from Old Town Zadar. Skip the crowds, and grab a bite and a cold beverage at this local hangout while catching one of Zadar’s beautiful sunsets.

Top Wineries In Zadar

If wine is your scene, then there are two wineries not to be missed. We dedicated an entire post on these top wineries of the region and what to drink once there. 

Zadar Events And Festivals

Škrapin

One of the unique Zadar events, Škraping is an international trekking race on sharp island rocks. It takes place in March every year, and its name comes from the local term for the sharp rocks. Climbing, jumping, walking, open-space orienteering, and adventure tourism are the main characteristics of this international event. Over 1,000 competitors from all over Europe join in the challenge, and media and guests can watch.

Musical Evening In St. Donat

During the months of July and August, a series of concerts performed by outstanding Croatian and international ensembles (both in the orchestral and soloist categories) can be enjoyed. Tickets for each evening’s performance can be purchased by visitors and locals alike for this cultural experience.

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Avvantura Film Festival

This international film festival is the first in Croatia to focus on Co-Productions (artistic + economic) and also gather the cinema audience with the professionals participating. The goal is to bring Zadar to the forefront of the film scene, and why not, with a city so beautiful!? The festival is typically held during the last week in August. If you’re into films, you can’t afford to miss this Zadar festival.

Kalelargart Street Art Festival

Street art and entertainment unite with music and theater performances, street acrobatics, magicians, jugglers and more. Watch the streets of Old Town Zadar turn into a stage. This Zadar festival occurs over the course of two days towards the end of July and is a highlight and celebration of the arts for both locals and visitors.

Zrce Beach, Novalja

All through the summer months, Zrce Beach comes to life with numerous electronic music festivals drawing tens of thousands of party-goers from across the globe to see the best international DJs. Some of the biggest festivals worth attending are Hideout Festival, Sonus Festival, Black Sheep Festival, and Spring Break Europe. If you need and airport transfer to one of these festivals, we can get you there with our new Airport Transfer Business.

Fruit And Vegetable Fair

A fun fair dedicated to the local produce of the area is held for three days in the month of July in the town’s square. Area farmers and growers showcase their colorful, tasty fruit and vegetables along with other herbal products. The slogan for this event is “Living Well,” and you are sure to find an authentic souvenir there as well.

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Things to do in Zadar. Photo credit: Davor Strenja Photography

Traveling To Zadar

      • Air. Zadar has its own airport, so book flights directly to Zadar if traveling by plane. Plenty of international flight options are available to Zadar from starting locations all over Europe. You can also use Croatia Airlines to book short flights to Zadar from other Croatia airports. The airport is located approximately 8 kilometers from town, so further transit (via car, bus, private transfer or taxi) is necessary upon arrival.
      • Bus. Transport via bus is available from Croatia’s main towns – Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Rijeka and more. If you fly into another of Croatia’s airports to start your holiday elsewhere, use the Zadar Bus Website to locate the bus line and timetable that fit your needs.
      • Ferry. Not only can you hop on a ferry to Zadar from nearby islands (Dugi Otok, Silba, Mali Losinj, Rava, and Ugljan), but you also can take an overnight ferry service from Italy to reach Croatian shores. Local tip: The ferry from Italy only stops in Zadar during the summer months of June to September. So, if visiting during other months, opt for the year-round ferry to Split and then travel by bus or car to Zadar.
      • Train. Croatian Railways runs services from Zagreb and Split to Zadar if trains are your thing, but the journey will take upwards of seven hours, so not quite as convenient as other available forms of transport.
      • Car. If you enjoy taking in the countryside at your own pace and enjoy the adventure of driving new roads while on holiday, renting a car is always an attractive option. No need to wait for public transport time schedules. A drive from Split will average just shy of two hours, while a drive from Zagreb will take around three hours. Stop along the way when the fancy strikes you and have transportation at your beck and call all holiday! Not to mention, you can drive the quick 90 minutes to Plitvice Lakes National Park once you’ve arrived

Traveling To Further Destinations

Traveling on after a visit to Zadar is as easy as catching any of the ferries, buses, trains or planes that originally got you to the city. There are daily buses leaving Zadar to Dubrovnik, Zadar to Split and Zadar to Zagreb.

Zadar is a fabulous home base for visiting the beautiful Dalmatian coast islands, easily accessible by ferry or boat hire. Some of our favorites include Pag, Kornati Islands (Local Tip. Eat at Konoba Opat), and Dugi Otok. Dugi Otok is where we spotted our first donkeys, inspiring the name of this blog.

Zadar is also an excellent starting point for exploring Plitvice Lakes and then traveling on to other cities afterward. Plitvice lies roughly midway between Zadar and Zagreb. Buses are available from the central bus station from either town. From Zadar, it takes two hours, and from Zagreb, it takes two hours and 20 minutes. We suggest that if you’re coming from elsewhere in Croatia, you take the bus to one of these towns first.

If you’re planning to drive to Plitvice, the route is easy to find and is approx 155 kilometers from Zadar, 130 kilometers from Zagreb, 280 kilometers from Split, and around 465 kilometers from Dubrovnik.

I know that was a massive post of Zadar tourist information,  such as things to do in Zadar in 2019, where to go, what to eat and places to sleep, but that’s not ALL Zadar has to offer. So, if I’ve missed one of your favorite Zadar highlights, let me know below!

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Comments (102)

  1. Hi Dear,
    I like your blog very much. I have been back several times for informations. Please keep it up.

  2. WOW! This blog was perfect for our up and coming trip to Croatia. I love that it is written from a local. We only have a day and a half in Zadar before heading to Split and I feel confident we will see the best of Zadar thanks to your blog.

  3. We drove into Zadar yesterday to try to see some things and it looked beautiful from the car but we couldn’t stop as the parking was INSANE! We are supposed to stay a night next week, any tips on where to leave a car for 24 hours without dragging suitcases for miles? A section on parking would help this page in general.

  4. Hello,

    Thank you for the info! My family will be moving to Zadar area and I was wondering if you could recommend a local real-estate agent that could assist me in finding a 1 year rental. My current online searches are finding mostly expensive vacation rentals, while we are looking for a “regular’ apartment or house that isn’t priced for tourists. I don’t think we will be able to make a visit prior to moving, so I think that the best option would be to have the assistance of someone local. I would appreciate any help or recommendations:)

    Thank you
    Susie

  5. Wow, SJ! What an epic post!
    You’ll put the #Zadar tourist office out of business at this rate! 😉
    Amazing how thorough you’ve researched and covered every aspect of this wonderful city – and surrounding area.
    I only stayed for a few days – nowhere near long enough 🙁 but gelato ice cream by the sea organ / sun salutation as the sun sets is an absolute MUST.
    I also adored Nin, enjoyed exploring Ugljan island by scooter and had a stunning meals at Konoba Stomorica and Konoba Tu Mi Je Lipo in the old town.
    But still so much to do that I didn’t have time for.
    I know what the answer to that is…;)

    1. I am HELPING them not putting them out of business 😀 They should pay me 😛
      Ohh yes gelato…damn, I missed that out. I just added Slasticarna Donat, it’s the best ice cream in town!!

  6. I wanted to thank you for your time for this site. Your blog has helped us plan our trip. Do you have any information on how to get to Bosnia?

  7. Wow, Zadar looks so beautiful! I think it`s worth a visit only for the sunsets, they look amazing! Would love to eat ice cream and listen to the Sea Organ. I love ice cream anyhow with or without sea organ, but it would probably give the experience an extra dimension :).

    Since I love science, the Sun Salutation seems super-cool! I can`t imagine how it would be standing on all Solar System planets and their orbits! 🙂 Sounds pretty amazing!

  8. This looks amazing. I love your blog and the passion that you have when you write about Croatia.

  9. Wow, I’d never heard of Zadar, but it looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to check out Plitvice (had not heard of Paklencia or Krka but looking them up now!) Looks like a great place to base for these!

    1. It’s one of those smaller towns, but not so small you can’t stay a few days. And it’s PERFECT to explore Plitvice from.

  10. Just lovely…Way to introduce a destination I have never heard of…I love sunsets and a colourfully lit sky

  11. You’ve got me looking up youtube videos of that sea organ – it’s amazing! So’s the sunset.

    Though, let’s be honest, I would visit this place just because you said there’s ice cream.

  12. Zadar looks absolutely beautiful, and I love your pics 🙂

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  13. Beautiful pictures. I have only been to Zagreb. I have would love to visit Zadar especially now that I know it has great access to Plitvice, I would love to see the Plitvice falls.

  14. We have to reschedule our Croatia trip because family will be here when we were supposed to go. I really want to now adjust our plans and go there. Time to share this with my husband!

  15. Fantastic insight into some unique attractions in Zadar, I’m thinking I would be silly not to include a stop here into our journey. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I loved Zadar and particularly the sea organ. Such as clever idea and the perfect way to attract people especially at sunset.

  17. My husband and I were supposed to visit Zadar last year but we didnt make it. These photos make me wish we had made more of an effort to get there!

    1. Doh! What a shame. It’s a great little city, but never mind we are not going anywhere so we’ll be here next time you wanna come past.

  18. Perfect post…now I know that I need to spend at least one night in Zadar so I can take some gorgeous sunset photos!

    1. Oh yes, Corinne you’d kick yourself if you did not. Now… about that sunset shot, I hope I can ‘borrow’ it for the blog. I’ll come down and carry your equipment as a way to say thanks.

  19. Again, you provide inspiration to get up to Zadar! Alas, I think we might be heading east when we leave Split. Perhaps a summer return is in order. 🙂

  20. You just keep giving me a lot of amazing things to do when we get to Croatia. I’m not sure there’s enough time on any trip to do all the great things you share!

  21. This looks and sounds amazing. I do like to plan before I visit somewhere so love the fact that you’ve even told me where to buy my ice-cream from, Thank you for sharing.

  22. Wow – these photos are amazing. I have to say I’ve never really considered Crotia for a holiday destination – but it looks fantastic! Most definitely something to look into further 🙂

      1. I did 🙂 Send him a message on Facebook and invited him to my Friday Lens Affair series 🙂

  23. Oh, I love so much the Sea Organ. It’s definitely a place that I believe anybody visiting Zadar will enjoy. Add Kornati National Park to places you can easily visit from Zadar 🙂

  24. I have never been to Zadar, it looks a lovely place. The sea organ looks so cool!

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  25. Wow, Zadar looks beautiful – we didn’t make it there during our visit to Croatia but you continue to do a great job of persuading us to visit again! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  26. What neat attractions! I would love to see these and we can probably spend hours at the Sea Organ just listening to the sounds of nature. Love the slide show action here.

  27. Before reading your blog posts on Croatia, the only place I had heard in Croatia is Dubrovnik. Your writing makes me realize how much Croatia has to offer.

    1. Thanks Nanette. Zadar is not as big as Dubrovnik, but still loads to do and see. It’s a great base to see many other things as well…. come on over.

  28. HA! Love your slide! If I had read your posts a year ago, I’d have definitely visited Croatia before leaving Europe. Not only gorgeous scenery, but also cool art installations – I’m sold! Good luck!

    1. Damn! Well never fear we’re not going anywhere so Zadar will be awaiting your return at some point.

  29. The light show looks amazing! I wanna see that. And, that’s pretty awesome what Hitchcock said–I can’t really argue with him!

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