We know that Zadar is an extremely popular tourist destination and that there are many things to see and do while you’re in Zadar. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling with kids, solo, or with a special someone; there is always something to enjoy in Zadar, but now there is something a little different – and I got to test it out last week.
Zadar has just welcomed a brand new tourist attraction, one which will get your brain working, your adrenaline pumping, and will help you learn more about the city at the same time.
Welcome to Jadera Secrets.
Jadera Secrets is a brand new interactive game that has opened its doors in Zadar, the brainchild of Lucija, a 24-year-old local gal (even more reason to support this!).
A big fan of the escape room idea, Lucija couldn’t find anything similar in her hometown of Zadar, so she decided to open her own! And in my opinion, she has excelled. We had a blast (as these pics show!)
The great thing about Jadera Secrets is that although it is a game, you actually get to learn a lot about Old Town at the same time. To complete the challenges, you need to explore a very walkable part of the city, solve problems, and learn about the history of Zadar itself.
Why Jadera? Because Zadar used to be called Jadera – see, you are already learning something historic before you start the game.
Still a Little Confused?
Good! That’s the whole point. At this stage, you should be intrigued, interested, and you shouldn’t have it all figured out. The game is designed to help you explore the city, but it’s also meant to challenge you too.
If you’re traveling with children, don’t worry, the game is totally suitable for all ages, and it’s actually an entertaining way for children to learn about the place they’re visiting on vacation. My 5-year old was too young to solve the puzzles, but he loved other aspects of the game (I won’t tell you what, so as not to spoil the fun!)
Jadera Secrets is located in People’s Square, right in the center – of Zadar. You begin your journey at the Ethnological Museum doorway, where Lucija will be waiting for you. Of course, you need to book ahead of time, or you can call her last minute if you like, though I’d suggest you book online to secure your preferred time slot. And, if you use the code ‘donkey,’ you’ll save 50kn off the pice. Yay!
This game was a great way to spend a couple of hours exploring Zadar in a slightly different kind of way – even as a local like me. I had two friends visiting who had not been to Zadar before, and together with my son, the four of us finished the game in around 80 mins. (The goal is to complete it in under 75 mins)
All you need to bring with you 47 euro, comfortable shoes, and we also suggest that you pack your bag with a bottle of water to stay hydrated on these hot summer days and some extra pocket as you pass a great ice-cream shop en route – then, you are all set, as the lightweight box contains all you need.
The idea is to complete the task in groups of between 2-5 people. If you have more than five people, I’d suggest booking two games and racing each other to the finish line.
So, if you’re visiting Zadar soon, and you’re on the lookout for something a little different to do, why not try opening the secrets of Jadera?