Top attractions 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
We had a mix up at pickup. Our instructions said meet the tour van at the taxi stand and look for a Get Your Guide Sign. Our guide was actually in the bus station and had a sign with our name on it. We lost 30 minutes of tour just trying to catch up with the guide. The phone number on the instructions also did not work. There must be a secret code to add when using a US based phone. We had a local taxi driver call the guide. The guide was a little perturbed and tended to act that way for most of the tour towards others, not us. She was very informative and kept trying to get us back to the ship at 4:30 instead of 3:30. We kept trying to explain that 4:30 would not work as that was the time when they lifted the gangway as the ship leaves port at 5:00PM. She did gets us back at 3:30PM. On the tour of the park she went backwards through the walkway which was fine with us as we did not have to wait on long lines but it did upset all of the others doing the right thing
We had an amazing day with the guides! Cliff jumping, exploring a stunning cave, snorkelling on a ship wreck and playing a local game were just a few of the highlights. The guides were helpful and encouraging when kayaking. A really nice experience were you can meet like minded people. I went with my partner but I would of definitely been comfortable on my own aswell.
Sime made a wonderfull guide. We learnt a lot about the history of Zadar but he presented it in very entertaining manner and made the facts easy to recall. He does talk quite a bit so if you like a quiet stroll with a guide it may not be for you. He took us to many hidden wonders that the large tour groups or individuals would not have found. Overall
We are very satisfied with the tour. The tour started with a 1h 40min drive to the National Park which is breathtaking! We were there in April, and even through it was 20°C in Zadar, we definitely needed a jumper - it was quite a bit colder in the park. The Tour guide was very nice and forthcoming. An absolute recommendation!
We spent an amazing day on the boat around the nice Zadar islands. We swam in unique bays and had a delicious dinner in a local fish restaurant. Our skipper Luca was very kind and showed us the best places to be. One of the best tours we had. It‘s a MUST DO!