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Things to do in Zadar

Expect unique art installations, Roman ruins, and fascinating museums from this coastal Croatian city.

Our most recommended things to do in Zadar

From Zadar: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

1. From Zadar: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Take a day outside of the city and enjoy the beauty of Krka NP at your own pace. Simple, Smart and Precise. From Zadar in an air-conditioned van with an tour escort with all the tips and tricks that you need for a relaxing day outdoors around lakes and waterfalls. We will buy you the tickets (Entrance Skradin) so you don`t wait in the line and then at the start of the pathway. Our escort will give you info and directions to enjoy in the best way possible. A total of 4h in the park on two locations. Explore for 3h at the first location - Skradinski Buk. Our escort is then waiting for you at the arranged time next to the boat pier. Amazing boat ride down the Krka river canyon bring us to the area of the town of Skradin, still inside of the NP where you will have 1h to relax, take a swim in the Krka river, take a lunch or coffee, go to the Skradin Oldtimer Museum or just enjoy the surrounding scenery. Then we are going to the vinery. Once there, you will be greeted by a local sommelier. He will take you on a tour of the winery, show you the wine cellar and the procedure of wine-making. After the tour, it's time for the degustation that includes different kinds of wine, aperitif, and local cheese. It`s on you to decide! Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Krka National Park on a self-guided tour. Admire the beautiful waterfalls in this scenic river area Visit the historic stone workshops and watermills that line the river. Discover the park at your own pace on one of the numerous walking trails. Includes roundtrip transport from Zadar’s city center.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

2. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip to Kornati

Sail toward the southern part of Dugi Otok Island. This is where the sea embraces Telašćica, whose name derives from the Latin "Telagus" (meaning 3 lakes). Relax on the boat with a book or sunbathe on deck. Enjoy views of the picturesque Mediterranean landscapes along the way. Chat with the skipper if you are interested in sailing and hear all the secrets of their ancient craft.  Upon arrival at Telašćica Nature Park, enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel. Go for a stroll and give a treat to the timid donkeys. There's a donkey reserve within the park and the coastal (or Dinaric) donkey is an indigenous Croatian breed. Currently, there are 14 donkeys living in Telašćica, while the entire area abounds with flora and fauna. The park has 3 smaller bays within its wider area. Telašćica is the largest and best-protected natural harbor on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. It has 5 islets, of which the small rock slab of Taljurić is the most extraordinary. Continue to Lake Mir in the southwestern part of the park. The salt waters of the lake derive from the underground canals that connect it to the sea. Archaeological excavations made in the area indicate the place was inhabited in the earliest periods. On the return journey, go to Stene (also known as the "Devil`s Cliffs"). Marvel at the vertical cliffs that rise up to 61 meters from the sea. They spread from Mrzlovica Cape on the northwest to the slopes of Veli Vrh on the southeast.

From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

3. From Zadar: Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour

Depart Zadar at 08:30, and journey towards Plitviče Lakes National Park. Drive through the hinterland of the picturesque Lika region for about 2.5 hours, and then enter the park for the start of your 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the natural scenery of the Upper Lakes area, where 12 of the 16 lakes of Plitvice can be found. Cross Kozjak Lake by boat to experience the largest and deepest of the lakes from a different perspective. Belonging to the Upper Lakes group, Kozjak Lake is the result of 2 smaller lakes merging into one and is the only navigable lake in Plitviče Lakes National Park. Glide across the serene waters, where the travertine Stephanie`s island was named by the Crown Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria) after a visit in 1888.  Admire the idyllic scenery of the Lower Lakes region, characterized by small waterfalls, turquoise waters and surrounding greenery. Nearby lies the underground cave of Šupljara, where the conditions have given rise to an abundance of unusual cave fauna. Go to the Great Waterfall within the Lower Lakes and see the water cascade from a height of 78 meters. Soak up the atmosphere with your guide before boarding the van for the trip back to your meeting point in Zadar.

Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

4. Zadar Canal 4-Hour Sailing Trip

Explore the waterways of the Zadar Canal sea passage between Zadar and the island of Ugljan, and experience the stunning seascapes and rich underwater world of the Adriatic Sea. Encounter numerous islets spread all over the canal, each one with its own unique story. Depart from Zadar in the morning (09:00 AM - 01:00 PM) or afternoon (02:00 PM - 06:00 PM) and dock in the small island village of Preko. Take a walk around the small port or have a coffee in one of the beach bars. Go for a swim or visit the nearby islet and green oasis of Galevac, with its 14th-century monastery.  Then, sail towards a secluded bay and relax and enjoy the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Make your way back to Zadar and learn some basic sailing techniques from your skipper. 

From Zadar: Ugljan Beach and Villages Sailboat Tour

5. From Zadar: Ugljan Beach and Villages Sailboat Tour

The excursion starts at 09:00 from meeting point( Obala Kneza Branimira 27, Zadar- at pier next to the gas station), with a short welcome meeting. Cruising across Zadar channel and reaching the stunning bays on island Ugljan during the mid-day hours. Calm and relaxing bays on island Ugljan make a perfect setting for various activities like swimming, snorkeling, fishing and expedition. Depending on preferences, tour is continued with sailing to island Ošljak or charming local villages on Ugljan, and followed by break (lunch, coffee, walk). Enjoying in unique afternoon sailing experience on the way back, with the amazing overview at the islands and the old town panorama. Return to the marina by 17:00

Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

6. Zrmanja: 5-Hour Canoe or Kayak Trip in Kaštel Žegarski

Glide down the easy rapids of the Zrmanja River on a scenic kayak or canoe tour from Kaštel Žegarski. Join your guide on a breathtaking journey through a spectacular canyon. Swim under the Krupa Waterfalls and arrive at the village of Muskovci to purchase a meal. Begin your trip in Kaštel Žegarski, a striking area with safe and gentle rapids for beginners. Learn how to handle your kayak or canoe as you slowly enter the canyon. Allow your guide to point out fish and birds, and teach you about the natural phenomenon of karst. If time and weather permit, stop by the beautiful Krupa Waterfalls and enjoy the chance to swim under them. Come across more beautiful waterfalls as you make your way down to the town of Muskovci. After the tour, your group's driver will be transported back to the starting point to pick up your car. While you're waiting to be picked up, you can relax and buy some snacks or lunch.

Zadar: Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

7. Zadar: Boat Tour to the Nearby Islands

Visit a beautiful Croatian island on this boat tour from Zadar. Get access to areas that the larger tourist ships cannot reach. Marvel at the beauty of Ugljan island. Stop for a swim at the beach and see old villages.  Meet your guide at City Bridge and embark on your boat trip. Admire panoramic views of the city center from the water. Drive towards the island and enjoy the views of some pristine beaches and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Explore charming villages with coffee bars and souvenir shops. Admire the old red-roofed stone buildings on the shore. After some time learning about the history of the island with your guide, you will return back to Zadar.

From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

8. From Zadar: Krka National Park and Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover the waterfalls of Krka National Park on this day trip from Zadar. Have freedom to explore the medieval city of Šibenik and see its UNESCO World Heritage monuments at your own pace.  Depart Zadar in an air-conditioned bus and journey to Krka National Park to uncover the beauty of its famed for limestone formations of dissolved calcium bicarbonate that have formed in the Krka River and its waterfalls. Take a 1.5-hour tour of the park with a licensed guide to see some of the waterfalls, such as the stunning cascades of Skradinski buk. Travel to Šibenik-Knin County to admire historical water mills, where wheat was once milled for towns in ‎Dalmatia. Spend 2-hours of free time in Šibenik-Knin where you can go purchase a delicious lunch at a restaurant and go for a walk. Visit the town of Šibenik, where the kings of Croatia were crowned. Explore UNESCO World Heritage monuments like the Cathedral of St. James on your own, or go for a stroll along the promenade for breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Return to your meeting point in Zadar at the end of your tour.

Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Snorkeling

9. Zadar: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Snorkeling

Escape the city for a relaxing day at sea. Explore hidden bays, swim in bright blue waters, and explore beneath the waves on a snorkeling stop. This tour can be customized according to the preferences of the group and can even include a quick stop for fishing. Meet your guide at the pier for a quick safety briefing. Next, cruise across the Zadar channel to the island Ugljan. Catch a glimpse of the red-roofed fishing villages on these islands and admire the blue waters off their coasts. Reach the island of Ugljan by mid-day and stop for a swim in the beautiful Frnaža bay. Sail on to little fisherman island of Ošljak and the village of Preko, where the group can stop for lunch, coffee, or just a quick walk through the little town. In the afternoon, sail leisurely back to shore, taking in vistas of the different islands as you go. Snap a picture of Zadar's old town from the water as you return to the marina in the late afternoon.

From Zadar: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

10. From Zadar: Full-Day Kayaking Tour in Dugi Otok

On this full-day kayaking excursion you’ll experience the natural beauty of Dugi Otok, a rugged island located to the west of Zadar. When you arrive, a van will transfer you to the bay, where the kayaking adventure begins. During the tour you’ll encounter secret bays, numerous sea caves and soaring cliffs. Later, when you return to the starting point you’ll be transferred to the north of island, where you’ll have lunch. Afterwards, you’ll paddle your kayak to a sunken ship, which offers a spectacular snorkeling experience. The final part of the tour is spent at the white sandy beach of Sakarun, where you can relax, swim and play the local game of picigin – a real treat for all.

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  • Croatian sails & island hopping
  • Krka, Plitvice Lakes, & more
  • Exploring the Dalmatian Coast
  • Exploring Zadar
  • Adriatic water sports
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Waterfalls were quite lovely. It was a nice walk along a board walk with many photo opportunities and points to observe the many smaller waterfalls and fish. The boat ride down the river was also very pleasant, the swim in the river and then the wine tasting. The wine tasting was surprisingly fun and very good wine. We learned quite a bit and bought a bottle of the dessert wine. Overall a great day out and Ante, our driver was very knowledgable and friendly. My adult children also enjoyed the day and we would highly recommend it. Try it!

The experience was brilliant and the guides were helpful and cheerful. The scenery is awesome. Wet shoes are good to have, however if you dont, you can get away with using sandals as well. The return journey to the starting point is only for the driver, but it is easy to get back. If unsure the guides are happy to put the address into your navigation. Highly recommended.

The tour was really good. It was a good balance of tour, exploration, and wine tasting. Would definitely recommend! I loved walking through the Krka Park and seeing all of the waterfalls and trails. The boat ride to the other side was great had a lot of good views. After seeing the park the family owned winery was amazing.

Ante made the trip informative and fun! It was a really enjoyable day out and would recommend definitely doing the wine tasting as well, it was delicious! I also went with this agency to kayak and it was faboulus.

Excellent tour, Marco brought comedy and energy to a hot day! Wine tasting and waterfalls are very worth it, and generally it’s a great value day out!