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 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.
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!
Our Skipper Daniel was an excellent sailor and guide with fluent English and made sure we had the most exciting and memorable day . We will never forget seeing the pod of Dolphins and swimming in azure lake Mir , snorkelling in a blue lagoon and sailing across the most beautiful bay. A brilliant day. Thank you Daniel.
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!
Tour was excellent. Took a little time to get the tour going, but we were guided expertly through the park, which would have been more difficult to do on our own. Plitvice is a unique collection of rivers and waterfalls and definitely worth the visit.