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Zadar symbolises Croatia, with its impressive cultural heritage and lush nature.

5 good reasons to go to Zadar

Enjoy the beaches of the Adriatic Sea
Enjoy the beaches of the Adriatic Sea
Zadar is surrounded by a multitude of beautiful beaches, coves and heavenly little islands. Whether near the city centre or on the outskirts where the coastline is wilder, lovers of relaxing, swimming, water sports and diving will be delighted by the many possibilities offered by the Adriatic coast around Zadar.
Discover remarkable heritage
Discover remarkable heritage
Zadar boasts a wealth of historic and cultural heritage. The city is surrounded by fortifications listed as UNESCO World Heritage. As you explore the city, don’t miss the must-sees such as a visit to Zadar’s iconic Church of St Donat, the legendary Roman Forum, the superb Petar Zoranić Square and the magnificent Venetian-style Land Gate.
Exceptional views
Exceptional views
The city of Zadar offers breathtaking views! After visiting the Sveta Stosija (St. Anastasia) Cathedral, climb to the top of the tower to admire the colourful roofs of the historical town. Don’t forget to admire the stunning sunset over the islands from the City Promenade.
Immerse yourself in lush nature
Immerse yourself in lush nature
Zadar’s large unspoilt natural spaces are easily accessible from the city centre. Set out to discover multiple protected and internationally renowned natural sites such as Plitvice Lakes National Park (2 hours from Zadar), Krka National Park (1 hour from Zadar) and Paklenica Park (1 hour from Zadar).
Partying
Partying
There is no doubt that Zadar and its Croatian residents know how to party! The Varoš district in the historic part of city is unrivalled when it comes to entertainment and the local nightlife. The neighbourhood offers a wide range of trendy restaurants and lively cafes and bars for dancing, singing, relaxing and simply having a good time.

To see / do

Culture and history

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

Zadar’s forum is the largest on the eastern Adriatic coast. Built by Emperor Augustus in the 3rd century AD, it is one of the must-sees of any visit to Zadar. Stroll through the surrounding wooded park and immerse yourself in its history as you admire the ancient Roman columns, pillars, temples and stones.

Sea Organ

Sea Organ

Designed by Nikola Bašić and built in 2005, the Sea Organ is one of the pride and joys of Zadar. Located at the end of the promenade along the Adriatic sea, this hydraulic organ composed of 35 buried pipes is played by the ebb and flow of the waves. The site is as magical as it is intriguing and affords stunning sunsets as you listen to the sea playing the music of its mood.

The Museum of Ancient Glass

The Museum of Ancient Glass is well worth a visit. Interactive and fun, you can observe ancient pieces found during archaeological digs and watch glass-blowing demonstrations. It is an ideal activity for entertaining both children and adults, as well as art lovers!

Gates and fortifications

Gates and fortifications

The medieval city of Zadar is known for its ramparts and high surrounding walls. The impressive gates built at different points around the city allow you to make a grand entrance! You can't help but be impressed by the two main ones, the Sea Gate and the Land Gate, which also offer superb views.

Excursions

The Friday night feel

The Friday night feel

Discover the “Feštice petkom”, literally "Friday festivities” in Croatian! Throughout the summer, the Croatians start the weekend in a festive mood. The historic districts are transformed into incredible festive venues. On the programme: traditional Dalmatian music (and more!), local specialities for tasting and exchanges with the locals. It is an ideal atmosphere for soaking up the Zadar feel and having a good time. 

A feast for the senses in the market

A feast for the senses in the market

Stop by at Gradska Tržnica, one of the most colourful markets on the Adriatic coast. Drawing both locals and tourists who love good food, it offers numerous local specialities and products such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan olive oil, cheeses, fish, meat and even sage honey. An intoxicating whirlwind for the senses!

Gastronomy

Smoked ham and sheep's cheese

Smoked ham and sheep's cheese

You can’t leave Zadar without tasting the famous Croatian smoked ham and sheep's cheese: two national specialities! Croatian Pršut (pronounced pershoot) is aged for several months or even years and will delight the taste buds of young and old. If you like fine cheese, don’t miss the Paški sir, a PDO cheese made on the island of Pag, just off the coast of Zadar.

Peka

Peka

Made with fish or meat accompanied by vegetables and herbs, Peka is an emblematic Croatian dish. This culinary speciality is cooked in a cast iron pan to bring out all the flavours and aromas. Most residents have a special fireplace and cast iron pan for making this traditional dish with its unique Mediterranean flavours, proof of its importance in in the culture of the country.

Practical information

Flight duration

2h15

Time difference

0h

Currency

Kuna Croate

Distance

1255 Km

Average temperature

Spring

15°C (max : 21°C)

Summer

25°C (max : 29°C)

Autumn

13°C (max : 20°C)

Winter

6°C (max : 10°C)

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