Zadar Packages & Tours

The over 3,000-year-old city of Zadar is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of the Adriatic. While it may not be large, it’s bursting with personality, jam-packed with historic sites and magnificent architecture as well as offering some of the best sailing opportunities along the western coast of the Dalmatian region. It’s home to everything from 16th-century defensive walls to a 1st-century BC Roman forum and St. Donat’s Church, one of the world’s most well-preserved pre-Romanesque buildings. There are several impressive museums too, including the Museum of Ancient Glass and the Archaeological Museum. It also has an intriguing modern side, well known for its unique art installations along the waterfront promenade: the Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ. This spot is also famous for its sunsets with Alfred Hitchcock once claiming they were the world’s best.

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Where to Stay in Zadar

If you’re planning a first-time stay in Zadar, the historic Old Town is the best place to base yourself with several outstanding luxury hotels and apartment rentals, colourful narrow streets, typical Roman architecture, and everything you need within a short walking distance. The New Town is the city centre just east which provides easy access to it all with a quieter setting. Kolovare is the city’s main beach and an ideal spot to stay for enjoying nightlife with lots of restaurants, music venues, shops, and hotels. Diklo Beach, north of the city centre, is a great option for families.

 

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When to visit Zadar

The best months to visit for good weather in Zadar are from April through October. If your goal is primarily sightseeing, you might want to consider April, May, September, October, or even early November when it won’t be too hot or too crowded. The summer months can get quite warm with temperatures averaging in the upper 20s. If you want to swim, spring isn’t the best time to come, but the sea is often ideal in early fall. Sailing is lovely throughout the tourist season although many choose summertime for their adventures in the Adriatic.

 

Zadar FAQ

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How many days do you need in Zadar?

You’ll need at least two days in Zadar in order to see all of the major sights. You could easily spend 48 hours just exploring the Old Town which hosts nearly all of the top historic spots along with modern attractions, bars, restaurants, cafes, and museums. You’ll definitely want to enjoy an evening here that includes taking in the sunset from the waterfront and marvelling at the famous art installations like the natural organ that’s played by the waves of the sea.

What is the best time to visit Zadar for sailing?

The Zadar Archipelago with its hundreds of islands and islets that stretch over an approximately 400 square kilometre area is a popular sailing destination. It’s important to time your visit right if you hope to enjoy sailing. April and May is pre-sailing season, bringing steady winds and long days but the water will be too chilly for swimming. The summer is busy as the peak season for sailing trips, with low winds and warm temperatures on land and at sea. September and October are considered the “low” season for sailing but winds are steady and the sea will still be warm for swimming.

What are the essential sites to see in Zadar?

The most popular sites in Zadar are now the Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ art installations along the waterfront promenade, a definite must-see, as is the glorious sunset from here. Also essential are the centuries-old historic sites like the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus from the early 9th century, the Roman-era forum and 11th-century St. Mary’s convent with its religious art that dates back to the 8th century.

Is Zadar worth visiting?

The answer is a resounding yes when it comes to the question, “Is Zadar worth visiting?” It’s one of Croatia’s most amazing cities with incredible historic sites, unique seafront art installations, and a buzzing nightlife. From here you’ll also have access to some fabulous beaches and nearby islands like Ugljan with its Byzantine hill fort and Dugi Otok, ideal for adventurous travellers, that make it ideal for embarking on a memorable sailing trip.

 

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