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Zadar, Croatia, is a captivating coastal city with a history that dates back to ancient times. Nestled along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar boasts a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary allure. The city’s Roman and Venetian heritage is evident in its well-preserved architectural gems, such as the Roman Forum and the circular Church of St. Donatus. Visitors are enchanted by the mesmerizing Sea Organ, an art installation that produces enchanting melodies powered by the sea’s waves, and the Sun Salutation, a solar-powered light show that illuminates the waterfront at dusk.

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Zadar is over 3,000 years old and 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 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.

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Zadar is one of Croatia’s best cities with incredible historic sites, unique seafront art installations, and a buzzing nightlife. Zadar boasts incredible beaches and nearby islands, such as Ugljan and Dugi Otok offer adventure.

Best Things to do in Zadar

  • Sea Organ

    Let The Sea Entertain You

    In contrast to Zadar’s historic landmarks, the Sea Organ is a modern art installation. The experimental musical instrument is located on the seafront and is the work of Croatian architect Nikola Bašić. The innovative design features 35 organ pipes that lie beneath the marble steps situated on the promenade. The energy of the sea creates atmospheric music in an endless cacophony of mesmerising sounds.

  • Zadar Old Town

    Explore the Enchanting Historic Town

    Zadar’s Old Town is centuries old and boasts a wealth of well-preserved Roman ruins and stunning architecture to prove it. There is a museum or gallery on just about every street corner, and interesting monuments dotted all over the city. Stroll along the marble streets and visit the Church of St Donatus and the Convent of St Mary. You’ll also find many chic cafes, bars, and restaurants where you can watch the world go by.

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    Visit a Natural Beauty Spot

    Temporarily escape the noise and crowds of the city by visiting one of the popular natural beauty spots. One of Southeast Europe’s oldest national parks, Plitvice Lakes is among Croatia’s top tourist attractions. The sprawling nature reserve features terraced lakes and waterfalls, and also wildlife. The beautiful islands of Krka and Kornati offer stunning water features and breathtaking landscapes. Alternatively, you can hike your way around Paklenica National Park whilst admiring the magnificent Velebit Mountains.

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Best Time 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 FAQs

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.

When 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.

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.

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.

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