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Zadar

Croatia
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A Croatian underdog story. "Maybe Croatia's most underrated destination." -The New York Times

Zadar might lack the big-name glitz of Split down the coast, but this bustling university city's peninsular Old Town also dates back to Roman times. The central forum and original city gates set the tone. The marbled limestone of the main street, Kalelarga, echoes Dubrovnik's Stradun, but Zadar is very much its own city, as evidenced by installations like the wave-powered Sea Organ and the showy Greeting to the Sun. When in Zadar, be sure to find a vantage point along the Riva (waterfront) to admire what Hitchcock considered "the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West...applauded at every evening".

As well as exploring the historic sites of Zadar's Old Town, there's plenty to do in the region. The Plitvice, Krka, Paklenica, and Kornati Islands National Parks are all within easy reach for day trips, either with an organized group, private guide, or on your own by rental car. If you want to spend a little time on the beach, there are several sandy beaches in the area, a relative rarity in Croatia, including the Nin lagoon, which is often regarded Croatia's most beautiful beach. Zadar is one of our favorite cities in Croatia. It's the perfect place for a vacation, especially in between stops in cities like Dubrovnik, Plitvice, and Zagreb.

What we love about Zadar

Lidija

Trip Planner

To be honest, I always manage to get lost in Zadar, and I love it! Wandering the streets, you can always expect a surprise when turning a corner - a small shop with local handicrafts, homemade sweets, a great bar, or an artistic cafe. But no matter how lost you get, at the end you'll find yourself sitting near the sea, watching Dalmatia's most beautiful sunsets, listening to the song of waves on the Sea Organ. If you're looking for romance, Zadar is the place to find it.

Judit

Budapest City Host & Central Europe Destination Expert

With its historic downtown and wide seafront promenades, ancient ruins and charming buildings, thoughtful art installations and monuments, Zadar is a fun place for the whole family. The ice cream is fantastic, and my family loved the Sea Organ.

Ivana

Dubrovnik City Host & Adriatic Destination Expert

Zadar is home to the most beautiful sunsets (even Hitchcock admitted they were better than Key West's), lovely promenades, and amazing ancient history. It's also a perfectly located base for exploring the rest of Croatia.

Where to stay in Zadar

Most of the accommodations we offer in Zadar are located in the heart of the Old Town, on the peninsula, with a comprehensive selection of 3- and 4-star hotels (one of which is built into the city's own fortifications), B&Bs, and apartments. If you have a rental car and prefer to stay outside of the Old Town, we can offer options with free parking and other advantages, such as close proximity to beaches. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary, we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
In the heart of Zadar's atmospheric Old Town, this is a comfortable hotel with clean, minimalist design, and the amenities you'd expect.
Small Heritage Hotel
Lots of local flavor, for the special experiences here you can expect a bit higher prices. The classic luxurious style captures the old world feel of Zadar.
Art and Heritage Hotel
A short walk from the beach, this lovely hotel has a great terrace and a secret garden.

Things to do in Zadar

Zadar is well located for day tripping to several of Croatia's most famous national parks, such as Plitvice, Krka, Paklenica, or the Kornati Islands, or even to the island of Pag, known for its cheese and lace. We can arrange places on a group trip, a private guide, or if you prefer you can go it alone, by rental car. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package.
Kornati Group Tour
Authentic Treasures of Pag Private Tour
Velebit Jeep Safari Group Tour
National Park Krka and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Zadar

Spend some time in Zadar on a tour that takes in other cities in Croatia and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Zadar and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Zadar vacation packages
Based on 8 reviews
Review by Barbara & Group

Barbara & Group

Oregon

If you want to make your traveling experience not only wonderful but also pain free from beginning to end, I strongly recommend using JayWay Travel services. They changed what would have been a fine trip to an easy, comfortable, fabulous and unforgettable one!

If you want to make your traveling experience not only wonderful but also pain free from beginning to end, I strongly recommend using JayWay Travel services. They changed what would have been a fine trip to an easy, comfortable, fabulous and unforgettable one!

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Malinska, Zadar, Zadar, Zagreb
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Zagreb, Rovinj, Malinska, Zadar, Zadar, Zagreb
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Jill & Brigette

Jill & Brigette

New York

Stellar. Efficient. Thorough. Knowledgable. Accommodating. JayWay Travel gets the best personal city guides and will hold your hand throughout the entire journey. Best vacation ever!

Stellar. Efficient. Thorough. Knowledgable. Accommodating. JayWay Travel gets the best personal city guides and will hold your hand throughout the entire journey. Best vacation ever!

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Carol & Tom

Carol & Tom

Minnesota

We can't recommend JayWay Travel highly enough! Their years of travel experience and a la carte approach to planning allowed us to avoid large tour groups and travel independently with confidence, choosing where we wanted to go and when! Their expertise and support both before and during our trip made every aspect of our trip to Croatia and Slovenia go perfectly! It was a dream trip!!

We can't recommend JayWay Travel highly enough! Their years of travel experience and a la carte approach to planning allowed us to avoid large tour groups and travel independently with confidence, choosing where we wanted to go and when! Their expertise and support both before and during our trip made every aspect of our trip to Croatia and Slovenia go perfectly! It was a dream trip!!

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sailing, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice, Rovinj, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia, Slovenia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Split, Sailing, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice, Rovinj, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Zadar

What are prices like in Zadar?

A proper meal with a drink costs around $18 per person. Tickets for museums vary between $3 and $5 per person.

How can I get around Zadar?

Zadar's peninsular city center is compact and easily walkable. To reach the city's beaches, you can take a public bus, or we can recommend reliable taxi companies.

Is Zadar safe?

Zadar is generally a safe city, but keep an eye on your belongings, especially at busy beaches.
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