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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".

Route for Zadar tour

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.

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 throughout Croatia and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

What we love about Zadar


Senior 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.


Team Leader for Greece & Turkey

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.
Small Heritage Hotel in Zadar
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.
Modern Central Apartments in Zadar
Modern Central Apartments
In the heart of Zadar's atmospheric Old Town, this is a comfortable hotel with clean, minimalist design, and the amenities you'd expect.
Art and Heritage Hotel in 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 Islands Group Tour
Kornati Islands Group Tour
Velebit Jeep Safari Group Tour
Velebit Jeep Safari Group Tour

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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