Zadar City Breaks
Discover the origins of Croatia's cultural identity in the city of Zadar. With over 3,000 years of history, it is one of the Adriatic's most interesting towns and features beaches, bars, restaurants and cultural sites that sit side by side with museums and churches. These include the Church of St Donatus, the 'symbol' of Zadar and the most famous example of early medieval Croatian architecture. Zadar's close proximity to four of the country's national parks, Plitvice Lakes, Krka Waterfalls, Northern Velebit and Paklenica, make it perfect for combining a city break with an adventure amidst the stunning Croatian landscape.
Did you know?
The Barkajoli are an unofficial taxi service in Zadar. For 800 years, they have been ferrying people from one place to another in their rowing boats.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 30 min
- Split Resnik Airport: 129km from the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 29 min
- Nearest railway station: Željeznički kolodvor
- Currency: Croatian kuna
St Donatus Church
This church is completely unique within Europe. Religious services are no longer performed here, but due to its superb acoustics, it is a popular venue for music events.
'Hidden' amongst white marble steps sloping down towards the sea is Zadar's 'Sea Organ'. Designed by architect Nikola Basic, this unique piece of urban architecture transforms waves into mournful melodies through a series of 35 polyethene pipes.
Visit Franciscan Monastery and Church, the oldest Gothic church in Dalmatia.
Riva sea promenade
The Riva sea promenade is a fantastic place to take a stroll. Enjoy its beautiful green parks and palm trees as you gaze out towards the islands of Ugljan, Pašman and the open sea.
This atmospheric restaurant and terrace offers traditional Dalmatian cuisine including, soups, stews, octopus and turkey as well as local favourites such as Zadar fig cake or cherry torte.
This gorgeous restaurant includes a terrace which juts right out into the harbour, and serves fresh fish caught straight from the Adriatic, traditionally served grilled or salt baked.
Kornat is regarded as one of Zadar's best restaurants and sits in a prime harbor-front spot. With lots of polished wood and a covered terrace, this restaurant has a very elegant atmosphere, which is combined with rich French style cooking, using local Croatian ingredients.
If you're looking for a decadent coffee break, complete with a choice of stunning cakes then this chic little cafe in the place to go.
The Lost Disco
17th – 20th August 2017
Located about an hour from Zadar, the small town of Tisno hosts this summer music festival. Stages can be found on the beach, in seafront bars and there are even boat parties during the day.
Zadar Outdoor Festival
27th – 30th April 2017
Taking advantage of the beautiful natural landscapes along this part of the Mediterranean coast, the first ever Zadar Outdoor Festival will give people the chance to take part in a range of different sporting competitions. There is kayaking, swimming and sailing taking place on the water and cycling, running and trekking available on land. It’s not all about for competitors, though, there will also be a range of activities that aren’t organised as races.
Gold and Silver of Zadar
This unique museum collection features religious art created by Benedictine nuns hundreds of years ago.
Local Food and Drink
Get a taste for this trendy city by trying fresh monk-fish, Italian-inspired ice cream and roasted lamb. The locals also love a drop of cherry liqueur called Maraska.