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People's Square
St. Donat's church
View of Zadar Town and Adratic Sea from Zadar Bell Tower
Bells of Zadar Bell Tower
Zadar University
St. Mary's Church
Kopnena Vrata (Land Gate)
Sea Organ
Greeting to the Sun
Jardolinja Ferry

Zadar is a city in northern Dalmatia, Croatia.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Zadar Airport IATA: ZAD has domestic flights only and also operates as a commercial and air force training base. Cheap flights exist but also may be hard to find.

There is an evening flight from Zagreb. During the summer seasons there are also various tourist flights from several European cities, however, during the off season during fall and winter,

  • AdriaJet [dead link] sells tickets on charter flights ☎+385 48 240600.
  • Ryanair; operates low cost flights from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Dublin, Brussels (Charleroi), Düsseldorf (Weeze), Oslo (Rygge), Frankfurt Hahn, Karlsruhe Baden, Bari and Pisa to Zadar.

The adjacent bus and train stations are about 15 min walk from city centre. There are frequent buses and taxis.

Buses run to the Central bus station and Old town from Zadar airport terminal. These buses are clean, comfortable and efficient. Buses run in conjunction with arriving flights. Therefore they will run more frequently during weekdays than at weekends, as more flights are arriving at the airport. However, at weekends it is still possible to catch a bus. The airport bus costs 25 kuna.

The airport's website outlines the bus schedules, which run between the airport, bus station and old town.

You can also rent a car at Zadar airport. There are multiple car rental companies.

For taxi or transfers service from Zadar airport you can check prices or book at Transfer services

By bus[edit]

Frequent buses run to and from Zagreb (3h 30 min), Rijeka (change for Trieste in Italy), Pula, Sibenik, Split and on to Dubrovnik. Information ☎ +385 23 211555.

Reservations by phone are possible with some operators.

About half the buses for Zagreb pass through the stunning Plitvice National Park.

By train[edit]

A few slow trains a day run to Knin and connect into trains for Zagreb (5,5 hours or 8,5 with overnight trains) and Split (3.5 hr). Virtually nobody uses this train to get to these cities. Train to Knin is one carriage long with no A/C and can be quite uncomfortable, however the scenery is beautiful and will leave you in wonder at the numerous stations which appear to be in the middle of nowhere.

By boat[edit]

  • Jadrolinja, Large ferries run every few days up and down the coast between Dubrovnik and Rijeka, stopping off at ports including Zadar and islands on the way. They also run almost daily ferries in summer to and from Ancona, Italy.
  • Local boats, Zadar is a hub for local boats and hydrofoils in Northern Dalmatia. Services run to and from Olib, Mali Losinj, Ugljan, Dugi Otok, Premuda and others. Timetables and prices are available online from Jadrolinija.

By taxi[edit]

  • offers you safe and reliable taxi service in Zadar. Book online

Get around[edit]

The centre is easy enough to get around on foot. To reach the bus and train stations or Youth Hostel you will probably need to catch one of the frequent local buses, which are the only form of public transportation.

Buses in Zadar are relatively new and well maintained, and you will be able to catch a bus to any part of the city from the main hub in the city called Mala Pošta (Little Post Office); ask any local where this is and they can direct you to it. A bus ticket in one direction costs 8 kuna (cca. US$1.60) while a two way ticket costs 13 kuna (cca. US$2.50). However, 2 way tickets are only available for purchase at newspaper stands, although they are easy to find. One way tickets are available for purchase upon entering any bus.

Do not attempt to board a bus without a ticket, without purchasing a ticket or avoiding stamping a bus ticket. Bus drivers in Zadar are notoriously militant about enforcing payment, and you could get into trouble.

Also, be advised that bus services cease just after midnight during the summer, so if you plan to get back to a hotel that isn't close to the city center after that time, you might have to walk or catch a taxi.


Walk around the atmospheric streets of the old town, located on the peninsula. There are 34 old churches situated on the peninsula, and all of them with a very rich history. The oldest is St. Simeon (Sv. Šime).

  • 1 Archaeological Museum (Arheološki Muzej), Trg Opatice Čike, 23000 +385 23 250 516. Houses artifacts that testify to Zadar's long and rich history.
  • 2 Sea Organ (Morske orgulje). This man-made organ works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape. A favorite for locals and tourists alike, and accompanied by a light display that creates visualisations of the sounds being produced by the organ. free.
  • 3 University of Zadar. Originally founded 1396., which makes it the oldest university in Croatia, and one of the oldest universities in Europe.
  • 4 St. Anastasia (Zadar Cathedral). Zadar's main cathedral with an impressive organ that was nearly destroyed in the last war. Climb up the bell tower for a nice view over the city.
  • 5 St. Donat's Church. St. Donat's church is one of the best preserved pre-Romanesque buildings in the world. It is pretty difficult to miss, as it has become the most recognizable symbol of Zadar. The church is no longer in use for religious ceremonies, and today is a museum. It also holds a series of classical music concerts every summer.
  • 6 St. Mary & St. Simeon. St. Mary also houses a museum of antique religious relics and artifacts.
  • 7 The Roman Forum (Forum Romana). Remains of The Roman Forum - One of the best preserves Roman Forums in existence. This is a common place for locals to stroll, sit down among the ruins and enjoy a nice summer day. free.
  • 8 Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata). The Land Gate – built to a design by the Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli in 1543 free.
  • 9 Museum of Ancient Glass (Muzej antičkog stakla), Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 1 +385-23 36 38 33. Covers the history of glass, from early glass jewelry and decorative items, to Roman era amphorae and bottles, up to contemporary glass art. Live glass blowing demonstrations are also given before 16:00. 10-30 kn.
  • 10 Greeting to the Sun (Pozdrav Suncu). The Greeting to the Sun consists of of a 22 meter diameter circle made of 300 multi layered glass plate. It represents the sun. There are 8 similar proportionate (in size and distance) representing the 8 planets. The circles are illuminated during the night. free.
  • 11 Museum of Illusions (Muzej Iluzija), Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 2 +385 23 316 803, e-mail: . A collection of interactive installations and optical illusions. 40-60 kn.


  • Sailing, If you wish to spend your holidays on a yacht charter, Zadar has a lot to offer.The best season for sailing is early summer with good S/SE winds in May and June, while the winds during July and August are generally calmer. Summer temperatures are between 26 to 30°C in average and the sea temperature is about 25°C.

Some famous destinations definitely worth visiting in Zadar region charter include The Kornati Islands, a national park, numbering more than 80 islands where you can find peace and quiet.*

  • Sit, Just lounge around in one of the cafes and enjoy the city, the sun, and the people. There are very few Internet cafes. For more information visit the tourist office [dead link].
  • Swim, Take a dip in the beautiful clear waters. It's quite common to see people sunbathing and swimming along virtually the entire coast of Zadar. The most popular beaches are:
  • Kolovare, Situated close to the city centre, a favorite for locals.
  • Borik, A massive hotel complex hosting numerous activities such as parasailing, water slides and other activities.
  • Vitrenjak, Located close to Zadar's sailing club, Uskok. A beach frequented by mostly families. In the nearby sailing club you can find a lovely open terrace cafe offering refreshments and food.
  • Walk, Take a stroll along the paved seafront on a summer evening for one of the best sunsets in Europe and listen to the relaxing sounds of the rather original 'sea organ' set into the harbour wall.
  • 1 Boat charterTankerkomerc +385 1 4882 209, e-mail: . 08h-19h. Prices range from €200 a day for a simple motoring boat to >1400€/week for a relatively simple sailing vessel.


Zadar has 2 major shopping areas: the old town with its numerous shops, and the Voštarnica commercial district.

  • 1 Petar ZoranicKnezova Šubića Bribirskih 10. General purpose book store, a good place to find tourist guides.
  • 2 University Book StoreUl. Ruđera Boškovića 5 +385 23 200 555. Book store of the university, offering a decent selection of Croatian, English and international literature. Tourist guides for Croatia available for 100 kn.


  • 1 2Ribara (Dva Ribara), Ul. Blaža Jurjeva 1 +385 23 213 445. 11:00-23:00. Small restaurant in the historic center of Zadar, 5 min. walk from the Roman Forum. Decent food for a fair price.
  • 2 Hungry Eyes (Gladne Oči), Sutomiska 3 +385 23 213 992, e-mail: . 10:00-01:00. Specialized in grilled meat and fish. Large portions, fast service, competitive prices. Suitable for large groups and lunch or dinner with kids. Outside the old town, reachable by public transport (bus 8 Diklo - Kolodvor).
  • 3 MijoUl. Tina Ujevića 28 +385 23 332 728. Italian restaurant specialized in sea food, pizzas and pasta. Outside the old town, but close to a Borik. A romantic restaurant offering dining inside and outside, great for couples but not for families with kids. Large portions for fair prices.
  • 4 PapicaVeslačka ul. 2 +385 23 312 957. Specializes in quality burgers served with fries, but with a Mediterranean flavor. Quick service, no-nonsense. Suitable for families with kids. Easily reachable by public transport (bus 8 direction Diklo).
  • 5 KornatLiburnska Obala 6 +385 23 254 501. Upscale Croatian Mediterranean cuisine, high prices. Making a reservation is necessary. Next to a busy road, so not recommendable if you're looking to dine outside.


  • 1 Cocktail Bar MangoKrešimirova Obala 12 +385 (0)91 734 0769, e-mail: . Lounge bar with a view over the bay. Large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Comes to life in the early evening, only during the busy summer months.
  • The Garden +385 23 254509. Bedemi zadarskih pobuna, ]. A fancy open bar with a lovely view over the harbour, opened by UB40 drummer James Brown. The Garden also hosts an annual electronic music festival.



  • Youth HostelThe Obala kneza Trpimira 78 (5 km from the city centre by the marina in Borik. Take buses 5 or 8),  +385 23 331145. Friendly.
  • Hotel Adriatic (On the beach Biograd 30 km south of Zadar),  +385 23 383556. 3 star designer hotel, great pool.
  • Hostel LjepoticaObala kneza Branimira 10A (right across the foot bridge, close to the city center),  +385 23-224-840. friendly
  • 1 Villa NicoKrešimirova Obala 138 +385 23 337 540, e-mail: . A small family run hotel and restaurant at the sea side, halfway between Borik and Diklo. Bus stop of line 8 is 50 m away from the hotel. Fair prices, friendly service.


  • 2 Falkensteiner Hotel & SpaFalkensteiner Hotels & Residences Punta Skala +385 23 500 901, e-mail: . Falkensteiner Hotel &Spa is a five star hotel, located north of Zadar in Punta Salka peninsula.
  • 3 Hotel NikoObala kneza Domagoja 98, HR-23000 Zadar +385 23 337 880, e-mail: . Hotel Niko is located 3.5 km from Zadar city centre. It offers a panoramic view of the old town of Zadar. It has 15 stylish and comfortable rooms.
  • 4 Hotel BastionBedemi zadarskih pobuna 13, HR-23000 Zadar +385 23 49 49 50, e-mail: . Hotel Bastion is a boutique hotel, built on the remains of a medieval fortress. Hotel Bastion has 28 rooms, including 5 suites.

Go next[edit]

  • Rent a boat and explore surrounding islands, especially Kornati National Park.

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