Zadar

Things to do in Zadar, Croatia

Group vs Private

There are few differences between group (shared) and private boat tours, so we will explain it as simple as we can.  

Private tour: you and your group will have a whole boat for yourself meaning you will be the only passengers. Because you are the only guest on the boat you have more freedom so for example, you can listen to your songs on stereo, or arrange with skipper to stay on one location a bit more than planned. 

Group tour: there will be some other guests on board besides you. Tours are planned in advance and everybody needs to follow the tour plan.  

It is also important to mention that even though on shared tours you are not alone on the boat, we work with smaller groups of up to 12 guests, meaning you will also have an amazing and personal experience.  

For individuals

Shared Boat Tours

3 Islands Boat and Snorkeling tour from Zadar

Best way to spend 4 hours in Zadar!  Board your boat in Zadar and head out onto the sea after a short briefing. Set off to the south towards the island of Ugljan. While exiting the Zadar’s oldest harbor, Foša, you will have a magnificent view of the Old Town. Stop will be at a […]

Duration

4 hours

Group Size

12 people

Sunset Boat Tour with a Glass of Prosecco

Take in sunset from the sea with this boat tour from Zadar. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco wine while your guide answers your questions about the city. Hop aboard a comfortable boat at the port and set off on your sunset adventure. Take in views of the city’s red-roofed buildings which contrast with the […]

Duration

1 hour

Group Size

12 people

For friends and family

Private Boat Tours

Private Sunset Boat Tour with Unlimited Prosecco

Take in sunset from the sea with this boat tour from Zadar. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco wine while your guide answers your questions about the city. Hop aboard a comfortable boat at the port and set off on your sunset adventure. Take in views of the city’s red-roofed buildings which contrast with the […]

Duration

1 hour

Group Size

12 people

Private Full-day Boat Trip from Zadar – 8 hours

Take a swim in the crystal clear sea and visit some interesting islands and beaches in Zadar archipelago together with Ošljak the smallest inhabited island on the Adriatic sea. Your local guide will explain to you all about the history and will answer all of your questions considering Croatia and Zadar 🙂 +Possibility of a restaurant […]

Duration

8 hours

Group Size

12 people

Private Half-day Luxury Speedboat Tour

Board our luxury MOLO boat for a scenic ride along the Zadar coast. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches, learn about the history of Zadar and its islands and enjoy the sun and refreshments on boat. Once everybody has jumped on board and had a little briefing about how you’re […]

Duration

4 hours

Group Size

12 people

Full-day Tour for Bigger Groups 13-24p

We often have inquiries for bigger groups so we made this tour just for you! We will take 8 hours tour from Old Town of Zadar with 2 boats (each boat has a capacity of 12 persons), but both boats will cruise closely to each other and we will have same stops at the same […]

Duration

8 hours

Group Size

24 people

Half-day Tour for Bigger Groups 13-24p

We often have inquiries for bigger groups so we made this tour just for you! We will take 4 hours tour from Old Town of Zadar with 2 boats (each boat has a capacity of 12 persons), but both boats will cruise closely to each other and we will have same stops at the same […]

Duration

4 hours

Group Size

24 people

Private Night Boat Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

Panorama boat tour by night is a bit different kind of tour and by our opinion most romantic and relaxing. Our recommendation is that this tour is best for 1-2 couples to enjoy after a nice dinner in some restaurant. At the boat, you will be welcomed with a bottle of great Italian prosecco and […]

Duration

45 min

Group Size

6 people

3 Hours Private Swimming and Snorkeling tour

Board a beautiful traditional Gozzo boat for a scenic ride along the Zadar coast. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches, learn about the history of Zadar and its islands and enjoy the sun and refreshments on boat. We will make 2 stops for swimming and snorkeling in the Zadar archipelago […]

Duration

3 hours

Group Size

12 people

Things to do in Zadar

Zadar, located on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, is a fascinating city that intertwines history, culture and modern charm. It has a diverse mix of ancient ruins, medieval churches, and contemporary wonders, creating a lively atmosphere.

Explore the Old Town to see the Roman Forum and the Church of St. Donatus, showcasing its rich history. Along the waterfront, the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation add a modern and enchanting touch to the cityscape.

While leaving no stone unturned of the city’s iconic landmarks is essential, diving into the local scene can provide a more authentic experience. Zadar also offers delicious food and vibrant nightlife, making it a must-visit destination on the Adriatic.

Let Zadar charm you with its irresistible appeal, where every step reveals something new. Join us in marveling at the unrivaled beauty of the world’s most captivating sunset, an experience that will forever linger in your heart.

1. Tour around the old Roman ruins

Soak in the sun, just as the Romans used to do. Same place, just a couple of millennia in between. Commissioned by the first Roman Emperor Augustus, the Forum complex, built between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD, showcases an intricate design of temples and colonnades. 

Explore the 90 x 45 m surface, with closed porches, galleries, shops, and workshops. Today, only the original pavement and stairs remain, along with two decorative monumental columns, one of which served as a column of shame with chains from that era still hanging.

Unearth fascinating details in the reconstructed part of the capitol, where remains of an altar reveal past rites with blood victims. The church, now a starting point for city planimetry, continues to captivate with its historical significance and architectural brilliance.

2. Visit the Church of St. Donatus

Explore the breathtaking 9th-century St. Donatus Church, the largest pre-Romanesque structure in Croatia! Standing tall at 27 m and stretching 22 m wide, this architectural marvel features a distinctive cylindrical shape and a double interior, making it a must-see sight for sightseers. Renowned for its originality, the church now serves as a unique venue for medieval renaissance music.

The church, known for its acoustics, is the venue for frequent classical music concerts. The most acclaimed concerts take place during the “Musical Evenings of St. Donat”, which take place almost every night in July and August.

3. Be all ears while experiencing Sea Organs

Nikola Bašić, a renowned architect, has devised an ingenious system of resonant chambers that produces syncopated ever-changing tunes using only the rolling power of sea waves. The installation looks like a series of broad steps leading down into the sea, hiding clever engineering beneath their surface. A sound art object and experimental musical instrument create lovely chimed tunes, soothing and exciting the minds of countless amazed visitors. They chill and linger on the Riva for hours just to hear that dreamlike sound once again before they leave. 

The sea organ was the first of its kind in the world, and it is definitely worth visiting whilst you’re in Zadar.

4. Climb the Cathedral's Bell Tower

No fear of heights will be able to prevent your desire to climb Zadar’s impressive and recognizable Bell Tower once you hear about the panoramic view that awaits you at the top. This Baroque architectural marvel, an integral part of the Church of St. Anastasia, boasts numerous stairs leading to its high peak.

Constructed in two phases, the cathedral’s ground and first floors were built in 1452 during Archbishop Vallares’ tenure. In contrast, between 1890 and 1894, English architect Thomas Graham Jackson added the upper floors, inspired by the Rab bell tower.

Adorned with double biforas featuring stylized plant mosaic designs, the three newer upper floors are enclosed on all sides. Cornices with slight mesh decorations demarcate the floors, culminating in a brass angel statue atop the Bell Tower’s tall eight-sided pyramid.

Post-completion in 1894, damage occurred at the joint of the old and new sections due to the heavy bells’ vibrations. In response, architect Ćiril Iveković replaced the iron brackets with wooden ones in 1900.

5. Marvel at Cathedral of St. Anastasia

Explore the rich history of Zadar’s Cathedral, a captivating landmark dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Immerse yourself in the Romanesque architectural marvel of this three-nave basilica, each nave boasting its unique entrance adorned with lunettes.

As one of Croatia’s oldest cathedrals, Zadar’s Cathedral stands as a testament to the city’s importance during the early Medieval period. Discover the influence it held over various kingdoms, attracting rulers from Venice and Hungary.

Plan your visit around the scheduled holy masses, taking place at 7 pm (Monday to Friday) and 9 am (Saturday). On Sundays, join the religious experience with masses at 9 am, 11 am, and 7 pm.

For a seamless experience, avoid visiting during mass times. Uncover the beauty and significance of Zadar’s Cathedral, blending history, architecture, and spirituality for an unforgettable journey.

6. Greetings to the Sun

Sit down on a promenade step and take in the fascinating play of colors as the sun sets on the horizon. Yes, the city is well-known for its breathtaking sunset. And there’s no better place to experience it than right at the site of the city’s top attractions.

Symbolizing the communication between man and nature, another brilliant architect’s installation unfolds. A spectacular waterfront light show is created just after sunset by 300 multi-layered glass plates that absorb solar energy during the day, forming this stirring monument.

But wait! Don’t leave just yet. After dark, the Sun Salutation continues the light show.

7. Enjoy prosecco on a sunset boat cruise

The only thing that is better than watching the world’s most beautiful sunset from greetings to the Sun is watching that same sunset on a luxury boat cruise. Take in views of the city’s red-roofed buildings which contrast with the turquoise waters of the sea. Relax as your guide plays music and tells you about the sights that pass along the way.

Watch the golden colors of the sun setting over the sea as you toast the moment with a glass of prosecco. Return to the port with good memories and some excellent sunset pictures.

8. Citty walls and Gates

Exploring Zadar’s magnificent old city walls and gates is imperative on your trip here.

The two gates to discover are The Land Gate and Sea Gate. The formidable defense systems were constructed in the 1500s. The Land Gate, Zadar’s main gate, was built in 1543 and provides the best access point when exploring the old part of the city. 

The gate is still as striking today as it must have been half a millennium ago. The Sea Gate, built in 1560, is a probable entrance point if you’re entering the city from the pedestrian bridge across the marina. Although slightly less impressive than the Land Gate, the Sea gate is still worth seeing.  

9. Meandering through the town

A splendid backdrop for a stunning photograph! Renowned for its 16th-century wells, the square earned its name as a testament to a bygone era when these wells quenched the peninsula’s thirst during sieges. 

Delight in the panoramic view of the square, accompanied by the Captain’s Tower, now transformed into an exhibition space. All of this can be enjoyed from the enchanting Queen Jelena Madije Park, a verdant oasis meticulously crafted nearly two centuries ago in the heart of Zadar.

10. Swim and snorkel on a Zadar island hopping tour

If you are in town only for a few days and you want to experience it to the fullest then a half-day (4 hour) swim and snorkel tour would be a perfect experience for you! 

Board a beautiful traditional Gozzo boat for a scenic ride along the Zadar coast. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches, learn about the history of Zadar and its islands and enjoy the sun and refreshments on boat. Fruits and drinks are included in price and you can book the tour here!

11. Kalelarga, Kalelarga…

Explore the oldest street in the city of Zadar by following the recognizable lyrics written by timeless Zadar singer Tomislav Ivčić. Known as the Wide Street, Kalelarga stands as the main and most cherished thoroughfare in Zadar, possibly predating the city itself. 

Stretching in the east-west direction, mirroring the layout of the primary longitudinal Roman street (Decumanus Maximus), Kalelarga is not just a historical landmark but also a vibrant hub for entertainment, leisure, processions, and celebrations.

12. Enjoy coffee the Dalmatian way

Discover the allure of coffee in Dalmatia, where this dark elixir isn’t just a drink—it’s a way of life. Embrace the local ritual of using coffee as a reason to unwind, connect with friends, and immerse in the laid-back Dalmatian lifestyle. Whether alone or in good company, take your time savoring every sip, appreciating the art of slowing down. 

For a perfect blend of coffee and sunshine, explore the coastal promenades dotted with charming cafes. A coffee invitation in Dalmatia might just turn into a shared beer, unveiling the region’s joyous and relaxed way of living. Experience the magic of Dalmatian coffee culture—it’s more than a beverage; it’s an invitation to happiness.

13. St. Simeon's Chest

St. Simon’s Church stands as a captivating historic site, tracing its origins back to the 5th century. Over the centuries, this venerable church has undergone numerous alterations, with the latest transformation occurring in 1980, imparting a timeless allure to its terracotta and white exterior.

An exceptional focal point of St. Simon’s Church is the revered mummified body of St. Simeon, a 17th-century homage to one of Zadar’s esteemed patron saints. Drawing both tourists and religious pilgrims alike, the church holds the sacred remains of St. Simeon, creating a spiritual ambiance within its ancient walls.

A further marvel within the church is the Chest of Saint Simeon, a rectangular cedarwood sarcophagus resembling a chasse. Adorned with silver and silver-gilt plaques, it cradles the relics of St. Simon the God-receiver, positioned prominently above the main altar. Crafted between 1377 and 1380 by local goldsmiths following an Italian design, this chest stands as a masterpiece of medieval art, representing a unique testament to the goldsmith’s craft. Recognized for its significance, the Chest of Saint Simeon is safeguarded by UNESCO, making it one of Europe’s most intriguing and culturally rich treasures.

14. Buy goods at the daily market

Nestled in the old part of Zadar on the peninsula, the primary green market, along with the adjacent Fish Market, stands as a crucial and cherished traditional urban hub. Locally known as “Pijaca,” this market holds the distinction of having the longest uninterrupted history in Zadar.

While the main Zadar Market has occupied its current location since 1952, its roots trace back to the expansive ancient Roman Forum. Serving as an enduring exhibition, the market showcases a permanent array of locally grown organic produce, fruits, vegetables, freshly caught fish, locally raised meat, and an assortment of traditional indigenous products and souvenirs.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the city’s central market! Positioned on the eastern side of the historic peninsula near People’s Square (Narodni trg), this bustling locale offers an opportunity to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and baked goods for a delightful snack.

15. Embark on an unforgettable boat ride to Old Town

Discover the allure of Zadar in a way you’ve never imagined – glide across the serene Jazine bay aboard a traditional barkajol. While exploring Zadar’s transportation options, the zadarski barkajol presents a unique and captivating experience. Despite a city bridge just a brief 15-minute stroll away, many visitors find the allure of reaching the Old Town peninsula by zadarski barkajol, the local boatman, irresistibly interesting.

For merely one or two euros, the zadarski barkajol embarks on a charming two-minute journey from the modern side of Zadar to the Old Town. Using two oars to navigate the small rowboats through the harbor, these boatmen continue an 800-year-old tradition, passed down from father to son for centuries. Regardless of the weather, they faithfully transport passengers on this short but sweet ride, covering a distance of approximately 71 meters.

16. Take part in Millennium Jump

Every summer, Zadar’s iconic Millennium Jump transforms its seafront into a thrilling spectacle. Originating in 2007, this event has grown into a symbol of the city’s vibrant spirit. Participants, numbering in the thousands, engage in various dives, from classic pencil jumps to daring cannonballs, all for a charitable cause—funding swimming lessons for children with developmental challenges.

The event not only promises a day of splashing fun but also offers free dermatologist check-ups. Join the line along the Sea Organ, await the signal, and make a splash, becoming part of a collective image that encapsulates Zadar’s lively spirit. Show the world once again why Zadar is a fun and vibrant place.

17. Enjoy the nightlife in the company of locals.

Prepare for a Friday night out in Zadar, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture. Join the merry festivities unfolding in the narrow streets, charming restaurants, and lively bars nestled in the old neighborhoods of the historical peninsula.

In Zadar, every day brings promise, but Fridays hold a special charm. It’s not just about parties; it’s a celebration of a unique local lifestyle known as “feštice petkom.” This phrase captures the essence of loosening up at the end of the workweek, embarking on the weekend in the best possible way—with great company, captivating music, and uplifting vibes. 

This tradition unfolds every Friday throughout the summer, inviting you to hit the town with friends and fellow travelers, letting the good times roll!

18. Book a private boat tour

If you come to Zadar with a group of friends or family, private full day boat tour is the best way to spend a day. You can visit several islands, amazing domestic restaurants, hear amazing history stories and see how locals live. When you book a private tour you have everything included in the price: captain, fuel, snorkeling and safety equipment, fruits and drinks… And most importantly, you and your group have a whole boat for yourself. 

If you don’t have a full day of time you can book a shorter 4 hours trip

19. Visit the Full Moon festival

As summer’s full moon graces the night sky, Zadar Riva comes alive with boats transformed into floating markets. Here, you can indulge in the best tuna and sardines from the renowned fishermen of Kali (Ugljan), relish clams from Pašman, and savor mussels from Novigrad. These vibrant nights, popular among both locals and tourists, create a bustling hive of activities, filled with incredible smells and flavors that will captivate your senses.

The ambiance is enhanced by the harmonious sounds of the majestic Sea Organ in the background, the nearby Greeting to the Sun, and the remarkable Roman Forum just a few meters away, which takes on a special allure in the nighttime. This amazing combination ensures that your night in Zadar becomes one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had in a while.

20. Learn about traditional sea salt production

Embark on a journey to Nin, a town with a rich history that once held the esteemed title of a Croatian royal city. Nestled adjacent to this historic locale is the Nin Saltworks, where tradition meets innovation in the production of sea salt. These salt pans, employing time-honored methods, have been cultivating salt for over 1500 years, with locals passing down the art of harvesting through generations.

The area’s salt, renowned worldwide, owes its quality to the harmonious blend of sea, sun, and the famed local wind.