Top 15 Things To Do in Zadar, Old Town
The port town of Zadar in Croatia is the second largest in Dalmatia with 75,000 inhabitants and its beautiful old town is one of the country’s most popular attractions. It is a cultural hotspot and was even voted “The best European Destination” in 2016. The famous Sea Organ, the Roman forum or the beautiful promenade Riva, are only a few of the best places to see inside the old town of Zadar. Fantastic are also the many wonderful beaches and bays in the vicinity, which make a beach holiday on the Adriatic perfect.
In this travel guide we show the best things to do in Zadar. In addition, you will get plenty of information and tips to help you plan your holiday.
Things to do in Zadar, Old Town
Exploring lovely squares, marbled streets, roman ruins and beautiful churches – There are so many wonderful things to do in Zadar. However the old town is really charming but not as touristy as Split Old Town or Dubrovnik and the prices are still moderate. You are going to find plenty of tasty restaurants and also the nightlife is fantastic. Basically this town is a great place for a day visit or even longer!
Here are some of the nicest thing to do in the old town of Zadar which are all within walking distance:
People`s Square (Narodni trg)
The Peoples Square is located in the center of Zadar old town. We highly recommend to visit the ice cream shop at the corner of the square.
Cathedral of Saint Anastasia
It’s the largest church in all of Dalmatia and surely one of the top attractions of the old town. Also in this area you are going to find plenty of shopping possibilities, some nice coffee places and ice cream shops.
Church of St Donat & Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is one of the most famous among the Croatian ancient cities. Very well preserved it was once the main square of Zadar. The St. Donat`s Church is located just next to the forum and it’s a popular place for marriages.
Saint Mary Church
Petar Zoranić Square
St. Simeon`s Church
The St.Simeons`s Church and the area around is just lovely. The historic townscape is really interesting in that area and a wonderful place to do some photography. The relaxing cafés invite for a break and let you enjoy the ancient ambience.
5 Wells Square
The name is the program, five wells are lined up in a row. From the Queen Jelena Madije Park nearby you are going to have a lovely view. Fun fact, this park was actually the first public park in Croatia.
Fosa Land Gate
Before, the Fosa was the main entrance to the city center. Today tourists admire the beautiful Renaissance style of the gate
Riva is the sea-promenade and a lovely place for wandering around. From there you are going to have a lovely view of the islands Ugljan and Pasman. Some tourists visit Zadar for the outstanding beautiful sunset view. Walking up to the western end of the Riva you are going to find the famous Sea Organ.
The Sea Organ
The Sea Organ is probably the best known tourist attraction in Zadar. It’s located in the western end of Zadar’s old town. Just sit down on the stairs leading down to the water and enjoy this orchestra of nature that plays music made of the oceans waves. Each sound is completely unique – a great place to relax after a long city walk.
The Greeting to the Sun
On the end of the Zadar Riva, just next to the Sea Organ, you are going to find the „Greeting to the sun“ The sight should be visited in the evening, when the photo-voltage solar modules are alight.
Church & Monastery of Saint Francis
The Monastery of Saint Francis is the dated back to 1283 and is thus the oldest church in Dalmatia. It’s built in gothic style and the inner yard of the monastery is really beautiful.
Things to do around Zadar
Zadar Region offers so many interesting things to do. Here are the best excursions from Zadar:
Krka National Park
This National park is truly beautiful and one of the best places to visit in Dalmatia.
Dugi Otok and the Telascica National Park
The island Dudi Otok offers quiet and amazing beaches. Some of them belong to the most beautiful ones in Croatia. The Telascica Nature Park with its breath-taking 161 m cliffs and the lovely salt lake called Mir is really worth a visit!
Kornati Islands National Park
With 89 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs the National Park is the most widely-spreaded archipelago on the Mediterranean.
Amongst others, the Kornati Islands can be visited by day-excursions from Zadar or with a private skipper.
Where to stay in Zadar
Inside the old town you are going to find a handful of nice hotels. It is more common to rent an apartment. Peak season is July/August, so you should book in advance. We have put together our top recommendations here:
- Adriatic Hostel Zadar: A nice Budget hostel near the old town of Zadar, with clean rooms and a very cozy atmosphere.
- Rooms Tisa Old Town: The rooms at Tisa Old Town are spacious, modern and furnished with a great attention to detail. The location of the apartments is fantastic – just a few minutes walk to the center yet quiet.
- Vera Apartment with Seaview: Beautiful apartment with stunning views of the sea. Right on the water and super clean.
- Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel and Dependance: This amazing boutique Hotel has a top location in the old town, very close to the sea. Very beautiful artistic and modern ambience.
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