Zadar travel guide

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You're Going to Love Zadar

Zadar is a port city on the northern Dalmatian coast of Croatia. It has a stunning Old Town, pebble beaches, and a lively nightlife scene.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Zadar

1. Nightlife

Zadar is home to the oldest university in Croatia and students fill the bars during semester time. Lots of them spill out onto the narrow streets of the Old Town, making for a great street atmosphere. Check out The Garden on the old city walls.

2. Ancient sites

The city has been occupied by the Romans and the Venetians. Visit the Roman Forum and St. Donat's church in the Old Town.

3. Sea Organ

The Sea Organ by the harbor in the Old Town is powered by waves to create atmospheric, whale-like music. Go at night to see the accompanying light show.

4. Swim

Zadar has a number of small beaches and everyone swims. The beach at Puntamika is particularly good and has great views of the Old Town across the bay.

5. Explore

Zadar has great ferry links to the nearby islands and fares are cheap. Go explore!

Where to Eat in Zadar

Restoran Kornat by the harbor in the Old Town offers a Croatian take on Mediterranean cuisine, while Restaurant Fosa on Ul. kralja Dmitra Zvonimira has some great seafood dishes. Expect to pay around kn40 for a main in a modest restaurant and perhaps kn100 in an upscale place.

When to visit Zadar

Zadar in March
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Zadar in March
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Zadar has a typical Mediterranean climate with lovely hot summers. July and August are peak tourist months.

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How to Get to Zadar


Zadar International Airport (ZAD) has flights from across Europe and is served by the low cost operator Ryanair. There is a good bus service to the bus station, train station, and Old Town, costing kn25. A taxi will cost kn150.


There are regular train services from Knin and Zagreb. The fare from Zagreb is around kn230.


Driving along the coast to Zadar from the north or south (along the Adriatic Highway) can be simply stunning, if a little slow. There are good road connections to Zagreb and Split.


Zadar has frequent bus services from Zagreb and connections from Dubrovnik and Split. The fare from Zagreb is from kn103.

Airports near Zadar


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Where to stay in Zadar

Villa Ivana on Obala Kneza Domagoja is an excellent boutique B&B right on Puntamika beach; handy for the short bus ride into the Old Town, or you can take the little boat instead. The Lazy Monkey Hostel offers modern dorm accommodation close to the Old Town and beach.

Popular neighbourhoods in Zadar

Old Town - this is Zadar's main attraction and is home to some stunning Roman ruins, countless narrow streets, and lots of bars and restaurants. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, it sticks out like a thumb into the Adriatic.

Puntamika - this neighborhood lies across the bay from the Old Town. It has probably the best beach in Zadar and is home to the marina, as well as a number of good hotels, bars, and restaurants.

New Town - the New Town lies to the east of the Old Town. It is the commercial center of Zadar, with most of the main shopping areas and apartment blocks.

Where to stay in popular areas of Zadar

Most booked hotels in Zadar

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
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How to Get Around Zadar

Public Transportation

Zadar has a good, modern bus service operating from Mala Posta. Single tickets cost just kn10.


Taxis are plentiful but it's wise to negotiate a fare before your journey. Meter drop is kn25 and then you will pay kn7.50 per mile.


Driving in the Old Town is almost impossible. Elsewhere, roads are reasonable and car rental is available from around kn150.

The Cost of Living in Zadar

Shopping Streets

The Old Town has a good daily morning market along Zlatarska ulica, ideal for buying clothes and local produce. The New Town area along Ulica bana Josipa Jelacica is better for mainstream fashion, electronics, and regular groceries.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Zadar will cost kn5.30 and a loaf of bread is kn4.83.

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