Popularly known for its Roman and Venetian ruins, Zadar is a very beautiful city in Croatia that deserves to be visited, both for the sea, which is really top and for its monuments. In the city walls, you will find several Venetian Gates. Visit the Roman Forum to discover Zadar’s greatest history and see most of its centuries-old buildings. Find out more below as we have listed some of the places you can visit and things to do in Zadar.
List of the best things to do in Zadar, Croatia
1. Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
The sea organ of Zadar, better known as The Sun Salutation, is a square overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Zadar Bay. There are 80 organ pipes that play with the pressure of seawater. The melody can be heard up to a kilometer away, but if you look at the sea by the stairs while this melody is playing, it is truly mesmerizing.
A beautiful space that brings together churches from different eras, the cathedral in the background, and a beautiful collection of ancient remains. Remains of walls, loose columns, statues. Everything that was found in the Roman city is here. The Forum is not very large and it is right next to the Church of St.Donat and the Archaeological museum.
3. Gates of the city of Zadar Land
This gate is called the gate of the Earth. Like the whole city, it is very well preserved and deserves to be seen. Located next to the Port of Fosa, it was the main entrance to the Walled City.
4. Cathedral Of Zadar
Beautiful white stone facade, this cathedral is one of the main attractions of the old town of Zadar. The interior is also suggestive, with its Romanesque style, a dominant and unusual central nave, in which the contrast between pink marble and gray stone dominates. The church has been renovated several times over the centuries with Romanesque, Byzantine and Venetian influences, very simple and elegant.
The Zrmanja Canyon is always worth a visit. You can take a beautiful boat trip or go rafting through the canyon which is very idyllic. Experience a fun and exciting day on the river, in the middle of nature, with wonderful water, optimal temperature, and postcards.
6. Museum of illusions
A whole didactic museum that takes us into the world of illusion. This museum is quite small but really fun with young children and even mature ones. A perfect museum for families, because the illusions can be enjoyed in groups.
7. Church of St. Donatus
This sacred building certainly does not go unnoticed, with its high and imposing walls. The Church of St. Donatus with its typical structure is one of the symbols of Zadar and is located in the center of the Roman Forum area. An imposing Byzantine church from the 9th century that is also built with elements collected in the adjacent Roman Forum, which can be clearly seen at the base. Certainly, a suggestive attraction that is definitely worth visiting or at least seeing!
8. Archaeological Museum of Zadar
A museum to visit to understand the history of the place. His collection, which dates back several thousand years, is truly impressive. The exhibition occupies three floors from the second, which presents the oldest finds from the Paleolithic to the High Middle Ages on the ground floor. The first floor presents the Romanesque period. Archeology lovers would love this place!
9. Paseo Maritimo
A must-see place when visiting Zadar, where you will find a small market with souvenirs, producers of local products, as well as enjoyment at the end of the day. Be sure to be present during the sunset, you will see a simply magnificent and unforgettable spectacle.
10. Degarra Winery
Enjoy a day of plonk tasting here at Degarra Winery. This small but very nice basement is located in an old military building. Here you will not only have the best plonk in the city, but you will also get a lot of knowledge about plonk and their production.