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We bring you a list of the most famous sights and places to visit when you are in Zadar or in the region of North Dalmatia or where to find apartments in Zadar.

Roman Forum Zadar Today Zadar is really decorated with many buildings from different periods. One interesting is certainly the Roman forum, which is still quite preserved today, and through history it was upgraded to various details from the period through which the city itself was passing. The Roman forum in Zadar is the largest area of its kind on the eastern side of the Adriatic. The founder of the forum was the first Roman car Augustin. This is evidenced by two inscriptions in stone dating back to the 3rd century, when the construction of the forum was completed. By surface, the forum in Zadar occupies 90 × 45 meters, but it changes over time.

Rimski forum Zadar

Zadar - National Square The National Square in Zadar is decorated with many historic buildings, among which is the beautiful church of St. Lovre.

The pre-Romanesque church has been beautifully preserved for a long period of its existence. Today it adorns a part of the square and enriches it with offer - both historical and cultural. In the eastern part of the square, the Ghirardini Palace was built in a Romanesque style, with a 15th-century Renaissance style balcony.

Salute to the Sun In addition to a large number of historic buildings, walls and old ports, Zadar has recently become richer for a modern architectural installation - Greetings to the sun. Greetings to the sun is the installation of architect Nikola Bašić, located in the Zadar harbor in the stone pavement of the city waterfront.

Riva in Zadar has become a tourist attraction, and it is a favorite gathering place for many sojourners as well as guests coming to Zadar. The view from the shore will delight everything that passes, especially in the evening when the sun goes down, and light effects begin in the installation mentioned.

Pozdrav Suncu

Church of Sv. Donata Zadar This Zadar church is also a trademark of the city, and belongs to the most famous and most important European pre-Romanesque churches.

Originally devoted to the Holy Trinity, and from the 15th century with its present name, named after the Zadar bishop Donat who initiated the construction. The church is of an unusual cylindrical shape with a double interior space, which is why it stands out with its originality and uniqueness. We did not link some models for the construction, and only some of them are connected with the baptistery of Charles the Great or with the Church of St. Vitalea in Ravenna. It is a pride and symbol of Zadar, with the remains of the Roman Forum in its foundations, grand in terms of its construction time. Today, the church is the venue for the Musical Evenings in Donat, due to its outstanding acoustic features and because of its long absence of sacred function.

Donat Zadar

Zadar Cathedral The Zadar Cathedral of St. Stošija, or Anastasia, is a three-nave Romanesque building. It is also the largest church in Dalmatia.

It was built on two occasions, in the 12th and 13th centuries, with the preserved old from the 9th and 11th centuries, which grew up in the place of an early Christian basilica. The beginnings of the Zadar cathedral building date back to far-reaching history, even in the 4th or 5th centuries.

The Archaeological Museum in Zadar was founded in 1832 as the second oldest museum in Croatia and one of the oldest in this part of Europe. We are proud of a really rich collection of exhibits and we invite all lovers of history and culture to visit us. In the Archaeological Museum we have exhibited objects from Roman times and various prehistoric materials from the period of Paleolithic, Neolithic and Metalic Periods as well as archaeological remains from time to time 7th and 12th centuries, most of which are linked to the material and spiritual heritage of Croats.

Arheološki muzej Zadar što vidjeti what to visit see

Zadar Museum If you come to Zadar, on a summer vacation or on another occasion, you have plenty of time and you will want to see the city - then definitely visit the Museum of Illusions.

This somewhat unusual tourist offer for a city like Zadar is actually interesting just for that. When you look at all the city's antiquities, or at least most of them, the Illusion Museum will refresh your experience and throw you into a new dimension.

Five Wells Square is one of the places to be sure to visit. It is located in front of the Captain's Tower and the City Wall. In the past (up to the 16th century) there was a deep defensive jar, and today it is "adorned" with old wells by which the square got its name.Pet Bunara Zadar what to do in Zadar

Zadar Surroundings - what to visit

Sibenik Cathedral Due to its exceptional values, the Cathedral of Sibenik was listed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. The Cathedral was built on the south side of the central old town square, on the site of the Romanesque church of St. James. Construction did not end soon, even more - it lasted for over 100 years. The Cathedral in Sibenik is certainly the most important architectural achievement of the period between the 15th and 16th centuries on the territory of Croatia. It is special for many things, and today it is a symbol of this city.

The idea of building a large cathedral church dates back to 1298. In that period, Sibenik got its own bishopric and the title of the city. In this way, the need for the cathedral came in a natural sequence that took place in most other cities.

Šibenska katedrala

The Krka National Park (Skradin), famous for its magnificent waterfalls, is located near Skradin in the Šibenik-Knin County. The second most visited national park in Croatia offers tourists numerous values, from highly preserved nature and beautiful landscapes to cultural sights and active holidays. If you are a nature lover or want to explore the culture of the local population, NP Krka is an ideal destination for you. One of the most important things people often forget to mention is the beautiful Skradin town with which almost every trip to NP Krka begins. With less than 500 inhabitants, Skradin offers a history and cultural heritage that could attract many bigger cities. From Skradin there are several shipping lines that directly drive to waterfalls, and transportation is included in the ticket price. In a less than half an hour drive you can enjoy the beautiful Krka coast, and you can also see the little swamp. If you have an adventurous spirit, you can come to the NP Krka on a hiking or cycling trail. It is recommended that you visit the park as early as possible so you can enjoy the forest of waterfalls and the beautiful nature.


Dalmatian ethno village Šibenik is a unique attraction of Croatian tourist offer. This decorated space, with all its facilities, is located in the center of Solaris Beach Resort in Sibenik. Solaris Beach Resort in Sibenik has built and opened for its guests a really special ambience. Here you can enjoy the traditional details of the Dalmatian village in the way it once seemed. The rocky village was built on the site of the former Dalmatian village, and today it is completely adapted to tourists and among the most significant tourist attractions of Sibenik.

Etno selo Solaris

The Vransko Lake Nature Park was declared a park in 1999. It covers 57 kilometers of square kilometers. Vransko Lake is the largest natural lake in Croatia, and it was created as a karsty field filled with water. The lake is cryptodepression, which means that the surface is above the sea level, while the bottom is below the sea surface. Due to the mixing of sweet and salty water, the fish also lives in the lake. Due to human activity, there are only two types of autochthonous species: eel and river babies, and the other 15 species are introduced for breeding or by chance. There are also som, carp, babuška, cipal, lubin and other species.

Vodice i okolica što posjetiti

Kornati National Park was proclaimed in 1980 when it was protected. The total surface of this park is about 220 square kilometers and is made up of larger and smaller islands, and rocks emerging from the blue sea of the Adriatic Sea. Of the total area of Kornati, only ¼ of the mainland is occupied. The rest of the National Park is the sea and the living world that lives there.

It is a seemingly desolate place, but the Kornati are rich in every sense of the word. In fact, the Kornati National Park makes a large part of the island of the same name in the Adriatic Sea. The Kornati are located in the Croatian part of the Adriatic in Central Dalmatia. If you are looking at the map of the Croatian islands, you can find the Kornati if you look west of Sibenik.

Nacionalni park Kornati

Paklenica National Park According to its proclamation, the National Par Paklenica is the second in Croatia. It has been proclaimed national park since 1949, or more precisely on 19 October 1949. Paklenica was proclaimed a park and a few months after the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The highest peaks of the park are: Vaganski vrh (altitude 1757 meters), and the top of the Holy Mountain (altitude 1753 meters).

Beaches Zadar and surroundings

Beach Kolovare Zadar Beach Kolovare is a town beach and stretches along the same street in Zadar. Because of the rich city history and the fact that the beach is in the center, next to the old town core, there are many old buildings around the beach. On the north side, this beach is covered with old walls, but going south, the beach fits into its natural surroundings, and a small forest that adorns the hinterland. Near this beach, between the bars Popaj and Portos there is a small Karma beach and if you continue through the Arbana promenade for 10 minutes you will come to the beaches of Podbrig Arbanasi and Punta Bajlo.

Kolovare Zadar plaža

The Portus Beach Club is located in the marina D-marin, which is the largest marina on the Adriatic Sea and is located between Bibinje and Sukošan. The beach was restructured in 2016 and the value of the investment was EUR 6.5 million for the beach, and a total of EUR 25 million was invested by Marina Doğuş in Marina.


The most beautiful beaches in the surroundings of Zadar

Telašćica Nature Park In the deep bay in the south of the island lies Telašćica bay. Telascica is located in the name Park Nature. All this area is surrounded by natural coves and beautiful beaches. On the one hand, Telascica is covered by the already mentioned beaches, while on the other end are cliffs, covered with lush vegetation.

Veli Žal is another beach on Long Island. It is a pebble beach in front of the islet of Mežanj. The beach is located on the uninhabited part of Dugi Otok, and overlooks the open sea. If you go to Veli Žal, just follow the well-marked asphalt road, and after a short walk you are on the beach for 5 minutes.

Veli žal Zadar what to visit

Beach Cave Brbišćica Dugi Otok On the western side of Dugi otok there is a natural phenomenon of the cave Brbišćica and next to its beautiful pebble beach. This whole area was built of carbonate rocks created a hundred million years ago.

Over the Ugljan (sail from Zadar daily) In the town of Preko on the island of Ugljan you can find numerous beaches and beaches suitable for all ages. The main beach in the place is the beach Jaz, which also has a blue flag for its purity of sea and content near the beach.

Preko ugljan Zadar

Beach Bilotinjak Privlaka Nin The natural sandy beach - Bilotinjak - lies between Privlaka and Zaton. It is located in the Zadar Channel, hidden from inhabited places and is a true natural oasis for all lovers of such an environment. The sea is also shallow on the coast, and the beach is suitable for all-day excursions with family or couples.

Bilotinjak Privlaka

Sakarun is a sandy beach about 800 meters long. It is located on the northwest side of Dugi otok, and with its view of the southern part of the Adriatic, will enchant you all the guests who want unforgettable moments in true natural ambience. Although the beach is shallow, only after a couple meters of depth reaches an average of 10 meters. The particularity of this beach and the colors of the sea that plagued it, gives fine sand, while on the shore is the thicker pebble, the so-called stone pebbles. The beach is surrounded by pine trees, which give their guests a natural shade. On the Sakarun beach you can find three catering facilities, with a choice of meals and drinks. In addition to natural shade, if you need it, you can rent awnings made of canvas, which fit perfectly into the natural setting of the beach.


Kraljičina plaža Nin If you are going from Nin to the island of Vir, on the right you have a small settlement that conceals this beautiful sandy beach. Kraljičina Beach is located behind a small roadway of the Street of the Skirt Road, and despite its being in the resort, this beach still offers a completely natural atmosphere. The sea is shallow, very suitable for children's play, playing picigines or some other water sports. Next to the beach there is a catering facility with a beach party offer. There are guests hidden under the umbrellas, but if you are on the beach, take a sunbath with you. The beach does not have natural shade, so it is good to have your own sunshade. Nearby is the beautiful beach Ninska Laguna.

Beritnica Beach is located on Pag, south of the small village of Metajna. It is special in naturally complex rocks in shallow water, great for photographs or simply for admiration from the shore. Take a break at Beritnica with a beautiful three-rock scene. Those little more skilled can climb to one of them and memorize unforgettable moments from the summer vacation. The beach is otherwise surrounded by rocky landscapes, with a smaller pebble beach. There is no natural shade, as well as no cafes (closest to the beach of Ručica).

Beritnica Pag

Slanica Beach is the main beach on the island of Murter. It is located on the south side of the island, near the Colentum hotel. It is a sandy beach, and many claim and the most beautiful beach in the area. Because of the shallow waters that plunge into the beach, it is suitable for children and people who are weaker or do not swim anyway. Also, the beach is a great choice for those who love sports activities in the water, so it will be good to play picigines, volleyball and similar activities that are specific to our sea.

Slanica Murter

Surroundings Zadar Cities

Biograd na moru and Vodice are 30 km or 60 kilometers south of Zadar and are beautiful tourist towns that are worth a visit. They are highlighted with their beautiful beaches and a rich tourist offer.

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