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Experience our villas in Zadar, situated in the tranquil surroundings and on the neighboring islands - ideal for a relaxed vacation. Meanwhile, the lively city of Zadar, boasting entertainment, historic sights, and fine dining, is just a short distance away. Take the best of both worlds: the vibrant atmosphere of Zadar and a peaceful vacation in our villas!

Featured Villas in Zadar with pool for 2024

Luxury Villa Novita with Pool

Novigrad (Zadar), Croatia
8 guests
4 bedrooms
€650
per night

Villa Ponderosa with Pool

Novigrad (Zadar), Croatia
8 guests
4 bedrooms
€345
per night

Luxury Villa Black Velvet with Pool

Starigrad Paklenica (Zadar), Croatia
14 guests
6 bedrooms
€800
per night

Luxury Villa Sinatra with Pool

Novigrad (Zadar), Croatia
8 guests
4 bedrooms
€500
per night

Villa Hypnotic with Pool

Žman (Dugi Otok), Croatia
8 guests
3 bedrooms
€494
per night

Luxury Villa Domino with Pool

Starigrad Paklenica (Zadar), Croatia
8 guests
4 bedrooms
€654
per night

The Palms Resort - Villa Dream III

Tkon (Pašman), Croatia
4 guests
2 bedrooms
€250
per night

Luxury Holidays in Zadar

Welcome to Zadar, the city on the Adriatic coast that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, sea views, vibrant nightlife, and over 2000 years of history. With this comprehensive guide, we`ll try to bring you closer to why you should spend your next vacation in this enchanting region.

How to Get to Zadar

Zadar is easily reached whether by car, airplane, or by boat due to its excellent location. There are two exits from Highway E65 that lead to Zadar. Additionally, ferry lines connect Zadar with the Croatian cities of Split and Rijeka. During the season there is a ferry line that connects Zadar and Ancona (Italy). Also, it is good to know that Zadar has an international airport (ZAD) that is well-connected to many major European cities, especially during the season.

Greeting to the sun Zadar

Greeting to the Sun in Zadar

What to see in Zadar?

Kalelarga

Meaning “wide street”, Kalelarga is the most iconic street in Zadar. Almost all the top sights in Zadar can be found along the sides of this street. Kalelarga divides Old Town Zadar (located on a peninsula) into two parts following the ancient Roman street, Decumanus Maximus.

Roman Forum

Measuring 90 x 45 meters, this is the largest Roman Forum on the east side of the Adriatic Sea. With well-preserved columns and architecture, Forum offers a glimpse into Zadar's rich history. The square was built in the 1st century BC, and it served as a central market. Stones and materials from the square were used in the construction of surrounding buildings. The best time to come to the Roman Forum is in the evening when the entire square is lit up.

St. Donatus' Church

Iconic 9th century church, and one of the most recognizable landmarks of Zadar. The church is known for its circular design and Romanesque architecture. Throughout centuries St. Donatus` Church served various purposes, from church to warehouse and museum. Today, St. Donatus` Church serves as a stage for Musical Evenings in St. Donatus festival due to the building's fabulous acoustics.

St. Donat Church Zadar

St. Donat Zadar

Cathedral of St. Anastasia

The Cathedral of St. Anastasia is the seat of the Archdiocese of Zadar and a UNESCO-protected heritage site. Alongside St. Donatus, it is the most distinguished landmark of Zadar. The cathedral dates back to the 9th century and next to it, there is a bell tower from which top you can enjoy a magnificent view of Zadar and the archipelago, but first you must climb the tower's 183 steps.

People`s Square

People`s Square is today's very center of social life in Zadar and the location where, 300 years ago, the first café bar in Zadar was opened. Ever since then People`s Square has been an unavoidable for socializing and in modern days a place where you go to take your first morning coffee. Here you will also find Zadar City Guard and City Loggia. These two buildings served as a seat of political power in Zadar. There is a clock on the City Guard building that has been in operation continuously since 1803.

Five Wells Square & Petar Zoranić Square

Five Wells Square was named after five wells that were dug in the 16th century to store water in case the town was besieged by Ottomans. The wells still exist today. Together with adjacent Petar Zoranić Square, where you can see the remnants of ancient Roman pillar and glass-protected ruins, these squares form a terrific stage for all sorts of events during the entire year, especially during the summer.    

Sea Organ

Sea Organs in Zadar

Sea Organs in Zadar

The Sea Organ is a seaside installation made from 35 polyethylene pipes of different sizes that are placed under perforated stone steps stretching 70 meters along the stone-paved waterfront. Waves interaction with the pipes creates melodic sounds that resemble the sound of organs.

Greeting to the Sun

Another installation on the Zadar waterfront is “Greeting to the Sun”. This solar-powered light show consists of 300 glass plates in the shape of a circle. With other, smaller installations, it represents the Solar system. The best time to visit this installation is after sunset when you can truly enjoy its light splendour.

Zadar City Walls

Zadar City Walls are a significant fortification system of the city of Zadar. The ramparts were built in the 12th and 13th centuries and were strengthened in the 16th century, for defence purposes against the Ottomans. A large part of the walls were preserved, and today they are almost fully restored. On top of the City Walls, there is a beautiful promenade where you can enjoy a nice stroll and great views.

Ideas for Day Trips from Zadar

Zadar is a gateway to some of Croatia's most stunning national parks and attractions. We recommend taking a day trip and exploring one or several natural beauties of the region.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Pašman & Ugljan Islands

The islands of Pašman and Ugljan are ideal destinations for a day trip from Zadar. There is a regular ferry line from Zadar, and it takes some 25 minutes. You can also take a private tour from Zadar and adjust the trip to your specific requests and needs.

Telaščica Nature Park

One of the popular boat tours from Zadar is a visit to Nature Park Telašćica. The park is located on the southern side of Dugi Otok Island. The park is surrounded by 13 islands and islets, of which 6 of them are found inside the Telašćica Bay.

Paklenica National Park 

Located a 50-minute car drive from Zadar, National Park Paklenica is an ideal destination for a day trip. Park is a true paradise for hikers and mountaineers alike. The park also contains trails that are more suited to less experienced hikers and are guided by the park staff.

Kornati Islands National Park

The Kornati archipelago with more than 80 islands and islets is a stunning natural wonder, perfect for sailing, diving, boat trips, and hiking. Its crystal-clear sea and natural beauty make it an enticing destination to explore.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

National Park Plitvice

National Park Plitvice

With only an hour and a half away from Zadar, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a great destination for a day trip. Under the protection of UNESCO, the park is known for its cascading lakes and waterfalls. It is possible to explore the park through numerous hiking trails. On the largest lake in the park, Kozjak, you can rent wooden boats and paddle through crystal-clear waters to enjoy the magical nature of the park.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park is just 1 hour away from Zadar. There are over 380 kilometers of bike routes in the park and over 22 different hiking trails where you can roam freely and enjoy untouched nature. For visitors who would like a more relaxed tour in the park, boat tours are available with expert guidance from park staff. 

Beaches in Zadar

Kolovare Beach

Kolovare beach is the most popular beach in Zadar. A mixture of sand and gravel bottom, a wide range of beach amenities, and proximity to the Old Town makes this beach so popular among the locals and guests alike.

Borik Beach 

If you are traveling with your family, Borik Beach is a great choice. The calm atmosphere and shallow waters, the aquapark, and the possibility of renting paddle boats and other water sports equipment promise complete enjoyment on the beach for every member of the family.

Borik Beach

Borik Beach

Restaurants in Zadar

Zadar offers a variety of restaurants that cater to different tastes and preferences. Here are some restaurant suggestions in Zadar where you can enjoy delicious Croatian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Restaurant Providur

Fresh products, professional staff, and an excellent bar are just some of the features of Restaurant Providur. The excellent location on one of the most beautiful squares in Zadar goes well with the delicious dishes and excellent wines they serve.

Restaurant Bruschetta

This restaurant offers a mix of Mediterranean and Croatian cuisine with a modern twist. The menu includes dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, with an impeccable dish presentation.

Niko

A family-run restaurant, Niko, serves traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Although located outside the Zadar peninsula, restaurant Niko is worth a visit for its well-known welcoming atmosphere and generous portions. We suggest trying their grilled meats and homemade bread.

Pasticada meal

Dalmatian Pasticada (Beef stew with gnocchi)

Kaštel

Named after the historic castle it inhabits, Kaštel restaurant offers Dalmatian traditional dishes with a strong Italian influence. Securing a reservation for a table on the terrace, especially during the summer months, is strongly advised since it allows you to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views. Recognized by the Micheline guide, the restaurant Kaštel is simply an unavoidable place for a good meal.

Foša 

With an excellent location by the harbor, Foša is known for its traditional seafood dishes with a modern twist. Recommended by the Michelin guide, Foša is a restaurant you must visit when you are in Zadar.

Weather in Zadar

Zadar region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (June to August) with almost no rain and mild autumns and winters from (November to March). With temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F), summers are ideal for enjoying the beach and the sea. Spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) are ideal for all who like to spend time outdoors and the temperature rarely rises above 28°C (82°F).

Zadar is a city for a wide range of interests, and you are bound to leave it with unforgettable memories. Whether you're soaking up the sun on one of many beaches, exploring ancient history, or dancing the night away, Zadar has it all. Enjoy your visit!


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