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10 Things To Do In Zadar: Revivify in the Perfect Ancient City!
Written by Nivethitha Bharathi on July 20, 2021 Share on

10 Things To Do In Zadar: Revivify In The Perfect Ancient City!

If Croatia is a shell, Zadar is the pearl inside it! Zadar is a town located in Croatia in the heart of the urban capital Dalmatia. Zadar is the epitome of 3000 years old history with the breathtaking natural landscape and the most contemporary community, making it a most attractive destination for you. The Venetian and Roman architectures are beautifully laid around the euphoric nature in Zadar at present, making it the fascinating hotspot for travellers just like you. There are unique things to do in Zadar that gives you an irreplaceable experience. Once you visit Zadar, your standard gets a little higher, making you visit it again and again.

 

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Why Visit Zadar?

Sunset in Port
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Zadar gives you more than one reason to choose it over other destinations. Zadar is a fast-growing popular destination among travellers. If you want to experience something more original and hip, plus a powerhouse of adventure that smells like life, this is the place for you. In Zadar, people with every personality has something in store for them. When you first look at the town, you could feel like you are in the ancient city. As you move around the pedestrian, like only boulevards, things start to feel so modern and vibrant with the trendiest cafes and restaurants around. Once you get to the rugged shores of Zadar, that’s when the vibrance of the town becomes a whole.

10 Things To Do In Zadar

Zadar is quite competitive against many destinations close by it, which is why it has a lot of best things to do during your entire stay. It is an amalgamation of art, architecture, culture, nature, party and adventure waiting for you to explore. Discover some of the best things to do in Zadar to make your visit a little more exciting than anywhere else.

  1. Get Amused By Sea Organ & Greeting To The Sun
  2. Explore the Medieval Churches of Zadar
  3. Marvel at the Beauty of St Anastasia Cathedrals
  4. Walk Around The Roman Forum & Public Square
  5. Don’t Miss The Museums Of Zadar
  6. One Day Trip At Zadar Archipelago
  7. Discover The Past At Gates & Walls
  8. Stroll In the Coast Of Kolovare Beach
  9. Explore The Majestic Parks Of Zadar
  10. Experience The Flavour of Zadar

1. Get Amused By Sea Organ & Greeting To The Sun

Sea Organ & Greet The Sun are two buzz-worthy artistic installations that represent the contemporary and youthful spirit of Zadar. These award-winning arts were designed by the Croatian architect Nikola Basic for people to experience how it feels when nature works together to create the cutting edge art of sound and light. 

Sea Organ

Sea Organ, 10 Things to do in Zadar
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Imagine sitting by the sea and listening to the music played by the waves through organs. In Zadar, you don’t have to imagine because of the Sea Organ. It is installed close to the seashore in 2005 that brought fame to Zadar’s waterfront. This extraordinary musical instrument consists of tubes that go underwater. When the waves hit the marble steps leading to the underwater, you will be able to enjoy the outcome. Different tones come together to form the tune to the surreal music of the sea.

Greeting To The Sun

Greetings To The Sun Installation
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Close to the Sea Organ is the Greeting to the Sun installation that feels magical when you see it for the very first time. It is circular and consists of layers of glasses with the solar cells installed looking at the Adriatic and offshore islands. As the sun sets and night arises, the entire installation light up its entire area with vivid colours. This beautiful event happens because the circular(22m in diameter) installation absorbs energy from the sun during the day.

When you visit this place, there is also one more thing you shouldn’t miss. The Sunset! Alfred Hitchcock has referred to the sunset in Zadar as the most beautiful sunset in the world. So, capture the beauty of the sunset when it paints the sky with colours that make your heart skip a beat.

Also Read: Things to do in Croatia

2. Explore the Medieval Churches of Zadar

Explore the Medieval Churches of Zadar, St Donatus, 10 things to do in Zadar
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Church of St Donatus is one of the ancient landmarks of the city Zadar. The church is not just a symbol of spirituality but also admired for its historical stance and pride. This Byzantine architectural monument was previously known as Holy Trinity. Also, its history goes back to the 9th century. When you visit, you will marvel at its primitive structure of three circular apses and pillars. Give yourself some time to admire the stonework on the ground of the Forum(know more about it below). At present, it is a venue for musical events as its structure has perfect acoustics.

You should never miss visiting the 14th century monumental Church of St Simeon designed by Francesco da Milano. St Simeon is one of the renowned four patron saints of Zadar. Even though the exterior doesn’t explain its fame, the interior is where the wonder lies. It is under the protection of UNESCO. Don’t forget to take a look at the silver gold plated reliefs that showcase the life, death and miracle of St. Simeon through remarkable art on top of his cedar coffin.

Church of St Chrysogonus is the next must-see church in the city. Walk around this Romanesque church constructed in the late 12th century and get to see the 13th-century Fresco & Crucifix as well as the 17th-century Baroque main altar.

Also Read: Top activities for you in Split

3. Marvel at the Beauty of St Anastasia Cathedral

Marvel at the Beauty of St Anastasia Cathedral, 10 things to do in Zadar
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The Cathedral of St Anastasia is an architectural marvel of Zadar. This is the reason why it is also called Zadar Cathedral. It stands as a witness to all the artistic transition Zadar went through since the 9th century. This Cathedral, built on a Christian Basilica, dates back to the 1st century and is an amalgamation number of architectural styles woven in a tapestry.

The lower part of the Cathedral represents the 13th-century Romanesque style. Whereas, the top portion is the shimmering representation of the Gothic Style. The carved wooden choir, beautiful rose-tinted windows and the lovely bell tower are aesthetic. See the mosaic that traces back to the time of Basilica.

If you climb to the top of the Cathedral’s spectacular bell tower, you could get a fascinating panoramic view of the town.

4. Walk Around The Roman Forum & Public Square

Walk Around The Roman Forum & Public Square, The Roman Forum
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From the Church of St Donatus, go for a guided walking tour and witness the vivid beauty of Zadar in and around this old town come alive while visiting the famous sites – The Roman Forum and the Public Square to understand the history of the city even better.

The Roman Forum

Wander around the Roman Forum, the splendid ruins which was once a market and central public area. It was founded at the excavation site that this Forum was constructed back in the 1st century AD by Emperor Augustus. This site has survived the wrath of the Second World War. This fact would be a better reason for you to visit the site. Explore the stones, Corinthian columns, Pole of Shame and other remains preserving the history of Croatia on foot. If you make your visit at night, the entire Forum would be stunning under the lights.

Public Square

Visit Narodni Trg/Public Square, a palatial spot that is a central part of the community since the 16th century. You will stand in awe, surrounded by the large clock tower built in the 18th century and the historic City Guardhouse. Laze around the City Loggia is used as a public gallery for mini conventions and to give announcements. Savour some local food and enjoy the time spent surrounded by aesthetics.

Also Read: Activities In Zagreb Croatia

5. Don’t Miss The Museums Of Zadar

On your visit, make sure to visit museums in Zadar, which range from basic to quirky. Out of these, the must-visit is The Museum of Ancient Glass and The Museum of Archaeology.

  • When you visit the Zadar Archaeological Museum, you will understand, it is more than just a building that preserves the history and pauses time. This second largest museum of Croatia is unique in its existence. Since 1832, it has been displaying the collections from Paleolithic, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval glory of the Dalmatia region. Various activities interest you than just looking at the artefacts.
  • Step into the world of the most expressive and inspiring antique glass collections of the Museum of Ancient Glass in the 19th century Cosmacendi Palace. Look through the preserved archaeological digs like the Jars, tiny vials and Roman Goblets at this contemporary museum. The museum also showcases the glass antiques used in the oldest churches in the town to hold perfumes and cups to pour wines for celebrations. If time permits, participate in the glass-blowing demonstrations to learn the craft of glassmaking. Also, make sure to purchase some glassware made in primitive style as a souvenir.

6. One Day Trip At Zadar Archipelago

One Day Trip At Zadar Archipelago, Dugi Otok, Croatia
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When you are in Zadar, you have too many opportunities to travel around. This is because of the ease to access the boats. Charter a boat, and roam around the Dalmatian coast to witness the mind-blowing natural heritage sites. The islands are very picturesque and feel so exotic. If you feel like surfing or scuba diving Sakarun Bay and Telascica Nature Park would be worth your time.

Visit Dugi Otok, the most tranquil island, where you can spend some time around the lush villages such as Sali and Bozava. If you get further inside, slip into the Church of St. Mary and Church of St. Nicholas, admire the idyllic atmosphere and generic architecture. Bath in the water body that turns turquoise by the azure sky and smells like a perfect vacation.

Embrace the panoramic view at its best in islands like Molat, Bermuda, and Passman.

Also Read: Waterfalls In Croatia Where You Can Relax

7. Discover The Past At Gates & Walls

Discover The Past At Gates & Walls, Gate of Zadar
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Discover the legends of the city at the ancient Gates and Walls built by the Romans. Their strong walls have been the best defence of the Venetians and have made their purpose of not falling under the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, it still defends Zadar. See the most impressive Land Gate showcasing the pride of Venetians through the Rennaissance architecture. It was built in 1543 and used as an access point. Explore the Five Wells and Port Gate. Also, don’t miss the modest Sea Gate, built-in 1560. It is situated close to the ferry port. These gates have so many amusing structures to explore, which includes the Lion of St Marks and the relief emblem of Venice.

8. Stroll In the Coast Of Kolovare Beach

Stroll In the Coast Of Kolovare Beach, Zadar, Croatia
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Kolovare Beach is the main beach of this metropolitan paradise with a “Blue Flag” status. The cleanest water, azure sky and the glistening pebbles under the sun will be the best spot to lay, relax, walk, or relax. You have places to hide from the sun, places to have picnics as well as places to shower and change clothes. Swim in your daytime and catch up some dinner in the nearby restaurants with the best view.

9. Explore The Majestic Parks Of Zadar

Explore The Majestic Parks Of Zadar, Plitvice lake, zadar
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For more adventure and fun, step into the coast to experience the glory of natural wonder at the Kornati National Park. You could recharge at this preserved site, consisting of 147 inhabited islands. Explore the rugged shores, caves and cliffs which used to be home to Romans and Venetians. Swim, take part in snorkelling, scuba diving or get a yacht and roam around to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Climb to the top of the adventure’s most preferred Paklenica National Park that protects the neighbouring coasts. Go trekking in the 200m trail to witness the two marvellous Velika and Mala gorges. 

If there is still more time on your vacation, you shouldn’t hesitate to visit Plitvice lake’s most magical attraction. It is 90 min north of Zadar, but it would be the worthy shot you ever give. Plitvice National Park, a place where you will see the 14 lakes summit at the waterfall and form the gorgeous pool beneath the mountain. Walk around the forest, find the best viewpoints and fill your Instagram feeds, with pictures of yours with the most beautiful backdrops.

10. Experience The Flavour of Zadar

Experience The Flavour of Zadar, Gelato
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When you visit Zadar, you cannot leave without trying the most exquisite foods that reflect the cultural dynamics of the destination.

  • Try the popular Gelato of Zadar in Kalelarga boulevard!
  • Walk around the Zadar Pijaca(market) to get a bit closer to the food culture of the people of Zadar. Also, you would be lucky enough to try the most flavourful delicacies of the city.
  • Try the Maraska liqueur, the signature drink of Zadar since the 1700s. Maraschino cherries are matured in oak casks and encased in an attractive reed. You can get hold of them in most bars and cafes.
  • Try the intense flavour of Monkfish with truffles in Dugi Otok and Kornat.
  • Visit Fosa Sea Food Restaurant to try some of the authentic Dalmatian dishes.

Also Read: Top Must Eat In Croatia

 

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