The town of Zadar Croatia, is set on the Dalmatian coast and known for its rich heritage and spectacular seaside setting. You'll find the international airport here too, which means you won't have to travel far to reach your hotel. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the old town. Explore Roman and Venetian ruins as you shop for souvenirs and grab a snack at a local cafe. On lazy days, you'll find plenty of space on the beach to soak up some Mediterranean sun. A great thing about Zadar is that it doesn't get as many visitors as Croatia's best-known places like Dubrovnik. That means you can lounge on the beach without the crowds. Plus, your money will go a lot further.
Marvel at Zadar's historical architectureZadar is a historical city that blends the ancient and the modern, offering you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds. Don't miss the stunning Church of St Donatus; it's Croatia's largest pre-Romanesque building. You'll find it on the Roman Forum, whichis the place to be if you want to get up close and personal with Zadar's Roman ruins. Most date back to the 1st century BC, but you'll find structures from the 3rd century AD too. Another historical spot you won't want to miss is the Zadar Cathedral. You'll be snapping photos like crazy from the top of the bell tower. You'll get to take in stunning views of the town from this church, which dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Dance in the sunIf you thought this ancient city was all about bygone eras and has nothing to offer a more energetic, upbeat traveller, think again. If you're looking for something spectacular, make your way towards the waterfront of Zadar Croatia. When you arrive, you'll see a giant, solar-powered public dance floor. The Sun Salutation is a 22m-wide circle made up of around 300 glass plates. They work all day long collecting enough solar energy for you and your friends to dance surrounded by coloured flashing lights that mimick the aurora borealis.
Listen to the music of the seaAnother unusual but amazing attraction in Zadar is the incredible Sea Organ. This marvellous structure was designed by Nikola Bai, who's also the mastermind behind the Sun Salutation. Climb the stone stairs leading into the sea and dip your toes in the warm water as you listen to the hypnotic music playing from the underwater pipes. It sounds a lot like an entrancing harmonica, and is particularly special if you're in the mood to relax on the steps and overlook the Adriatic Sea in time to catch the sunset.
Relax on the beachReady for a relaxing beach day? Say no more, because in Zadar Croatia beaches are within easy reach. Bring the whole family to the white sands of Vitrenjak or head to Kolovare, which is one that the locals love. Take things up a notch and get your heart pounding as you head into the waters of Borik, a massive hotel complex that's got a range of water sports on offer. You can visit one of Croatia's most luxurious beaches, as it's just a ferry ride away. Sink your feet into the soft pale sands of Saharun beach and go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters along the coastline. Since you're here already, why not rent a mountain bike and race around the island before stopping for a picnic on the grassy banks of the famous Veli Rat Lighthouse.
Day trips worth your timeYou can explore even more of Croatia with a fun day trip to the Dalmatian Coast's biggest city, Split. Go shopping for yourself or pick up a few souvenirs in the city centre before stopping at a local café for a quick snack. And step inside the Roman monument of Diocletian's Palace, which is one of Croatia's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If city life isn't your thing, take a day trip to Krka National Park. You'll find a 200m deep canyon with gushing waterfalls and limestone gorges. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park and find shade from the Mediterranean sun beneath a towering pine tree. Count the dragonflies that pass you by and when you need to cool off in the summer, bathe under a cascading waterfall.
Sail into the sunsetZadar is a town known for its impressive sunsets. The fiery sun turns the sky ablaze, and you can't help but stare at the mesmerising scene unfolding before you. For a unique view of the sunset, book a private sailing expedition that'll take you past the Sea Organ and out into the still waters of the sea. From here, you'll get panoramic views of the horizon, perfect for finishing an exciting day of exploring with something a little more relaxed and laid back. Plus, it's the perfect place for a romantic date with someone special; you can even enjoy a cocktail as you take in the dreamy views.