With a historic old town and spectacular seaside setting, don’t miss Zadar on your trip to the
Dalmatian Coast. As Croatia’s oldest city, Zadar has a rich heritage. There’s lots to explore to
complement your lazy days soaking up some Mediterranean sun.
Sit down at a cosmopolitan cafe for some breakfast and plan a day’s sightseeing. The old town is the only place to start, where you can wander among historic buildings and dive into traditional little shop as you hunt for souvenirs. There are over 30 churches dotted around the old town, so don’t
forget your camera.
Zadar Cathedral is one of the city’s most popular attractions, a magnificent church which started life as a fourth century Christian basilica. Most of the current building dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, and has a lovely Romanesque style. St. Donat’s church is right by the cathedral, and as well as containing a museum, you may even be able to see a music concert there if you’re in town over summer.
When it’s time to relax, there are a number of beaches close to the centre of Zadar, perfect for
recharging your batteries. Locals love Kolovare, while Vitrenjak is a great family choice. If you want to have a go at water sports such as parasailing, then head to Borik, which is a large hotel complex.
To see more of the picture-perfect coastline, take a boat trip around the Dalmatian islands and stop off at beaches such as Sakarun, where white pebbles give way to soft pale sands and crystal clear waters. Or move on to the Dalmatian Coast’s biggest city, Split, stopping at the incredible Krka
Waterfalls on the way.