Known for its ancient history and breathtaking seaside location, Zadar holidays offer the best of both worlds. There's an international airport here too, so you won't have to travel far to get to your hotel. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of the old town. Shop for souvenirs and grab a snack at a local cafe while exploring Roman and Venetian ruins. On lazy days, you'll find plenty of space on the coast to soak up some Mediterranean sun. The best part about holidays to Zadar is how few tourists there are compared to Croatia's best-known destinations like Dubrovnik. That means you can lounge on the beach without the crowds.
The historical city of Zadar offers you a chance to experience both the ancient and the new. 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, the place to be if you want to get up close and personal with Zadar's ancient ruins. Most date back to the 1st century BC, but you'll find structures from the 3rd century AD too. Another iconic spot you won't want to miss is the Zadar Cathedral. You'll get to take in stunning views of the town’s ancient city walls from this church, which dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
If you thought this ancient city was all about bygone eras, think again. Make your way to the waterfront of Zadar if you're looking for something spectacular. When you arrive, you'll see a giant, solar-powered light show. The Sun Salutation is a 22m-wide circle made up of around 300 glass plates. They work all day long collecting enough solar energy so you and your friends can dance surrounded by coloured flashing lights that mimic the aurora borealis.
Ready for a relaxing beach holiday? Say no more, because Zadar beaches are within easy reach. Bring the whole family to the white sands of Vitrenjak or head to Kolovare, a secluded shore that locals love. Take things up a notch and get your heart pounding as you head into the waters of Borik, a giant hotel complex that's got a range of watersports on offer. You can also visit one of Croatia's most luxurious beaches, as it's just an island hop away. Sink your feet into the soft pale sands of Saharun 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.