The ancient city of Zadar is well known for its history and breathtaking scenery. It holds some of Croatia's most important treasures that date back to the stone age.
Zadar is also one of the oldest existing cities that have survived numerous wars, siege, and earthquakes and remains stunning as ever.
The city offers inspiring history, beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, and ancient secrets to explore.
Here are some tips on how to spend your vacation, places to visit, and some magical experiences you can't afford to miss on your trip to this stone age city.
Daily temperatures along the coast from Zadar to Dubrovnik are about 77°F (25°C), with temperatures decreasing as low as 16°C-19°C in the evening.
The best time to visit Zadar for a holiday is between May and June and August and September.
There are 12 hours of sunshine, a high UV index, and as little as a couple of inches of rain over seven days, making it perfect for relaxation.
The weather stays relatively mild and gentle during these months, ranging from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius.
Also, the sea temperature is usually perfect for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, and other beach activities.
During these months, there are also many delightful festivals and intriguing things to experience.
All you have to do is pack your summer clothes and carry light layers — you're all set!
Here are some breathtaking, luxurious, and relaxing villas to choose from during your stay.
Villa The Wave
Villa The Wave contains three bedrooms and can accommodate up to six guests.
The bedrooms are all on the top floor, and they offer you bathrooms, balconies, and a view of the sea.
On the ground level, you have a cosy living room suitable for lounging during the long summer days, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and an additional bathroom.
Villa Indigo can accommodate up to 8 guests and is located near Zadar, in a small place called Nin.
It contains four large bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Each room tells a tale and is designed in neutral tones and modern style.
The fully equipped kitchen is designed to stand out from the rest of the villa with its dark components and wooden accents.
You may enjoy the breathtaking scenery around you from either the heated pool or the covered jacuzzi.
Dalmatia has plenty of sunny days, ideal if you enjoy sunbathing every day. If that is the case, then the poolside sun loungers will be your best spot.
Villa Sisman contains everything you need for a pleasant and restful vacation in this peaceful Dalmatian resort.
In 2009, this 100-year-old stone mansion was renovated with a lot of wood and stone in the typical Dalmatian style.
It has four cosy bedrooms and can accommodate up to ten people.
The ground floor features a lovely kitchen, dining area, a cosy living room, bathroom, and one bedroom.
On the upper floor are three bedrooms with extra beds, a bathroom, and a separate toilet. Every room in the house has air conditioning, TV, and Internet access.
A heated swimming pool is located outside, surrounded by a well-kept garden rich with Mediterranean plants.
This charming villa is a good choice if you wish to spend your vacation in a rural stone house a few kilometres from the beach.
Events in September
Here are some entertaining events to enjoy during your vacation.
The Kizzadar Paradise Festival
Yoga Retreat Vitamin Sea
Where to Go in Zadar
Here are some breathtaking places to stop by while on your trip.
The Sea Organ
The Sea organ was designed by architect Nikola Bai.
It was a project to rebuild the new city shoreline, completed and unveiled to the public on April 15, 2005.
The waves interact with the organ, producing sounds that are somewhat random but harmonious.
80 organ pipes play with seawater pressure.
The songs can be heard from a kilometre and sound particularly angelic when you get to a stairway and gaze out at the sea when it is playing.
The Cathedral of St Anastasia, with its stunning white stone exterior, is one of the primary attractions of Zadar's old town.
The Basilica was initially dedicated to St Peter the Apostle. Still, when Zadar's bishop, Donat, obtained the bones of the Simian martyr St Anastasia, known as Stoija in Zadar, at the beginning of the 9th century, the Basilica was renamed after her.
Over the years, the church has been rebuilt multiple times with Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian elements, remaining modest and graceful.
The Museum of illusion
The Museum of Illusion in Zadar offers a venue appropriate for both social and enjoyable journeys into the realm of illusions that have fascinated people.
It's a place for new adventures and enjoyment with friends and family.
It is not just a favourite destination for youngsters but also for parents, couples, and grandparents.
The Museum tricks your mind and your senses with a collection of images that changes the way you see the world around you.
The Queen Jelena Madijevka Park
Queen Jelena Madijevki Park was Zadar's first city park. Its origin may be traced back to 1829 when it was created in the area of military fortifications by the Austrian commander, Governor Baron Franz Ludwig von Welden.
Governor Van Walden was a naturalist who was particularly interested in Dalmatian flora.
During his time in Zadar, he gathered flora native to the area, eventually establishing huge green gardens.
The park was built as a romantic garden, with sculptures, statues, fountains, chairs, tables set among the foliage, and a little Chinese pagoda serving as a music pavilion.
Unfortunately, the park was destroyed by bombing during World War II. Only tiny groupings of trees survived and were progressively rebuilt over time.