Things to do in Zadar when traveling with yacht
Zadar is an ancient Mediterranean port city ideal for private yacht charter peaceful getaway. Maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets protect the city from the strong winds, which makes the perfect setting for anchoring. You can enjoy the most beautiful sunset, a symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation near the new harbor for cruising yachts. Nearest Zadar airport is 9.2km away (11 minutes ride with transfer) from the marina where the boat will be ready and waiting for you.
The best private marinas, ports or anchor points
You have 2 options on where & how you can start your cruise.
is the most comfortable option. The driver takes you more or less in front of your gulet. You get on board in a nice and smooth fashion, no crowds and everything is calm and relaxed. However, in general, private marinas are more expensive then if you start your cruise in a port. (Your option in Zadar: Marina Zadar; Zadar Fosa Marina, Zadar Jazine Marina, Zadar Uvala Bregdetti Marina, Zadar Uvala Dražanica Marina, Marina Borik, Tankerkomerc Zadar Marina, Marina Preko and Marina Dalmacija)
are usually crowded with lots of people and other ships, yachts & motor sailors. But the locations are best! You step out of the gulet and you are in the heart of the city. If this is what you like, it is perfect. (Your option in Zadar: Marina Virtenjak Harbour, Port of Zadar – Travel Port Gaženica)
Most popular choices
Marina Zadar is located in the central part of the Adriatic coast. Many boaters from all over the world choose Marina Zadar as an ideal starting point for nautical adventure. Marina Zadar is also the holder of the Blue Flag, an exclusive eco-mark which indicates an ecologically pure, safe and well-maintained marina.
Port Authority of Zadar
Port of Zadar authority was established to manage, develop and use the port of Zadar, as a port open for international public transport which due to its size and importance was nominated a port of special international and economic interest for the Republic of Croatia.
Interesting facts about Zadar:
- Zadar was rated as no.1 city according to TripAdvisor in 2016 season
- Amazing check-in location if you wish to visit natural park Kornati
- Full of nightlife & amazing restaurants
- Alfred Hitchcock said: Better sunset than the one on Island Santorini
Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)
Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, designed by local architect Nikola Bašić, is unique. Set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that exude wistful sighs when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. The effect is hypnotic, the mellifluous tones increasing in volume when a boat or ferry passes by.
You can swim from the steps off the promenade while listening to the sounds. This is a superb spot to peacefully watch the sun go down to the mesmerizing tones of Zadar’s most popular attraction.
Zadar City Gate and walls
Once the largest city-fortress in the entire Republic of Venice, Zadar’s walls allowed it to retain more of its independence than most of its neighboring cities. When you pass the walls you will see famous Five Wells Square.On top of the bastion above the Harbour Gate is a promenade called the Muraj – a peaceful vantage point over the mainland opposite and the people crossing the bridge. Best thing is just to wander in streets of Zadar and be surprised by walls of Zadar.
The Greeting to the Sun
Another wacky and wonderful creation by Nikola Bašić (along with the nearby Sea Organ), this 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with 300 multi layered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy during the day. Together with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ’ssound, it produces a trippy light show from sunset to sunrise that’s meant to simulate the solar system.
It also collects enough energy to power the entire harbour-front lighting system. The place is packed with tourists, excited children and locals every night, especially at sunset, when the gorgeous sea views and the illuminated pavement make for a spectacular sight.
The Cathedral of St. Anastasia (Croatian: Katedrala sv. Stošije) is the Roman Catholic cathedral of Zadar, Croatia, the seat of the Archdiocese of Zadar, and the largest church in all of Dalmatia. The church’s origins date back to a Christian basilica built in the 4th and 5th centuries, while much of the currently standing three-nave building was constructed in the Romanesque style during the 12th and 13th centuries. The site has been submitted to UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
The best restaurants to consider in Zadar
Several restaurants, cafes, and markets where you can expect only the superb food and amazing dishes for a good price. Everything you need for a superb culinary experience.
Ul. Bedemi zadarskih pobuna 13A, 23000, Zadar
Hotel Bastion’s fine-dining restaurant offers contemporary takes on classic Croatian cuisine (octopus stew, stuffed squid, Pag cheese). France and Italy also make their presence felt, particularly in the delectable dessert list. Opt for the white-linen experience inside or dine on the battlements overlooking the harbor for a memorable evening’s dining.
Restaurant Pet Bunara
Stratico ul. 1, 23000, Zadar
Pet Bunara with exposed stone walls inside and a pretty terrace lined with olive trees, this is an atmospheric place to tuck into Dalmatian soups and stews, homemade pasta and local faves such as octopus and turkey. Save room for a traditional Zadar fig cake or cherry torte.
Liburnska obala 6, 23000, Zadar
Sitting pretty in a prime harbour-front spot with lots of polished wood and a slim covered terrace, this elegant Kornat is one of Zadar’s best restaurants. The cooking marries fresh Croatian produce, rich French-style sauces and plenty of Italian touches. The seafood, however, is a touch on the pricey side for what you get.
Široka ul. 2A, 23000, Zadar
Beneath the Art Hotel Kalelarga, this chic little beige cafe is your best option for a cooked breakfast or a decadent cake. As the day progresses, the focus shifts towards more substantial Dalmatian fare. Service is very good here.
Ul. kralja Dmitra Zvonimira 2, 23420, Zadar
With a gorgeous terrace that juts out into the harbor and a sleek interior that combines ancient stone walls with 21st-century style, Foša is a very classy place. The main focus of chef Damir Tomljanović is fresh fish, plucked from the Adriatic and served grilled or salt-baked.
Obala kneza Domagoja 9, 23000, Zadar
This wildly popular hotel restaurant Niko is great for grilled fish and other seafood, though the menu has red meat and vegetarian dishes too. It’s your best bet down the Borik end of the city.
Day trips and excursions
Plenty of exciting ideas and things to do in Zadar
Plitvice National Park Full-Day Tour from Zadar
Yes! This is the place your friends were showing you about. The most famous Croatian nature gem. The stunning National Park Plitvice Lakes. Enlisted in UNESCO heritage list, always on a bucket list for travelers.
Every season has its own unique charm and the Plitvice Lakes with their alternating colors and every new awakening, both trapped in ice or in the shade of the trees, will leave you with a very distinct, unique and invaluable impression. Takes you only 1,5-hour driving from Zadar to Plitvice. This is a must. More about this partner here.
Zadar Explore Bike Tour
The easiest way to get to know Zadar is by Bike Tour, so do not hesitate to let yourself in the hands of our guide and get started. In this tour, you will have the opportunity to see the most beautiful city beaches and most interesting parts of the city. We will introduce you to the rich history of the city, which is over 3000 years old.
More about this partner here.
National park Krka
This is the second National Park that your friend told you about this but you maybe had problems with remembering its name. How do we pronounce it, right? No worries, you will learn that when you get there. The national park Krka is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems.
Krka River is 72.5 km long, making it the 22nd longest river in Croatia. It springs in the foothills of the Dinara mountain range, 2.5 km northeast of Knin. With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river. Takes you less than an hour to get there. Amazing, right? More about this partner here.
A few tourist attraction recommendations you can’t miss
Church of St. Donatus
This is the symbol of Zadar. Probably the most spread picture on the postcard from Zadar. The most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages (9th c.).
Church of St.Donat is round pre-Romanesque church which was called the Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th c., and from that time on carries the name of Saint Donat, by the bishop who had it built. The church was mentioned for the first time around 10th c. in the documents of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos. Today its space is used, due to its extraordinary acoustic features, for musical performances.
This museum is like driving a time machine. Archeological remains from 7th till 12th century are exposed on the ground floor. On the first floor are exposed numerous objects illustrating life in northern Dalmatia in the Roman times. On the second floor is exposed pre historic archeological material from the Stone Age and the Metal Age (about 10.000 BC up to the arrival of the Romans). Great option for an hour or two to escape from hot summer days.
Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi
Built in early 13 century. This monastery was very important as a center of Catholic influence in Zadar. It is the oldest gothic monastery in region Dalmatia. Furthermore, this was a place where the Venice Republic and Austro-Hungarian Empire signed “Peace of Zadar” where the Venice Republic didn’t claim any more rights on Zadar.
Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusion in Zadar brings you into the entertaining world of illusions which has delighted all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family and it’s unique in this part of Europe. Not only is it a place for children who adore coming, but also a place for parents, couples, grandmothers, and grandfathers.
Where to stay in Zadar
These hotels & villas will make your stay magical
Falkensteiner hotels are famous for their unique atmosphere and interior design. Franchise hotels that originate from South Tyrol. Their design is a combination of northern Alpine style with a touch of southern Mediterranean culture.
Art Hotel Kalelarga
The hotel features 10 thematically designed guest rooms, which are characterized by functionality, harmony, fine materials, shapes, and colors. The incorporation of stone pavement in design creates a sense of expansion of the famous Kalelarga Street.
Beautiful stone made villa around 15 km from Zadar. It even has a garden with vegetables and organic herbs. Don’t forget the wine cellar so you can taste local Croatian wines. The best place to spend it with your loved ones.
Tourist boards of Zadar
Here you can find additional information about interesting things in Zadar. If you want to learn more about history of Zadar, museums, cultural or any other events that are happening when you are here.
For more information at city centre you can visit:
Zadar Tourist Board – Jurja Barakovića 5A
Contact: +385 (0)23 316 166