Destinations / Croatia / Zadar Coast
This beautiful region along the Dalmatian coast is more laid back and relaxed than better-known seaside resorts further south. The old town of Zadar, with its musical sea organ - a set of steps leading into the sea - is a fascinating destination as well as a popular base to explore the nearby seaside towns and islands on a family trip to Croatia.
Situated on a coastal peninsula the golden town of Zadar is surrounded by real natural beauty - with stunning views over the Zadar archipelago, where land meets the sea. Founded in pre-historic times, the town was the historical and religious centre of Dalmatia - designed according to the principles of the Roman urban network. Zadar's main attractions include the remains of an ancient Roman forum, the 15th Century church of St Donat, the country's first University and the permanent collection of church art in the Benedictine monastery of St Mary.
With plenty of things to see on a Zadar holiday, you can explore the pretty promenade that surrounds the town, the narrow, cobbled streets and the numerous cafes and restaurants around the main square - the heart of Zadar. The nearby islands and beaches are perfect for relaxing breaks in Croatia. Watersports as well as hiking in the nearby national park of Paklenica are also popular pursuits in the region. In the summertime, there are plenty of festivals celebrating the culture and history of the region.
Biograd na Moru, once home to the Croatian kings of the 11th Century, is another pretty town worth exploring. A popular summer resort, Biograd holidays are ideal for watersports lovers - where you can sail around the islets of the Pasman channel and discover almost deserted beaches to get away from it all. This seaside town also boasts a lovely marina, a large sports centre with tennis courts and boat excursions to the national park of Kornati.
North of Zadar lies the pretty fishing village of Petrcane, with its crystal-clear waters and pebbled beaches. A holiday in Petrcane offers a mixture of the old world and the new - plenty of modern restaurants and cafes, secluded beaches for swimming, and scented pine trees for relaxing in the shade. The ancient town of Nin, just 9km away, is worth a visit - if only to the see the worlds's smallest cathedral!
The nearby Kornati archipelago has over 150 islands to explore. Shopping in local shops and markets, you can pick up interesting local souvenirs such as olive oil, jewellery or coral sponge.
With direct flights from Ireland to Zadar, this beautiful coastal area of Croatia is ripe for exploration. Come and see its secluded beaches, tiny islands, ancient monuments and luscious national parks!
Did You Know...?
Zadar is known for its famous cherry-flavoured liqueur, Maraska.
There is a one-of-a-kind Sea Organ in Zadar that plays music as waves lap against the marble steps.
Zadar is the oldest continuously-inhabited Croatian city.
Zadar Coast Airport Transfers & Weather
Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
You can get a shared shuttle from Zadar Airport to your accommodation. This a coach transfer with multiple stops en route to your accommodation. It's the cheapest but slowest option.
The fastest and most direct option, though slightly more expensive, is a private transfer. This is a private vehicle just for you and the people travelling with you. There are no stops and no waiting at the airport.