The Forum Tours

Walking around Zadar’s old town, you might be surprised to suddenly find yourself amidst the city’s most historic sight, the Roman forum. Constructed between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD, the forum is the largest in Croatia. Today it still features remnants of an infamous “shame column” of sorts (where offenders were publicly humiliated), and a temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva — among other relics from the past. 

Sadly, not a lot of the original forum endures, but what you can see is a healthy scattering of Roman artifacts laid out in the area in front of the Church of St Donatus (and within it, actually, as it is built atop the forum and is home to two Roman columns, and a sacrificial altar). Though Zadar’s forum may seem sparse compared to that of Rome, for example, it’s the fact that these remains very much exist among the city, and not enclosed beyond a ticket booth. This allows visitors and locals to experience Zadar’s forum to the fullest as they walk among it freely, enjoying one of the outdoor concerts, or while simply snacking on a refreshing ice cream. 

Practical Info

The forum can be found in the area in front of the Church of St Donatus, and is situated near or on the way to many other Zadar sights, including the Archeology Museum, and the famous wave-playing sea organ.
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Address: Poljana Pape Ivana Pavla II, Zadar, Zadar, Croatia 23000, Croatia
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Zadar Small-Group Walking Tour

Avoid the impersonal nature of big city tours and discover Zadar by foot on a small-group excursion, gaining intimate insight into the city’s cultural heritage with visits to landmarks including the Sea Organ and Church of St. Donatus, as well as liqueur and cheese tasting in the market. Benefit from the small-group size for a more personalized experience, and gain insider knowledge from your local guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Zadar Walking Tour - Ancient Meets Modern

Known for its far reaching history, it can be difficult to appreciate the many influences on Zadar’s architecture and culture on a self-led tour. Gain insight into the city’s Roman, medieval, and modern features as you stroll its streets with your guide, then relax as you absorb waterfront vistas with a complimentary coffee and sample of a traditional Dalmatian liqueur.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Zadar City Tour: Antique Treasures

Get to know the many antique treasures in Zadar on this small-group sightseeing tour. Follow your guide to learn about the Roman empire, Emperor Augustus, and the era's religion and culture.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sunset-Sunrise Run Zadar Tour

Escape the Mediterranean heat and enjoy an active excursion with a sunset or sunrise running tour of Zadar. Discover city landmarks including the Roman Forum, Sea Organ, and Church of St. Donatus, and benefit from encouragement and insights provided by your professional running guide. Gain a unique dawn or dusk perspective and experience the city intimately as you sprint its streets, avoiding the daytime crowds.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD34.76
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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