With two days in Zadar, you can do more than just see the sights. Sail away on a sunset cruise, sample some local wine or cherry liqueur, or discover Croatia’s hinterland highlights. Here are our top tips for optimizing 48 hours in the historic port city, including options for day trips.
Day 1: Explore Zadar
Morning: Begin your day early to check off Zadar’s top attractions before the crowds and heat intensify. Whether you’re curious about Croatian cooking or seeking historical insight, you have options. Join a bike or Segway tour, or explore on foot for a more intimate view of the city.
Afternoon: Escape the midday heat and set off on an afternoon cruise. Or widen your perspective on a tour into rural Zadar, with lunch or samples of local wine included.
Night: Unwind with a fresh seafood dinner in an Old Town restaurant, then ensconce yourself on a nearby bar terrace for a taste of Zadar’s native cherry liqueur. For a multisensory sunset experience, take a stroll down to the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation.
Day 2: Discover Croatia
Morning: Zadar is an ideal departure point for wider Adriatic exploration. Take advantage of full-day tours of island attractions such as Telašćica Nature Park, choosing from a range of transport options. Alternatively, head inland to some of mainland Croatia’s hinterland highlights, such as Plitvice Lakes and Krka national parks. Most day tours don’t include lunch, but you can’t go far in Croatia without coming across a tasty dining spot.
Afternoon: Day tours typically continue into the afternoon, dropping you back in town around early evening. If you find yourself in Zadar with some time to spare, head to Kolovare pebble beach to catch the last of the day’s rays among locals, or take a walk around Queen Jelena Madijevka Park.
Night: Absorb your final views of the city on a sunset cruise, sipping an aperitif or two as you watch amber skies fade to navy. If you’re still in the mood to explore once you’re back on dry land, the Borik and Diklo seafronts offer an after-dark alternative to the Old Town.