Three days in Zadar give you enough time to discover most of what the city and environs have to offer. Take a Croatian cooking class, sail off on an island adventure, or catch a sunset (or three) while sipping maraschino liqueur. Here are our top tips for making the most of 72 hours in the historic port city.
Day 1: Get to Know Zadar
Spend your first day getting a feel for Zadar, choosing from historical tours or cultural experiences for a personalized overview of the coastal city. Check off top landmarks ahead of the crowds, taking advantage of Segway or bike tours for quick and convenient transport. Or, sign up for a classic Croatian cooking lesson. Round off your day on a dusk cruise for views of the famous Dalmatian sunset, then stroll around the Old Town after dark for a glimpse of Zadar’s vibrant nightlife.
Day 2: Explore the Archipelago
Dedicate a day to exploring the Adriatic. Head out early on a fishing trip, or make your way to nearby islands such as Pag and Dugi Otok in search of secluded bays and dramatic nature. Active travelers can get around by self-propelled vessel, while those looking to relax might opt for a cruise tour that includes onboard food and drinks. After a busy day of aquatic sightseeing, unwind back on land with a seafood dinner and a glass of maraschino liqueur—a Zadar specialty.
Day 3: Discover Wider Croatia
Spend your last day at one of Croatia’s hinterland highlights, such as the Plitvice Lakes, Krka National Park, or Zrmanja River. Keep costs down with simple transportation, or enjoy the supervision and insights of a guide on an active excursion. Alternatively, wander around another Croatian city, such as Split or Trogir—setting your own pace on a tour that offers a customizable itinerary. If time permits, conclude your visit by watching the sunset from Zadar’s Sea Organ for a memorable multisensory experience.