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Travel tip: Zadar for first-timers!

This can be a pleasant and memorable holiday in Zadar for first-time travelers, here are some simple tips.

Flights: Easy to fly direct round trip with Norwegian from around NOK 2,500 +/- depending on the day. Short distance from the airport to the center of Zadar.


Croatia's hidden gem

Zadar is a charming city that combines rich history, impressive culture and beautiful nature. The old town with its narrow streets and historic buildings takes you on a journey back in time, while the modern sea organ and the installation "Greetings to the Sun" provide a unique experience by the coast. The city's beaches, such as the popular "Kolovare Beach", offer relaxation and crystal clear water.

With its friendly atmosphere, delicious local cuisine and lively markets, Zadar is a destination that provides a memorable experience for all visitors.

The old town of Zadar

A bit of history: A historical treasure with modern holiday offers

Zadar is a city with a rich history spanning three thousand years, from Roman ruins to medieval churches, giving visitors a glimpse into the grandeur of the past. As well as being a cultural centre, Zadar offers modern holiday offers suitable for all types of travellers.

Here you can enjoy relaxing days on the beautiful beaches, participate in water sports activities, or take a boat trip to the nearby islands.

The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious local cuisine, and pleasant markets. With a perfect mix of old and new, Zadar is an ideal destination for an unforgettable holiday.


Explore the Old Town :

Start your adventure with a walk through the charming cobbled streets of Zadar's Old Town. Don't miss the Church of St. Donatus and the Roman Forum.



Visit the Sea Organ and Salute to the Sun :

Experience the unique sounds from the Sea Organ and the colorful light show from Salute to the Sun, especially impressive at sunset.

Zadar, Croatia

Taste Local Food : Enjoy authentic Croatian food. Try seafood in one of the many restaurants along the harbor and taste local wine. I will update when I have visited Zadar myself.


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Accommodation :

Choose accommodation that suits your style; either in the heart of the old town, in a luxury hotel with a sea view, or a cozy villa outside the city. It pays to be a little early.


Day Trips to National Parks : Plan a trip to Plitvice Lakes or Krka Falls to experience Croatia's magnificent nature.


Visit Nearby Islands : Take a boat trip to the islands of Ugljan or Dugi Otok for beautiful beaches and a relaxing atmosphere.

Enjoy Cultural Events :

Check out local festivals and events, especially in the summer, for a real Croatian cultural experience.

Transport options:

  • Norwegian direct, check departures and prices here

  • From the Airport :

    • Zadar's airport is close to the city, with buses and taxis available for transport to the city centre.

  • Within the City :

    • The old town is best explored on foot. Public transport and bicycle rental are also available.

  • To National Parks :

    • Organized day trips from Zadar are available, or you can rent a car for more flexibility.

  • To the Islands :

    • There are regular ferry and boat trips from Zadar's port to nearby islands.


With these main points, you are well prepared for a first-class experience in Zadar, full of culture, nature and culinary delights!


Here you have a link to a separate article about the areas around Zadar

If you want to travel to some places within an hour's drive,

here are some suggestions - click here

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