Destination guide

Modern meets traditional in Zadar

Surrounded by imposing 16th-century walls, Zadar has a historic feel, with narrow cobblestone streets full of charming shops and cafes. However, Zadar also has a modern side, and is fast becoming a cultural and artistic destination, full of modern art and exciting new museums. Stay in a Zadar holiday rental and you can explore both sides of the city, as well as enjoying the sandy beaches that overlook the Adriatic Sea. Zadar is the site of a number of festivals during the summer, from electronica to contemporary dance, with the sea views and sunsets making for the perfect backdrop.

Things to do

Walk around the city walls of Zadar

Zadar City Gate protected the city from invading Turks, and today the imposing walls still stand guard. Built in limestone with intricate carvings and sculptures, these well-preserved walls can be followed around the outskirts of Zadar. Book a Zadar holiday rental and you'll have plenty of time to explore the old town, whether it's the fun Muzej iluzija, which is full of optical illusions and unique selfie opportunities, or the National Museum Zadar which combines natural history, Croatian art, and historic artefacts telling you the story of the city.


Discover the sound of the sea in Zadar

At first glance, the Sea Organ looks like steps leading into the clear blue sea. However, as you get closer, you'll hear an ethereal sound that's made whenever the waves hit the organ. This unique installation stretches for 70 metres along the coast, and as you sit on the marble steps you can enjoy the sea spray and listen to the soothing sounds of nature. It's a particularly great spot to watch the sunset at night, and you're just steps away from The Greeting to the Sun, a large circular light installation that's activated by your footsteps, making colourful patterns in the dark.


Hot summers and wet winters in Zadar

Zadar has hot, humid summers, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s in July and August. Luckily, the sea temperature also hits the 20s, too – great for a relaxing swim. May to September tend to be the busiest months, with mild weather and usually dry, sunny days. Winters are usually mild, with daytime temperatures in the low 10s, but this is the wettest season in Zadar. The cool sunny weather makes it a nice time to explore the cultural attractions but be sure to have a backup plan for rainy days.

Natural features

Coastal exploration and island hopping from Zadar

Zadar is set on a long stretch of coastline overlooking the turquoise blue sea. Prosika Pag is the main city beach, with lots of golden sands making it a popular spot for Zadar holiday rentals. Surrounded by cliffs, you can walk along the coast discovering unspoilt spots such as Uljak, which has tiny sandy coves and clear shallow waters to explore. You can also take boat tours to surrounding islands, such as those in the National Park Kornati. Full of uninhabited islands, you can find your own beach paradise, or hike through untouched forests.

How to get there

How to get to and around Zadar

The nearest airport is in Zadar (ZAD), located 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Zadar?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,527 holiday lettings around Zadar. From 376 villas to 912 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Zadar? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Zadar. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Croatian National Theatre: 9,531 holiday lettings
  • Kolovare Beach: 9,919 holiday lettings
  • Knight's Palace: 9,798 holiday lettings
  • Supernova Shopping Center: 9,844 holiday lettings
  • Land Gate: 9,569 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Zadar listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Zadar?

Yes, of course. offers 376 Villas in Zadar. Our other popular types of Zadar holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 912 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 4,896 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 4 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Zadar?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,467 holiday homes with pool available in Zadar. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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