Why choose a cruise to Zadar?

Perched on a tiny peninsula on the Adriatic Coast, Zadar is a city saturated in history. Marble-lined boulevards and squares are bordered with colourful buildings and medieval churches. Crumbling Roman ruins can be found in atmospheric corners of the city, but Zadar also has a modern side, with edgy bars and cosmopolitan cafés.

The scenery surrounding the city is stunning, too. The sea bordering the city is freckled with picturesque islands, many of which boast pristine beaches. Croatia’s most beautiful natural park, Plitvice Lakes, is within reach of the city.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

A guide to Zadar’s hotspots

You’ll love exploring the sun-kissed city of Zadar. Wander through the streets of the old town, soaking up the city’s evocative atmosphere as you marvel at everything from Byzantine churches to crumbling Roman ruins. Climb the old bell tower for a panoramic view of the city and the islands in the bay.

The waterfront of Zadar boasts two unique attractions. The Sea Organ is a large staircase leading to the sea, with underwater pipes. Waves force air through them to create resonating musical notes. The nearby Greeting to the Sun is a flat surface paved with glass panels that reflect the setting sun and turn into a multi-coloured illuminated spectacle at night.

Zadar waterfront view from the sea, Dalmatia, Croatia

Zadar offers regular ferry connections to the islands in its bay. The closest is Ugljan, an elongated island carpeted in pine trees and vineyards. It boasts some beautiful, secluded beaches and some great hiking trails across the interior.

The natural highlight of a Zadar cruise is a trip through the Croatian countryside to Plitvice Lakes, an hour-and-a-half inland. This UNESCO heritage site will take your breath away. You’ll discover a series of serene blue lakes and gushing waterfalls nestled among forested hills.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Zadar

Marella Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

P&O Cruises

Seabourn

The best time to visit Zadar

Zadar Architecture

A Zadar cruise makes for a memorable summer holiday. In July and August the temperature averages 25°C, often rising higher. Enjoy ocean dips during the day and evocative sunset walks afterwards.

The weather is delightfully balmy in the spring, with highs of 18°C during April and 23°C in May. During these months, there’s an annual outdoor festival, where you can watch a regatta, kayaking race and also a marathon. There are live music events and food stalls, too.

Did you know?

  • According to Alfred Hitchcock, Zadar has the most beautiful sunsets in the world
  • There’s an Egyptian sphinx in Zadar, built to commemorate a man’s love for his wife
  • Zadar is renowned for its delicious Maraschino cherry liqueur.