The Venetians, Byzantines, Italians, and Hungarian Empire each stacked their claim here at various points in time.
A region rich in history and natural beauty with three national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes and Krka, crammed between the Adriatic sea and the mighty Velebit mountains.
It is precisely this highly indented coast, the ideal climate, variety of landscape, and particularly the heterogeneous coastline - from cliffs and rocks to pebble and sand beaches where the difference between the sea and land is almost obliterated - that attract every visitor, whatever he tastes or wishes.
Best places to visit in Zadar Region
Highlights of Zadar Region
The Zadar Region is a coastal area located in the northern part of Dalmatia filled with stunning natural beauty, historical landmarks, and cultural attractions. The city of Zadar is the main attraction of the region, rich in history dating back to Roman times. The city boasts numerous landmarks such as the ancient Roman forum, the medieval St. Donatus Church, and the Sea Organ.
Another gem of the region is the Plitvice Lakes National Park famous for its crystal-clear lakes and amazing waterfalls and a network of hiking trails and boardwalks.
Zadar region is also known for its beautiful islands, such as Dugi Otok, Pag, and Ugljan, each with its unique charm and character. Dugi Otok is famous for its sandy beaches and pristine waters, while Pag is known for its delicious cheese and lamb dishes. Ugljan is a popular spot for cycling enthusiasts, thanks to its well-maintained cycling routes and stunning coastal views.
The city of Nin, located just a short drive from Zadar, is a must-visit for history buffs. The town's old town is home to numerous historical landmarks, such as the Romanesque Church of the Holy Cross, the smallest cathedral in the world, and the ancient salt pans that have been in use since Roman times.
When to visit Zadar Region
The best time to visit the Zadar Region is during the summer months of June to September when the weather is warm and sunny and the sea is perfect for swimming and water activities. This is also the busiest time of the year so expect more crowds and higher prices.
Spring and autumn, particularly April to May and September to October, are also great times to visit as the weather is still pleasant, and there are fewer tourists. Winter in Zadar can be chilly and wet, but it's a good time for those looking for a quieter vacation experience.
Top 5 things to do in Zadar region
- National park Paklenica
- Pag Island with Zrce beach
- Telascica nature park
- Town of Nin and its saltworks
- Zadar's Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun