Few unforgettable things you can do in Zadar
Zadar isn't especially large city, few easy evening walks across the boardwalk, and wonderful sunsets which illuminate smooth white stone, and you'll get used to this city. But what makes Zadar so special is a fact that this city is great starting point for visiting national parks, archipelago and numerous festivals which are being held nearby.
Zadar Old town
This is most beautiful part of the city, best known as Poluotok (Croatian word for "peninsula"). Here you can find great food and excellent bars which are becoming more streamlined as nightlife is getting better. There are few beautiful sights which will cheer you up quickly. City's tourist office provides maps on which you can mark parts which you've already visited as excavations or churches. However, new sights will most likely capture your attention, which you'll have to listen besides watching them. Although it is connected to mainland, you can get to Old city via bridge as well, which creates an impression that this part of the city is located on the island. Here you can find famous Zadar sea organ, as well as Pozdrav suncu (Croatian for "greeting to the sun"). Organs are built into stairs and depend on waves and wind which create music. Pozdrav suncu depends on sunlight, because whole installation is, in fact, large solar panel which collects sunlight during the day, and then use it to illuminate during the night. Interesting fact about this is: both installations were designed by same architect who provided Zadar boardwalk unique feeling. You can also enjoy beautiful sunsets from here. Alfred Hitchcock said Zadar is city with one of the worlds most beautiful sunsets.
Zadar festival route
Plan your visit so it matches with one of the numerous festivals held in the village of Petrcane, located by the coast, about 20 minutes of driving away from Zadar. It all begins with Garden festival in July, and shortly after many of festivals that last several days begin. Those are: Soundwave, Electric Elephant and Stop Making Sense. Place where festivals are held is on the hotels property. Beside that, there are Tiki bar, and terrace by the beach that has great view of the sea, as well as nightclub Barvarella (famous club during '60s), with main stage, and many places where you can relax in comfortable sofas located near nearby pine forest. Book yourself a place on one of the famous boat parties, which will drag you and your friends away from daily activities thanks to DJs on the boat. Atmosphere is much more relaxing than on Ibiza, and prices are less expensive.
Under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Plitvice lakes are the oldest national park in southeast Europe, and largest national park in Croatia. You can get to Plitvice lakes from Zadar from main bus station or by organizes one-day trip. Once you're there, enjoy astonishing scenery which looks wonderful during the whole year. Park is crowded with natural turquoise lakes, thick vegetation, interlaced routes and waterfalls. Ferry can get you over the lake, and there are many paths for you to walk. You'll need a whole day to visit all that. Tickets are priced at 15€ in the peak of the season, and they include bus ride, and ride with electronic ferry.
National park Kornati
You've survived boat party, and now you just want to relax and chill out. Zadar archipelago offers wonderful possibilities for sailing, so don't miss this chance. Just sit and relax, catch some color, let others make your lunch and soak into the views during the sailing across Dalmatian coast. "On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath". This quote witnesses about beauty of those 147 islands, of which some are uninhabited, although vineyards, olive plantations and farmland mean that still there is a small number of inhabitants. These islands are sailors paradise. Boat trips start every day from the Zadar marina.