What to do and see in Zadar County, Croatia: The Best Places and Tips

January 16, 2018 Randal Brittian

Zadar County (Croatian Zadarska županija [zâdarskaː ʒupǎnija]) is a county in Croatia, it encompasses northern Dalmatia and southeastern Lika. Its center is the city of Zadar.
Restaurants in Zadar County

1. Paklenica National Park

Starigrad-Paklenica 23244, Croatia +385 23 369 202
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 640 reviews

Paklenica National Park

Due to its unique natural features, magnificent Forests and extraordinary geomorphologic structures, the area of Velika and Mala Paklenica was proclaimed a national park in 1949. The main reason for proclaiming this area a national park was the protection of the largest and best preserved forest complex in the territory of Dalmatia, which was threatened by overexploitation. The Paklenica National Park stretches on the area of 95 km2 , on the littoral slope of South Velebit under the zone of highest mountain peaks Vaganski vrh (1752) and Sveto brdo (1753).

Reviewed By Matija V

Amazing nature and definitely a climbers haven. Went with the family and climbing friends. Family went hiking and enjoying wonderful nature and scenery while I was climbing with friends.

2. Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)

Promenade | Istarska Obala - Obale kralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar 23000, Croatia +385 91 339 2559
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)

Reviewed By EmmelineOoi

The sea organ is truly amazing. We enjoyed the music which is actually by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath the large marble steps. We sat on the steps listening to the music while waiting for sunset. It is very relaxing to enjoy the sea and at the same time listening to the music.
A must visit if you are at Zadar.

3. Archaeological Museum Zadar

Trg Opatice Chike 1, Zadar 23000, Croatia +385 23 250 542
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Archaeological Museum Zadar

Reviewed By travelway - Nashville

The displays are pretty static and require a lot of just standing and Reading descriptions. In many areas the lighting was nominal. And many of the objects were repetitive. Having said that, the history covered was extensive and gave insight into this amazing country and its varied past.

4. Paseo Maritimo

Obala Kralja | vista sul canale Zara e isole Ugljan e Pašman, Zadar 23000, Croatia
Excellent
45%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Paseo Maritimo

Reviewed By Sarah D

Really lovely wide sea front boulevard which allows for a pleasant stroll day or night along the sea front. Some statues and places to swim are dotted along the Promenade and often buskers or market stalls line the walk.

5. Spiaggia di Rucica

Metajna, Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Spiaggia di Rucica

Reviewed By Mateo Z

It is located just at the mouth of the bay of Pag. The temperature of the sea is little bit warmer than sea on the south part of the island. If you really like to experience something special, go through the rocks to left side of the beach (15-20 min), and you will find lonely beach with absolutly clear water...
During II. World War close to this beach was located concentrating camp... still you can find there some remains...

6. Telascica Nature Park

Dugi Island 23281, Croatia +385 23 377 096
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Telascica Nature Park

Reviewed By Beatriz M - Cologne, Germany

Why hadn’t I heard before about this park? You really need to go there! I took a day trip from Pakostane but probably it is also easy to reach from Biograd na Moru or Zadar. The cliffs are breathtaking and my favourite part was the salt lake, where you can float while small crabs will eat your dead skin. It is not so popular YET so you can go there in the high season and still be not bothered by masses of tourists. It would only be more helpful if there were signs indicating where each thing is. Plus, you need to come with good shoes because there are no paths but only rocks, so coming with flip flops might be slippery. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there. :)

7. Museum of Illusions

A. Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 2, Zadar 23000, Croatia +385 23 316 803
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusion in Zadar brings you a space suitable both for social and entertaining tours into the world of illusions which has delighted all generations. It's a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family and it's unique in this part of Europe. Not only is it a place for children who adore coming, but also a place for parents, couples, grandmothers and grandfathers.

Reviewed By adamalsbury - Bath, United Kingdom

A lovely little place. It should probably be called a gallery instead of a museum because of the size and the way it is laid out. Anyway it was fun and interesting. Customer service was average with nice lady on the desk. The actual Exhibitions...MoreThank you very much for visiting and leaving us a nice review :)

8. Narodni trg u Zadru

Main Square, Zadar 23000, Croatia
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Narodni trg u Zadru

Reviewed By peter h - Swindon, United Kingdom

It proved quite a challenge to find this at first but it was worth searching for. Good place to sit down and people watch whilst resting the legs and taking some refreshments.Gets very busy and in peak season it must be jam packed with tourists.
Worth visiting at night when it is nicely illuminated, lesss crowded and cooler

9. Zadar Land City Gates

Ul. Ante Kuzmanica | incrocio Obala Petra Krešimira IV e Ul. Ante Kuzmanića, Zadar 23000, Croatia +385 92 229 3887
Excellent
41%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 927 reviews

Zadar Land City Gates

Reviewed By MaryLS - San Diego, California

Loved walking about the old city, viewing the ruins, the sea organ and the greeting to the sun with a stop for coffee at an outdoor cafe. A very comfortable walking city.

10. Il Saluto al Sole

Istarska Obla, Zadar, Croatia
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Il Saluto al Sole

Reviewed By nesta_brown - Sheffield, United Kingdom

This is beside the sea organ and if you have watched the sun go down then you must wait here because as the light fades the Greeting to the Sun comes to life! The darker it gets, the more active it becomes so that it resembles a glass disco floor!

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