A round church and a tower in Zadar, Croatia
The circular Crkva sv. Donata with the tower of Cathedral of St Anastasia

Inspiring Destinations – Zadar, Croatia

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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, located on the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea, is Croatia’s 5th largest city. It is also the oldest continually inhabited city in the country, with more than 3,000 years of human habitation.

a View over a town from a tower
Looking over Zadar from the Cathedral of St Anastasia tower

For a walking guide to the city, check out our Self-Guided City walk of Zadar.

The 1km promenade runs the length of the old city with great views over the Adriatic. Check out the Sea Organ, music created by the sea motion, and The Greeting to the Sun, a colorful display that lights up at night.

A promenade with a pier extending into the sea
A 50 metre pier extends from the promenade

The Old Town of Zadar is known for the Roman, Byzantine and Venetian ruins, and the Venetian gates in the city walls. Alongside the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century.

A paved street with a tower in the distance in Zadar, Croatia
Looking towards the bell tower from Široka street

There’s also the 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral with its Bell Tower, and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus.

A church and tower lit up at night
The round church and the cathedral are lit up at night

And whatever you do, make sure you stick around for the sunset, Zadar, Croatia has some of the most stunning you will ever see.

A sunset over the waters of Zadar, Croatia
Stunning sunsets are a regular sight in Zadar

To read more about this historic city check out 10 Must-See Places to put Zadar on your Radar.