Destination guide

Come and be bedazzled in Zadar

Set on a small peninsula, charming Zadar boasts a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes, and top-rate museums. And while it's a popular vacation destination it's never crowded, even though its unique attraction—the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation—need to be seen and heard to be believed. What's more, Zadar is much beloved by swimmers, sailors, and all other manner of sea-lovers. With Zadar vacation rentals, you're only a few clicks away from a vacation you'll never forget.

Things to do

A light and sound show unlike any other

Zadar's most distinct attractions are the work of local architect Nikola Basic. The Sea Organ is a system of pipes and whistles set within stone stairs that descend into the sea. When the sea pushes air through it produces surreal sounds. The Sea Salutation is a 72-foot-wide circle filled with 300 multi-layered glass plates that collect the sun's energy during the day. Along with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ's sound, it produces a spectacular light show from dusk till dawn.


Zadar—it has a beach for every occasion

If soaking up some sun is on your agenda, check out Kolovare Beach and Petrcane Beach. And if it's water sports you're after, head to Ninska Laguna Beach, Nin Beach, and Jadro Beach. With its waterfront restaurants and cafes, there are lots of places to dine in style in Zadar. And if you're looking for places to see while you're in Zadar, don't miss landmarks such as Port Gate, St. Donat's Church, and the Church of St. Mary's, in addition to unique cultural highlights like the Archeological Museum and National Museum Zadar.


Zadar—sun, sea, sand, and lots of T-shirts

Zadar has a humid subtropical climate, which means mild winters and hot summers. T-shirts and shorts are recommended in July and August, when temperatures can push into the 80s. It also gets quite humid, but the sea breeze does help. It's still pretty pleasant come fall—October often experiences highs of 70 or more. While it's rarely (if ever) packed, Zadar does get busy in summer. If you want to avoid the crowds, you should consider 1 of the many Zadar vacation rentals in September.

Natural features

Discover Croatia's answer to the Grand Canyon

Luckily, Zadar is only a 45-minute drive from Paklenica National Park. Popular with hikers, climbers, and animal lovers, it's best known for its 2 canyons, Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica. Velika Paklenica is 8 miles long and up to 2,600 feet wide. The park's highest peak is Vaganski Vrh, which is 5,760 feet high. It's also known for other geological sites as well, including Manita Pec cave, plus a wide range of plant and animal species. Amongst the wildlife in the park are falcons, eagles, and owls, in addition to deer, bears, foxes, wild cats, and lynx.

How to get there

How to get to and around Zadar

The nearest airport is in Zadar (ZAD), located 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Zadar?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,003 vacation rentals near Zadar. From 927 Houses to 374 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Zadar for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Zadar?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Zadar:

  • Zadar Old Town: 210 vacation rentals
  • Diklo: 436 vacation rentals
  • Maslenica: 169 vacation rentals
  • Knež: 37 vacation rentals
  • Muline: 82 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Zadar?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Zadar. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sea Gate: 8,973 vacation rentals
  • Croatian National Theatre: 8,954 vacation rentals
  • Kolovare Beach: 9,096 vacation rentals
  • Greeting to the Sun: 8,913 vacation rentals
  • Supernova Shopping Center: 9,253 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Zadar listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Zadar?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 927 Houses in Zadar. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Zadar include:

  • Villas: 374 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 4,621 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 7 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Zadar?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,302 vacation rentals with pool available in Zadar. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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