2 day in Zadar, Croatia

Zadar was one of the stops on our Croatian road trip, we chose to stay outside of Zadar in a small town called Sukošan and then drive in and explore.

Zadar has a beautiful harbour filled with some impressive yachts. The old town is very walkable and there was lots happening when we there. It has a great holiday feel to it with street performances and music in the evening as well as restaurants and bars.

What we did:

We visited Zadar twice, the first time was an evening visit which started with a meal and then a wander.

Pet Bunara:

We had a lovely meal at Pet Bunara, especially chosen as they are able to cater for gluten free and vegetarian diets. We sat outside in their covered outside eating area and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

Bell Tower:

The Anastasia Bell tower is the tower of the church of St Anastasia. It’s open from 9am – 10pm every day except Sundays and holidays and costs 15kn to climb. It starts with a narrow stone spiral staircase and then widens out to a newer open spiral staircase for the top floors. The view from the top is spectacular over the old town of Zadar and the harbour.

Sea Organ:

The sea organ is a set of pipes under marble steps of the sea front in Zadar, the waves force air and water through the pipes which creates a lovely sound. The organ is free to visit as it is part of the sea front and was especially enjoyed by the kids who were fascinated by the sound coming out of the pipes. It’s also a lovely spot to just sit and enjoy the warm summer evenings.

It was designed by Croatian Nikola Bašić and opened in 2005.

Sun Salutation:

Next to the sea organ is the Sun Salutation also designed by Nikola Bašić. A giant solar panel in the ground, which stores energy during the day and then displays a light show by night. It again was a huge hit with the kids.

The second time we visited it was a day visit.

ClueGo Outdoor Escape room:

This was a great way to see Zadar and keep the kids entertained. We were given a strange looking box covered in symbols and padlocks at the ClueGo office and we set off to follow the clues which were found at different places around the town. The clues gave us all the information to unlock all the padlocks and solve the overall mystery. You can find the link to the game here.

Ice Cream:

As with everywhere in Croatia there is an aROMA ice cream shop which we made sure to visit and sample various flavours, just in case we were wrong about our favourite the first 20 times we visited!! We can confirm it’s still our favourite ice cream in Croatia.

Getting there:

We had our on transport so we drove in to Zadar each time, parking around the old town was difficult but we did find a large multi story car park over the bridge from the Old Town that was very easy.

We visited in August 2022

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