Zadar’s climate is Mediterranean, with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
Summer, which runs from June to September, is the peak season, in terms of tourism. These months experience the hottest daytime temperatures and warm nights. July and August are particularly hot, with temperatures generally around the mid-30s C. Flights to Zadar will be more expensive during this season and as the city becomes busy, hotels fill up, so it’s best to book in advance.
Some of Croatia’s biggest national holidays include Statehood Day on the 25th June and Thanksgiving on the 5th August. Both these weekends are likely to see Croatian holidaymakers flock to the coast with accommodation prices at a premium.
The winter months, December to February, are not the best time to visit Zadar, as it is cold and wet. If you don’t mind braving the cold weather then you can take advantage of fewer crowds, lower room rates and cheap flights to Zadar.
Visiting during either spring (March to May) or autumn (October and November) can provide tourists with a rewarding trip. May and early October, in particular, are good times to book a flight to Zadar, for decent weather and smaller crowds than summer. In general, spring is a more pleasant season than autumn, as it is much drier.
The city of Zadar enjoys an enviable location on Croatia’s Adriatic coast and is arguably one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Zadar is steeped in a history that stretches over three millennia but it offers visitors even more than that with the stunning islands of its archipelago, fabulous views over the Adriatic and an exciting nightlife. Book a flight to Zadar if you want to enjoy the very best of Croatia’s beauty, hospitality and history but also want to visit the road less travelled by comparison to Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik.
The city is mainly located on the coast with the Old Town situated on its very own peninsula. Highlights of the Old Town include the City Walls themselves and the Gates of Zadar. Evidence of the city’s importance during the Roman Era can be found at the Roman Forum remains, which are located in front of St Donat’s Church, the largest pre-Romanesque edifice in Croatia. Visitors can find out much more about the long and fascinating history of the city at either the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, one of Croatia’s oldest and most respected museums, or at The National Museum. As well as its historic streets and buildings some of the city’s most well-loved sights include its more modern offerings. The Sea Organ is a unique set of steps which creates music from the waves and close by is the Greeting to the Sun, another newly iconic aspect of Zadar’s landscape. The ‘Greeting’ is a multi-coloured glass, under lit floor located at precisely the right spot to view the city’s famed sunsets.
Once in the city visitors can travel around using the comprehensive public bus service. All routes pass through the main bus terminal and tickets can be purchased at the bus station, at newsstands or on the bus itself. Much of the Old Town can be navigated on foot however, which is a worthy way to explore the city. Many visitors choose to take a boat or ferry to one of the beautiful islands in the Zadar Archipelago. There are also a number of tour and excursion options that cover either the main sites of the Old Town or are destined for further afield to the surrounding National Parks.
Zadar Airport (ZAD) is found 5 miles (8 km) from the city centre. From the international arrival terminal visitors can embark a Liburnija public bus which stops in the Old Town and at Zadar Port. There is also a taxi rank located at the same place. During the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. passengers can expect to find a taxi but for those arriving outside of those hours it’s worth reserving in advance.
Most people fly into Zadar (ZAD) if they book a flight to Zadar. Zadar is conveniently located just 9.2 km from Zadar’s city centre.