The old Dalmatian capital is a striking town of majestic buildings and romantic atmosphere. A few feet from the truly impressive Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, the seafront makes features a mix-and-match of architectural style that include a 1950s neighborhood and Corinthian columns.
Zadar is one of Croatia’s most charming towns, although less famous than the nearby Spilt and Dubrovnik. Encircled by ancient Venetian walls featuring the Land Gate and Sea Gate, Zadar presents the largest Roman Forum of the eastern Adriatic, connected to the People’s Square by Kalelarga, the town’s main street. A stroll down the town’s alleys must start at the Sea Organ: an open-air artwork on the waterfront made of pipes that exude a mesmerizing melody produced by the movements of the sea.
Zadar sits in a natural oasis packed with protected areas including the national parks of Paklenica National Park, a trekking and rock-climbing hotspot, and the Kornati Islands, sporting a deep natural bay offering the perfect shelter to spend a night in the roads on your sailboat, or motorboat. The Cerovac Caves and Zrmanja River are, instead, great for rafting and hiking, while the Krka National Park is home to a spectacular waterfall carrying the waters of the rivers Krka and Čikola to the sea.
Hiring a luxury boat in Croatia to discover these unspoiled sites on a boat is a unique experience. Like the charming island of Dugi Otok, the largest of the Zadarine Archipelago, whose northern shores feature Sakarun, one of the top-rated seaside spots in the area with cobalt waters sheltered by pinewoods that reach out to the sea. Kolovaro, Borik, and Baton, one of the few sandy beaches of the area, are also worth visiting.
A charter cruise in Croatia creates memorable experiences, discovering wonderful sites where nature is the main attraction.