The oldest city in Croatia, Zadar’s idyllic location on the Adriatic coast makes it the perfect starting point for exploring this unique country. With its rich cultural heritage, Zadar is a city surrounded by historical ramparts, archaeological treasures and untouched nature. Discover it for yourself and book cheap flights to Zadar with Flybe today.
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The capital of the Dalmation region and Croatia’s fifth largest city, Zadar’s medieval and Renaissance history is on show wherever you look. Pedestrian-friendly, its cobblestone streets echo a past rooted in culture, and with a trip to Zadar you can be assured of a walk through history. Zadar is 3,000 years old, often looted and devastated, most recently in the 1991 Battle Of Zadar, but it emerges from the ruins stronger and more beautiful every time. When Alfred Hitchcock visited in 1964 he noted: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world.” Beyond, Croatia boasts divine beaches, dazzling blue waters and gloriously diverse island and mountain backdrops. Experience a unique break in one of Europe’s most historic cities with a flight to Zadar with Flybe.
Take a break from wandering the streets and lounge in one of Zadar’s many restaurants, pastry shops or cafés. In the evening, head to Kornat, a small, sophisticated, yet very reasonably priced seafood restaurant. Zadar has great nightlife, unpretentious and varied, and is mostly located in the town's historic centre. The city's teeming student population fills outdoor cafés and spills out of its bars. Perhaps the best known is The Garden, occupying a lush green space on top of the city walls. On Stomorica, there is a profusion of little bars with eclectic music and you can easily stumble from Kult to Zodiac and beyond.
Zadar offers a wide range of specialised boutiques, where everything from antiques, to fashion, to crafts made by local artisans can be found, as well as some impressively spacious shopping centres. And don’t miss Zadar’s City Market, which has been running since the Middle Ages. Whilst there are no confirmed plans for Croatia to adopt the Euro as the country's official currency, you will still be able to pay in Euros for certain items such as accommodation, transportation and some restaurants, but always check beforehand.
Zadar is the perfect place to start exploring Croatia as a whole and access its incredible program of summer festivals, including Outlook, Love International and Ultra Europe. Culturally, no visit to Zadar is complete without seeing the Sea Organ, the 70-metre stone steps under which sea water flows through tubes of different diameter to produce nature’s own orchestral concert. The Forum in Zadar is spectacular and was built by the Roman emperor August in the first century BC. And then there are the barkajoli, Zadar’s equivalent of Venice’s gondoliers. For over 800 years they have been journeying between the two ends of Zadar´s harbour with their small rowboats in all weathers.
Zadar Airport has open-air parking with over 500 parking spaces available. Tickets are to be paid on leaving.
A regular bus service runs from Zadar Airport to Zadar city centre and the old town bus station. Journey time is around 20-25 minutes.
A taxi ride to Zadar takes 15 minutes and official metered taxis are available at the airport.
Hiring a car from Zadar Airport is easy with a number of companies operating at the terminal. You’ll find car hire desks in the Arrivals hall.
A student city, Zadar has a number of low budget youth hostels for travellers on a shoestring, as well as a broad range of luxury and mid-priced hotel accommodation. Whatever your budget, use our tool below to find your ideal accommodation in Zadar with our hotel partner, Booking.com.