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Useful information for a shore excursion in and around Zadar
We have compiled information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights as well as many useful information for shore excursion in Zadar and the surrounding areas below.
The most beautiful sights
3,000 years of history await you in Zadar! But if you believe everything in this tranquil city on the Dalmatian coast is just “dusty” you definitely wrong this place. Zadar has much more to offer than churches and monuments, and since it is one of the smaller ports in the Adriatic, you can actually speak in part of real insider tips.
Stroll through the old town of Zadar
The centuries-old town is surrounded on three sides by massive stone walls built by the Venetians in the 16th century. The oldest part of the walls is on the eastern side of the city, where a pedestrian bridge connects the old town with the newer parts. Opposite the pedestrian bridge are the four well-known medieval gates.
It is worthwhile to visit the Church of St. Donatus (St. Donat). The construction in the form of a rotunda is unusually high at 85 ft, which gives it an excellent acoustics. With a little luck you can even experience this on your own on a summer evening: there are regular music evenings in the interior of the church.
Listen to the sounds of the sea organ
Directly on the old town pier there is the newly designed waterfront with its terraced seating with premium views of the Gulf of Zadar. Underneath this embankment you wull find the sea organ. It has been implemented as part of a large-scale renovation since the turn of the millennium and is based on a proposal by the Croatian architect Nikola Bašić. The sea moves through 35 polyethylene rods, creating seven different chords.
Sit down on one of the steps, enjoy a sundowner (if the departure time of your boat allows it – alternatively Coffee to go!) And listen to the wonderful sounds of this particular structure.
Visit on the island of Pag
Approximately 15 miles north of Zadar lies the peninsula of Pag. Pag and its vegetation are relatively dry and barren but offer some beautiful beaches and are home to the famous hot cheese Paski Sir.
Besides, there is an important production of sea salt on Pag, and the island is home to a typical local handicraft, the making of lace. This filigree sewing is still performed by local women with a lot of patience and skilled hands, a skill that has been practiced on Pag for generations.
Excursion to the National Park Krka
The remarkable National Park Krka is located about 49 miles southeast of Zadar. It is best known for its numerous spectacular waterfalls that plunge from a height of up to 164 ft. In addition, the National Park is home for more than 850 plants and 220 species, including. one of the largest bat colonies in Europe.
Pure nature awaits you in the Krka National Park. A visit is recommended for those who would like to get to know the (surprisingly green) hinterland of Croatia.
Map of the cruise port in Zadar
There are two docks in Zadar: Smaller ships make their way directly to the Old Town pier at the northern tip of Zadar headland. Larger ships sometimes moor at the more modern ferry dock Gaženica Luka, which is located about 3.1 mile south of the old town. Here there are berths for ships over 300m in length and a very functional infrastructure.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in and around Zadar
Shipping companies and routes
Zadar ranks – as mentioned above – among the insider tips on the Adriatic routes of the major shipping companies. Zadar is a destination for many international shipping companies such as Viking Ocean Cruises, P&O, Celebrity Cruises or Royal Caribbean.
Entry and visa
Croatia is a part of the EU but not a member of the Schengen area. However, Canadian, US and UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Croatia for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Please make sure, to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in Croatia.
The Croatian national currency is the Kuna. It is advisable to withdraw Kuna at one of the cash machines on site.
Of course, many providers in the city (shops, restaurants) also accept credit cards or even cash in euros. Here, however, the respective offered exchange rate must be observed.
Taxi and public transport
If your ship moor’s at the pier in the old town, you can walk into the center. A taxi or bus is not needed here. If you are in Gaženica, you can – as already mentioned – use a free shuttle into the city. For excursions into the hinterland, it is best to book an organized shore excursion or to check the local tourist information for current bus connections.
During the winter months, the shipping companies in the Adriatic Sea offer only a few routes and ships. The season runs classically between March and November.
High season in the Adriatic are the summer months. Zadar itself is halfway between Venice and Dubrovnik. Its exposed location to the water ensures a comparatively pleasant climate even in midsummer. Peak temperatures beyond 35 °C are not uncommon in Zadar.
We recommend to switch to the early summer and autumn. Here you can find some of the much cheaper cruise offers, and especially the cruise excursions are due to the milder temperatures much more pleasant.
Website Port Authority and Tourism Organization
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