We didn’t plan for long in Zadar – just 24 hours. We think it was probably about the right amount of time so this is what we did.
The old town is worth a walk around, there are lovely old churches, ancient city gates and some nice ruins. It doesn’t take long to see all the sites in the old town so an hour or two is plenty.
You can also take a row boat from the pier to the mainland or the reverse. The row boats of Zadar are a bit of an instituation and apparently the oarsmen learnt the trade from their fathers, who had learnt from their fathers. It is 5 KN per trip (which is very short). We had took a return trip just to support them. I think he thought we were a bit mad to do a return trip but once over by the lighthouse we needed to get back! When it is calm it is a pretty easy job, but by the evening we were there it was rough and big boats were coming through the area so he was really earning his money.
There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy a nice meal and some nice areas that have been turned into cocktail lounges. We spent time at the Garden Lounge which has big mattresses and pillows to lie down on, while you are sipping your drink. They also make pretty yummy raw cakes (try the chocolate mousse cake). We had dinner at Restaurant Kornat where we enjoyed their monkfish, truffle and gnocchi dish.
After dinner we walked to the end of the peninsula and had struck a few poses on the Monument of the Sun installation, then sat down on the steps of the sea organ and enjoyed its music (sounds a lot like a whale I think!). It’s a pretty cool area at night with lots of families enjoying the area including some market stalls and street food stands. Definitely worth a visit.
We had a great time in Zadar. A good place to spend a day.