At the gateway to Europe, Croatia is a country full of contrasts with an impressive cultural heritage. Culturally close to Central Europe to the north and to the Mediterranean world on its coastline, it is a popular destination for tourists looking for a varied holiday. The Croatian riviera, with more than 5,800 km of beaches and more than 1,000 islands lapped by the blue water of the Adriatic, is breathtakingly beautiful.
This region offers a genuine explosion of colour around the seaside resort of Zadar, where lush pine forests give way to the intense blue of the sea and the brilliant whiteness of the beaches… Discover the cultural origins of Croatia in the fascinating port of Zadar and lose yourself in more than 3,000 years of history
Zadar is the capital of the region with the same name to the north of Dalmatia. Symbolic of the town, the church of Saint-Donat is an excellent example of Croatian architecture from the beginning of the Middle Ages and is unique in Europe. On the seafront promenade near the new cruise ship port, come and discover an unusually curious attraction: the Zadar Sea Organ. Created in 2005 by the architect, Nikola Basic, this unique instrument with its pipes fitted by the water’s edge produces sounds to the rhythm of the waves and creates a fascinating place to relax, especially at sunset. Zadar airport is about 12 km from the city centre.
This seaside resort is located about 12 km north-west of Zadar and 23 km from the airport at the entrance to the Bay of Petrcane on the Zadar channel, and is very popular in the summer season. The ruins of the ancient church of St. Bartholomew (12th to 13th-century) can be found to the south-east of the village by the sea. The massive bell tower on the front façade has been well looked after and later became a residential property. It’s still possible to admire the remnants of mural paintings there.
Today, this ancient royal city is a renowned centre for tourism and water sports on the Adriatic Riviera in Croatia. With its clear waters and national parks close by, it offers the best conditions for an unforgettable holiday. The wooded small islands in the Pasman channel will delight travellers looking for peace and solitude. Water sports enthusiasts will be happy to discover two modern marinas with several jetties among the wide range of charter boats and regattas that make Biograd an essential meeting place for the sport.
Journey through 3,000 years of the city’s history in this guided tour of Zadar (3 hours approx.). The visit will take you on a tour of the ramparts, the Roman Forum, the cathedral of St Anastasia, the church of St Donat, historic buildings, palaces and market squares. The half-day tour is suitable for all the family, particularly culture enthusiasts. Transfer, guide, entrance ticket to the church of Saint Donat and a maraschino tasting are included in the price.
The 16 lakes formed over centuries, the flora and fauna, and the forests and mountains make this truly unique region worthy of its listing as a world natural heritage site. The blues and greens of the lake are enchanting and will make each visit an unforgettable experience! This full-day tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility or small children in buggies. We recommend comfortable footwear and clothing. The transfer, guide and entrance ticket to the national park are included in the price.
The 150 deserted islands of the Kornati archipelago, which extends over an area of approximately 230 m², is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. The Kornati islands were declared a National Park because of the extraordinary beauty of the landscapes, interesting geomorphology and distinctive ecosystem. After this island-hopping excursion, you will leave the boat in a bay of paradise with a crystal-clear sea. Transfer to/from the port, boat tour, guide, entry to the national park, breakfast, lunch (fish and meat) and drinks (wine, water and juice) on board the boat are included in the price.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.