One of the nicest cities in Croatia is Zadar. This city is centrally located in the country which makes it an ideal spot for daytrips around Croatia. Read more about the 5 Things to do in Zadar!
1. Old Town
The old town of Zadar is not that big but to me it’s a better choice than Dubrovnik. Although Dubrovnik might be more popular among tourists, Zadar is less crowded in the summer and the best thing: its close to many beautiful towns and National Parks. On the north side of the old town you’ll find the sea organ that makes Zadar famous and in the south the five well square. The best way to explore Zadar is by walking around. Plan at least one full day here!
2. Kornati Islands
These islands are part of a National Park, called Kornati. It’s only possible to visit these island by boat. The easiest way to visit these island is by booking an excursion with one of the many tour operators in Zadar. This will cost you about €25. You won’t actually enter the Kornati Islands but you’ll sail along the islands. There are a few other stops though depending on which excursion and where you book.
3. Plitvice Lakes
The most famous National Park in Croatia is Plitvice. In this National Park you’ll find many beautiful blue and green lakes plus several waterfalls. There are 3 different walking routes which will take you between 2 and 7-8 hours depending on the route you choose. The entrance fee is about €15. It’s possible to take a daytrip to the Plitvice Lakes from Zadar, it’s about 1 or 1,5 hour one way. The easiest way to get to the lakes is by taking a tour which will cost about ??.
About an hour south of Zadar lies Sibenik. This historical city is one of the highlights of Dalmatia and worth a visit when you’re in Zadar (or Split). It’s possible to do a daytrip. The best way to do this is by bus. There are many busses you can take all through the day. My advice if you take a daytrip from Zadar to Sibenik: start in the morning around 8 or 9 and leave Sibenik around 7 or 8, this way you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and relax at the same time!
5. Krka National Park
Krka National Park might be lesser known than Plitvice but it’s just as beautiful. From Sibenik it’s about 30 minutes to the town of Skradin. It’s possible to take public transport, there are busses running about once every hour (high season). The entrance fee is €5. From the main building in Skradin (where you buy the tickets) it’s about 5km to the actual National Park where you’ll find a lake with plateaus and a waterfall. In the summer cars are allowed to make the 5km drive, during low season you’ll need to walk.