Cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Cunard, Norwegian, WindStar Cruises, Princess Cruises, Viking Oceans, Seabourn are often visiting Zadar, one of the most important Croatian ports situated in the heart of the Adriatic.
Zadar is urban, administrative, economic, cultural and political center in northern Dalmatia with a long and colorful history. Its unique position at the northern part of Dalmatia make it very suitable for visiting other towns and cities in the region. Also, some of the local islands and National Parks are very close to visit.
Zadar’s archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks. In surrounding area there are 3 nature parks – Telašćica, Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks – Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka Waterfalls and North Velebit, classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer.
Beside 5 national and 3 nature parks, many popular destinations that are easily reached from Zadar cruise port Gazenica are: Zadar Old Town, Royal town Nin, Island of Pag, Sibenik, Split… Also, popular beaches like Kolovare Beach, Zaton Beach, Borik Beach, The Queen’s Beach in Nin.
What to see in Zadar Old town? As it is a three thousand years old ancient city with dynamic history, often destructed, afterwards established as Roman municipality and emperor’s colony, it is full with historical and cultural monuments. To go back to prehistoric times you will need to visit the Archaeological Museum, pre-Romanesque St. Donatus Church (the most recognizable symbol of Zadar), Roman Forum, the Romanesque Cathedral of St. Anastasia, St. Mary’s church, St. Simeon’s church and also Museum of Ancient Glass, Five Wells Square, Land Gate (the main entrance into the city) neo-Renaissance Bridge Gate, The Permanent Exhibition of Religious Art – The Gold and Silver of Zadar, People´s Square (the centre of public life in Zadar) along with City Guard and City Loggia.
Recent fascinating addition to the city is the Sea Organ along with Greeting to the Sun, built into the seaside promenade called Riva, near the cruise ships dock. What is really amazing is that beacuse of the natural movements of sea water and wind you can hear musical soundscape created with 35 pipes.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage tourist attractionl located roughly halfway between capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast. The lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia and it is the most popular day trip from Zadar. From Zadar cruise port to Plitivice we need roughly 2 hours with a car in one way (depending on a traffic condition) and 2 hours back. Entering the park you can choose a smaller programme A (2-3 hour tour) or B (3-4 hour tour) to get back in time. More about Plitvice lakes read here.
Natural beauty of the Krka National Park are simply admirable. Magnificent waterfalls, including the most famous Skradinski Buk fall. This is one of Croatia’s most famous sight. Along with it, another sight that is very recognizable is tiny island of Visovac in the Krka river that was settled by Franciscan monks in 1445. From Zadar cruise port to Krka National park we need 50 minutes wtih a car in one way and 50 minutes back. 2-3 hours in the park are more than enough to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in the nature or take a refreshing swim. More about Krka Waterfalls read here.
The island of salt, lace and cheese, with medieval renaissance city with the same name, Pag. With over 2,500 hours of sunny days it is the sunniest island in the Adriatic. You will see one of the most beatiful beaches with crystal clear sea. City of Pag has many squares, bridges, villas, and churches. Church of the Assumption of Mary which is in the center of the Old Town, Church of St. George from 15th-century, The Church of St. Francis, Benedictine Monastery of St.Margaret. Along with old churches Pag is famous for its lace production which can be seen in the Lace Gallery Square Petar Krešimir IV and also on the city street wherer you can see live lace handcrafting. Afterwards we will visit the famous Gligora cheese factory in Kolan, the most awarded dairy in Croatia, to taste unique Pag cheese. Finally we will visit Olive Gardens of Lun, natural reservation of 80,000 olive trees, some of which are 1,500 years old. To book this tour please contact us.
Ancient town of Nin is the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) and the most romantic destination in Europe. Also known for its medicinal mud that has a medically approved healing power. The main attractions of this pituresque small town are the Church of St Nicholas (recognisable symbol of Nin located on the little hill by the road), the Church of the Holy Cross also known as the smallest cathedral in the world, the Church of St Anselm located in the centre of Nin, the Church of St Ambrose from the 13th century, the Museum of Nin Antiquities. Nin is also known by unique recognisable boat called Condura Croatica which you can see at the very entrance to the port. Museum of salt is also a unique institution and tourist attraction along with statue of Grgur Ninski. Another attraction surely is the Queen’s Beach. It is at the top of the most beautiful beaches in the world According to the choice of the American Travel Channel. For food lovers there is one must-try speciality which only can be found in Nin. It’s called „šokol“- dried meat made from neck of pork conserved in pure sea salt and seasoning.
Nin with its long tradition, glorious past and natural beauties is surely attractive tourist destination of modern era. For more details about this tour please feel to contact us.