Perfect spots for a break & refreshment in Zadar
Ready to explore Zadar? While you’re at it, why not embrace the Dalmatian lifestyle and take it easy? After all, the city has a number of spots just perfect for catching your breath, resting in shade and having a nice refreshment. Here are a few suggestions:
Green oases in the city and beyond
Take a breather in a quiet green retreat right in the centre of Zadar! Established almost 200 years ago, Queen Jelena Madije Park is known as one of the first public parks in Croatia. The park was designed on top of the city walls right next to Five Wells Square and once there was a small Chinese pagoda used as a music pavilion. Nowadays, it is more than just an urban green area. It has been a botanical garden with native Dalmatian plants since its very beginning. Apart from a nice rest in the lovely setting, you can also admire the sight of the Land Gate and charming Foša port from the park.
Going southwards, you step into another public park, the largest in the city. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, Vladimir Nazor Park is a protected horticultural monument. It is a great spot for a break, to take in the Mediterranean greenery and the sight of the sea, especially from elevated points.
Going beyond the historical peninsula, go for a bike ride to the Park Forest Musapstan on the outskirts and enjoy the thick shade of the Mediterranean evergreen trees.
Green oasis in the city
Soothing in the morning, miraculous at sunset. The recently reconstructed promenade is a popular path for a stroll, leading past one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture - University of Zadar, as well as the ancient Roman Forum, towards the final point of the peninsula. Take a break there, on one of the promenade steps, and take in the calming sight of the moving waves while you are listening to the unique sound created by the Sea Organ. If you are there at sunset, not only will it take your breath away, but you will also get to see the light show made by the Greeting to Sun.
City walls promenade
Have a timeout on top of the city walls on the northeastern side of the peninsula! A part of the UNESCO heritage, the walls are not only an important cultural monument, but also give you a great place to slow down. All with a view of the legendary pedestrian bridge, lively market and Velebit mountain in the distance.
Feel the energy and the buzz of the city at its central market! Situated on the eastern side of the historical peninsula close to People’s Square (Cro. Narodni trg), this is a place where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables and baked goods for a snack. You can also grab a quick refreshment in a small local bar such as the Wine Bar Pjaceta.
City Market (Author: Stipe Surać)
Soak in the sun, just as the Romans used to do. Same place, just a couple of millennia in between. The ancient Roman Forum still is a popular place to sit and relax over a glass of your favourite refreshment. At the same time you can admire the sight of the St Donatus’ Church as well as the sea in the distance.
Takin’ it easy
Don’t rush through Zadar, but rather allow yourself to enjoy it and appreciate the little things around you. After all, there are amazing spots for a break in the centre and beyond.
If you only have 24 hours in Zadar, then those breaks will prove useful. You can also use a timeout to grab a bite to eat, be it a quick snack or a full meal. So, pick your favourite among top places to eat well in Zadar.