Best time to visit
July and August are the most popular months to visit the region. To avoid the crowds, May and September offer beautiful weather and a more tranquil atmosphere.
Key cruising areas:
Zadar is a destination in itself, but also is an ideal place to start island-hopping throughout Croatia. The island of Dugi Otok is just a 30 minutes sail away so can be explored for a day or two if you wish to escape the city. From Zadar, you can also visit the Kornati Islands, a beautiful archipelago that offers lovely sailing and a variety of anchorages.
Stroll along the Riva Waterfront and take in the views of the crystal blue sea. If you're feeling brave, take a dip in the water with the locals. On the promenade you will find the Sea Organ, a permanent installation that plays music as the waves push into its pipes.
Best spots for wining and dining:
Foša is a trendy spot for dinner with a modern take on traditional Dalmatian cooking – it has been ranked in Croatia’s top 20 restaurants so is well worth a visit. For lunch, try Pet Bunara to experience local, seasonal and organic food such as Dalmatian stews, homemade pizzas and risottos. After dinner, La Bodega is a tunnel-like wine bar that offers a wide selection of Slovakian and Croatian wines and a buzzing nighttime atmosphere.