Zadar Self Guided Walking Tour
Use the map of Zadar to tour at your own pace!
Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the oldest city in Croatia as demonstrated by the well preserved roman ruins. It became part of the Roman empire as far back as 59 BC. This historic city had all the characteristics of a major city at that time which included a main square, a network of interconnected roads, a temple and fortifications.
In the 7th century Zadar became capital of the Byzantine Empire and like many ancient influential cities, it has undergone rebirth after destruction from various wars. Many of its monuments have been preserved showing its history. A mix of old and new can be seen in the city with its roman ruins, medieval churches, fortified walls and cosmopolitan cafes and museum. This 3,000+ year old city is known for its well preserved ruins, a harbor for cruise ships and its beautiful sunset making it a popular tourist destination.
Itinerary and Walking route of Zadar, Croatia:
The Google Zadar tourist map below will guide you on a self guided walking tour of the Western side of Zadar. Eastern half of Zadar walking guide is available HERE.
The destinations (A-H) can be input as destinations into google maps if you want to follow along on your phone or you can printout the pdf. If you follow the destinations in the alphabetical order listed, they will take you on a specific walking route with the attractions (identified in green on the map) and walking route (identified in blue on the map). To access attractions, destination, and pdf: click on the button below or the icon on the title of the map:
Download interactive Map HERE
To download PDF map click HERE
A. Peoples Square
The Clock Tower
The building housing the clock tower was built in the 16th century, however the central clock tower itself was built at the beginning of the 19th century. It has become a popular choice for rendezvous today. “Meet you at the clock tower!” The holes you can see in the clock tower indicate the placement of cannons. Take your time soaking in the ambiance of this vibrant square and visit the various attractions here.
When you are ready to move on, face the Clock Tower and you will see a pedestrian walk to your left which is the main street called Široka ul.
Turn right onto this street (you will be walking west on Siroka) or use google maps to walk towards the next destination, the Archaeological Museum – Arheološki muzej. This will also take you down Široka ulica (ulica is short for ul. which means street). The locals refer to this street as Kalelarga which means Wide Street and was an old roman road around which the city of Zadar was built
Kalelarga, local name for Široka Street
Široka ul., or Kalelarga is the longest street in Zadar and at the western end of this street is the Small Church, Crkva Gospe od zdravlja (destination G on our waking tour). Kalelarga has a numerous stores, ATM’s, ice cream shops and the franchise bakery called Mlinar which serves a variety of Croatian baked items including Strukli which is a great snack but it can also be a meal in itself. You will find Mlinar bakeries throughout Croatia.
At some point after the walking tour I suggest coming back here and exploring the streets and alleys that branch off the Kalelarga. Don’t worry about getting lost because all roads seem to lead to the Kalelarga!
B. Archaeological Museum
C. Roman Forum
Saint Anastasia Cathedral and Bell Tower
Behind the Church of Donata is the Bell Tower of the St. Anastasia Church. Built in the 12th century, it is the largest Cathedral in Dalmatia. The site has been submitted to UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites and was visited by Pope John Paul II on June 9, 2013.
If you want to climb the bell tower, you can access it from Široka ul, and enjoy the spectacular view. You can purchase tickets for the Bell Tower that will exit into the roman forum. On the way you may get distracted by the numerous vendors lined up alongside the cathedral.
St. Mary’s Church
St Donatus Church
Built in the 9th century, St Donatus Church is one of Zadar’s most well-known attractions. Originally dedicated to the Holy trinity, it was renamed after Zadar’s Bishop Donat in the 15th Century but it is no longer used for religious purposes. Because of its its extraordinary acoustic features, the space is used for musical performances today.
Take your time exploring this area as there is a lot to see and when you are finished exploring this area, use google maps to head to the Sea Organ
D. Sea Organ
E. Greetings to the Sun
The Greetings to the Sun is to light what the Sea Organ is to sound. There are three hundred multi-layered plates with solar modules that absorb and convert the suns energy to light energy which then plays out after the sun sunsets into a festival of lights.
Once you have explored this area, you should head back to the Roman Forum using the alleyways. Use google maps to input the next destination of Mali Arsenal
F. The Mali Arsenal
Built in the 16th century as a military warehouse, the Mali Arsenal has been converted into an events hall for banquets, weddings, concert and conferences
From here head to a small local catholic church, Crkva Gospe od zdravlja which is destination G in google maps
G. Crkva Gospe od zdravlja, Small local Catholic Church
Do go in to this small church, it has a real local feel to it. This church faces Kalelarga ie: Široka ul. This street will take you straight back to the Roman Forum.
There is a nice park in the vicinity and a variety of souvenir shops, clothing shops and other local items for purchase
I suggest exploring the alleyways Široka ul., and taking your time heading back to the Roman Forum. Explore the side streets as you make your way back to the Forum
You are now at the western end of Široka ul., ready to head back east to the Forum.
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