27. January 2022.   •     Guest Writer

Zadar is one of Croatia’s prettiest cities and home to quite a few attractions that Croatia is famous for around the world. But not all the tourist attractions in its old town are thrilling or adventurous. Although a quick walking tour of the old town peninsula is a must, there are better ways to spend your time if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush! Kayaking tours, Croatia’s highest bungee jump, and excellent scuba diving are just a few thrilling things to do in Zadar. Read on to see the others, and decide what’s best for your adventurous weekend in Zadar, Croatia!

Tour Zadar in a Kayak

Zadar is a stunning city with lots of beautiful attractions in its old town. But, exploring them all on foot is not the most adventurous thing you can do in the city, so how about doing it in a kayak instead?

There are several agencies in Zadar that offer kayaking tours of the city, and some even combine these with biking tours of those places you can’t see that well from a kayak. Seeing the city’s stunning old town, the marina, and all the breathtaking beaches from the sea is certainly an adventurous experience you won’t soon forget!

Additionally, some kayaking tours will take you a bit outside the city, to some other hidden gems in the Zadar area. Kayaking or packrafting tours on the Zrmanja River are very popular in the area and the perfect adventure for all thrill-seekers.

We also have a full adventurous weekend near Zadar for you – a three-day, two-night kayaking and camping adventure at Zrmanja river.

If you’re up for a truly exciting tour of some of Croatia’s best-hidden gems, getting in a kayak should be the first thing you do in Zadar!

Packrafting Zrmanja RIver | Raftrek Adventure Travel
Packrafting at Zrmanja River

Explore the Underwater World

Scuba diving and snorkeling are both very popular in the Adriatic Sea, and the city of Zadar has several great agencies that will take you on tours of the underwater world. Most agencies offer either half-day or full-day adventures, depending on your skill level and where exactly in the Adriatic you want to go scuba diving.

The deeper you dive, the more fun you’re going to have. The Adriatic Sea off the coast of Zadar is swarming with fish colonies, colorful gorgonians, and even mermaid purses. Don’t worry if this would be your first time diving – the shallow waters of the Adriatic offer a plethora of exciting sights as well!

Bungee Jumping

What’s more adventurous than jumping from a 56-meter tall bridge? That’s one of the adventurous things you can do while you’re staying in the city of Zadar! Head to Maslenica Bridge, which is just half an hour outside the Zadar City Center – Drive on the Adriatic Highway until you reach the tall red bridge with spectacular views.

In addition to some incredible views, the Maslenica Bridge is also known as the spot for Croatia’s highest bungee jump. That’s right, it doesn’t get more adventurous than experiencing the highest bungee jump in this stunning country!

Buggy Tour Zadar

Exploring the city of Zadar in buggies certainly seems like a fun and exciting thing to do. But exploring the city’s surrounding areas in buggies can be even more exciting, especially if you don’t mind getting a little bit of mud on your t-shirt!

Buggy Zadar is an agency that offers several kinds of buggy tours of the Zadar area. Whether you want to ride around the city or do a proper safari tour of the nearby villages, you’ll have heaps of fun in these thrilling vehicles. Buggy tours never have more than 10 vehicles, so no matter which experience you opt for, you won’t be part of a huge crowd!

Adventure Park Zadar

Head to Adventure Park Zadar if you’re seeking an adrenaline rush that can only be satisfied with zip lines and quads. This popular amusement park is situated in the northern part of the city, near the stunning Kozino beach.

The exciting adventure park offers a wide variety of things to do in the Croatian wilderness. With activities for both kids and adults, you can have heaps of fun regardless of who you are traveling with. Climb the treetops, go rock climbing, ride a zip line, play paintball, or get in an ATV quad for an epic offroad tour – how you want to spend your adventurous weekend in Zadar is entirely up to you!

Trekking-Paklenica, Adventurous Weekend in Zadar | Raftrek Adventure Travel Croatia
Trekking at Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park is about an hour outside Zadar, and it’s the perfect place for avid hikers and climbers.

The protected area features two mountain peaks higher than 1,700 meters, which offer spectacular panoramic views from the top. With some 200 kilometers of hiking trails throughout the park and two of Croatia’s tallest peaks, the national park is ideal for anyone seeking an adventure in the Zadar area.

Check out Raftrek’s Rivers to the Sea week-long adventure to visit the best locations near Zadar – both Zrmanja river and Paklenica National Park, as well as Krka and Kornati National Parks in a week. We have a short option if you wish to spend only a few days in the area. Get to know Croatia!


Authors’ bio: Anna was born to travel the world having studied languages all her life. Although she has traveled the world, she now calls Switzerland home and spends her time writing about her experiences on Expert World Travel. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest