Source: Croatian National Tourist Board – Aleksandar Gospić
Home to the Digital Nomad Valley(back again in the autumn), you’ll enjoy life as a digital nomad in Zadar.
A gorgeous old town dating back thousands of years, a former Dalmatian capital, surrounded by islands, nature and plenty to do, Zadar is a vibrant smaller city on the coast for those wanting to avoid the big city feel.
Coworking (Updated 2022)
Zadar is growing in popularity, and has been in the world of coworking for a while now:
COIN Coworking led the way, and is run by the amazing Slavica. It has a spacious coworking space with an area for events, as well as separate offices and meeting rooms.
Digital Nomad Valley boasts their own exclusive coworking space, just a stone’s throw away from the sea and with all you need to set up for your day’s work.
CODE Hub is a free coworking space thanks to a project to promote business environments in the region.
With a more sedate Mediterranean lifestyle, Zadar already has a fair expat community and a growing digital nomad community. Here’s the expat page, and the Digital Nomads community although more news and events can be found on the Croatia Digital Nomads page.
You’ll find a combination of locals and nomads at a few hotspots like Harbor or Eva, and with copious amount of coffee shops there are plenty of places to work from.
Once you’ve closed your laptop then you’re in the right place to keep active, as Zadar won European City of Sport 2021. Go and check out Sports Center Višnjik, which boasts tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts and more. Zadar also has a bike app for you to rent and ride a bike, exploring town and the surroundings on all terrain.
When you have a bit more time then jump on the ferry and visit Ugljan, or head out for some walks or bird watching on Vrana Lake. Or for the more adventurous, head to Paklenica and explore numerous hiking and climbing opportunities there. If you’re into aviation, you can also take some lessons or rent an aircraft. Drop us a message on Facebook if you’re short of ideas!
Whether you’d prefer to live near a coworking space, or a bit further out, check what’s available as a digital nomad in Zadar on DNA Stay, our dedicated longer term rental website for digital nomads.
The city market is the best place to buy your groceries, and we always recommend buying regularly and building up a rapport, learning a bit of Croatian along the way. If you don’t want to leave home then you can also order through Glovo or Wolt.
Zadar is located towards the north of Dalmatia, and so provides you with connections to all other Croatian cities. If you’re looking to visit any of these places then check out what Flixbus has to offer.
Connected by ferry and catamaran to the islands of Ugljan, Dugi Otok and Iž, Zadar is also 1.5 hours from Split and 2.5 hours from Zagreb by car, or if you don’t have one then check out BlaBlaCar.
Don’t forget the amazing day trips all around too – mountains, climbing and hiking routes galore, as well as quaint historic villages just 30 minutes away by bus.
Zadar Airport is well connected during the peak season, but flights drop off during winter, making it a place to visit between the main city hubs of Croatia.
A few other facts:
- The most famous musical attraction plays with Mother Nature – the Zadar Sea Organ combines with the waves of the Adriatic to make unique music
- Next to the sea organ is the ultimate meeting point: Greetings to the Sun, 300 multi-layered glass plates in the form of an amphitheatre presenting the planets and their orbits.
- Move over Venitian gondoliers, the Zadar barkajoli have been rowing passengers for over 800 years.
- Marasca cherries are the star ingredient in Zadar’s signature drink, Maraschino liqueur.
Festivals worth checking out:
- Wine and Tuna Festival (February)
- Music Evenings at St. Donatus (July)
- Craft Beer Festival (September)
- Street Food Festival (September)
- Outdoor Festival (September)