Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Zadar, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Zadar?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Zadar, they said:
"Zadar is a city located on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia, known for its Roman and Venetian ruins in the old town. The official language is Croatian, but English is widely spoken, especially among the younger population and in tourist areas. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, and it's advisable to have some on hand as not all places accept credit cards. The cost of living in Zadar is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's higher during the tourist season. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, making it a popular destination for tourists. The healthcare system in Croatia is of a good standard, but it's recommended for expats to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Zadar is reliable, with buses being the main mode of transport. However, the city is small enough to be explored on foot or by bicycle. Zadar is also a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any other place, it's advisable to take standard precautions to protect your personal belongings. Croatian cuisine is diverse and delicious, heavily influenced by Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Seafood is particularly popular in Zadar due to its coastal location. The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and festivals taking place throughout the year. Zadar has a rich cultural and historical heritage, with many museums, galleries, and historical sites to explore. The city is also home to several international schools, making it a suitable place for expats with children. Lastly, it's important to note that bureaucracy can be slow in Croatia, so patience is needed when dealing with administrative tasks," wrote one member in Zadar.
How do I find a place to live in Zadar?
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.